2nd Quarter 2020 Benefits Corner

Benefits Corner 

By Bill Dodge, CRA Benefits Chair

Bill Dodge

At the time of this writing in mid-March 2020, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the outbreak of the respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) corona virus, which was first detected in China, had been found in more than 150 locations internationally, including the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2”, and the disease it causes has been named “corona virus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

As you are aware, the rapid spread of COVID-19 has raised concerns of our national and local governments, business, and people everywhere. New information is being learned daily. Efforts have been underway to mitigate concerns by taking active and aggressive steps to prevent the virus from spreading into our communities.      

 The CRA Leadership Team and the CRA Benefits Committee have been closely following the updates and recommendations from leading health authorities, like the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) and thought you might find these resources helpful.

•  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus -Information for Seniors

 ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html )

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus -Video: What Older Adults need to Know

  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjcoN9Aek24&feature=youtu.be ) 

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus

 ( https://cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html )

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus -Situation Summary

  (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html )

•  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention corona virus FAQs

 ( https://cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html )

•  World Health Organization - Coronavirus

 ( https://who.int/health-topics/coronavirus )

• World Health Organization - Coronavirus Q&A

 ( https://who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronavirus ) 

As we collectively deal with this major health crisis, it is important to learn ways to keep you, your family, and your community safe. Please take a few minutes to see what the leading health authorities are advising in the above resource web links. Also, should you have a problem with either your Chevron or CRA retiree benefits during this difficult period of uncertainty, please contact a member of the CRA Benefits Committee for assistance.  

Recent Medicare Advisory Reminders & Updates 

  • Stay Healthy - Use your preventive service benefits 

Medicare covers a full range of preventive services to help keep you healthy.You'll pay nothing for many services when you get them from a doctor or other health care provider who accepts assignment. 

Preventive services include things like: 

  • Cardiovascular disease screenings,
  • Diabetes screenings,
  • Flu shots, and
  • Glaucoma tests 

Use your official Medicare account to make a personalized calendar of current and upcoming preventive services for which you may be eligible. Don't have an account yet? It's quick and easy to sign up! 

Sign Up 

  • Fight Medicare fraud by reviewing MSNs for errors

You can help reduce Medicare fraud by reviewing your Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs)and checking to see if the services listed and details are correct. You can compare the dates and services on your personal calendar with your MSN. And remember,check your claims early— the sooner you see and report errors, the sooner you can help stop fraud. 

You can look at your claims quicker by choosing to get your MSN electronically (eMSN). You'll get a monthly email with a link to your claims information, so you won't have to wait 3 months to get your paper MSN in the mail. To sign up for eMSNs, log into your Medicare.gov account and, 

  1. Select "My Account" from the menu,
  2. In the "User information" tab, select "Email and Correspondence Settings",
  3. In the "Electronic Medicare Summary Notices (eMSNs)" area, select "Edit", and
  4. Select "Yes" and then "Submit." 

Sign Up For eMSNs 

If you think a charge is incorrect or you suspect that Medicare is being charged for health care services you didn't get,click on report it to us at 1-800-MEDICARE.


Bill Dodge,Contact Information for CRA’s Benefits Committee:
Bill Dodge, Chevron / Gulf : Email: CRABenefits9@gmail.com ; Phone: 832-934-0680