Health & Welfare News

Effective January 1, 2017 your dental benefits will be provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield Dental Blue Freedom. You should have received new dental cards from Blue Cross, you will need to provide your dentist with this new information. The cards you received will only have the members name on them.


Blue Cross Blue Shield Member Services has learned that some members may have received automated phone calls, which claim to be from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, offering free topical pain relief medicine.

These calls are not from Blue Cross, nor did we authorize them. Members have been advised to not provide any personal information, disconnect the call and to contact our Fraud Hotline at 1-800-992-4100, or email us at


Due to the price increase of EpiPens to over $600 – the manufacturer came out with a co pay card that can be used up to $300 toward the purchase of EpiPens.

Information regarding this co pay card is available at:

If you have already purchased EpiPens you may be eligible for a rebate at:
or call 1-866-566-6446

As a participant in the Health and Welfare Plan of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 98, you are covered by various benefit plans. These plans are designed to provide coverage for all eligible participants and their eligible dependents.

If you have any doubts about your eligibility or you question your coverage under the various plans, we trust that you will contact the Fund Office.

For further information, contact the Benefits Office at 413-525-4221.

The benefit package currently includes: medical and prescription coverage with Blue Cross-Blue Shield, dental coverage with BCBS, optical benefits with Davis Vision or through the Local 98 Self-funded Plan, a hearing aid benefit, a Non-Occupational Disability Income Plan, Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage and reimbursement for Department of Transportation examinations.

I.U.O.E. Local 98 Health and Welfare Fund Privacy Notice


Health & Welfare SPD – Health and Welfare Summary Plan Description is the document that explains your Health and Welfare Fund.

BCBS Summary of Benefits – Summary of Benefit Coverage

Davis Vision Summary of Benefits – Davis Vision Benefit Description

BCBS Dental Blue Freedom Summary of Benefits – Summary Of Benefit Coverage