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					                                                       Dear Dorothy,                                                                                Producer-WGA Pension Plan




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         BENEFITS
                                                                                                       Whomever you named as your Joint
                                                                                                       Annuitant (i.e., beneficiary) when you       Writers’ Guild-Industry Health Fund
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PRESORT STD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  U.S. POSTAGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    YOUR WGA
                                                       We live in Southern California, but
                                                       our son is going away to college on the         retired under the Pension Plan will always   1015 North Hollywood Way                                                                                           PAID
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Los Angeles, CA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PENSION AND HEALTH
                                                       East Coast. What do I need to do to             be your Joint Annuitant. This is because     Burbank, CA 91505
                                                                                                       the amount of your pension benefit is                                                                                                                    PERMIT NO. 34694
                                                       keep him covered, and how should he go
                                                       about seeking medical coverage while            partially based on the age of your
                                                       away at school?                                 named Joint Annuitant at the time you
                                                                                                       retired under the Plan; therefore, once
                                                            — Confused in Culver City                  payments begin, nothing can be
                                                       Dear Confused,                                  changed.

                                                       If your son is unmarried and between            Dear Dorothy,
                                                       ages 19 and 23, he’s eligible for               I receive monthly Pension checks and
                                                       coverage as your dependent. You’ll need         would like to begin having Federal and
DEAR                                                   to submit proof that he’s a full-time
                                                       student at an accredited school. For
                                                                                                       State taxes withheld from those checks.
                                                                                                       Though I’m currently visiting in
                                                       details and to download our “Student            Florida, I’m a California resident for tax
DOROTHY



                                                       Verification Form,” visit our website at        purposes. Can I call and give you my
                Please feel free to write to           www.wgaplans.org.                               withholding information over the phone?
                Dorothy at the Producer-WGA            In order to take advantage of in-                    — Tax Man in Tampa
                                                       network savings while at school, your                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.wgaplans.org               Fall 2009
                Pension Plan and The Writers’                                                          Dear Tax Man,
                                                       son will need to go to providers within
                Guild-Industry Health Fund,            the BlueCard™ network. You can find             Electing to have Federal and State taxes
                                                       BlueCard™ providers at www.bluecard.com.        withheld from your monthly Pension
                1015 North Hollywood Way,
                                                       When prompted, our “prefix” is WRX.             check is a simple process. However, we
                Burbank, CA 91505 with
                your questions. Also, Dorothy
                                                       Dear Dorothy,
                                                                                                       cannot take your information over the
                                                                                                       phone. You’ll need to complete an IRS                                                                                                                                                                         Wellness Benefit:
                is now online: e-mail
                                                       I’m already retired under the Pension
                                                       Plan. Next month I’m getting married.
                                                                                                       W-4P for Federal tax withholding, and
                                                                                                       as a California resident for tax
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I would never throw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        money away!                  Trash or Treasure?
                                                       How can I add my new spouse as my               purposes, an EDD DE 4P form.
                DearDorothy@wgaplans.org.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You wouldn’t throw away $1500 in cash. How about $500? If you’re covered under the
                                                       beneficiary under the Plan so she gets my                                                    PRINCIPAL
                Your questions may be                  pension for the rest of her life when I die?    All tax forms are available on our website
                                                                                                                                                    DIRECTORS/TRUSTEES
                                                                                                                                                                            PRODUCER-WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA PENSION PLAN                                                                                           Health Fund and not using your Wellness Benefit, that’s essentially what you’re doing.
                                                                                                       for download, or you may contact the
                answered in the next issue                  — Happy in The Hamptons                    Pension Benefits Department for a
                                                                                                                                                    Neal Baer               WRITERS’ GUILD-INDUSTRY HEALTH FUND                                                                                                      Each calendar year, the Wellness Benefit provides you up to $500 per person (up to
                                                                                                                                                    Jean Bonini                                                                                                                                                      $1500 per family) to cover routine physicals, tests and other preventive care. Eligible
                of “Let’s Talk” or published           Dear Happy,                                     mailed copy. Completed forms need to         John Bowman              IMPORTANT NUMBERS AND WEBSITES                                                                                                          charges are covered at 100% with no deductible and no special claim forms or
                                                                                                       be received by the Administrative Office     J. Keith Gorham
                on the website.                        Congratulations on your upcoming                                                                                      FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT . . .       CONTACT . . .            BY CALLING . . .   OR LOG ON TO . . .                                          procedures. And, the best part: it helps you and your family stay well.
