Keeping You Safe With
Covid-19 Precaution & Vaccination Info
Your health and safety is of utmost importance to us. Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 information and regulations here.
Please consult the precaution and preparedness recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control:
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly (especially when hands are visibly dirty)
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-95% alcohol
- Disinfect surfaces regularly (including tools, to the best you are able)
- Cover your cough
- Contact your employer BEFORE you come to work if you are sick
Additionally, the AGC of MO has created an online resource center, as well as a “Protect Yourself, Protect Others” hotline where workers can call anonymously with concerns about safety and sanitation on job sites.
Protect Yourself, Protect Others: 314-781-2356 ext. 1050
The Greater Kansas City Building Trades Council has established a similar anonymous hotline for the greater Kansas City region.
Care For Our Construction Heroes Hotline: 816-595-4164
Carpenters Wellness Center
Walk-ins are NOT accepted. You MUST have a scheduled appointment prior to entering the facility.
Virtual Appointments for existing patients are available. Please call to schedule.
If you are at risk for COVID-19 or are in need of testing for COVID-19, please call us for guidance in navigating getting tested.
Wellness Center Phone Number: (314) 955-9355
Extension Of Cobra Due Dates And Other Plan Deadlines Due To COVID Outbreak Period
Public Health Emergency and National Emergency Update
April 13, 2023
The President signed a resolution ending the National Emergency (NE) on April 10, 2023. The White House has also issued a press release notifying the public of its intent to end the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) on May 11, 2023.
- A Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notice in the April 13 Federal Register provides guidance with respect to the end of certain HIPAA enforcement discretions. (The Federal Register notice can be found here.)
- On March 29, 2023, the Department of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) released frequently asked questions (FAQs) Part 58 to address the impact of the anticipated end of emergency declarations, upon certain provisions of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The FAQs release can be found at FAQs Part 58.
How this Update affects the Plan
Although the NE ended on April 10, the Department of Labor (DOL) informally announced the Outbreak Period will continue to run through July 10, 2023 (60 days after the anticipated NE end date of May 11, 2023) to avoid possible confusion and changes to administrative processes already underway. This means plan administration—specifically HIPAA special enrollment; COBRA elections, notices and premium payments; and claim processes—can return to prepandemic rules effective July 10, 2023.
Unitedhealthcare Resources For Carpenters' Medicare Retirees
Mental Health Resources
There are resources available to our Carpenter participants and their covered dependents that can help:
- Mental health and substance abuse services are provided by UnitedHealthcare’s Mental Health network. Visit umr.com and select Find a provider.
Search for UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus or Options PPO Network.
Select View directory of behavioral health providers. Call Carpenters’ Participant Services at 1.866.232.3863, option 1, for assistance in finding a Behavioral Health provider that meets your needs.
- Member Assistance Program
- Centers for Disease Control tips for managing stress and coping