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Wheelhouse Weekly – November 06, 2003

November 6th 2003


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

– Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use –

Volume 7 . . . . . Number 45 . . . . November 6, 2003

STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS




MM&P HQ, PLANS AND FCU CLOSED TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 IN OBSERVANCE OF VETERANS DAY





 

AOTOS AWARD DINNER TO HONOR HORIZON’S CHUCK RAYMOND ON FRIDAY

Admiral of the Ocean Seas (AOTOS) dinner and award presentations will take place in New York City on November 7. AOTOS recipients are Charles “Chuck” Raymond, CEO of MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines and, as a special honoree, the US Transportation Command.

Distinguished Mariner awards and Mariner’s Rosettes will also be presented to ships and their crews selected for recognition of lifesaving actions at sea. MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown will lead a Union delegation attending the ceremonies.

In another maritime recognition event, the USCG Foundation dinner takes place in Miami on November 6 with MM&P Vice President, Gulf Ports Bob Groh attending on behalf of MM&P. This year’s focus is a tribute to the USCG’s 7th District.



 

MARAD HEAD SAYS SHORT-SEA SHIPPING ONLY A FEW YEARS AWAY

The Second Annual Conference on Short Sea Shipping is taking place at Sarasota, FL, November 4-6. Director of Special projects Richard Plant is representing the MM&P at the meeting. The goal of this conference is to address the progress of the Maritime Administration’s Short Sea Shipping (SSS) Initiative.

Karl Schwartz took part in a ‘media briefing’ conference call on Short Sea Shipping held by Maritime Administrator Bill Schubert on Friday, October 31. Topics covered during the call included the development of a national maritime policy; port and shipboard security and the potential impact on SSS; and gaining support of land-based transportation sectors.

Also discussed were the Jones Act, including the potential for increased US shipbuilding, processing of Title XI loan guarantee applications, and maintaining integrity of the Act while executing agreements with Canada and Mexico for SSS participation; and the development and goals of Short Sea Shipping Cooperative Program in which the MM&P participates.

US Maritime Administrator Capt. William Schubert says that the US could have the beginnings of a short-sea shipping industry in three to five years, but it will take a major effort by government and the private sector to make the concept viable.

Schubert, an advocate of coastwise transportation to relieve congestion on interstate highways and railroads, also said, “We have to convince potential users – the owners of cargo. There needs to be a well-capitalized venture to give shippers confidence that this is a reliable service.”



 

MITAGS AND PMI DISCOUNTS COST FOR ADVANCED MARINER LICENSES

MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine announced that MITAGS and PMI have implemented an innovative program, with reduced tuition and hotel costs, to assist professional mariners seeking license advancement to Chief Mate/Master (CMM).

The Institutes now offer one of the fastest, most versatile, and cost-effective routes for mariners to obtain their CMM licenses. The MITAGS/PMI program, which covers all USCG requirements, is only 12 weeks in duration.

Forty-one of the 53 required assessments may be completed during these courses. To flexibly meet their schedule, students can take the required courses at the PMI campus in Seattle, Washington and/or at the MITAGS campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

The MITAGS/PMI program can be completed in 60 days for under $14,000. Other programs take up to 71 days and charge $19,000 to complete the CMM requirements. Students taking ALL of the CMM courses at MITAGS and/or PMI will receive a 15 percent tuition discount from the normal pricing, which brings the total CMM tuition down to $13,303.

In addition to this cost reduction, those students taking ALL of the CMM courses at MITAGS/PMI will receive a substantial reduction in the room and board rates. If needed, MITAGS and PMI will also provide a convenient and flexible payment plan.

For more info regarding the CMM License Advancement, or any other course programs offered by MITAGS or PMI, please contact Capt. Craig Thomas (MITAGS) toll free at 866-656-5569 or via Email at cthomas@mitags.org. You may also contact Gregg Trunnell at PMI in Seattle at 206-239-9965 or via Email at gtrunnell@mates.org.



 

GAO AGREES TO INVESTIGATE MARAD’S “GHOST FLEET” DEAL

A growing controversy over how the Maritime Administration awards contracts for disposing obsolete ships in its reserve “ghost fleet” has prompted the General Accounting Office to begin an investigation.

