Should dental & vision be in your contract?

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Arlington town employees’ latest contract includes dental and vision plans offered through Local 888. Members bargained it into their new agreement.

Many other Local 888 members are already reaping the benefits from these plans.

“The dental plan is one of the best I’ve ever had; you couldn’t ask for a better plan,” said Margaret McCluskey, clerical and administrative shop steward at the Brockton Housing Authority. “The Delta Dental plan covers up to $2,500 per person annually.”

For the 70-plus Local 888 members at the Brockton Housing Authority, the benefit is 100 percent employer paid – as part of their negotiated contract. “Everybody seems to be quite satisfied with the plans,” said McCluskey.

And in a world full of critics, she said “no one has ever complained to me about it.”

McCluskey, who has worked at the authority for eight years, said she was happy to see that in-network co-pays under Local 888’s Davis Vision program have been eliminated.

Starting in January, some co-payments were dropped under the Massachusetts Employers/SEIU Local 888 Health and Welfare Fund’s Davis Vision plan. This means no co-payments for in-network eye exams, regular lenses and contact lenses.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer this improved benefit to members and their families,” said Linda DeLuca, director of Local 888’s health funds.

The Davis Vision plan also covers standard in-network “progressive” lenses and some coatings.

To find a Davis Vision provider, call 1-800-999-5431 or go to https://www.davisvision.com/provider/ on the web.

The SEIU Local 888 Affiliated Funds include three separate funds that deliver a broad range of benefits to SEIU 888 members:

  • Massachusetts Employers/SEIU Local 888 Health and Welfare Fund
    · University of Massachusetts Lowell/SEIU Local 888 Health and Welfare Fund
    · Massachusetts State Lottery Commission/SEIU Local 888 Health and Welfare Fund.

For more info, contact Linda DeLuca, director of SEIU Local 888 Affiliated Funds at (617) 241-3367 or email ldeluca.funds@seiu888.org.

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