For IPF:
dstupar@ipfweb.org
Phone: 1-888-880-8222
Fax: 202-347-7339

For IHF:
rdonovick@bacweb.org
Phone: 1-888-880-8222
Fax: 202-383-3905

620 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
202.783.3788

About Us

 

Issue 3, 2017

 

BAC Cares Program Benefits Members and Their Families

The objectives of the International Health Fund (IHF)'s BAC Cares program are all about delivering best in class healthcare to BAC members and their families. The IHF engages members in healthcare decision making, and improves member health and productivity while achieving financial stability and at lower costs. The IHF plans are designed to encourage members to see their doctors, with easily understood doctor visit copays. On most plans, there are no deductibles for in-network doctor's office visits and everything done in the doctor's office is covered under the applicable office visit copay. Virtual doctor office visits are available at only $5.00 per visit. The medical plan includes benefits for healthy back, cardiac care and cancer. Covered benefits include hearing aids, smoking cessation, acupuncture, massage therapy, virtual visits and generic drugs at a low-cost copay.

The BAC Cares program also provides enhanced case management, care coordination, a 24-hour NurseLineSM and Cancer support programs. Wellness incentives are a key part of our member benefits. Just this summer, BAC Cares was "on the road" bringing health and wellness screenings to the union halls on-site. Over 200 members participated at BAC Cares health fairs in Augusta, GA and Houston, TX.

Additional upcoming events are scheduled for Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Orlando. These health fairs help members understand their IHF benefits, plus the BAC Cares Biometric screenings give members and their spouses a chance to take care of their health by learning their own health numbers in real time.

Additional upcoming events are scheduled for Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Orlando. These health fairs help members understand their IHF benefits, plus the BAC Cares Biometric screenings give members and their spouses a chance to take care of their health by learning their own health numbers in real time.

BAC Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky President Ted Champ speaking to the members at the Local's health wellness fair in September.

 

Screenings

The screenings are convenient and full of information on members' own health. Some of the Biometric screenings and services offered to our members include: Body Mass Index, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Level, and Glucose (blood sugar) Level.

Screenings are provided by Quest Diagnostics in conjunction with Optum, health and well-being subsidiary of the United Healthcare that provides BAC members and their families support as part of the BAC Cares program. Each member receives access to a coach. All screening results are strictly confidential between the member and the on-site nurse. Members are encouraged to share their results information with their personal physicians for medical treatment purposes or for interpretation of the results when appropriate.

When a member or a member's spouse participates in the screening event, he or she is automatically eligible for the event raffle, with drawings for a large screen TV as well as gift cards and other items. Each event has been a huge success filled with solidarity and support for BAC Cares.

BAC Local 5 Oklahoma/ Arkansas/Texas member Rene Muniz participating the Local's health wellness fair.

 

Introducing Real Appeal®

A new feature of the International Health Fund's BAC Cares program is the Real Appeal®. A program being rolled out this October, Real Appeal® provides members and their spouses, as well as dependents over the age of 18, with support and a plan to attain lasting weight loss. It is offered at no cost to BAC members as part of their IHF benefits.

It is a year-long weight loss and maintenance program that provides a holistic approach, addressing diet, exercise, behaviors and willingness to change. Of the participants who have completed the program, 82% lost an average of 10 pounds.

The program is successful because it provides IHF participants with a personalized transformation coach for an entire year. The coach guides participants through the program step by step, customizing it to fit their needs, personal preferences and unique medical history.

Participants of the BAC Cares' Real Appeal® program receive a Success Kit. All the tools that are needed to help kick start their weight loss and keep them going strong are delivered to their door as soon as they attend their first group coaching session. To learn more about BAC Cares' Real Appeal®, please contact the IHF at 1-888-880-8222.

BAC Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky member Kimberly Banks, right, wife of BAC Local 4 Indiana/Kentucky member Thomas Banks, center, won a large screen TV at the Local's health wellness fair.