The probe by the GAO comes in response to a controversial contract that calls for selling two uncompleted oil tankers and towing 13 ships to England for scrapping. Domestic scrappers were angered to learn the work would be sent overseas and many questioned the fairness of the bidding process.

From the inception of the deal, MARAD has defended the contract, saying it provided the “best value” to taxpayers–even if the British bid was not necessarily the lowest price.

Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX), whose district includes several scrapping companies, requested the GAO review saying, “Recent events indicate MARAD’s program is not being implemented in a method to gain the best value for the US taxpayer or reduce the environmental threat.”

As reported previously in the Wheelhouse Weekly, 4 of the 13 ships slated for the Able UK shipyard in England have left the James River, but a lawsuit filed by environmental groups is blocking the departure of the rest until at least next spring.



 

NEW SURVEY SHOWS ADMINISTRATION STILL FAILING TO PROTECT PORTS

A new survey of seaports has revealed that when it comes to America’s maritime security, the Bush Administration has provided little more than rhetoric, leaving the country’s ports and their users to bear the majority of the costs and responsibility for new security needs since September 11.

Security experts and news reports have repeatedly identified weaknesses in port security systems, and Democratic lawmakers have been investigating their local ports’ specific security needs. This research shows that the Administration’s rhetoric continues to outpace its commitment, despite Homeland Secretary Tom Ridge’s announcement of new security rules at the Port of Dover last week.

The surveys were conducted at many of the country’s busiest seaports, including the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Tampa and Baltimore. In addition, Democratic members of Congress have met with local port officials and assessed needs at ports in their districts. Overall, the nation’s port officials reported that the federal government must do more for maritime and port security.

“Our survey reveals that the Administration has failed to provide the resources needed to keep our seaports and communities safe,” said Rep. Chris Bell (D-TX), head of the Congressional Port Security Caucus and the other leader of the survey. “The Administration is leaving open a major area of vulnerability in our homeland security efforts by failing to help local communities secure their port traffic.”

Every day, thousands of ships and containers enter America’s ports. With 361 ports and 95,000 miles of coastline, America’s maritime border is large and open, making it a likely target for terrorist exploitation.



 

SECRETARY OF STATE POWELL DEMONSTRATES CARGO SECURITY SYSTEM

At the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, Secretary of State Colin Powell demonstrated a new electronic container security device. Powell electronically unlocked and held up the Savi SmartSeal sensor system unit before world government and industry leaders. The unit is at the core of a cargo security solution being deployed worldwide.

Following that demonstration, Secretary Powell held up the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) device that automatically detects and alerts users whenever a cargo container has been tampered with. The device also provides real-time info on the shipment’s location, which enhances supply chain productivity, efficiency and predictability.



 

INTERNATIONAL SHIP SEWAGE REGULATIONS ENTER INTO FORCE

International regulations for the prevention of pollution by sewage from ships have recently entered into force, nearly 30 years after their adoption. The regulations are contained in the optional Annex IV of the Int’l Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973.

Annex IV contains a set of regulations regarding discharge of sewage into the sea, ships’ equipment and systems including sewage treatment plants or sewage comminuting and disinfecting systems or holding tanks, for the control of sewage discharge, provision of facilities at ports and terminals for the reception of sewage, and requirements for survey and certification.



 

PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY, NOT SENIORS, DRUG BILL WINNERS

A new study shows the pharmaceutical industry will earn a stunning profit of $139 billion under the Medicare prescription drug legislation now in a House and Senate conference.

The study, “61 Percent of Medicare’s New Prescription Drug Subsidy Is Windfall Profit to Drug Makers,” by the Health Reform Program at Boston University’s School of Public Health, says the bill does not contain mechanisms to control prices and does not even allow Medicare to negotiate prices for drugs.

The MM&P Health and Benefit Plan has long favored legislation that provides participants eligible for Medicare with a low-cost prescription drug plan aimed at stemming the tide of ever increasing costs which ultimately raises members’ copays and other out-of-pocket costs.

“These unrestrained prices will bestow enormous windfall profits on prescription drug makers,” the report says. Visit http://www.healthreformprogram.org to read the report.



