Pulmonary Function testing for Health and Welfare Health Spending Account

Good day Union Family Members

To day the trustees of the Health and Welfare plan met for our quarterly meeting.

The question came up about the $400-dollar Health Spending Account (HAS) and what would happen if a member is not able to complete the Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) in time due to the closure of the WOW center and all not critical lab tests and x-rays being canceled due to COVID-19. Under normal circumstances the member would not receive the for the year if they do not have a valid PFT. However, the trustees past a motion that the HSA will be provided to members that are due for their PFT this year as long as the PFT is completed by December 31, 2020.

Members will receive their reminder notices as normal with the date that the PFT will expire and we encourage the members if able to complete the PFT as close to the two-year cut off as possible. However, with this extension members should be able to have some relief until the situation gets back to normal.

If you have any questions, please contact the Health and Welfare administrator or I at the Edmonton Union hall. (780) 426-2874

In Solidarity

Kevin Lecht