Insurance Fund information
EligibilityBefore you and your dependents can start using the benefits the OLDC-OCA Insurance Fund offers, you must first become eligible.
Once you have worked at least 450 hours in a six month consecutive month period, you will be eligible for Insurance Benefits on the first day of the following month.
Please keep in mind, there is typically a one-month lag in the hours being reported to Ohio Laborers Benefits. This reporting lag results in your eligibility being established retroactively. If you or any of your eligible dependents have any insurance claims after your eligibility date, but you are not notified of your eligibility, you can have the claims resubmitted for processing and payment.
In general, the more hours you work, the longer you are eligible. Once you meet the Initial Eligibility requirements, your continued eligibility is determined using three different calculations. Each and every month is looked at individually when determining future eligibility. If you meet the minimum hours criteria for any of the three calculations for a given month, you will be eligible for that month. Your eligibility will continue if you work at least:
- 250 hours or more in the first 3 months of the 4 months immediately preceding the month of coverage; or
- 500 hours or more in the first 6 months of the 7 months immediately preceding the month of coverage; or
- 1,000 hours or more in the first 12 months of the 13 months immediately preceding the month of coverage.
An Eligibility Calculation Chart is available to see an overview of how eligibility works for years 2021-2025.
Claim Administrator: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield– 855-878-0128
Annual Deductible: Before the Fund pays for most covered expenses, you pay the Annual Deductible of $400 per person or $800 per family (doubled for out-of-network). All claims are subject to the Annual Deductible, unless otherwise noted.
Maximum Out-Of-Pocket (MOOP) Limit: Your out-of-pocket expenses for essential health benefits are limited to $3,9750 per person or $7,950 per family (doubled for out-of-network). MOOP Limit includes deductible, copayments, and coinsurance.
Coinsurance: Once you meet your Annual Deductible, the Fund Pays 80%, then 100% after MOOP Limit is reached (60% for out-of-network). All claims are subject to the Coinsurance, unless otherwise noted.
Copayments: This will vary depending on where you seek treatment
- LiveHealth Online: $0 – FREE service
- Primary Care Office Visit: $20
- Specialist Office Visit: $30
- Urgent Care: $50
- Emergency Room: $150
Chiropractic Services, Physical Therapy, and Outpatient Occupational Therapy: The Fund covers a combined 50 visits maximum per calendar year for Chiropractic services, Physical Therapy, and Outpatient Occupational Therapy. There is no copay for these services; however, relevant deductibles and/or coinsurance still apply.
Hearing Aid Benefits: HearUSA administers the Hearing Aid Benefit, not Anthem. Contact HearUSA directly at 800-442-8231 to make an appointment in your area. The benefit includes free annual hearing screening and covers hearing aids up to $1,200 per ear every 36 months.
Claim Administrator: Elixir (formerly EnvisionRx): 833-652-2799 or 833-OLABRX9
Copayments: Copayments will vary depending on whether you fill your prescription at a retail pharmacy or through mail order. Costs also depends on how the drug is classified on Elixir’s drug formulary.
|Retail Pharmacy (30-day supply)||Mail Order (90-day supply)|
|Brand Name Preferred||$30||$75|
|Brand Name Non-Preferred||$50||$125|
Mandatory Mail Order: You must use the mail order pharmacy to fill prescriptions for maintenance medications (certain exceptions may apply). You are permitted to use a retail pharmacy three times for a maintenance medication. Mail order refills require a 90-day prescription.
Mandatory Generic Drugs: If a generic is available, the Fund will only pay the cost of the generic drug. If you or your physician request a brand name drug instead of a generic, you will be responsible for paying the cost difference between the generic and brand name drug in addition to the higher copayment. There is an available cost difference cap of $50 per 30 day supply and $100 per 90 day supply. To be eligible for the cap, a “Brand-Name Drug Override” form will be required from your prescribing doctor. Please contact Elixir to request the form be sent to your doctor.
