For those of you looking to join the Relief Association PPO Medical Plan, the month of October is your opportunity. During this Open Enrollment period, the PPO plan is the best available option for active and retired members of the LAFD that allows you to utilize the Anthem network of providers. The effective date for you and your beneficiaries will be January 1, 2021. If you have any questions, or want to know more about the LAFRA Medical Plan, contact our Members Services representatives at 323-259-5223 or Member-Services@Lafra.org.
Elections for LAFRA Trustees will be held this month running from October 23, 2020 through November 23, 2020. There are six active positions and one pension position up for election, which represents one-third of the Board of Trustees. If you have interest in running, please fill out the form on page 37 of the October 2020 issue of the Grapevine, or print out the electronic form received in your email, and turn it in by October 15, 2020 at the close of business.
2020 LAFRA Election: What you need to know
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:The Board of Trustees has changed the voting process this year as we are moving to an electronic format. We have hired the company, “Election Buddy” to help you through the new process. We hope that this will streamline and provide increased voter participation. Additionally, this online election process will save valuable Relief funds and provide you with an easy and convenient election. This year’s ballot will NOT include any By Law amendments as our scheduled annual review was cancelled due to the pandemic.
When to Vote:
Voting will open October 23, 2020 at 9 A.M. PST, and will run through November 23, 2020, 10 A.M. PST. On October 23, 2020, you will be receiving an email and/or a text message to vote.
The email to vote will come from email@example.com. Adding this email to your address book prior to voting could keep the email from ending up in your spam folder.
The text message to vote will provide a link and come from either 1-877-225-8712 or 1-877-225-8482.
You will have the option to vote via the email link or a SMS/text message link if LAFRA has this information for you. You will NOT be able to vote twice.
Online vs. Paper
You will receive a paper ballot if LAFRA does not have an email address or SMS/text number on file for you. This paper ballot will be sent out on October 27, 2020, and provide you with information to vote online; or, you can fill out the paper ballot and return it by mail. If you do not receive this paper ballot by November 6, 2020, you should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and they can assist you with voting as your notice may have been lost in the mail.
Flu Shot Time
As flu season approaches, it’s time to consider getting a flu shot. Flu vaccines can be obtained at your provider’s office, most large retail pharmacy chains (including CVS, Walgreens, Wal‐Mart, Costco, etc.) as well as many retail groceries stores (Ralphs, Vons, Safeway, etc.). The LAFRA PPO Medical Plan will cover flu vaccines for PPO Members, and their covered dependents, with no copays, deductibles, or co-insurance fees when administered at an in-network doctor’s office. Chargers over UCR (usual, customary, and reasonable) from an out-of-network provider are the member’s responsibility. The PPO Medical Plan will reimburse 100% of UCR (usual, customary, and reasonable), per flu vaccine, for you and each of your covered dependents, if your vaccination is administered outside of a physician’s office visit. Medicare Part B covers one flu shot per flu season. If you have Medicare Part B and get your flu shot from a Medicare provider, you typically pay no co-insurance or deductible. If you have questions, please contact HealthComp, our Third-Party Administrator, at 866-995-2372.
Unfortunately, the Annual LAFD Golf Invitational did not take place this year. We are still moving forward with the Online Golf Auction as we have received very generous prize donations from our sponsors. The Salute to Firefighters Online Auction opens October 13th, this exclusive auction is a great opportunity to snag some fabulous vacation packages, airline tickets, electronics, kids’ merchandise, sports equipment, one-of-a-kind firefighter collectibles, and so much more! Even though the tournament was canceled, you may still support our cause by signing up as a sponsor. If you are able to donate or purchase these items, your generosity will be greatly appreciated, and all proceeds benefit the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighters Fund.
After six months of navigating our way through this pandemic, I hope this message finds you well and spending valuable time with your loved ones!
Be safe out there!
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