Health and Welfare Fund

Affordable health care coverage today is a major concern for all of us. As an active participant in the Midwest Operating Engineers Health and Welfare Plan, you and your family receive substantial medical benefits.

You are able to enjoy such a high level of benefits because of the cooperative efforts of the Trustees of the Midwest Operating Engineers Welfare Fund. The Trustees include members of both union and employer groups who participate in the Midwest Operating Engineers Health and Welfare Plan. The Trustees work toward providing you with the highest quality of welfare coverage.

Active members fall into two different categories which include hourly members or monthly members (owner/operator, municipality, landscaper). Each health plan option provides a range of benefits with in-network and out-of-network coverage/limitations.  Its important for you and your eligible dependents to know which health plan option you have coverage under. If you have any questions, please contact Member Services at (708) 579-6600.Click on the sidebar for more specific information regarding each category.

What services are FREE under my health plan option?

Regardless of which health plan option you fall under, there are certain services and providers/facilities that provide FREE services to the members of Local 150 and their eligible dependents:

  • Affordable Care Act preventive services are covered at 100% if utilizing in-network providers.  Also, there are certain preventive medications that are also covered at 100%.  Click the sidebar information to review.
  • Utilizing the Operators’ Health Center located on the Countryside Campus and the soon-to-open Merrillville location. All plan-covered services are FREE at the OHC; this includes DOT physicals.
  • Visit a CVS/Target retail store MinuteClinic and most services are FREE.  There are some cash pay services so please inquire or click the sidebar to review the list of services.
  • ATI Physical Therapy facilities will provide FREE services, if confirmed as medically necessary.
  • ERS (Member Assistance Program) provides up to five free counseling sessions per episode.

General FAQs regarding the Health & Welfare Plan

Where do I mail in my claims?

If you are an active member and using BlueCrossBlueShield PPO network providers, the providers will submit claims for you and there is nothing you need to do. All other claims, including all Medicare and dental claims, should be mailed directly to the Fund Office. If you have received a second notice from your provider of service, please contact the Fund Office.

How do I find a network doctor or hospital? How do I know if my doctor or hospital is in the network?

Contact your network at the number listed below:

  • Medical providers in Illinois, contact BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois at 800.571.1043 or
  • Medical providers outside of Illinois, contact Blue Card at 800.810.BLUE or
  • Dental providers, contact Delta Dental of Illinois at 800.323.1743 or
  • If you are in the OHC Plan, you need to ensure your provider/facility is in the Advocate health care system (HST Care Connect network)
  • None of our health plan options provide vision services; however, if you use the EyeMed Advantage Network, you will receive deeper discounts and your Family Supplemental Benefit dollars will last longer.

What is a deductible?

Each year, before the Plan begins to pay for most covered expenses, you or your family pay the first dollars of eligible expenses. This is the deductible, which is stated per person, with a family maximum. The deductible is payable to the doctor or hospital where the charges were incurred. The Explanation of Benefits (EOB) you receive on the charges you submit will show the amount you owe.

What is a copay and who do I pay it to?

After satisfying the deductible, you and the Plan share responsibility for eligible medical expenses; this is known as copayment. For Plan A, the Plan pays 90% for PPO network expenses or 80% for non-PPO network expenses. You pay the remaining 10% for PPO network or 20% for non-PPO network expenses, which are within the Fund’s reasonable and customary guidelines, to the doctor or hospital where the services were performed.

What is the difference between network and non-network?

A Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) is a network of providers (known as in-network providers) that have been contracted to provide services at discounted rates. The discounted rates and the associated savings are the biggest difference between in-network and out-of-network providers. The Fund shares any network savings with you by reducing the amount that you owe for the services performed by in-network providers. In addition, for out-of-network providers, you are responsbile for paying any amounts over the Plan’s reasonable and customary guidelines.

Are my benefits limited?

Once your payments toward the deductible and co-payments for eligible medical charges reach the annual out-of-pocket maximum, the Plan will usually pay 100% of most eligible expenses for the rest of the Plan Year. Expenses not covered under the Plan do not apply toward the out-of-pocket maximum. In addition, some expenses are never paid at 100%.  It is extremely important for you to understand the medical plan that you are covered under.  Please refer to your Summary Plan Description and Benefit Summary for details.

What is a dental pre-determination and why do I need one?

The Fund Office recommends that you get a dental pre-determination whenever you are having dental work in excess of $250. This will give you an estimate of what the Fund will consider for payment and will help you know in advance just how much you will owe your dentist. This is an estimate of benefits and not a guarantee of coverage.

What do I need to do if I have a mental health or substance abuse issue?

You must contact the Plan’s confidential provider, Employee Resource Systems, Inc. at 855.374.1674. They will walk you through the process and refer you to an appropriate provider of service. Everything discussed in this phone conversation is kept highly confidential between you and the Master level clinician that you speak with regarding your situation.