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Northern trust—by Ray miller

Recently you were notified of benefit modifications the Board of Trustees have made. In summary, they are as follows:

Effective August 1, 2005 the calendar year deductible increased from $300 to $500 per participant and from $900 to $1,250 per family.

Effective August 1, 2005 the annual co-insurance out-of-pocket limit per participant was increased from $10,000 to $20,000.

Effective August 1, 2005 the dental schedule was increased to 80 percent of usual, reasonable, and customary to closer reflect the current rates charged by dentists in the Alaska area.

Effective October 1, 2005 expenses for surgical treatment of obesity including but not limited to gastric restrictive procedures, intestinal bypass, and reversal procedures regardless of associated medical or psychological condition including treatment of complications resulting from surgical treatment of obesity will no longer be covered.

Effective October 1, 2005 all retired participants must be a dues paying member of the Local Union or paying a ser- vice fee to the union equal to the amount of dues required of retired members to be eligible for the Retiree Medical Plan. Contact your Local Union for details.

REMINDER Hospitalization Preauthorization

Remember to preauthorize your hospital stay before your admission to the hospital. If you don’t, your benefits will be reduced by 25 percent.

If you are hospitalized due to an emergency you must notify the Administration Office within 48 hours (72 hours if oc- curring on a weekend or legal holiday) of your emergency hospital stay. If you don’t, your benefits will be reduced by 25 percent. To certify your hospital stay please call 1-800-932-7766.

Management Involved in Trust

Many Contractors volunteer their time and efforts by serving as Trustees on the various Trusts. Their hard work and dedication bring many of the benefits we all enjoy. A special thanks to all those Management Trus- tees.

Southern Health & Welfare/Pension Greg Romack, Davis Constructors Pat Steward, Steward & Company Dick Cattanach, AGC

Northern Health & Welfare/Pension John Eng, Cornerstone Construction Brad West, West Construction Bert Bell, Ghemm Company

Southern Training Center Bill Puckett, Unit Company Mike Gould, Excel Construction Kyle Randich, Davis Constructors

Piledrivers Training Center Brad West, West Construction Bud Courtright, Swalling Construction

Northern Training Center Richard Tilly, Tilly & Company Meg Nordale, Ghemm Company Gary Grose, GBC Steve Jelinck, Alcan General Mike Vlaming, Millwright Employers

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