Time for Your Annual Check-Up?
During the COVID pandemic, many people skipped going to the doctor’s office to get an annual physical. But the annual physical (sometimes called a wellness visit or check-up) is a very important part of your health care.
The goal of preventative care is to avoid disease and illness through things like annual check-up, screenings, exams and vaccinations. The first step is to visit your primary care physician (PCP) once a year for a wellness exam.
Your PCP will recommend screening tests based on your age and gender, as well as discuss general healthy measures to incorporate into your daily life.
Here’s why all of that matters. The best way to stop an illness is to prevent it. The Fund’s PREVENTIVE CARE BENEFITS can help you and your family stay healthy and avoid high medical bills.
Annual physicals and screenings can help detect and prevent many chronic conditions and diseases like cancer. Early detection gives you a much higher probability of a better outcome and can also help you and the Fund avoid more expensive treatments in the future.
The Fund’s PREVENTIVE CARE BENEFITS include coverage for:
- Annual Physicals and Wellness Exams
- Bone Density Screenings
- Cholesterol and Other Blood Tests and Lab Work
- Dental Exams and Preventive Care
- Diabetes Screenings
- Fecal Occult Blood Tests for Colon Cancer
- Pap Smear Lab Tests
- Preventive Mammograms
- Preventive Vision Care
- PSA Blood Tests
- And More!
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I recently married. How do I add my spouse to my coverage?
You must provide a copy of your marriage certificate within 90 days of marriage to enroll your new spouse with the applicable date (date of marriage). If you fail to do so, within the applicable 90-day period, dependent coverage will not be available under the Plan for your new spouse until the first of the month following the date in which you provide the Fund Office with the required documentation or any other verifying information requested. A Coordination of Benefits Form (COB) must be completed if your spouse has other coverage. You should also visit the Life Events page on this site to see what you need to do for your other benefits.