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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to volunteer more? Consider judging a local science fair – it’s a short-term
commitment with a lasting impact. Training is
available for judging at both fairs below.
Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering
Fair draws high school students from King
and Snohomish Counties. Find out more at
Washington State Science and Engineering Fair
draws students from grades 1-12 throughout the
state. Find out more at
Northwest Council Guest Night
Thursday, Feb. 12
Offsite – Tukwila
Wednesday, March 18
Tuesday, March 24
MAC Valentine Movie Night*
Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow
Wednesday, Feb. 11
13th Avenue Warren
St. Patrick’s Day BINGO*
Half-price tickets for balcony seating
(21 and older) – Get tickets by Feb. 9
Saturday, March 14, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Free to members and their families –
prizes and refreshments
*Hosted by the Mid west Membership Activities Committee (MAC) Decision pending
on ‘bridge’ benefits
WICHITA – A decision is still pend- ing on the pension ‘bridge’ benefits lawsuit against Boeing.
The specific terms remain confidential until a
federal court approves a tentative settlement.
SPEEA filed the initial lawsuit after the divestiture
to Spirit AeroSystems in 2005 because employees
were denied the contract benefit of ‘bridging’ to
early retirement benefits.
Boeing improves benefits for autism
and neurodevelopmental therapy p l r
In a class-action settlement, Washington employees with children in need of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy for autism
will now have coverage under Boeing’s self-insured
medical plans. For coverage requirements and
more details, please contact Total Access.
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, medically necessary ABA
therapy for children diagnosed with Autism
Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is covered by an
expanded list of healthcare providers. The therapy
addresses the significant social, communication
and behavioral challenges facing those with ASD.
“We’ve been fighting for ABA coverage for years,”
said Matt Kempf, SPEEA benefits director, who’s
been working with members and their families
affected by this issue. “We’re so happy to finally
see children getting the services they need.”
Boeing also announced the age limit has been
removed for neurodevelopmental therapy (for
brain and central nervous system disorders).
Previously, the age limit was six years old.
The changes only apply to Boeing self-insured
plans, which are administered by BlueCross
BlueShield of Illinois. Local and regional HMOs
are not affected by this change.
The class action was announced Jan. 20 by
the Washington Autism Advocacy Alliance
(WAAA), which noted more than 80,000 families in the state will benefit from the access to
Autism class action settled