UAW LOCALS 122 & 573


Chairman Brother Phil Schmiedl called the meeting to order on Friday June 14, 2019 at 11:00 am.  The pledge of allegiance was said, followed by a moment of silence for the recently deceased members.  Friday, March 8, 2019 meeting minutes were accepted as read.

Board Members attended The Region 2B Retired Workers Council meeting which was held at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron.

Brother Schmiedl stated that the Retirees Chapter purchased 20 tickets to  Local 122 & 573 Retiree Women’s Luncheon 6th Annual Picnic in the Park, tickets were distributed to anyone who wanted to attend.

Black Lake Region 2-B UAW Leadership weeks at the Waiter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center in Onaway, MI.  Call letters where distributed to retirees whom wanted to attend, financial secretary, Thomas Scheutzow assisted in faxing the call letters to the UAW International Union.

Brother Schmiedl, acknowledged and commended Recording Secretary, Ellen Douglas grandson 2nd Lt Rami Stokes that graduated from West Point, he is commissioning an air defense artillery officer.  Rami earned his Bachelor of Science degree in information technology.  His first assisgnment will be at Fort Bragg, NC.

UAW benefit representative Joseph Guarino can be contacted at the following:
OFFICE: (330) 626-7614
MOBILE:  (330) 687-3333
FAX:  (330) 626-7613
MAILING ADDRESS:  9777 Mopar Dr, Streetsboro OH 44241-5220

Trust members currently enrolled in the following plans will have hearing benefits administered by TruHearing

*Blue Cross Blue Shield Enhanced Care PPO (ECP)
#Blue Cross Blue Shield Traditional Care Network (TCN)
*Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage PPO
*Aetna Medicare Advantage PPO

Change in hearing administrator – your benefit stays the same currently, eligible members in the plans listed above have hearing benefits administered by AudioNet America.  There is no change to the hearing benefit, only a change in the administration of the benefit from AudioNet to TruHearing.  The benefit will continue to allow for a hearing assessment and up to two (2) mid-level standard digital hearing aids covered in full: once every 36 months using a TruHearing provider.  Just as under the current program, members can choose to purchase an upgraded product with an applicable copay.
AudioNet current customers, just as under the current program, new hearing aids are available every 36 months.  This change in administration has no impact on how that rule will apply.  Members who have received hearing aids through AudioNet will not be eligible for hearing benefits under TruHearing until after the 36 month period has expired.  That means, if you received hearing aids through AudioNet in April 2017, you will not be eligible for new hearing aids through TruHearing until April 2020. 

If you recied hearing aids through AudioNet they are still under warranty, TruHearing will be able to assist you with services including hardware issues, follow-up visits with a prodvider for adjustments or other needs you may have.  TruHearing is committed to assisting members who received hearing aids under the AutioNet program by connecting them with their original dispensing provider to resolve warranty issues regardless of whether or not the provider participates in the TruHearing network.

The raffle was help and two prizes were given.

Net meeting is September 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Gambitta’s Party Center, 160 E Aurora Rd, Northfield OH 44067

Meeting was adjourned at 12:0 PM and a lunch followed.

These are the meeting minutes and if there is any conflict between the information and the Health Care Trust plan document will govern.
Verification can always be made through UAW Benefit Representative Joseph Guarino or by contacting Medical Benefit Trust. 
Stay connected – please be sure your contact information is updated through Benefit Connect.

Ellen Douglas                                                                                                                                                                    Recording Secretary
Phil Schmiedl, Chairman                                                                                                                                                         Fred Kelly, Vice Chairman                                                                                                                                           Thomas Scheutzow, Financial Secretary