                                                                                                       no later than the 14th of the month          Virginia Hoyt
                                                       marriage! Unfortunately, once retired           prior to the date you would like your        Harry Isaacs                                                                                                                                                     Here’s what applies toward your Wellness Benefit —
                                                                                                                                                    Stephen Koppekin         Eligibility, Claims, General    Administrative           (818) 846-1015     www.wgaplans.org
                                                       under the Pension Plan, you cannot              withholding to begin. If the 14th of the                              Health and Pension Benefits,    Office                   (800) 227-7863
                                                       change your designated beneficiary.                                                          Hank Lachmund                                                                                                                                                    • Routine physical examinations
                                                                                                       month falls on a weekend, the deadline                                Life and AD&D Insurance
                                                                                                                                                    Carol Lombardini
                                                                                                       for your completed forms will be the                                                                                                                                                                          • Well child care for children age 7 and older (visits for children under 7 are covered
                                                                                                                                                    George Malko             BlueCross PPO (BlueCard®)       Blue Cross               (800) 810-BLUE     www.wgaplans.org                                    Oh
                                                                                                       Friday before the 14th.                      Lowell Peterson                                                                                                                                        really?     under the regular plan)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (2583)
                                                                                                                                                    Adam Rodman                                                                                                                                                      • Flu shots, vaccinations and immunizations
                                                                                                                                                    Marc Sandman
                                                                                                                                                    Steven Schwartz          Prescription Drug Benefits      MEDCO                    (800) 987-6551     www.medco.com                                               • Routine mammogram screenings and PAP tests
                                                                                                                                                    Mark Stubington                                                                                                                                                  • Smoking cessation programs
                                                                                                                                                    Ann Widdifield           Mental Health and Substance     OptumHealth          (888) 301-0056         www.liveandworkwell.com
                                                                                                                                                    David Young              Abuse Benefits                  Behavioral Solutions                        (access code: wga)                                          • Weight-loss programs, if the program includes treatment for a specific disease
  OOPS!                                                                                               WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER?                                                    The Industry Health Network     TIHN                     (800) 876-8320     www.mptvfund.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       diagnosed by a physician*
                                                                                                                                                    ALTERNATE
  We discovered that our Fall 2008 issue contained a misprint of dental benefit                       When you call our office, we’ll ask for       DIRECTORS/TRUSTEES                                                                                                                                               • Nutritional counseling, if the program includes treatment for a specific disease
  information. In the article entitled “Let’s Talk Teeth” under “What’s Covered?” the article         your ID number. This is not your Social       John Auerbach
                                                                                                                                                                             DPO Dental Plan                 Delta Preferred          (800) 765-6003     www.deltadentalca.org                                         diagnosed by a physician
  incorrectly stated the following benefit information regarding the Delta PPO Plan:                  Security number, but a Unique Identifier      Tiffany Burrell          DeltaCare Dental HMO            DeltaCare PMI            (800) 422-4234     www.deltadentalca.org/pmi                                   • Genetic testing**
                                                                                                      on your medical ID card and/or your           Stephen Carroll
  “Diagnostic and preventative care – 3 cleanings per calendar year”                                                                                Tom Cook                                                                                                                                                         • Lifestyle Classes through MPTF in the LA area and the Actors Fund in NYC
                                                                                                      monthly pension check or Electronic                                    TIHN HEALTH CENTER LOCATIONS
                                                                                                                                                    Jill Glosser
  The corrected benefit description regarding the Delta PPO Plan is:                                  Funds Deposit Advice.                                                  Bob Hope Health Center, centrally located in Mid-Wilshire                         (323) 634-3850                                        As with all fund benefits, a licensed practitioner must perform wellness services.
                                                                                                                                                    Barbara Greyhosky
                                                                                                                                                    Chris Keyser                                                                                                                                                     If you want to know if a service or treatment is covered under the Wellness Benefit,
   “Diagnostic and preventative care – 3 cleanings, or a Single Procedure which includes                                                                                     Westside Health Center, in West LA and near Santa Monica                          (310) 996-9355                                        contact the Administrative Office before you go to that provider.
                                                                                                                                                    Timothy J. Lea
  cleaning or combination thereof, within a 12-month period”                                                                                        John Mendonsa            Jack H. Skirball Health Center, in the San Fernando Valley (Woodland Hills)       (818) 876-1050
  Please accept our apologies for any confusion this may have caused you.                                                                           Wayne Runyon             North Valley Health Center, in the North San Fernando Valley                      (818) 876-4770                                        * Weight-loss programs that require attendance, such as Weight Watchers, will be reimbursed
                                                                                                                                                    Robert Schneider                                                                                                                                                   only after services are rendered. Proof of attendance is required when you submit your claim.
