Benefits While on Special COLA – Important Upcoming Changes, Effective 10/1/2020
September 18, 2020
MEC Benefits Committee
While on Special COLA, we have the ability to maintain health and welfare benefits coverage at active employee contribution rates for the duration of the Special COLA. As we’ve previously reported, we understand that many of you have expressed concern about your inability to timely pay for benefits having to wait until two months pass and building up a balance of either $750 or $500, depending on the start date of your Special COLA.
As we’ve previously reported, your MEC Benefits Committee has consistently pressed for the company to find a way to ensure these payments can be made timely without having to build up significant premium arrears balances.
Effective October 1, 2020, all Flight Attendants on Special COLA will automatically be moved to direct billing and pay. Your first billing statement will be generated as of October 10th and you will have 30 days from the billing statement date to make your payment.
If you are already set up on the direct bill and pay process, there will be no change and you will continue with the process with which you’ve already become familiar. Further, if you have already set up a recurring direct debit, a process we strongly recommend, those payments will continue to be deducted without change.
For additional information on any outstanding premium balance, visit Your Benefits Resources (YBR) from the Flying Together Website and view the Health Benefits Payment tile from the Home page.