October 30, 2009
BENEFITS ENROLLMENT ENDS AT MIDNIGHT 31 OCT 09
Make sure you have your elections on file before that time and be sure to print a copy of your enrollment confirmation.
Make sure you know the facts before dropping this coverage.
The Supplemental Medical Insurance is similar to auto insurance in that it covers you while it is in effect, but when you cancel the policy, it does not have any accrued value. Right now, the Supplemental Medical insurance acts as a "back-up" to your active AA employee Health Insurance which has a lifetime medical maximum benefit of $5 million. While it is unlikely that you will need a back-up to the $5 million, by paying for the coverage now, you still have it in place when you retire and your medical max drops to $300,000. As long as you continue to pay the premiums, you would also still have the supplemental coverage when you become Medicare eligible and your retiree medical max is reduced to $50,000.
With the new increase in cost, many people are reexamining the value of paying for Supplemental Medical coverage until retirement in order to have it available at that future date. Many members still consider it to be a good deal, others are looking at alternate options. One example of another Supplemental Medical policy is the one offered by Golden Wings, which is available to Flight Attendants after they retire. This policy offers $400,000 of coverage and costs more than $400 a year. By comparison, $500,000 of coverage for $180 a year seems like a pretty good deal.
Remember that if you drop this coverage you will be unlikely to get it back unless you get married or add a domestic partner.
If you have contacted HR to drop the coverage during 2010 Benefits Enrollment, you can still call back and have the coverage reinstated by October 31, 2009.
"OUR TURN" Around begins:
Pamphlets were mailed to every Flight Attendant this week. This pamphlet contains a negotiations update and instructions on the next phases of "OUR TURN" Around plan. Picketing will take place at all base cities on 18 NOV 09 from 1100-1400. If you are not otherwise scheduled to fly, you will be expected to be on the picket line. We will be demonstrating to management our resolve and commitment to getting the contract we deserve. In addition, we will be leafleting in an effort to educate the public on where negotiations stand and how our actions will affect them.
Members of your APFA Negotiating Team Scheduling Subcommittee met with the company last week to discuss computer programming issues that we will be facing once we have a ratified contract. This past week APFA Negotiating Team members met internally to prepare for the upcoming APFA Board of Directors Meeting.
Today, APFA President Laura Glading announced our support of AA’s petition for anti-trust immunity (ATI). President Glading sent letters to both US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and the EU Commissioner for Competition, Neelie Kroes expressing APFA’s support in granting ATI. These letters can be found on the public side of the APFA website.
ON CAPITOL HILL:
HR 3371 was introduced by Aviation Committee Chairman, Jerry Costello, D-IL providing increased pilot training and hiring requirements. John Prater, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, called the passage of the bill in the House "momentous". This bill was a result of safety concerns that came to light after the Colgan Air crash, in February. It addresses, in part, inadequate pilot training and pilot fatigue.
To read more about the bill: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-3371
WE’VE COME A LONG WAY BABY!!
FROM THE STEWARDESS HANDBOOK of 1933…
Before Landing: A short while before landing, the Stewardess will inquire if she can be of any special service, such as mailing letters, sending telegrams, making hotel reservations, etc. She will also assist the passengers with their wraps and help them fasten their seat belts.