Health & Welfare News

We want to make you aware that Blue Cross Blue Shield has added a new “Opioid Resource Center”  to their website which can be found at The intent is to create awareness and address the stigma. The site provides guidance for treatment, interventions and recovery. There are several support tools, contact information and resources available to you.

Did you know that you have access to quicker, less expense choices for quality care?

You should always go to the nearest emergency room in a life-threatening situation. However, for other situations, including urgent care, you have options that can save you time and money. Please see the  following  link for a list of care options available to you and your dependents covered under the Local 98 health plan.

Emergency Room Alternatives



As a participant in the Health and Welfare Plan of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 98, you are covered by various benefit plans. These plans are designed to provide coverage for all eligible participants and their eligible dependents.

If you have any doubts about your eligibility or you question your coverage under the various plans, we trust that you will contact the Fund Office.

For further information, contact the Benefits Office at 413-998-3230.

The benefit package currently includes: medical and prescription coverage with Blue Cross-Blue Shield, dental coverage with BCBS, optical benefits with Davis Vision or through the Local 98 Self-funded Plan, a hearing aid benefit, a Non-Occupational Disability Income Plan, Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage and reimbursement for Department of Transportation examinations.

I.U.O.E. Local 98 Health and Welfare Fund Privacy Notice


Health & Welfare SPD – Health and Welfare Summary Plan Description is the document that explains your Health and Welfare Fund.

BCBS Summary of Benefits – Summary of Benefit Coverage

Davis Vision Summary of Benefits – Davis Vision Benefit Description

BCBS Dental Blue Freedom Summary of Benefits – Summary Of Benefit Coverage


New Eligibility SMM – effective 1/1/17