and Techs at Boeing
Which dental plan
is right for you?
The SPEEA/Boeing Prof and Tech contracts provide three dental plan options for represented
employees in the Puget Sound. All three are free
from premium contributions.
• Washington Dental Service (WDS)
Preferred Dental (aka Network)
This is recommended for the vast majority
of SPEEA-represented employees. For the
highest benefit, plan to use an in-network
Washington Dental Service (WDS) PPO
dentist. Nationwide in-network coverage is
available, using the National Delta Dental
In Washington state, PPO Network and
Premier Network dentists are prohibited
from billing you the difference between the
charged and the maximum allowable rate,
known as “balance billing.”
• Washington Dental Service (WDS)
Scheduled Dental Plan
The Boeing Scheduled Dental Plan is
administered by Washington Dental Service
(WDS). There is still no network of providers, and covered employees can use any
licensed dentist in the U.S. The reimburs-able fee schedule will remain the same.
• WDS Prepaid Dental
This is a ‘buyer-beware’ plan, because
SPEEA receives more complaints on this
plan than the other two plans combined.
The Health Care Flexible Spending Account
(FSA) is an option for those who want to pay
eligible medical expenses income tax-free.
Keep in mind:
New: Starting in 2017, up to $500 of your
unused 2016 election can roll over. Electing to
withhold $500 in 2016 is a good idea.
Your entire Health Care FSA annual election is
available immediately. You do not have to wait
for the fund to accrue.
FSA funds can be used to reimburse your out-of-pocket costs such as co-pays or deductibles
for medical, dental and/or vision.
Effective Jan. 1, 2016, Davis Vision will be the
vision plan administrator for Boeing employees
with medical plan coverage with a Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) plan.
For the most part, Boeing is free to change
administrators, but Boeing cannot reduce your
Boeing individuals have met with SPEEA and
confirmed that the Davis Vision administrator has been able to meet the Boeing network
In addition to being able to provide the same
frames and lenses as Vision Service Plan (VSP),
Davis Vision offers additional flat co-pay
upgrades to lenses and provides a one-year break-age warranty on Davis Vision brand frames (if
selected by the individual).
In addition to being able to receive the same
screenings as before, individuals can also receive
a larger discount for Lasik surgery (25% vs. 20%
To learn more and find a provider online, please
Shown from left: Meridian Park Elementary School Competition Math Club Coach Dick Padrick, Coach Paul
Goracke, Coach and SPEEA member Ed Goldstick, and Coach and Coordinator Raif Majeed, holding the first
installment of Math Club teaching materials made possible by a generous grant from SPEEA.
Thanks for STEM support for math club
Thank you to the entire SPEEA organization for your STEM grant to Meridian Park’s Math Club.
Because of your generous grant, we have been able to revamp our student workbooks. Our previous practice materials were passed down over many years, with students forbidden to write in
them. Now, each student can have a personal workbook, with all the materials bound nicely so
that it lies flat on the desk and in worksheet format so they can do scratchwork and keep answers
directly under the questions. This makes practicing and studying much simpler for the students.
(SPEEA’s logo is printed on the cover of the workbooks).
I’d also like to recognize a member of yours and longtime volunteer of ours, Ed Goldstick, for
applying for this grant.
Thanks again for your support of STEM education.
2015-2016 Coordinator, Meridian Park Math Club
Talk to health plan representatives
Drop by to talk to Boeing health plan representatives, including Davis Vision, at the following
Tuesday, Nov. 10 - 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*Wednesday, Nov. 11 - 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
40-92 (by the cafeteria)
*This is the same day as the onsite biometric
screenings. Although voluntary, there may be a
good deal of foot traffic because of this event.
Tuesday, Nov. 17 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 18 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4-21 Jet City Café