Healthcare Cost Assistance

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Benefit Summary

Carewell SEIU 503 Healthcare Cost Assistance benefits help make individual healthcare plans affordable for Oregon homecare and personal support workers who can’t get coverage through other means. Examples of other means include the Oregon Health Plan, another employer or spousal coverage.

This benefit is available to eligible homecare and personal support workers who have Medicare or who enroll in an approved plan through a health insurance Marketplace. The Healthcare Cost Assistance benefit covers up to $6,500 of out-of-pocket medical expenses for claims covered by Medicare or your approved Marketplace plan in 2021. It also covers 100% of your net monthly premiums for your individual Marketplace plan, or a portion of your Medicare premiums.

If you are eligible for Healthcare Cost Assistance, you will receive a Benefit Convenience Card (a Mastercard debit card) to pay for your monthly premiums (unless you have Medicare) and covered out-of-pocket medical expenses. The card will come from Ameriflex (the Benefits Convenience Administrator).

Note: Renewal information for Healthcare Cost Assistance benefits for support workers

  • enrolled in Medicare can be found here;
  • enrolled in approved Marketplace plans can be found here.
Important Things to Know
  • This benefit pays your net monthly premium (i.e., your premium after tax credits have been applied) for a qualifying individual plan purchased through the Marketplace or for Medicare. It also covers up to $6,500 in out-of-pocket medical expenses for claims covered by your qualifying individual plan or by Medicare. Carewell SEIU 503 Healthcare Cost Assistance benefits are not employer-sponsored or group coverage.
  • To take advantage of this benefit, you will need to enroll into an approved plan on a Healthcare Marketplace or into Medicare. Call us—we’re here to help walk you through the process!
  • In most cases, you need to wait until Open Enrollment to enroll. On the Federal Marketplace, Open Enrollment is usually November 1-December 15. There are some exceptions that may qualify you to enroll through a Special Enrollment Period. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Check your Eligibility

To find out your eligibility instantly, answer a few questions on the eligibility questionnaire. 

Please read the eligibility requirements below carefully.

Eligibility Requirements

You are likely to be eligible for Healthcare Cost Assistance benefits if you:

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Worked 40 or more hours a month of eligible working hours — also known as bargaining unit hours — for two months in a row. There is then a one month waiting period while your hours are reported to the Benefits Administrative Office.

Visual depiction of eligibility timeline and one month waiting period
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Turn in your timesheets and/or payroll vouchers on a regular basis

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Have your basic demographic information on file with the Benefits Administrative Office. Click here to update your information now.

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Have medical coverage through Medicare or through an approved Marketplace plan. See FAQs for more information.

Eligible hours

The number of eligible working hours you need to qualify for Carewell benefits are the work hours paid by Acumen, DHS and/or PPL on behalf of your consumer.

Losing eligibility

If you go two months in a row without working any eligible working hours (or if zero hours are reported), after a grace period of one month you will no longer be eligible for Healthcare Cost Assistance. To regain eligibility for Carewell SEIU 503 benefits you must complete the steps above.

Grace period for Open Enrollment 2021

If you are eligible to receive Healthcare Cost Assistance benefits in October 2020, you will continue to be eligible for Healthcare Cost Assistance benefits in November 2020 and December 2020, regardless of your hours worked. Your continuing eligibility after December 31, 2020, will be determined based on eligibility rules as described above. 

If you have questions about your eligibility for Healthcare Cost Assistance benefits, please call 1-844-507-7554, option 3, option 2.

For eligible workers with Medicare

Learn more about Healthcare Cost Assistance for eligible workers covered by Medicare.

For eligible workers with approved plans

Learn more about Healthcare Cost Assistance for eligible workers with approved individual health plans on the Healthcare Marketplaces.

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