 

IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR ALL LDOs ON STCW-95 CERTIFICATION

All Licensed Deck Officers who possess STCW-95 certificates containing Basic Safety Training (BST) completion dates close to or more than five years old need to carry copies of their USCG discharges with them so they can prove that they have the required sea service necessary to extend their BST qualification. For questions or further info, contact Mike Rodriguez at 410-850-8700 ext.23 or Email: mrodriguez@bridgedeck.org.



 

SPECIAL SOCIAL SECURITY TAX NOTE FROM THE UNION AND THE PLAN

It is approaching the end of the year and a number of members have already paid their social security maximum for the year. When filing for vacation, along with their discharge of service papers, members should bring their final pay stub from the vessel that shows the YEAR-TO-DATE Social Security Tax withheld. It is likely that social security obligations for the year have been met. Providing this info to the Port Office and the Plan means additional check deductions will not be required.



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

 

Class Openings

Between now and the end of 2003, seats are available in the following courses:

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  • ARPA — Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 12/1
  • AZIPOD — Azipod Steering and Propulsion units (2-days): 11/15

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  • BST — Basic Safety Training: 11/3, 12/8

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CMM = Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-CHS-II — Cargo Handling & Stowage-Week II: 11/10
  • CMM-MPP — Marine Propulsion Plants: 12/1
  • CMM-SHMGT-I — Ship Management-Week I: 12/8
  • CMM-SHMGT-II — Ship Management-Week II: 12/15
  • CMM-SHS-ADV I — Shiphandling Advanced-Week I: 12/1
  • CMM-SHS-ADV II — Shiphandling Advanced-Week II: 12/8
  • CMM-WKP — Watchkeeping Procedures: 11/17

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  • COMP-ABSS — American Bureau of Ship Management Software: 12/1
  • CONT-PLNG — Contingency Planning Workshop: 11/13, 12/4, 12/11
  • CSE-AAES — Confined Space Entry, Atmospheric Analysis of Enclosed Spaces: 11/3

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  • FF-ADV — Firefighting Advanced: 11/10

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  • GMDSS — Global Marine Distress & Safety Systems: 12/8

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  • HAZ — Hazardous Materials: 11/17

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  • MED-DOT-DA — Dept.of Trans Drug/Alco Testing: 11/15, 12/6
  • MEDIA-RSP — Media Response: 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12
  • MED-PIC — Medical Person In Charge: 12/1
  • MED-PRO — Medical Care Provider: 12/1

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MSC = Military Sealift Command Courses

  • MSC-CBRD-1 — Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training Orientation: 12/19
  • MSC-COMMS — Strategic Sealift Communications: 12/8
  • MSC-DC — Damage Control: 11/13, 12/9

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  • ROP-5 — Radar Observer Unlimited: 11/17
  • ROR-1 — Radar Observer Renewal: 11/15, 12/1, 12/8

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  • SEC-OFF PCS — Security Officer-Port, Company, Ship: 11/3, 11/10, 12/1, 12/8
  • SHS-EMR5 — Shiphandling Emergency: 12/15

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  • T-PIC — Tankship/Barge Dangerous Liquids Person In Charge: 12/1

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Check the MITAGS website for up-to-date course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and for schedule revisions.

 

Attendance Verification & Cancellation is Vital

If you are scheduled for a course, call, write, or Email admissions to advise whether or not you will attend. Many classes are in demand and maintain a Standby List. “No Shows” are missed training opportunities for other members.

 

Schedules, Course Info & Registration

Courses are subject to change. Always check the MITAGS website for updated course availability. You can also check future schedules, review detailed course descriptions and register on-line or contact Admissions at admissions@mitags.org or by calling toll-free, 1-866-656-5568.


 

PMI ACADEMIC NOTES

Here’s the entire PMI Course Schedule

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  • 11/10-12: Ship Security Officer
  • 11/10-14: ECDIS
  • 11/10-14:Basic Safety Training
  • 11/17-25:Able Bodied Seaman
  • 11/17-21:Marine Propulsion Plants
  • 11/17-21: Tankerman PIC

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  • 12/1-5: Basic-Adv. Firefighting
  • 12/1-5: Basic Meteorology
  • 12/1-5: Advanced Stability
  • 12/8-12: Basic Safety Training
  • 12/8-19: Ship Management and Business Law
  • 12/8-12: ARPA
  • 12/8: Radar Recert
  • 12/8-12: Medical Care Provider
  • 12/8-19: Medical PIC
  • 12/8-10: Ship Security Officer

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Contact DeeDee Lazik at 206-441-2880 or 888-893-7829 (toll free) for registration.


