PRESS RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 06, 2006

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DENTAL PLAN INFO FOR CLERK II's & JUNIOR CLERKS (Save-On/Safeway/Overwaitea Members)

The Trustees of the UFCW Health and Welfare Trust have approved offering dental plan coverage to eligible Junior Clerks, Clerk II's, Demonstrators and Training Clerks in the Overwaitea and Safeway Divisions. The new coverage negotiated by the Union means that a greater number of Junior Clerks, Demonstrators, and Training Clerks (Save-On/Overwaitea), and Clerk IIs and Production Clerks (Safeway) will qualify for benefits.

The new Dental Plan and Extended Health Benefit access will take effect on July 1, 2006. Please get in touch with your Division Administrator (contact information is below) if you have questions regarding your coverage that are not addressed in the Questions and Answers below.

Questions & Answers

How is this benefit coverage paid for?

Your extended health and dental coverage is funded by contributions that the Union negotiated with your Employer. You do not make contributions to this Plan.

Who is eligible for this benefit?

You, and your dependents, are eligible for coverage if:

a) You have a minimum of two years continuous employment;

b) Your rate of pay is $10.15 per hour or more; and

c) You are paid for an average of 24 hours per week over 13 consecutive weeks. (Eligibility for these benefits will be tested at the end of each month)

Additionally, the Trustees of the Plan make other considerations from time to time to determine eligibility.

What expenses are eligible for reimbursement?

The extended health coverage will reimburse you (and any eligible dependents) for expenses related to prescription drugs, eyeglasses/contact lenses, hearing aids and other paramedical services (i.e. massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment and acupuncture), subject to some maximums, limitations and exclusions. Additionally, you may be eligible to receive reimbursement for expenses incurred during hospital stays or expenses not covered by other medical plans (i.e. coinsurance under your spouse's plan).

The dental coverage will reimburse you (and any eligible dependents) for dental expenses, subject to some maximums, limitations and exclusions as follows:

Plan A: Basic Services

Plan B: Major Services

Plan C: Orthodontic Services

Please refer to the enclosed "Benefit Summary" that will be mailed to you shortly for further details.

Please note that you must have MSP coverage in effect at the time the expense is incurred in order to be eligible for any reimbursement.

Do I need to enroll in order to submit a claim?

If you are qualifying for coverage for the first time, you need to complete the enrollment form that will be mailed to you shortly. Once completed, return it to the Overwaitea Benefits Department (if you are a Save-On/Overwaitea employee) or the Safeway Human Resources Department in Calgary (if you are a Safeway employee).

If you are already covered under the current extended health plan, you do not need to enroll -- you will automatically be eligible for the dental coverage on July 1, 2006.

How do I make a claim?

Safeway members: Please contact the store or the Safeway Human Resources Department in Calgary for a claim form. Your benefit plan number with Pacific Blue Cross is E039353 and your member ID is your social insurance number. For dental claims, ask your dental office if they will submit the claim electronically to Pacific Blue Cross.

Save-On/Overwaitea members:Please contact your store Benefits Clerk, Overwaitea Benefits Department or Sun Life Canada for a claim form. Your benefit plan number with Sun Life Canada is 25121 and your member ID is your Social Insurance Number. Dental claims can often be made electronically through your dental office by simply providing your benefit plan and social insurance number.

When does coverage begin?

Coverage will begin for claims incurred on and after July 1, 2006.

When does coverage begin?

Coverage will begin for claims incurred on and after July 1, 2006.

How can I obtain more information?

Save-On/Overwaitea members: Call the Overwaitea Benefits Department - in the Lower Mainland at 604-882-7828 or toll free at 1-877-643-7200.
Save-On/Overwaitea members click here for a pdf of the Benefit Summary - 46KB

Safeway members: Call the Safeway Human Resources Department at 1-888-310-1318 ext 3381 or you may call Pacific Blue Cross at 604-419-2000 (Lower Mainland) or 1-888-275-4672 (outside Lower Mainland).
Safeway members click here for a pdf of the Benefit Summary - 53KB

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