The ILWU-PMA Welfare Plan hospital-medical-surgical programs are integrated with primary Medicare coverage. Retired members and their dependents with Welfare Plan eligibility must, if eligible, enroll in Part B of Medicare in order to maintain their eligibility for Welfare Plan hospital, medical and surgical benefits.
The Welfare Plan reimburses the cost of Medicare Part B premiums, unless otherwise reimbursed, to retired employees, survivors and dependents who are required to enroll in Medicare Part B in order to maintain Welfare Plan coverage.
Active employees and their dependents age 65 and over are covered primarily under the Welfare Plan until retirement, in accordance with federal law, and are therefore excused from enrolling in Medicare Part B. Active employees age 65 and over will be required to enroll for Medicare Part B upon retirement, at which time the Welfare Plan office will advise them of the enrollment procedure.
Benefit Plans must be notified about any of the events listed below
Loss of Medicare Part B Coverage
Medicare entitlement before age 65
Part B premium paid by a State agency such as Medicaid or Medi-Cal