Step Therapy: Certain medications may qualify for a step therapy program. Step therapy requires you to first attempt lower cost drugs to treat an ongoing condition. Step therapy helps you and the Fund control the rising costs of drugs. Drugs will be added to or removed from the step therapy program when deemed appropriate by the Fund. Certain exceptions may apply in cases of allergy or certain medical conditions. Your doctor would need to call the Elixir Prior Authorization Department to request an exception be made.
Free Diabetes Testing Supplies: You can get the following diabetes testing supplies at no cost through Elixir:
- Insulin needles and syringes
- Lancets and devices (spring or powered)
- Blood glucose testing strips for home glucose monitors
- Normal, low, and high calibrator solution/chips
- Alcohol wipes
To receive the above noted supplies at no cost, you must get a prescription from your doctor. The supplies will be subject to mandatory mail order; therefore, we recommend you ask your doctor for a 90-day prescription.
Death & Disability
If a member dies while eligible for insurance benefits from the OLDC-OCA Insurance Fund, the member’s named beneficiary will be eligible for a death benefit. It’s important to keep your beneficiaries up-to-date. Please complete a new Enrollment/Beneficiary Card (available on MemberXG) and submit it to Ohio Laborers Benefits if your family changes.
- Class 1 (Active Members): $14,000 (additional $10,000 for accidental deaths)
- Class 2 (ESRD Members): $2,500
- Class 3 & 4 (Retired Members): $2,500
If you are temporarily or permanently unable to work as a Laborer, you may be eligible for a monetary benefit from the Insurance Fund. There is a one week waiting period if your disability is from a sickness. There is not a waiting period for disabilities caused by an accident.
- Weekly Benefit: $280 (net after standard FICA and Medicare withholdings)
- Maximum Benefit Period: 20 Weeks
In addition to the weekly monetary benefit, you may also be entitled to Disability Credit Hours (DCH) from both the Insurance and Pension Funds. DCH could help extend your insurance eligibility and give you a higher pension benefit.
If your disability is work-related, you will not be eligible for a monetary benefit, but may still be eligible for DCH. To be eligible for DCH for work related disabilities, you will need to submit BWC paperwork showing the date of the injury, the company the claim was filed against, the type of BWC payments received, and the time period the BWC payments covered.
This benefit is only payable to members eligible for Class 1 insurance benefits. To apply for this benefit, please complete a Short Term Disability form and submit it to Ohio Laborers Benefits. This can be done through your MemberXG account.
If an eligible member suffers one of the following, the member will be eligible for the corresponding one-time payment:
- Quadriplegia: $10,000
- Paraplegia: $7,500
- Hemiplegia: $7,500
- Loss of Hand: $5,000
- Loss of Foot: $5,000
- Loss of Sight in One Eye: $5,000
- Loss of Speech: $5,000
- Loss of Hearing: $5,000
- Loss of Thumb and Index Finger on Same Hand: $2,500
Wellness is an important part of the Insurance Plan. Healthier members and covered dependents equals less money spent by the Insurance Fund and lower contribution rates. The following are some of the wellness provisions of the Plan.
As you are probably already aware, smoking causes or worsens many medical issues, conditions, and diseases. If you or your eligible dependent(s) want to stop smoking, you can get Smoking Cessation Drugs for FREE. Simply get a prescription (for either OTC or prescription) from your doctor and get it filled at your local pharmacy for FREE.
Regular health exams and tests help find problems before they start. When health conditions are found early, your chances for treatment and cure are better. Your age, health, and family history determine which exams and screening you may need, as do your activity level, lifestyle choices and whether you smoke. Plus, it’s FREE. Members can check their Insurance Summary Plan Description for details about specific screening coverage.
Even more important than with adults, children need routine preventative care and exams. You want to make sure your child is developing appropriately and getting the required immunizations. Preventive care includes health services like screenings, check-ups, and patient counseling to prevent illnesses, disease, and other health problems, or to detect illness at an early stage when treatment is likely to work best. Getting recommended preventive services and making healthy lifestyle choices are key steps to good health and well-being.
Annual mammograms can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable. In fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Mammograms can also prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers and improve chances of breast conservation. Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society, and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 — even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer. (Source: mammographysaveslives.org)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza. Seasonal flu viruses are detected year-round in the United States. However, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu season can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.
