Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Health Care
Q. Who are my eligible dependents?
  • Your lawful spouse
  • Your Domestic Partner (Affidavit of Domestic Partnership required)
  • Your natural children up to age 26
  • Your legally adopted children up to age 26
  • Your step-children up to age 26
  • Your Registered Domestic Partner’s children up to age 26
Q. When do I become eligible for benefits?
A. You become eligible for benefits on the 1st day of the 3rd month following 3 consecutive months in which at least 90 hours per month are reported and paid on your behalf by your employer. A total of 270 hours is required.

Example: If you are hired on April 4th and your work at least 90 hours in April, 90 hours in May and 90 hours in June, your benefits will begin effective September 1st.

Note: There is 1 exception to this initial eligibility rule: 1) Employees of a newly participating employer. For further explanation see page 9 of your Summary Plan Description located under the Documents/Forms section of the website.

Q. How do I maintain my monthly health care coverage?
A. You must work at least 90 hours per month to remain eligible.

Q. How do I become a Participant in the Plan?
A. You will become a Participant on the first day of the month after you are credited with 300 hours of service in the Plan..
Q. I am going through a divorce, what happens to my pension?
A. If your former spouse is awarded a portion of earned benefit through the Plan, it will be necessary that you and your spouse complete a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) so that the Plan can pay benefits to your former spouse. You may contact the Benefit Office and request that a sample QDRO be provided to you.
Q. Does the Pension Plan affect Social Security benefits in any way?
A. No.