Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Your Health Care Benefits

The Board of Trustees of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters’ Welfare Plan (Plan) is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2023, medical claims will be processed through the Level Care Health Program – a program specifically developed for United Brotherhood of Carpenter sponsored Funds. Through Level Care Health, we have been able to secure better pricing and terms for our Fund. 


Here is some important information regarding this program. Please read carefully:


1.         Change in Blue Cross Network: Effective January 1, 2023, Independence Blue Cross (Independence) will replace Anthem Blue Cross as your medical network provider, and medical claims will be paid by Independence Administrators (IA) instead of BeneSys. 


o   You do not have to change doctors or other providers! Due to the Blue Cross Blue Shield network, the same doctors, hospitals, and other providers that are in-network with Anthem are in-network with Independence!


o   There are no changes in your benefits. Your copayments, deductibles, and other coverages are not changing.


2.         Your Benefit Cards


o   Medical:   Independence Blue Cross Blue Shield medical ID cards have a new look.  After January 1, 2024, replacement cards and new dependent cards will display the Blue Cross Logo as well as the Independance Sheild. Digital copies of your new Independence card can be found on your member portal.


      o   Dental/Vision:  These benefits are not changing!  You will not receive a new dental/vision drug card. Do not discard your current dental/vision card, as you will continue to use it after January 1, 2023.

      o   Prescription Drugs:  These benefits are not changing! You will not receive a new prescription drug card. Do not discard your current prescription drug card, as you will continue to use it after January 1, 2023. 


3.         Change in Telemedicine:


Effective January 1, 2024 TELADOC will replace MDLIVE as your telemedicine provider.  

Teladoc is a program that allows Covered Persons to contact a Physician online (with a webcam) or through a smartphone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for non-emergency issues.

Teladoc is accessible at www.TeladocHealth.com via telephone at: 1-800-835-2362. Visits through Teladoc are covered 100% (in-network only). 

   -   General Medical

   -   Behavioral Mental Health

   -   Dermatology   




Get a Second Opinion from a Cleveland Clinic Specialist without Leaving Home With Virtual Second Opinions by Cleveland Clinic.


The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters’ Welfare Fund (Fund) is now offering Virtual Second Opinions through the Cleveland Clinic. With Virtual Second Opinion Services, you can have your diagnosis and treatment plan, or that of a family member, reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic Specialist without travel or red tape. It’s easy, 100% confidential, and available at no cost to you. All you need is a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop system.





How It Works

Use the link above and follow the prompts. You will explain your medical diagnosis, treatment plan, etc., to a Nurse Care Manager who will match you to the right expert specialist. The Cleveland Clinic will collect your medical records, including lab samples, scans and more. In about two weeks, you will receive a detailed report with your specialist’s opinion and chat live with him or her to ask questions and learn more.


This Convenient, No-Cost Benefit Can Help if You Are:

  •  Diagnosed with a serious condition, such as cancer
  • About to make a major decision about a medical next step, such as surgery
  • Considering a treatment that involves risk or has significant consequences
  • Dealing with a condition or chronic illness that isn't improving or is getting worse
  • Confused about or struggling with a medical diagnosis and treatment plan

The Clinic's patient liaison phone number +1 (844) 777-0788


Your Health Care Benefits

The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome you to the new website for the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters’ Welfare Fund. Within this website, you will now have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to commonly requested forms, useful links, and frequently asked questions regarding your benefits provided by the Plan. As always, please feel free to contact the Benefit Office at (800) 700-6756 if you have any additional questions or concerns.