Health concerns can happen when you least expect them. Call the 24/7 NurseLine to talk with a registered nurse about your health concern. Whether it’s a question about allergies, fever, preventive care or any other health topic, nurses are always there to provide support and peace of mind. The nurses are there to help you choose the right place for care if your doctor isn’t available and you aren’t sure what to do. Do you need to go straight to the emergency room? Is urgent care best? Or do you need to see your doctor? Making the right call can save you time and money. You also have access to prerecorded messages from Anthem’s AudioHealth Library.
If you are eligible for Insurance benefits with the OLDC-OCA Insurance Fund when you retire from the LDC&C Pension Fund of Ohio (or certain other affiliated pension funds), you are eligible for subsidized Retiree Insurance once you have exhausted or waived your COBRA benefits.
If you are not interested in enrolling in the Retiree Insurance Program with the OLDC-OCA Insurance Fund, you can decline coverage on the Retiree Insurance Application. However, if you decline the Retiree Insurance, you forfeit your right to enroll in the Retiree Insurance Program at any time in the future. Additionally, failure to return a completed Retiree Insurance Application will be construed as a forfeiture of Retiree Insurance.
Your monthly amount due for Retiree Insurance is calculated using all of the following factors:
- The number of pension credits you accumulated
- Individual or family coverage
- Your age
- The age of your dependents
Retire Insurance Rates:
|Member Only (not on Medicare)||$ 578|
|Member Only (on Medicare)||$379|
|Family Coverage (all primary)||$1203|
|Family Coverage (one secondary/Medicare)||$994|
|Family Coverage (all secondary/Medicare)||$785|
Once your monthly unsubsidized Self-Pay Rate is determined, your subsidy percentage (discount amount) is calculated based on the number of Pension Credits you have earned with the LDC&C Pension Fund of Ohio (or certain other eligible pension funds). Your monthly Self-Pay rate is reduced 2% for each Pension Credit you have earned. If your total number of credits is not a whole number, your credits will be rounded to the nearest whole year (.5 and over is rounded up and under .5 is rounded down).
Sam has 27 pension credits, and he and his wife are both under age 65 and not on Medicare. Without the subsidy, Sam would have to pay $1,203 a month for coverage for himself and his wife. However, Sam gets a subsidy of 54% for his credits (27 credits x 2%). Therefore, Sam only pays $553.38.
$1,203 x 54% = $649.62
$1,203-$649.62 = $553.38
Jim retired with 28 pension credits at age 65. Jim is on Medicare, but his wife (age 63) is not on Medicare yet. Without the subsidy, Jim would have to pay $994 a month for coverage for himself and his wife. With the 56% subsidy (28 credits x 2% = 56%), Jim only pays $437.36.
$994 x 56% = $556.64
$994 – $556.64 = $437.36
If your monthly pension benefit is suspended due to Disqualifying Employment (employment that causes your monthly pension benefit to be suspended), you could lose the Retiree Insurance Subsidy for the rest of your life. Please give this much consideration if you return to work after you retire. If you have any questions about what work constitutes Disqualifying Employment please consult the Pension Summary Plan Description or contact the Pension Department.
If you return to work, you will re-establish eligibility under Class 1 Program (active members) once you work at least 1,000 hours in a 12-consecutive month period. Your hours must be reported and paid by a signatory contractor. Class 1 coverage begins the first day of the month following the month in which you meet the 1,000-hour requirement. Until Class 1 coverage begins, you will continue to be covered under the Retiree Insurance Program as long as you continue to make timely payments to Ohio Laborers Benefits.
- Employment outside the construction industry.
- Employment in a construction trade other than laboring.
- Employment outside of Ohio (even laboring), except in Boone, Campbell, or Kenton counties in Kentucky, or Brooke or Hancock counties in West Virginia. However, if you work outside of Ohio and have hours and fringes transferred to this Fund through reciprocity or from pipeline work, this is considered disqualifying and would affect your pension and retiree insurance benefits.
- Any type of employment after age 70 years and 6 months (even laboring).