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Now is the time to make your selection for the 2021 plan year for health insurance! Open season begins November 9th - December 14th. Make sure you can log into your Postalease account now before time runs out! Premiums have just been updated for 2021. Check out WWW.NRLCA.ORG or WWW.OPM.GOV for the current premiums. The Rural Carrier Benefit Plan provides great coverage including a nationwide network of doctors and hospitals; $20 copays for doctor’s visits; 100% coverage for cancer treatments, preventative care and maternity care in network; as well as coverage for massage therapy, chiropractic care and wellness incentives. There are new benefits included too such as an expanded 100% lab benefit with Lab Corp and Quest, enhanced hearing aid coverage changing from every five years to every three years, emergency room visits will be replacing the 15% coinsurance with a flat $200 copay for in-network visits and an online sleep improvement program. Take the time now to review your options and consider if the Rural Carrier Benefit Plan is right for you!
To view the plan brochure visit: https://rcbphealth.com/official-plan-documents/
To make changes in your FEHB Coverage:
*Active rural letter carriers can make changes through Postalease or call HR Shared Services
Center (HRSSC) at 877-477-3273; select Option 5 when prompted
*Retired carriers and annuitants make changes through the Office of Personnel Management
(OPM) at 888-767-6738
The NRLCA and USPS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing that for leave year 2021, regular work force career employees covered by the USPS-NRLCA Agreement may carry over 520 hours of accumulated annual leave from leave year 2020 to leave year 2021. In all other respects, the ELM provisions for payment of accumulated leave are not changed because of this Memorandum. This MOU will expire December 31, 2021.
Your National Board and NSS representative(s) have received numerous concerns pertaining to carriers working in close proximity in offices across the country. Your National Board agrees that the social distancing recommendations of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are important measures which should be practiced as much as possible to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Some of those social distancing recommendations for the workplace include increasing physical space between workers, staggering work schedules, limiting large work-related gatherings and reducing or eliminating travel.
With that in mind, the NRLCA and the USPS have agreed to a MOU with temporary changes to promote social distancing. The terms of this MOU will minimize the possibility of exposure to the coronavirus or the possibility of unknowingly spreading the coronavirus to a larger portion of the workforce.
The changes are limited to those listed in the MOU. There should be no other contractual or work rule changes associated with this MOU. It is important that the local parties (i.e., district representatives, local stewards and postmasters, or their designees), immediately discuss potential scheduling and office set up changes which would create a work environment that promotes social distancing. It is imperative that if staggering work schedules are considered, the lower evaluated routes, i.e., auxiliary routes be scheduled later in the morning. Communication with the carrier(s) is important prior to changing reporting times to keep from disrupting their personal situations such as day care or other time sensitive responsibilities to the extent possible.
To read the MOU in its entirety please visit NRLCA.org. If you have questions or your office intends to implement any of these changes please notify your local steward, Assistant District Representative or District Representative.
MESSAGE from Joyce Patteson NRLCA Distirict Representative:
It is the responsibility of each post office, station, and/or branch to provide adequate disinfectant cleaning supplies (including disinfectant wipes) gloves, masks and hand sanitizer. If your office is failing to provide you with the above mentioned items please send an email to Joyce.Patteson@nrlca.org. We need to ensure the safety of our rural carrier family and other employees as well.
Take care, be safe, be well, and protect yourself.