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The contents and views expressed on the web sites below are informational only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Carpenters' Benefit Plans.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Resources

U.S. Government's Official Healthcare Website  

The AARP offers information on health and finances, discounts on food, travel, insurance and more. The goal of AARP is to shape and enrich the aging experience for their members and for all Americans.

About Senior Living Living is an online guide for seniors providing information on retirement and active living. Get safety tips, news, travel tips and more.

Access2Wellness is designed to assist people with limited or no health insurance. Through Access2Wellness you can learn about a variety of assistance program for precription medicines and medical products for free or at a discount to qualified individuals. Click on the above Access2Wellness link or call 866.317.2775.

American Medical Association
Search this site for medication information, health and fitness information, get health news or visit their book store.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccination Schedules
Parent-Friendly Immunization Schedules
Carpenters covered under the St. Louis - Kansas City Carpenters Regional Health Plan, please note: immunizations that are recommended by the CDC are covered at 100% under the Health Plan. For more information on immunizations recommended for you or your child, please contact your doctor. For more information on immunizations covered under Carpenters Health Plan, contact Carpenters Member Services by phone at 314.644.4802, or Toll-Free at 877.232.3863, Option 1.

"Care” can mean anything from helping a recipient run errands once a week to helping them with essential day-to-day activities, full time. Either way, caregiving for U.S. adults is becoming more and more common. Caring for an aging person will pose logistical, financial and emotional challenges for all those involved with care. Consumer Affairs Elder Care Planning aims to help caregivers and elders with their plans. Refer to the website for more information and care searches.

Consumer Affairs Assisted Living
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Aging adults can thrive by living independently at an assisted living facility that offers them care, meals, entertainment, amenities and activities in a warm community setting. Assisted living facilities help aging adults maintain their independence, and they also provide care for those who need round-the-clock nursing care. 

When looking for an assisted living facility for yourself or your loved one, consider the following:
  • Onsite amenities 
  • Community focus 
  • Opportunities for physical activity 
  • Location 
  • Quality of staff

Eldercare Locator
This is a public service of the US Administration on Aging. Theses resources can enable an older person to remain living independently or assist caregivers in finding community resources for their family member. For more information click on the Eldercare Locator link above or call 800.677.1116.

Family Caregiver Alliance
Working to advance the development of high-quality, cost-effective policies and programs for caregivers in every state in the country, this organization serves as a central source of information on caregiving and long-term care issues. For more information click on the Family Caregiver Alliance link above or call 800.445.8106.

Free Drug Card Program
Lower your prescription drug costs with the Free Drug Card Program. Click here to create, download and print your free card. You will receive discounts at more than 54,000 national and regional pharmacies. This is NOT an insurance program, it is a discount plan.
This website helps consumers make informed decisions about health care coverage by offering easy-to-understand information tailored to their specific needs such as: what health plans are available in their state, how much they cost, what they cover, and more. The website combines information about public programs, from Medicare to the new Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan, with information and pricing from 1,000 + private plans.

Download tax forms and instructions, look up changes to the IRS laws, and more.

LifeLines of Care
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation provides temporary assistance to qualifying patients with a financial hardship through their LifeLines of Care program. The nation-wide program provides free medications to patients who qualify.

Mayo Clinic
This site offers a variety of information relating to health. Search the site for information about symptoms, diseases, drugs or supplements, tests and procedures, and for healthy living tips.

The official U.S. government site for Medicare information. Learn more about your existing benefits through Medicare, any new Medicare benefits available under the Affordable Care Act, search for participating doctors in your area, and find other helpful information at or call a Medicare toll-free at 800.MEDICARE 800.633.4227 or TTY/TDD users call 877.486.2048.

National Cancer Institute
From the US National Institutes of Health, this page delivers information on all types of cancer, treatments, clinical trials, and other cancer related topics. It also contains information on cancer prevention tips that includes how to quit smoking.

National Council for Aging Care
Aging In Place connects seniors, families, and caretakers with the information and professional support they need to make the best decision for their physical, emotional, and financial well being.

