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Expanded links to CL Benefits & Services in our Resource Info section. 
We have all the links to what you may need.  They are right here when you need them.

Medicare choices made simple. Find a link to VIA Benefits in our Resource Section
Via Benefits helps you choose the medical, prescription drug
and vision plans that fit your medical requirements and budget.
Click here to learn more about this program.

Looking to learn about the presidentual canidates
who have entered the race. With links to their social media.

Find out more about all the presidentual candidates


We hear you: This is a tough time for parents and families who have school-age kids. With schools closed, some for the remainder of the year, families are learning how to support students’ distance learning and partner with their teachers and school staff while also juggling work and other responsibilities.

  <>But it can be really hard. And that’s why the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the AFL-CIO are partnering to provide union families with helpful lessons and tools for kids in pre-K through 12th grade who are now learning at home and coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. We’d like to share these resources with you. We hope they’re helpful. (And please note, these resources are intended to supplement what your child’s teacher or school has already provided.)  <>
You can go to to access lessons, online tools, resources and more.
And join us on social media for more help and support through this crisis: 

@AFTunion @AFLCIO @ShareMyLesson.

  <>In Solidarity,  <>

Congress Suspends Required Minimum Distributions
For 401(k)s And IRAs For 2020

The bipartisan COVID-19 stimulus bill just signed by President Trump includes welcome tax relief for retirees: The required minimum distribution rules for Individual Retirement Accounts and 401(k)s are waived for 2020. That means that instead of taking money out this year, retirees can keep their investments growing. The RMD waiver applies to 403(b) accounts, SEP IRAs, and SIMPLE IRAs. This is a repeat of the 2009 RMD holiday during the Great Recession.
The rules for who needed to take 2020 RMDs were already funky because of the SECURE ACT, passed in late December, which changed the age triggering RMDs from 70 ½ to 72, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information for CWA Members

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect communities across the globe, CWA leaders are engaging with employers to ensure that they are providing CWA members with comprehensive safety and prevention measures in an environment that encourages open and free communication without fear of reprisal or negative impacts on pay or continued employment.

CWA's Health and Safety department has established a process for locals to report on what protections employers have put in place as well as for members to report any incidents of exposure or infection. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms consistent with infection, contact your healthcare provider immediately and follow reporting procedures established by your employer. Also notify your CWA Local or District as soon as possible.
To find out more click the above link.

Hello retirees...
and possibly current employees who have a dependent using CL health benefits. Hopfully employees got this done at work if needed.
You may need to verify your dependents by UPDATE: Now July 31 or possibly lose them.
You need to be aware of this so you don't lose your benefits...
The comment was.. So I just got a form in the mail wanting proof my husband is my husband or they will drop him from the healthcare....does anyone know why? Was posted on the facebook fourm US WEST/Qwest retirees and wannabes
 Ans... They want to make sure your dependent, and your status hasn't changed.
A way of purging their data base to see who they can eliminate.
You know they are serious as they remind you if you miss a paymet your benefits will be terminated.
That's why I get a email every time they get my auto payment acknowledging they received it.
So Yes you do have to respond to the letter or go online so you will not have your coverage canceled.
If you receive that letter respond and follow the directions or you might be able to do it online.
Go to and try to get it done that way.
 I  logged on and found  a green box in the center down the page .Dependent Eligibility

Clicked on it.
Came up with a pop-up

I uploaded documents that showed we are married and my spouse as dependent.

I copied our house property tax form, IRS 1040, and house property insurance wiitch had both our names on it. And uploaded them.
Hopefully that should do the trick. We shall see.
Don't be fooled when on the site it lists your dependent.
That is just your current status...
BUT that will change if you don't update your dependent status.
If it shows your current dependent. Click on the edit button to make sure all the info is correct.
My spouses Medicare ID number was blank. So entered that.
Still had to go back through the above Verification process after doing that.

UPDATE: Got a email which said the verifacation results were online and to go and read the message. Did that but no messsages so callled them and they looked it up and good to go.

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