Information Concerning Former FEGS Staff
- Updated April 4th, 2017 -
Dear Former FEGS Employees,
Please read below to update you on some new information:
1. To: Former FEGS Staff Member(s) covered under United Healthcare/Oxford Insurance Plan in 2015:
You may have received a notice from United Healthcare/Oxford (the health insurer for FEGS) regarding a Medical Loss Ratio Rebate (MLR) that FEGS and other insured entities with Oxford were eligible for as provided by the federal Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers generally must spend a minimum percentage of premiums received each year on health care services, such as doctors and hospital bills, and activities to improve health care quality. Insurers whose expenditures fall short of MLR targets must pay rebates. In early April, the 2015 rebate checks for eligible individuals were processed and mailed (to the most updated address on record). Rebate amounts correspond to each individual's portion based on the exact percentage of the premiums he or she paid to the Oxford health plan during 2015. Eligible individuals will be receiving or have already received, via USPS mail, a rebate check in a similar fashion as the 2014 rebate check. Note that rebate amounts vary from a few dollars upwards to an average of under $10.00 and that this payment is unrelated to any claims that you may have in the FEGS bankruptcy proceedings.
It is imperative that if you changed addresses and have NOT already updated your address on FEGS.org (see section #4 below) that you please do so. If you were to receive a rebate and due to an address change your check was returned to FEGS, you must update your address in our system before the check can be resent out. Any returned checks related to this rebate will be resent on or about 5/15/17 provided your address is updated. If you did not receive a check and your address information is current in FEGS records, then you were likely not eligible for a rebate. Please see #4 (below) to update your address if you moved to a new address.
2. As you may be aware, Local 215, District Council 1707, CSAEU, AFSCME, AFL-CIO (the "Union"), through its outside lawyers, has for the past several months been engaged in discussions with FEGS and the Creditors’ Committee about a settlement of the members’ severance, WARN Act and vacation pay claims. On November 23, 2016, FEGS, with the support of the Creditors’ Committee, filed a Motion to approve a proposed Settlement Agreement with the Union those claims as well as the claim of the National Labor Relations Board for back pay. The Settlement was approved and those payments were sent out on February 17th, 2017 to eligible Union employees who worked at FEGS and were due a settlement payment. If you were scheduled to receive a settlement payment and did not yet receive it by mail, please contact the Union. The Union’s contact number is: (212) 219-0022. Questions regarding the Motion, the terms of the Settlement Agreement, the Settlement Amounts or any other related matters must be directed to Larry Cary, Esq., of Cary Kane, LLP, counsel to the Union. Mr. Cary’s address and phone are as follows: 1350 Broadway, Suite 1400, New York, NY 10018; Phone: (212) 868-6300.
Claims timely submitted by former Non-Union employees, whether for WARN damages, severance, vacation pay or any other amounts allegedly due are still in the process of being reviewed. FEGS is currently in discussions with counsel for the N.Y. State Department of Labor regarding a potential settlement of the Non-Union employee WARN, severance and vacation pay claims. Any such agreement will be subject to the approval of the Creditors’ Committee and ultimately the Bankruptcy Court. We will update the website as to the progress of any settlement agreement and the approval of any such arrangements and consequent payments. Please check back regularly for any updates.
3. Information about the claims process is available at http://omnimgt.com/fegs or call: 866-205-3142
4. In order to ensure that FEGS’s former employees’ records are correct, as it relates to any correspondence sent now or in the future, please fill out your information in all the fields by clicking this link. If your address has changed since your employment with FEGS, please update your information.
Note: This action is not required if you’ve already submitted the form, and your address has not been changed since you last submitted it.
Thank you,
Andy Slutsky
Director, Senior Human Resources
Phone 212-366-8541/Email: ASlutsky@FEGS.org