 

MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 11-05 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 9,838.80

+ 64.30 for the week

 1,957.00

 + 20.44 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 97.42

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

25.79

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 15.25

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 14.39

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 24.70

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.47

 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX):

 6.27

 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

 10.26

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.54

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.25

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 33.93

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 93.20

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  37.88



~ Reminders ~



 

JOB OPENINGS IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

A MM&P Pacific Maritime Region-contracted company with operations in the San Francisco Bay area is seeking to add up to six tug captains to their employee roster. The jobs are located in the Bay area.

  • Tractor Tug and Conventional Tug experience is highly desired.
  • MM&P members from any Membership Group are encouraged to apply.
  • Living within commuting distance is a necessity.
  • Relocation assistance may be available.

For additional info or to indicate interest, contact John Schaeffner, PMR’s Portland Branch Agent, by Email to jschaeffner@bridgedeck.org or by phone to 503-283-0518.

Resumes may be sent to him by Email, faxed to 503-283-0518, or delivered to the PMR Portland Hall:

John Schaeffner, Branch Agent Pacific Maritime Region – IOMM&P 2225 N. Lombard St. #206 Portland, OR 97217



 

PFEIFFER MEMORIAL FUND ESTABLISHED AT CAL MARITIME

The Robert J. Pfeiffer Memorial Fund has been established at California Maritime Academy Foundation with the input and guidance from Brad Mulholland, Jeff Hull, and Capt. Lynn Korwatch.

It is anticipated that many seagoing personnel as well as Matson employees will wish to donate to this fund in honor of Mr. Pfeiffer. Donations may be sent to:

California Maritime Foundation Attn: Robert Pfeiffer Memorial Fund 200 Maritime Academy Dr. Vallejo, CA 94590

or contact Mr. Chris Walker at 707-654-1245 or Email at CWalker@csum.edu.

All donations are tax deductible and all contributors will receive a letter of thanks acknowledging their donation. Names and donation amounts will also be passed on to the Pfeiffer family.


 

MM&P MEMBERS AT SEA CAN NOW SAVE ON SHIP-TO-SHORE CALLS

Through a special arrangement with ShipCom, MM&P members at sea will now receive a significant discount on personal ship-to-shore radiotelephone calls. The rate is $2.50 per minute to any phone number in the US. This is a significant discount from the usual rate of $3.99 per minute. Calls may be placed collect, or billed to any major credit card.

To take advantage of this offer or for more info contact Station WLO on HF SSB channels 405, 607, 824, 1212, 16401, 1807, or 2237 or on HF radio telex channels (selcall 1090) 406, 606, 806, 810, 815, 1205, 1211, 1605, 1615, 1810 or 2215.

MM&P members must identify themselves as an MM&P member and provide the operator with the last 4 digits of their MM&P book number in order to get the discounted rate.

Any vessel equipped with HF radio telex may send and receive Internet email via the telex terminal. For more info contact WLO radio via telex or HF SSB voice.


 

WWII REGISTRY SITE OPEN TO ALL WHO SERVED IN ANY CAPACITY

The National WWII Memorial has a site on its webpage for individuals who served in any capacity during WWII to register to be included in the Memorial’s Registry. The main site is www.wwiimemorial.com.

If the individual clicks on WWII Registry, he/she can find out if he/she is already included as a result of one of the WWII databases and, if not, can follow the directions to register. Any American who contributed to the war effort is eligible for the Registry.


 

CREDIT UNION MEMBERS: PAY YOURSELF FIRST WITH DIRECT DEPOSIT

  • Do you want an easy way to grow your savings?
  • Do you want an easier way to make deposits to your Masters, Mates & Pilots Federal Credit Union account?

Consider establishing payroll or pension direct deposit.

Many employers allow you to directly deposit your pay into several different financial institutions. Trinity Management, Strong America and Moran Towing of Florida are among the MM&P-contracted companies that already provide for employees to deposit funds directly into the MM&P Federal Credit Union.

MM&P Health & Benefit Plans Pensioners and A&G Region Pensioners may have deductions made directly from their pension check to their Credit Union account. In addition, employees of MM&P, Plans, MITAGS and MIRAID are also eligible for payroll deduction directly into their Credit Union account.

