HIPAA Privacy Practices

The National IAM Benefit Trust Fund takes its participants' privacy very seriously. The Benefit Trust Fund complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), an act passed by Congress to help protect patients' Protected Health Information (PHI). Protected Health Information is information relating to your past, current and future medical care.

The Benefit Trust Fund stores your PHI and uses it to process claims, collect premiums and ensure coverage. The Benefit Trust Fund keeps your PHI secure and cannot distribute your information without written authorization, unless required by law.

For more information on the Benefit Trust Fund's privacy practices, view and download the Notice of Privacy Practices document (PDF).

Authorizing the Benefit Trust Fund to Disclose PHI

You can allow the Benefit Trust Fund to disclose your PHI to others, such as a spouse or an attorney. To do this, you must submit written authorization by filling out the Fund's Authorization Form (PDF) and sending the completed form to the Fund Office. On the form you specify who is authorized to receive your personal health information and the information that may be released.

If, at any time, you no longer wish the Benefit Trust Fund to disclose your PHI after you have sent in a completed Authorization Form, you must fill out and send a Cancellation of Authorization Form (PDF) to the Fund Office.

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The Benefit Trust Fund keeps your PHI secure and cannot distribute your information without written authorization, unless required by law.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

How many different plans does the Fund offer?

The Fund offers multiple Medical, Dental, and Vision plans. Short-Term Disability and Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment benefits are also available.

How do I notify the Fund of my address change?

If you move, please notify the Fund of your new address. To change your address,
fill out a new Enrollment Form and mail or fax it to the Fund using the mailing address or fax number found on the form. Always complete a new Enrollment Form when you have a change in personal information.

Do Medical Plans include Prescription Drug Coverage?

Yes. Our Plans include excellent prescription drug benefits.

What is a PPO?

A Preferred Provider Organization is a type of medical plan that covers the cost of eligible medical care and services received from network and non-network providers. Network providers (primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals, and other medical facilities) agree to a discounted fee schedule for services provided. When a participant or covered family member sees a network provider for care, the participant pays less out of pocket because of the discounted fees. The Fund contracts with CIGNA Healthcare for the use of their nationwide network of participating providers. There are currently more than 750,000 participating providers in the CIGNA "Open Access Plus" Network—the network used by the Fund’s medical plans.

Are participants required to receive services only from a PPO provider?

No. Participants have the choice of selecting a non-PPO physician. However, receiving services from a physician who participates in the CIGNA network may result in significant savings for participants.

Must participants have a referral from their primary care physician in order to see a specialist?

No. Referrals are not required.

Who processes health care plan claims?

Medical claims are processed by CIGNA Healthcare. Dental claims are processed by Delta Dental Insurance Company, and Vision claims are processed by Fund Office staff.

Do the Fund plans have a waiting period for "pre-existing conditions" under the medical plans?

No. The waiting periods for pre-existing conditions were waived for all plans by the Board of Trustees.

What are the age limits for dependent children?

Children can be covered dependents until they reach age 26 providing they continue to meet provisions for dependent coverage.

Does the Fund offer COBRA coverage for health care?

Yes. The Fund administers COBRA for its Contributing Employers. Upon notification from the Employer that a participant is losing coverage due to a "qualifying event," the Fund will send notification to the participant advising him or her of COBRA rights to continue health care coverage by making payments to the Fund Office.

Does the Fund offer Retiree Health Care Plans?

Yes. Employers that have negotiated a Benefit Trust Plan for their Active employees may also establish a Retiree plan.

How Do I Find a Contributing Employer?

To find a Contributing Employer click on this link to view a map and listings by territory.

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