                                                                                                                                                    Leon Schulzinger         Toluca Lake Health Center, in Burbank’s media district                            (818) 556-2700                                        ** Prior authorization is required.
                                                                                                                                                    Robin Swicord            Santa Clarita Health Center, in nearby Valencia                                   (661) 284-3100
                                                                                                                                                    David Weiss
HEALTH & PENSION NEWS

Open Enrollment 2009                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Flu Shot Anyone?
    It’s that time again. If you’re eligible for coverage under the Health Fund, Open Enrollment materials will                 Dependent Coverage
                                                                                                                                                                                                    We're Self-Funded
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you were unable to attend one of the “seasonal” flu shot clinics held
    arrive in your mailboxes in November. These materials will explain in detail what plan changes are available to             To reinstate a dependent, complete the “Dependent Enrollment
                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Writers’ Guild-Industry Health Fund is a “self-funded” plan.                                                in Los Angeles or New York last month sponsored by the Health Fund,
    you and how to add eligible dependents.                                                                                                                                                         This means that our Health Fund — not an insurance company —
                                                                                                                                Form” from the packet. Submit the completed form with your                                                                                                                          you can still get vaccinated.
                                                             Changes made between November 16 and December 18, 2009                                                                                 assumes the risk and pays your claims from an account that
                                                                                                                                dependent premium payment.*
                                                             will become effective January 1, 2010.                                                                                                 belongs to the membership.
                                                                                                                                If you’re adding a dependent for the first time, complete the                                                                                                               If you live in the LA area, contact the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s flu shot hotline at
                                                                                                                                                                                                    So, when you take advantage of the cost-saving features of our
                                                             Here’s a quick summary of options available during the Open        “Dependent Enrollment Form,” and submit it with the following                                                                                                                (818) 876-1698 and press “0” at the end of the message to schedule an appointment at any of
                                                                                                                                                                                                    plan, it has a direct impact on the financial health of the Fund. It’s
                                                             Enrollment period.                                                 documentation —                                                                                                                                                                   their six locations. The cost of each shot for WGA members and their dependents, age 13 and
                                                                                                                                                                                                    your money; it’s in your best interest to maximize the value of
                                                                                                                                                                                                    your health care dollars.                                                                                          older, is $20.
                                                                                                                                • To add your spouse — submit a copy of your Certified
                                                             Medical Coverage
                                                                                                                                  Marriage Certificate.                                                                                                                                                                  • If you are not covered under the Health Fund, you'll have to pay the full cost at the
                                                             All participants automatically receive our PPO Plan of Medical                                                                                                                                                                                                time of your flu shot appointment.
                                                             Benefits, so no medical plan choices are necessary during
                                                             Open Enrollment.
                                                                                                                                • To add your dependent children — submit a copy of the
                                                                                                                                  Certified Birth Certificate for each child.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Changes in Health Coverage                                                                              • If you are covered under the Health Fund, you'll have to pay the full cost at the time of the
                                                                                                                                Please note: If your dependent child is between ages 19 and                                                                                                                    flu shot appointment and file a claim for reimbursement, unless you receive the shot during
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dental Orthodontia – Effective 9-1-2008 (retroactive)
                                                             Dental Coverage                                                    23, you must submit proof that your child is a full-time student                                                                                                               a regular office visit. In this case, the claim will be automatically sent to the Health Fund for
                                                                                                                                (taking 12 or more units) at an accredited school of higher               • The $1000/person calendar year maximum for
                                                             • If you’re a California resident, you have a choice of two                                                                                                                                                                                       processing.
                                                                                                                                learning. To download our “Student Verification Form,” go to                orthodontia will be eliminated.
                                                               dental plans; the Delta PPO Plan and the DeltaCare USA           www.wgaplans.org.                                                                                                                                                           If you live in the NY area, you may contact the Actors Fund at (212) 489-1939 and press “3” to get
                                                               Dental HMO.                                                                                                                                • The $2000/person lifetime maximum will continue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            information for upcoming Flu Vaccination Sessions at the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.
                                                                                                                                • To add an adopted child — submit a copy of placement
                                                               Changes to your dental plan can be made by completing the          and/or adoption documents.                                        Wellness – Effective 9-1-2009                                                                           Please note: The seasonal flu immunization does not protect you from the new H1N1 flu (swine flu).
                                                               Benefit Plan Enrollment Form at the back of the Open
                                                               Enrollment booklet.                                              • To add your Same Sex Domestic Partner or Same Sex Spouse —              • A routine Pap Smear, like Mammograms, will be                                                   If you think you are a candidate for the H1N1 Vaccine, talk to your physician. For more information
                                                                                                                                  contact the Eligibility Department at the Administrative Office           processed under the Wellness Benefit up to the annual                                           on the H1N1 Vaccine, please visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu.
