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     Stay Safe!

All PMARA meetings and events postponed until further notice. Stay safe out there!

-  PMARA Board of Directors

Exciting Member Discounts on

Ste. Michelle Wines !

We are very pleased to let you know that the employee discount with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (SMWE), an Altria Company, is now available to active PM and Altria Retirees Association Members (PMARA). The SMWE employee shop offers online discounts of 50% on a collection of distinctive wines from the Pacific Northwest, California, and other wine estate partnerships.  Please logon to the PMARA site using your e-mail and password. Then, click this link under Members-Only > Discounts > Ste. Michelle Wine Discounts, and follow the instructions to register for this exciting program!


COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS Resources from Altria and Cigna 

Telemedicine is Covered 

Updates to COVID-19 related benefits are on the Altria Benefits website called AltriaTotalRewards.com.  Retirees can sign on using the generic id of AltriaSal (Salaried) or AltriaHrly (Hourly). Look for the gray section with Altria COVID-19 Resources.  Click here Summary of Benefits and Resources Related to COVID-19 to view a Summary document with links to resources and enhanced coverage for COVID-19 related health and emotional (EAP) concerns.  AltriaTotalRewards and the Summary document are updated regularly by the Altria Benefits Department, so check periodically for updates. 

All costs related to COVID-19 testing or treatment will be covered at 100% for those with Cigna coverage. Remind your provider to use COVID-19 billing codes.

Telemedicine / Virtual Care can be used with either the Cigna in-network telemedicine services of MDLive and AmWell, or with telemedicine/virtual care offered by your own doctors. 

  • For those covered by Cigna plans through Altria, any telemedicine calls using MDLive and AmWell (Covid-19 questions as well as any routine medical need) will be temporarily covered at 100%.  (Normal cost is about $55 per visit). Sign on to MyCigna.com to see the types of medical issues that can be treated through a virtual visit and to get connected to these telemedicine resources.  You can set up an account and enter your basic information on these services ahead of time so that you will be able to use them quickly when you experience a medical concern.  The telemedicine doctors are able to call in prescriptions to your pharmacy. (Note that Cigna's system may not yet be set up to temporarily offer MDLive and AmWell virtual doctor visits for free, but if you have to pay the basic fee, you can be reimbursed by Cigna).
  • Use of telemedicine with your regular doctors for routine care is encouraged and is subject to normal co-pays for a telemedicine/virtual visit.  For COVID-19 treatment:  any telemedicine or regular visits for COVID-19 testing or treatment are covered at 100% with any doctor, urgent care facility or medical facility. 
  • Cigna offers a free 24 hour Nurse and Health Information Line for questions or information on medical issues.  You can call 800-633-1110 (option 6) or go to MyCigna.com > Wellness > Health Information Line

Pharmacy update:  Cigna is extending active prior authorization for both regular and specialty medications that are set to expire between April 1st and July 31st, 2020. That means that you do not have to go back to the doctor to re-authorize prescriptions if the authorization expired during this time period.

Upcoming events registration

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General Monthly Meeting Information


Upcoming 2020 Meetings:

  • POSTPONEDJune 9: Annual Picnic at Huguenot Park
  • CANCELED- July 28:  Jake Snyder, Fidelity Premium Services, Short Pump
  • Sept 29: State of the Business and New Member Reception, CRT, Jon Moore, President and CEO, PMUSA
  • Oct 27: Altria Benefits Department Presentation
  • Nov 17: Phyllis Taylor Poats, 2020 Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother and Altria Retiree

    Are You a Member?

    If not, you are missing out on the benefits of membership, such as:

    • Networking with other retirees
    • Keeping informed about important company changes & benefits info
    • Political involvement
    • Social and travel events
    • Discounts for local events, products and services
    • Volunteer & mentorship opportunities
    • Email notices for meetings, events, & political action opportunities
    • Access to our online Retiree Directory
    • Informative videos from our monthly meetings
    • Links to helpful information concerning retirees
    • Ability to list & sell items through our online store
    • Reduced rate for annual Christmas luncheon
    To register online, just click JOIN in the top navigation bar. Then complete the application to sign up for online access. Once approved, you can log in to gain access to our Members-Only section. For more information on (Richmond) PMARA membership, CLICK HERE
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