National Council on Seniors Drug & Alcohol Abuse
The National Council on Seniors Drug & Alcohol Abuse is a non profit organization with a mission to educate and provide assistance to seniors struggling addiction as well as caregivers and family members with concerns. Their primary objective is to effectively halt the growing silent epidemic of senior addiction.
Their policy to not advertise nor promote any for profit rehab treatment providers on They will, however, attempt to answer every individual request for help with local, on the ground providers which may include government, non-profit and professional rehab assistance providers. In the coming months we will be launching a nationwide directory of local assistance and provide a tool for anonymous feedback on those programs.
This group is funded by federal and private grants as well as individual donors in kind.

National Family Caregiver Association
The National Family Caregiver Association educates and supports more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. For more information click on the National Family Caregiver link above or call 800.896.3650.

NeedyMeds provides information to low-income patients on thousands of free or low-cost patient assistance programs, government programs, disease management assistance resources, and clinics.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) provides access to more than 475 public and private programs that provide over 2,500 free or nearly free medications. Based on the financial and medical needs, PPA directs you to various assistance programs. Their website also provides a search tool for information on low-cost clinics based on zip-code, discount drug cards, and a variety of other healthcare resources. For more information click on the Partnership for Prescriptioin Assistance link above or call 888.477.2669.

A Place for Mom
Connecting moms, dads and families to Senior Living
A Place for Mom connects moms, dads, seniors and families like yours to the right elder care so you can have peace of mind and focus on your loved ones. From finding the right nursing home, dementia care or assisted living to researching VA benefits and how to pay for senior care, we'll be with you each step of the way.

How our FREE service works:
  • Assess you needs with a local Senior Living Advisor
  • Get information on communities that fit your needs
  • Visit communities at your own pace and consult with us at any time
  • Find the right place and move in. There is no cost to your for our services. We are paid by our partner communities only if you move in.
Contact Lisa Giancola, Healthcare Account Representative with A Place for Mom, for more information by phone at 314.200.4637, email at, or call the local hotline at 866.614.6713.

This web-based directory of patient assistance programs, Medicare Part D information, and low-cost medication programs is sponsored by AstraZeneca.

Social Security Administration
Learn more about your Social Security benefits on this website. It provides information on retirement, disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, and information for survivors. You can also check the status of your application, request a detailed earnings history, download forms and publications, and more.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, with nearly 45,000 suicides in the U.S. in 2016. While Missouri is ranked 13th in the country with the highest suicide rate, the construction industry has the 2nd highest rate of suicides among all occupations, four times higher than the general population. Why is that?

It’s safe to say that most males are macho and the construction industry is a male-dominated industry. No one feels comfortable talking about feelings. Jobs are stressful. Work is often seasonal. Injuries happen more frequently in physical careers. Alcohol and drug use rates are high and often used as coping mechanisms.

What You Can Do
Talk about it. Make it part of the safety conversation. Let your coworkers know there is help out there and learn to recognize the signs in yourself and others. Seek help when help is needed. Remember that it’s ok to lean on others and often a necessary part of life. 

Need help or know someone who might? 
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.TALK (8255)
Text HELLO to 741741
Call the National Helpline at 800.662.HELP (4357)
Veteran's Crisis Line

Call 800.273.8255, press 1

Together Credit Union (formerly American Eagle Credit Union)
Together Credit Union has put together resources to help members through this challenging time, including payment deferrals, loan modifications and relief loans. If you are not currently a member of Together Credit Union, you may join at any time.

Together Rx Access
The Together Rx Access is a savings card sponsored by over 15 pharmaceutical companies. This free card offers savings on over 300 common prescription medications and a wide range of generics. This card is available for patients who have no public or private drug coverage, do not qualify for Medicare, and meet certain financial eligibility requirements. For more information click on the Together Rx Access link above or call 800.966.0407.

United Way
The community programs through the United Way and their partner agencies assist people with mortgage, rent, utilities, groceries, etc. If you need assistance call the United Way Hotline 211 and be sure to tell them you are a Union Member.