                                                             NOTE: To elect the DeltaCare USA Dental HMO Plan, you’ll             to request an enrollment packet.                                          Wellness Benefit maximum. If the Wellness Benefit
                                                             need to contact the Eligibility Department at the Administrative                                                                               maximum is met, the routine Pap Smear will be                                                   If you believe you are a candidate for the Pneumonia Vaccine, please contact your physician.
                                                             Office to request the necessary forms.                             * Dependent premiums are $150 per quarter ($600 per year).                  considered under the medical plan, subject to annual
                                                                                                                                  This premium covers all of your dependents. If you’re adding              deductible and plan limitations.
                                                             • If you live outside of California, you have coverage through       or reinstating dependents, please include payment with your
                                                               the Delta PPO Plan, so there are no dental plan choices to         enrollment documents. You’ll be invoiced for future premium
                                                               make during Open Enrollment.                                                                                                         Rx – Effective 9-1-2009
                                                                                                                                  payments due.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) used to treat certain
                                                                                                                                                                                                            stomach conditions will not be covered. This is due to           Applying for Retirement                                                   Simple, Free, Efficient
                                                                                                                                                                                                            increased availability of over-the-counter PPIs such as
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Prilosec OTC®.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             If you’re a vested participant age 52 or older and                        THE CASE FOR EFT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             would like to apply for Retirement benefits, please contact the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Pension Benefits Department at least two months prior to your             If you're retired under the Pension Plan, you can
                                                                                    WHERE ART THOU?                                                                                                                                                                          desired Retirement date. Retirement dates are always the first            have your monthly check automatically deposited
DO YOU HAVE COMMENTS, IDEAS OR QUESTIONS                                            If your name is on this list, or if you                                                                                                                                                  of each month and the Plan requires that your application be
FOR LET’S TALK?                                                                     know how to reach someone on this                                                                                                Did You Know?                                                                                                                     into your personal bank account through an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             on file at least 30 days, but no more than 180 days, prior to
Write to us at: Talkback@wgaplans.org                                               list, please contact the Administrative
                                                                                    Office at (818) 846-1015, ext. 113.           NO HEALTH FAIR                                                              You do not have to be covered under our Health                 your desired Retirement date.                                             Electronic Funds Transfer ("EFT").
HOW TO CONTACT US:                                                                                                                                                                                            Fund to take advantage of seasonal flu shots
                                                                                    Mark Andrews          George Kay              To help manage costs this year, the Health Fund will not                                                                                   Each Retirement Application is prepared exclusively for you at            Advantages of EFT include timely, dependable deposits with no
Health Fund and Pension Plan Administrative Office                                  Bethany Ashton                                                                                                            offered by The Motion Picture & Television Fund
                                                                                                          Megan Martin            hold its annual health fair in LA and NY. If you have any                                                                                  your request. For this reason, forms are not available through            chance of lost or stolen checks, which can take up to 5 days to
Phone: (818) 846-1015 OR (800) 227-7863                                             Morris Chestnut       Matt Morgan                                                                                         in So. CA. Call the MPTF’s flu shot hotline at
                                                                                                                                  questions or concerns about your benefits, please call the                                                                                 the website.                                                              re-issue.
       8:30 AM – 5 PM PST                                                           Derek Connolly        Drew Pearce                                                                                         (818) 876-1698 and press “0” to schedule a
                                                                                    Leyla Kader Dahm William Reiser               Administrative Office during office hours, and we’ll be                     shot, which is $20/person. Remember, this shot                 Requests for Retirement Applications may only be made by the
E-mail: For a list of departments, go to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Go to www.wgaplans.org, and download the Electronic Funds
        www.wgaplans.org (Contact Us)
                                                                                    Suzanne Devine        Abrash Ross             happy to assist you.                                                        does not protect you from the new H1N1 flu. For
                                                                                    Christopher Faron Mark Schuster                                                                                                                                                          Participant or an Authorized Third Party. To begin this process,          Transfer (“EFT”) Authorization form (which you’ll find under
Mail:   1015 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505                                 William Finnegan                                                                                                          more info on H1N1, go to http://cdc.gov/H1N1flu.               call the Pension Benefits Department at (818) 846-1015 and                Pension Plan/Forms). Fill it out and send it to the Administrative
                                                                                                          John Sullivan
                                                                                    Marc Haimes           Beth Szymkowski                                                                                                                                                    press “5” on the main menu.                                               Office. The form is simple and the service is free.
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