A recent Summary of Material Modification (SMM) outlines recent changes to your health benefits.

Two highlights include:

New Maternity Leave Benefit for Active Employees

Active Employees are eligible to receive a maternity benefit payable as a lump of $3,000. To be eligible, you must:

  • Work for a contributing employer performing work within a collective bargaining agreement
  • Be enrolled in the Blue Cross Blue Shield healthy pregnancy program prior to delivery
  • Deliver on or after January 1, 2022

Spouses or dependents of Active Employees are not eligible.

Complete this form to apply for the benefit.

Temporary Coverage of Over-the Counter COVID-19 Tests

Effective January 15, 2022, through the end of the National Emergency, the Health Fund will temporarily cover over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests at no cost to you.

Because all health plans are now required to cover OTC COVID-19 testing, OTC COVID- 19 test kits may be difficult to find at retailers. You may obtain free at-home COVID-19 tests by mail from the Federal Government. Visit covidtests.gov to order tests. Additionally, the State of Minnesota provides free testing either in-person or via a test kit that will be shipped to your home. You can find more information at learn.vaulthealth.com/state-of-minnesota.

Read the full SMM for all the details, including other OTC test options and more changes to your benefits.