Add to your savings by paying yourself first! Contact your payroll office to establish Credit Union direct deposit or to find out if this is available for you.

 

Who Can Be a Member?

MM&P Federal Credit Union membership is open to all MM&P members, to all MM&P, MITAGS, MIRAID and Plans staff, and to their immediate families.

 

Want to Know More?

For additional details or to get answers to your questions on all MM&P Federal Credit Union programs, contact Kathy Klisavage, Credit Union Manager, toll-free at 1-800-382-7777 or by Email at mmpfcu@bridgedeck.org.

 


 

HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN CHANGES EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2003

The following Health and Benefit Plan changes went into effect on April 1, 2003.

 

INPATIENT HOSPITAL DEDUCTIBLE

All inpatient hospitalizations (both PPO and non-PPO) will be subject to the Annual Major Medical Deductible ($250 individual/$500 family) and an additional inpatient deductible of $150 per admission. Both the Annual Deductible and the $150 inpatient deductible count towards the individual out of pocket maximum of $3,000.

 
REIMBURSEMENT FOR INPATIENT HOSPITAL EXPENSE

The Plan will pay 90% for all PPO hospitals after satisfying Major Medical deductible and $150 per admission inpatient deductible. The Plan will pay 70% for all non-PPO hospitals after satisfying the Annual Major Medical deductible and $150 per admission deductible.

 

IN-NETWORK (PPO) PHYSICIAN VISITS

For Primary Care Physician visits, after satisfying the annual Major Medical deductible, the participant pays a $15 co-pay per visit and the Plan pays the balance of the contracted amount. For specialty visits, after satisfying the annual Major Medical deductible, the participant pays a $25 co-pay and the Plan pays the balance of the contracted amount. The co-pay amount does not count towards the $3,000 annual out of pocket maximum.

 

OUT-OF-NETWORK PHYSICIANS

Once the participant satisfies the annual Major Medical deductible and an additional $150 annual out of network physician deductible, the Plan will pay 90% of the UCR. For specialists, once the participant satisfies the Major Medical deductible, the Plan will pay 70% of the UCR.

 

OUTPATIENT FACILITY – IN NETWORK (PPO)

After the participant satisfies the annual Major Medical deductible, the Plan pays 90% of the contracted charges.

 

OUTPATIENT FACILITY – OUT-OF-NETWORK

After the participants satisfies the annual Major Medical deductible, the Plan will pay 70% of the UCR charges.

 

As always, please feel free to contact the Plan Benefit Advisors with any questions at 877-667-5522.



 

 

HEALTH & BENEFIT PLAN CHANGES

The Board of Trustees, based on recommendations by the Cost Containment Committee, adopted changes to the Health & Benefit Plan. The following changes became effective January 1, 2003:

Annual Deductible

The current annual deductible of $150/$300 will be raised to $250/$500.

Out-of-Pocket Maximum

The current out of pocket maximum of $2,000 will be raised to $3,000.

Dental Reimbursement Levels

  • The Plan payment to in-network dental providers will go from 90% to 80%.
  • The Plan payment for out-of-network providers will go from 80% of UCR to 70% of UCR.
  • New contract with Delta Dental replaces Aetna/US Healthcare (Prudential Dental) agreement. See below for additional information

Prescription Drug Program

Mail order drugs will be subject to a 20% co-pay for all single source brand name and generic drugs with a maximum out of pocket, per prescription, of $75.

For brand name drugs where the generic equivalent is available, the member will be responsible for paying the total cost of the difference between the brand name and the generic drug. The Plan will then pay 80% of the cost of the generic and the member will be responsible for the 20% up to a per prescription maximum of $75.

The Plan has also removed the mandatory mail order provision. This means that any prescription, regardless of the number of refills, can be obtained at a retail level but will be limited to a 30-day supply. However, obtaining maintenance medications through the mail order program may still be less expensive to you.

A synopsis of these changes and additional changes effective April 1, 2003 appears in the November-December 2002 issue of the MM&P’s Master, Mate & Pilot newspaper. The Plan Office has also mailed a summary of all changes, with examples, to Health & Benefit Plan participants.




