Health Insurance Reimbursement Process!

Dear GEO Members,

As you may be aware, in our most recent round of contract negotiations, your union bargaining committee won a new health insurance plan structure with significantly reduced out of pocket (OOP) maximums. This cap is retroactive and we have negotiated a reimbursement process for those who incurred out of pocket expenses of more than $1,500 for individuals or $4,500 for family plans during the Plan Year 2014-2015 (from August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015)

After August 1, University Health Services will receive a list of those who exceeded the retroactively applied OOP max from Consolidated Health Plans. In mid-August, those who are entitled to this reimbursement shall be notified via email and a letter to your last known address. **If you have moved, be sure to update your address in SPIRE**

If you are currently on UMass payroll, you will receive your reimbursement directly through payroll. If you are not on payroll during the summer or if you have graduated, you will receive a paper check. **Be sure to update your mailing address in SPIRE**.

This process will continue until all of those who are entitled to this reimbursement receive it, as claims may come in for an 18 month period. If you have any questions please contact UHS Patient Services: 413-577-5192 or patientservices@uhs.umass.edu.

​In solidarity,
GEO-UAW 2322

REMINDER!

YOU MUST ENROLL MANUALLY IN THE STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE IF YOU ARE REGISTERED FOR 5 CREDITS OR LESS **OR** IF YOU WISH TO ENROLL IN FAMILY HEALTH INSURANCE!

For the Fall 2015 semester, the Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline will be the Add/Drop date: September 21, 2015. All enrollments need to be in by that date. If you have not enrolled yet, you may do so now!.

This needs to be done every semester for family plans, and any time you have less than five credits that semester or are on Continuous Enrollment. Only students with 5+ credits in a semester are automatically signed up for the SHBP.

Remember: If you are not enrolled for at least 5 credits you must enroll in person at UHS before September 21.

If you have 5+ credits in the Fall 2015 semester, and do not want the SHBP, you need to do the online waiver process. The waiver website opens July 26th and runs through September 21st.

Here are the instructions on how do their waiver:
Go to www.spire.umass.edu;
Select the Health Waiver page link;
Click the Online Waiver Site link; and
Complete and submit the waiver form.
or
Go to www.chpstudent.com;
Start by Selecting UMass Amherst from the drop down box;
Next click on the “Waiver” tab located in the center of the page;
Enter your Student ID and Date of Birth, click “Continue”;
Complete all information as directed; and “Submit”;
Your request will NOT be completed until you:
– Check the box confirming that your information is correct;
– Provide your electronic signature; and
– Click the Submit button.
If you have any questions and/or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

New GEO Servicing Representative/Organizer!

Dear GEO Members,
We are pleased to announce that Anais Surkin is the new Servicing Representative/Organizer for GEO alongside UAW 2322 president/ GEO Servicing Representative Jocelyn Silverlight. Anais can be reached at the GEO office (201 Student Union) or by email: Anais@uaw2322.org