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Employee Benefits

The City of Albuquerque offers many benefits for its employees and dependents.

Employee benefits include medical, dental, and vision plans, as well as retirement and deferred compensation.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Presbyterian Health Plan

MOBILE HEALTH CENTER UPDATE

For Employees and Family Members Enrolled in Presbyterian Health Plan Through City of Albuquerque, Participating Entities and Bernalillo County

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY employees are asked to call the Mobile Health Center at 505-220-6562 prior to visiting the unit. Walk-ins will not be permitted at this crucial time.

If you have symptoms of fever, dry cough, or difficulty breathing, we encourage you to immediately contact the State Coronavirus Hotline at 1-855-600-3453 or 505-827-0006. The Mobile Health Center will not be providing Coronavirus testing.

Presbyterian members may also access care via:

  • Video Visits
  • Online Visits (available to patients at least 4 years old who have been seen in person within the Presbyterian Healthcare Services delivery system within the past 36 months)
  • PresRN to speak to a nurse 24/7 by calling 505-923-5677
  • You can also call your healthcare provider.

There is no higher priority than our employees and your families. We assure you all Presbyterian facilities have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of patients, staff and our community.

You can stay informed about Coronavirus by visiting www.cabq.gov/covid19

You must contact NMDOH Coronavirus Hotline at 1-855-600-3453 or 827-0006 to be assessed for testing or monitoring:

If in the past 14 days, you have traveled to China, S. Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan, OR If you have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

EXPRESS SCRIPTS

Drug Supply

The Express Scripts Pharmacy is seeing an increase in prescriptions for albuterol inhalers due to increases in patients refilling prescriptions for 90-day supplies, and also for people being treated for COVID-19. We are in regular contact with manufacturers who are increasing production, but we may experience temporary shortages of specific formulations.

Effective April 10, 2020, there will be a temporary pause on shipping automatic refills for albuterol inhalers in response to an increase in demand associated with the public health need for albuterol inhalers in hospitals due to COVID-19. We are encouraging patients to evaluate the supplies they have on hand for this drug and only order when they are down to approximately a two-week supply. Beginning the week of April 6, letters will be mailed to impacted patients about this change and letting them know they will need to manually request a refill if needed.

MEDICAL FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS

Basic Alert

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on Friday. This CARES Act contains an important provision that will affect HSAs, HRAs, and FSAs.

Effective Immediately:

  • FSAs, HRAs, and HSAs can now reimburse or pay for over-the-counter drugs and medicines without a note of medical necessity or prescription from a physician.
  • Menstrual care products are now considered a qualified medical expense and are eligible for reimbursement or payment through an FSA, HRA, or HSA. Any expense incurred after 12/31/2019 will qualify.

We are currently working on updating our health care plan eligible expense lists, as appropriate, and developing further guidance to help address these changes. We will offer additional communications in the next two weeks.

ICMA-RC

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law.

The $2 trillion stimulus bill addresses a range of economic and health-related issues resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and includes the following retirement-related provisions:

  • Required Minimum Distribution Waiver
  • Coronavirus-Related Distributions
  • Loan Relief

Please see our recent article, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Signed into Law, for more details. Also, please visit our Washington Perspective website for periodic updates.

In addition, we continue to provide updates on the markets as it relates to COVID-19 at www.icmarc.org/COVID19updates.

Please contact your ICMA-RC representative if you have any questions.

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