ADDRESS CHANGES

Remember to notify the Plan office whenever you move or have a change of address. There are a number of important mailings scheduled for the next few months and we would like to keep all members well informed. You can fax your address changes to the Plan Office at 410-850-8655 or you can email them to the Plan Office at mmpplans@aol.com.

 




 

NEW DENTAL PROGRAM WITH DELTA DENTAL

This is a reminder that effective October 1, 2002, the MM&P Plan’s contract with Prudential Dental expired. Prudential was purchased by Aetna/US HealthCare in 2001 and could no longer offer the Plan the same type of fee-for-service arrangement as before.

In order to continue to offer Plan Participants an in-network dental benefit option, the Plan reviewed proposals from organizations that provide network dental services. After review, the Trustees approved a contract with Delta Dental, the largest provider of dental services in the US.

The Delta Dental Claims Processing Center in Mechanicsburg, PA, will handle claims administration for all MM&P eligible participants and dependents. This includes claims submitted by out of network dentists as well as those who are Delta Dental providers.

Plan participants who choose to go to a contracted provider will pay 10 percent of the contracted amount and the Plan will pay 90 percent. Participants will have access to all Delta providers in the Delta Premier Network option that includes over 133,000 dentists nationwide.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

~ Where Does My Dentist Submit My Claims?

Effective October 1, 2002, all dental claims with dates of service on or after October 1, 2002, from both in and out-of-network providers, should be sent directly to: Delta Dental, One Delta Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-6999. Participants will receive a claim form in the mailing sent out by the Plan Office on August 11. Your dentist can copy this form and use it to submit all dental claims incurred on or after October 1, 2002.

~ How Do I Find A Delta Dentist?

You can locate participating dentists in your area in two ways. You can call 1-800-932-0783 from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday, or you can sign on to the Delta website at www.MidAtlanticDeltaDental.com. Once you have signed on to the website, key on the bar marked “Pennsylvania”. (MM&P Plan members are enrolled in the Delta Premier Option through Delta Dental of Penn.) Next enter the search criteria to find participating Delta dentists in your area or enter your own dentist’s name to find out if he/she participates with the Premier network.

 

WORK IN PROCESS

Delta Dental will coordinate with the Plan Office to transition all billing for “work in process”. This means that all root canals, orthodontia work and other staged procedures that are not completed under the old arrangement will be carried over and the remaining balance billing, for work performed on or after October 1, 2002 will be processed by Delta Dental.

It is important to remember that all work that has been pre-determined by Prudential/Aetna must be completed and billed with a billing date on or prior to September 30, 2002, in order to assure that your co-pay will remain the same as quoted in the initial pre-determination.

Any work started under the old Plan but billed for date of service on or after October 1, 2002 will be reimbursed according to whether the dentist is participating in the Delta Dental network. If your dentist is not a participating dentist, the balance billing will be paid at the out-of-network rate of 80 percent of the Plan’s UCR schedules.

 

CLAIMS QUESTIONS

All questions about any dental claims incurred on or after October 1, 2002, including claims submitted by out-of-network providers, should be directed to Delta Dental at 1-800-932-0783. You have been provided with a Delta claim form to forward to your dentist, however, your dentist may submit any standard dental billing form as long as the bill is sent directly to Delta at the above listed address.

 

IDENTIFICATION CARDS

Participants have been sent a brochure that includes a perforated generic identification card. This card lists the telephone number and the billing address for Delta. You are not required to carry an identification card because your social security number and birth date will identify you as an eligible participant in the Delta Dental Network.

It is important to remember that MM&P claims will be processed by Delta Dental of Pennsylvania. You or your dentist can access your eligibility by calling either the Plan Office or Delta Dental at 1-800-932-0783.

If you or your dentist have any questions, you can contact Delta Dental at 1-800-932-0783 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Plan members are identified by social security number and the Group Plan number for MM&P which is 7117.

Billing for both in and out of network claims should be submitted on standard dental billing forms and sent directly to Delta at

Delta Dental of Pennsylvania One Delta Drive Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

You can locate participating providers on-line at www.MidAtlanticDeltaDental.com. Masters, Mates and Pilots members have access to providers in all of theDelta networks.



The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: iommp@bridgedeck.org. For further info or to subscribe contact John Peige at jpeige@bridgedeck.org. The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea, broadcast worldwide via FEC marine telex and is posted on our web page.

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