To earn your initial eligibility for the Fund’s health care coverage, you must meet the required length of service and required hours for your job classification.
Required Length of Service
Participants Other Than Clerk’s Helpers and Utility Clerks
If you decide not to enroll when you become eligible, you will have to wait until the next Open Enrollment period to do so.
Clerk’s Helpers and Utility Clerk
You are eligible to enroll on the first day of your 19th month of employment. You must work in the 17th month for initial coverage in the 19th month.
Fund Office and Union Local Employees
You come into the plan as a Platinum Plus Participant. Contact the Fund Office for information about establishing your initial eligibility.
Note that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides you the option to enroll for coverage earlier, by paying the premium cost for coverage (called your “contribution to premium”), as follows:
- If you average 30 or more hours per week during your first 11 full months of employment, you may be eligible to enroll starting in your 14th month of employment, or
- You may be eligible to enroll before your 19th month, when you reach 1,200 hours of service.
Contact the Fund Office if you are interested in early enrollment.
To remain covered, you must work the following required hours each month to have health care coverage for yourself and your eligible dependents.
|Job Classification||Required Hours|
|Plan A Clerks, Meat Clerks and General Merchandise Clerks||92|
|Plan B Clerks||76|
|Plan A & Plan B Meat Cutters and Uniform Department Employees||76|
|Plan A Clerk’s Helpers||64|
|Plan B Utility Clerks||64|
|Plan A Pharmacists||64|
The hours you work in one week are credited to you as of each Sunday, based on the standard industry workweek, which is Monday through Sunday. Your monthly hours are credited as of the last Sunday of each month.