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Life and disability benefits

Streamlined process for medical leave 

(See contract, Page 69L.)
Your negotiating team made improvements to the communication process between Ford and Unicare when a worker applies for medical leave. Unicare will now directly contact the applicant’s department to inform them that their member is on medical leave. This will help avoid unnecessary, 5-day quit notices.

Mental health care and substance use disorder treatment

(See contract, Page 71L and 78L.)
New rules that expand the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act will go into effect Jan. 1, 2012. This legislation enhances members’ negotiated benefits and broadens coverage to our members in need of mental health care and substance use disorder treatment. This comprehensive program removes the danger of restrictions on appropriate care. All limitations in mental health or substance use disorder less than the Hospital, Surgical or Medical Benefit are now equal.With this new program, inpatient mental health/substance use disorder care is expanded from 45 days to 365 days and renewable after 60 days of nontreatment. Outpatient mental health and substance use disorder visits with a panel provider are covered at 100 percent for visits 1 through 20, 75 percent for visits 21 through 35 and a maximum $25 co-pay for visits 36 and over.


(See contract, Page 80L.)
Under the IMO program mileage reimbursement from home to the physician’s office has  ecreased from 40 miles to 30 miles one way. Members will now be reimbursed mileage after traveling 30 miles or more.

Optional and dependent life improved

(See contract, Page 27G & 23G.)
Optional and dependent life insurance rates have been reduced by 30 to 40 percent depending on the age of the worker. Also, an open enrollment will increase by one level with no proof of insurability.

Benefit plans administration gains

(Existing language)
The company also agreed to continue benefit conferences in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014, to keep benefit representatives informed on the latest benefit administration changes.


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