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Wheelhouse Weekly – October 30, 2003

October 30th 2003


THE MASTERS, MATES & PILOTS’
WHEELHOUSE WEEKLY

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

Volume 7 . . . . . Number 44 . . . . October 30, 2003

STORIES COVERED

ALSO

REMINDERS




 

MM&P OPPOSES MORE USCG INTERVENTION ON MARINERS’ LICENSES

The MM&P, MEBA, AMO and SIU met with Congressional staff to reaffirm the unions’ opposition to a proposal that would significantly expand the USCG’s discretion to suspend or revoke a mariners’ license or document.

The USCG wants to act against a license or document even for actions having nothing to do with an individual’s on-the-job performance. The issue is not yet resolved we are continuing our efforts to protect MM&P members.



 

MARITIME TAX REFORM MUST BENEFIT US-FLAG FLEET OPERATORS

The MM&P, MEBA, AMO and SIU are actively opposing proposed legislation that would give a tax break to American owners of foreign flag vessels because it does not also provide any associated benefit for US-flag vessel operations.

It is the MM&P’s position that only companies that also maintain a US-flag fleet should be allowed to take advantage of any change in the foreign source shipping (subpart F) tax laws. The issue is not yet resolved.



 

MSC’S ADMIRAL BREWER PRAISES UNIONS AT NDTA MEETING

On Wednesday, October 29, MM&P International President Capt. Tim Brown and Special Representative Capt. Joe Stone attended the National Defense Transportation Association Sealift Meeting held at Baltimore’s World Trade Center.

This meeting was held primarily to debrief commercial, government and military interests on Operation Iraqi Freedom. The main topics covered were the areas of improvement since Desert Storm and Desert Shield as well as those areas that still need improvement.

Admiral David Brewer opened the meeting on a high note as to what the unions accomplished very well and how the partnership among the maritime unions, industry and government is evolving.

It was a positive meeting that ended with a discussion of short sea shipping and a road map for the future on this issue. Those in attendance missed the presence of Admiral Al Herberger whose wife suffered a stroke last week necessitating his absence at the meeting.



 

USNS SEAY RETURNS BACK TO ROS STATUS IN PHILADELPHIA

On October 26, the USNS SEAY transitioned back into ROS status in the port of Philadelphia, PA, having completed five successful voyages in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

MM&P applicants and members who brought the SEAY back into the Port of Brotherly Love include: 3rd Mate Josha Sturgis, 3rd Mate Thomas Luke, 2nd Mate Daniel Harvey, Chief Mate David Pryor and Master Peter Strez. Congratulations to all on a job well done!

 



 

MM&P HQ STAFF ATTENDS MARAD MEETING

On October 21, MM&P Special Representative Capt. Joe Stone and Executive Assistant to the President Mike Rodriguez attended a meeting hosted by the Associate Administrator for National Security in the Maritime Administration.

The agenda for the meeting focused on the breakout of RRF vessels for Operation Iraqi Freedom. AMO, SIU and MEBA also sent representatives.

The group discussed issues related to inoculations. It was agreed that inoculations should continue for mariners in order to achieve the full benefit of the inoculation programs. MARAD agreed to take the issue up with the Military Sealift Command.

Training was also a topic. Secure communications courses and the possibility of MSC authorizing the Union schools to provide the CBRD Officer course were discussed.

MARAD is looking into the payment of war zone bonuses and Merchant Marine Expeditionary medals for all mariners who are eligible. They agreed to look into outstanding claims. HQ staff will provide the names of any vessels and MM&P members who may have claims outstanding.



 

MM&P REPRESENTED AT TWO MARITIME ACADEMY CAREER FAIR DAYS

MM&P, represented by Director of Special Projects Richard Plant, attended and exhibited a display booth on October 21 at Fort Schuyler and on Oct.23 at Maine Maritime Academy Career Fair Day.

Both days were well represented by union, non-union, private and government agencies. It is estimated that about 30 deck license officers will graduate from Fort Schuyler in the Spring of 2004 with an additional 60 from Maine. MM&P, as usual, was well received by the cadet corps.



 

CONDOLENCES TO MITAGS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GLEN PAINE

The MM&P was sorry to learn of the passing of MITAGS Executive Director Glen Paine’s mother, Virginia Paine who passed peacefully in her sleep on October 26 at the age of 79. A service was conducted on October 28 in West Palm Beach, FL, where she resided.



 

LOY NOMINATED FOR DEPUTY SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY

President George W. Bush has announced his intention to nominate Admiral James Loy, of VA, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, and intends to designate him Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.

Admiral Loy currently serves as the Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration. Earlier in his career, Admiral Loy served as Commandant of the Coast Guard and USCG Chief of Staff. He graduated from the USCG Academy in 1964 and holds masters degrees from Wesleyan and the University of Rhode Island.



 

HORIZON’S CEO CREDITS TECHNOLOGY FOR DEFENSE EFFORT

Chuck Raymond, Chairman, President and CEO of MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines, said on October 22 that the role of technology “continues to drive much of the change in our business, allows the customer to have so much more control, and allows us to concentrate on what we do best.”

