SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Cuts Premiums by 50% Due to Coronavirus Crisis

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The SAG-AFTRA Health Plan has cut 50% from the cost of premiums for the second quarter in response to the coronavirus crisis. SAG-AFTRA members were notified of the reduction on Wednesday via a message from SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White. They said the cuts would cover participants who had been […]
The SAG-AFTRA Health Plan has cut 50% from the cost of premiums for the second quarter in response to the coronavirus crisis.

SAG-AFTRA members were notified of the reduction on Wednesday via a message from SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White. They said the cuts would cover participants who had been covered as of March 1.

"The SAG-AFTRA Health Plan has announced it is temporarily reducing premiums by 50% during the second quarter (April, May and June), for all eligible Plan I, Plan II and COBRA participants covered by the Plan as of March 1, 2020. This change is effective on April 1, 2020," Carteris and White said.

Tens of thousands of performers union members are covered by the plan, with eligibility based on meeting earnings thresholds from the four most recent quarters. The plan said that participants, except those receiving "senior performers" coverage, will save between $450 and $855 over the three months, depending on the type of coverage, and those on COBRA will save between $460 and $1,168 a month.

Carteris and White also recapped already announced moves by SAG-AFTRA to deal with the pandemic, including dues reduction, support of the federal stimulus legislation, and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund's creation of the COVID-19 Relief Fund for SAG-AFTRA members who have been impacted by this pandemic.

"We want to start by saying we hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this incredibly challenging time. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives and effectively shut down work for so many of us," White and…
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