As part of the Strike Suspension Agreement, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and SAG-AFTRA agreed to recommend to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Board of Trustees to extend coverage as described below to certain qualifying participants. The Health Plan Board of Trustees, made up of Employer Trustees appointed by the AMPTP, the Joint Policy Committee (JPC), the Broadcast Industry, and the Sound Recording Industry, together with the Union Trustees appointed by SAG-AFTRA, unanimously approved the recommendation.
Qualified participants will receive an email and letter from the Plan confirming their coverage extension. An alert will also appear when they log in to Benefits Manager.
Qualification Requirements for Retirees (Participants age 65 or older and receiving a pension from SAG-Producers Pension Plan or AFTRA Retirement Fund) Losing Active Coverage
Retirees losing Active Plan coverage January 1, 2024 and who had at least $15,441 in reported sessional earnings between October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2023 will receive an additional twelve months of Active Plan coverage through December 31, 2024. These Retirees will need to meet the regular earnings qualifications for January 1, 2025 coverage and will not receive an additional extension.
Retirees (other than those receiving the first extension described above) losing Active Plan coverage January 1, 2025 and who had at least $24,264 in reported sessional earnings between October 1, 2023 and September 30, 2024 will receive an additional twelve months of Active Plan coverage through December 31, 2025.
Qualification Requirements for Non-Retirees (other than COBRA participants) Losing Active Coverage
Active Participants losing coverage as of January 1, 2024, April 1, 2024, July 1, 2024, October 1, 2024 and January 1, 2025 will receive a one-quarter extension of coverage, provided they earned at least the amounts shown in the chart below during their Base Earnings Periods. As shown below in the chart, the extension will also result in a new Base Earnings Period and new Benefit Period. Participants will receive only one three-month extension.
*If you meet the generally applicable Earnings/Days requirements during your new Base Earnings Period. The Earnings/Days requirements are scheduled to increase annually by 2% for coverage beginning January 1 of each year.
Participants Losing Extended Career COBRA
Participants who have lost their Extended Career COBRA benefits as of October 1, 2023 or who will lose them January 1, 2024, April 1, 2024, July 1, 2024 and October 1, 2024 will also receive an additional three months of the reduced Extended Career COBRA premium. If they are also running out their 18 months of regular COBRA coverage at that time, they will be able to self-pay for an additional three months of coverage at the reduced Extended Career COBRA rate .