Raymond spoke on “Synchronized Global Distribution for the War Fighter…The Way Ahead” at a meeting of the US Army’s Military Traffic Management Command’s 599th Transportation Group, Pacific Command.

“Change is never easy … I’ve been through 35 years of change in this business, and the only thing I’m sure of is that it will never stop,” he said. “I’ve watched MTMC’s progress and you’ve done things that, frankly, we in the private sector only hope to accomplish as well.

I’m talking about streamlining your organization, reducing layers, cutting out costs, and relocating parts of the organization while maintaining a high level of service to your customers. That’s like changing the spark plugs while the car is still running down the road.”

Raymond, noting other factors, said “…we’re also being driven by the geopolitical changes in our world. The pace of change has never been greater, and continues to grow … just look at what technology has done to our world in the span of a few decades.”

“Today, moms don’t shout when they call the family to dinner … they instant message everyone. Email, on a large scale, didn’t exist until the early 1990s. Now, over 600 billion Email messages are sent each year. We’re drowning in information, but we’re thirsty for knowledge, the ultimate competitive advantage,” said Raymond.

Mr. Raymond will receive the prestigious 2003 Admiral of the Ocean Seas (AOTOS) Award at a gala industry dinner on November 7 in New York City.



 

IMPORTANCE OF AMERICAN MARINERS, US-BUILT SHIPS STRESSED

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) stressed the importance of the continued need for American ships crewed by US merchant mariners in remarks October 23 before a luncheon of the Washington DC Chapter of the Propeller Club.

Mikulski commended the entire industry for its accomplishment during the call-up in Iraq. She also stressed the need for shipyards. “We need American ships and they need to be subsidized. We need an industrial base and we need jobs to support that industrial base.”

She also joined in support of Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) call for cargo preference afforded to US vessels involved in rebuilding Iraq.

“We have another war, the war against terrorism,” Mikulski stated. “One of the greatest threats is that to our ports.” She went on to note that every port is in danger ­”we need to protect those ports.”

“We also need to protect our Coast Guard,” noting that the USCG is “absolutely stretched to the limit. We have to put resources in the federal checkbook. We have to replace their aging fleet,” which means work for US yards. “All of these are wise uses of the tax dollar,” she declared.



 

ITF INSPECTS OVER 200 SHIPS IN LATEST WEEK OF ACTION

During the ITF’s latest week of action (October 13-17) 201 ships were inspected in 22 ports in 11 Latin American countries. During the week, $247,883 in owed wages was recovered, with a further $78,870 promised. Last year, 166 ships were inspected and $101,485 recovered for crews.

In other ITF developments, five flag of convenience (FOC) vessels in four Malaysian ports were found to be flouting international maritime rules and labor laws during a weeklong nationwide check that ended October 10. The ITF and 25 volunteers from five dockworker unions in the country conducted the campaign against FOC vessels.



 

SPAIN REJECTS PRESTIGE MASTER’S APPEAL

Spain’s constitutional court has rejected an appeal lodged by the master of the sunken tanker PRESTIGE against the $3.3 million bail sum placed on him following the vessel’s disastrous sinking. The court ruled that a reduction in the bail sum would raise the risks of the 68 year-old captain escaping from Spain.

The court said the captain’s presence would need to be guaranteed while the judicial inquiry remained open. The court justified the high level of bail and its appeal rejection on the grounds that the relationship between the captain and the PRESTIGE’s operator must be considered.

“The complex judicial web that surrounds the activity and the origins of the ship as well as the type of commercial activity undertaken by the PRESTIGE cannot be forgotten,” the judges stated. The vessel’s master, who has spent 85 days in jail, is accused of causing harm to the environment and disobeying authorities.



 

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.



 

IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR ALL LDO’S 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.



 

MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

How would you deal with what is lurking in there?

CSE-AAES (Confined Space Entry, Atmospheric Analysis of Enclosed Spaces) which is being offered 11/3-7/2003, is designed for mariners who have a need to enter a vessel’s confined or enclosed spaces. The course presents the construction, operational features, limitations and calibration of oxygen analyzers, portable gas detection instruments and colorimetric tubes.

A training simulator is used along with various other training devices so that the attendee gets as close as possible to realistic training in testing, entering, working in and handling emergencies in a confined or enclosed space.

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

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  • BRM — Bridge Resource Management: 11/3
  • BST — Basic Safety Training: 11/3, 12/8

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CMM = Chief Mate and Master Courses

  • CMM-ADVSTB — Advanced Stability: 10/27
  • CMM-CHS-I — Cargo Handling & Stowage-Week I: 11/3
  • 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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  • 11/5-6: Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
  • 11/3-7: VPEN
  • 11/3-14: TCNAV
  • 11/3-14: GMDSS
  • 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 10-29 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 9,774.50

+ 176.30 for the week

 1,936.56

 + 38.49 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 96.92

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

25.46

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 15.15

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 14.35

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 24.54

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.48

 Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund (VWEHX):

 6.26

 Vanguard Total Bond Index (VBMFX)

 10.28

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.49

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.23

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 33.93

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 92.91

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  37.19



~ 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


 

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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