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A Message from the UUA Health Plan About the H1N1 Influenza Outbreak

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Health Plan provides Health Insurance to some or all staff members in over 300 of our UUA congregations. We care deeply about the wellbeing of congregational staffs, and we want to make sure that all staff members, whether or not they are in the UUA Health Plan, have accurate and up to date information on the H1N1 influenza virus and the steps they can take to protect themselves, their families, their co-workers, and the public.

Will my health plan cover the cost of flu treatment?
Of course, the UUA Plan will cover treatment cost, just as it has for people who have developed flu over the past two flu seasons. Your fist line defense is always prevention, and your second is to contact your physician. In addition, the anti-viral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza—both frequently mentioned in the media as first line treatments—are covered by our plans.

Does the UUA Health Plan have any prevention materials for our staff?
Yes, we have a brochure (PDF) and a poster (PDF) that detail the current recommendations for prevention. We encourage you to use them, whether your congregation participates in our health plan or not.

Who can I call if I have questions about H1N1?
If your question regards treatment of flu or suspected flu, your first contact should always be your doctor.

If you need information about how the Health Plan is responding to H1N1, Jim Sargent, UUA Health Plan Director, will research and answer your question. He can be reached at (617) 948-6405 and hp_director [at] uua [dot] org.

If your question involves more technical input than we can address in-house, we will locate the appropriate resources for you.

Yours in health,

Jim Sargent
UUA Health Plan Director

Paul Bluestein, MD
Chair, UUA Employee Benefits Trust
Chief Medical Officer, ConnectiCare