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COVID-19 Info

COVID Testing Resources

Currently, there are struggles across the country to acquire testing supplies for COVID. Rapid tests are limited and will likely be through the cold and flu season. Carpenters Wellness Center has created the list below to help our members and families find testing when testing is needed.

At-home COVID test kits FREE from the government via mail - On January 19, 2022, the government reported that Americans will be able to obtain four (4) test kits for FREE through the mail, directly from the government. Use the provided link to obtain your free test kits.

All Missouri COVID testing locations

At-Home COVID-19 Testing Kits Covered Under the Pharmacy Benefit

Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Testing Kits are covered under your pharmacy plan starting January 15.

The federal government issued a public notice which requires health insurance plans to cover over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 testing kits for our members and covered dependents. The effective date of this coverage begins January 15, 2022. 

What's covered?
Each member and covered dependent may purchase up to eight (8) test kits out-of-pocket per month. Kits often come in packages of two or more. In this case, the amount of tests in the package will count toward your monthly total. For example, a package of two (2) tests will be two (2) purchases for the month. 

How do I take advantage of this benefit?
COVID-19 test kits may be purchased through any Express Scripts pharmacy, either in-network retail or using Express Scripts Home Delivery for a $0 copay. The kits must be purchased from the retail pharmacy counter (not the regular check out line) to take advantage of the $0 copay at point-of-sale. You may search for participating retail pharmacies here. Simply present your insurance card at the pharmacy window and there will be no cost to you. If you purchased any covid test kits between January 15 and January 25, you may file for reimbursement for up to $12 with an Express Scripts Direct Claim form on the Express-Scripts website here (you will need to set up an online member account). You may also access the Express Scripts Direct Claim form on the website here

What's NOT covered?
You may not purchase more than eight (8) COVID-19 testing kits per month per member and covered dependent or you will pay full price for the testing kit. If you purchase covid testing kits somewhere other than an Express Scripts pharmacy, you will be reimbursed $12. For example, if you buy testing kits on Amazon and submit your Amazon receipt for reimbursement to ESI, you will be reimbursed up to $12 for each kit, regardless if you spent more for the kits. Costs exceeding $12 will not be covered. In addition, at-home COVID-19 tests purchased through this program are for personal use only. They cannot be used for employment purposes, resale, or be reimbursed by another source.

What else should I know?
OTC COVID-19 testing kits are significantly more cost-effective than office visits and PCR testing. You will save the both yourself and the health plan money by utilizing OTC testing kits when testing is necessary. Testing kits may be used due to COVID-19 exposure or concern.

If you have additional questions regarding at-home covid test kits, please visit the online Express Scripts COVID-19 Resource Center.

Guidelines for dispersion of the COVID-19 vaccine

When Vaccine is Limited, Who Should Get Vaccinated First? | CDC
Because the supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is expected to be limited at first, CDC recommends that initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine be allocated to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents. CDC made this recommendation on December 3, 2020, and based it on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent panel of medical and public health experts.

Visit or contact your local health department to find out if you are able to get a COVID-19 vaccine and where and when to get vaccinated. For the most up-to-date information, visit

Missouri Registration & Scheduling
The Missouri Vaccine Navigator is intended to help Missourians navigate the COVID-19 vaccination process. This tool may not capture every event in your area, so we encourage you to engage with your local public health officials and health care facilities to learn more. We encourage individuals to register online if they have the ability. To ensure that the vaccine is available to all Missourians, regardless of internet and computer access, we have staff available to help individuals register through our COVID-19 hotline at (877) 435-8411.

Illinois Registration & Scheduling
The Illinois Vaccination Locator is intended to help Illinois residents navigate the COVID-19 vaccination process. All vaccinations are by appointment only. Find vaccination locations and get appointment information by following the listed links. Documentation will be required at your appointment to show that you are eligible for vaccine as part of a priority group.

Kansas Registration & Scheduling
The Kansas Vaccination Locator is intended to help Kansas residents navigate the COVID-19 vaccination process. Learn more about Vaccine Prioritization while federal supply is low. 

Carpenters Wellness Center Vaccine Update
The wellness center DOES NOT have a supply of the COVID-19 vaccine on hand to administer. 
You are encouraged to register with your local health departments and hospital organizations to be vaccinated.

Updated 1/3/2022

New Carpenters Regional Council Office Policies

  • Members should refrain from visiting Council offices
  • Members should instead contact our offices via phone or email
  • Dues payments should be made over the phone or by mail. The service fee of $1.50 for phone transactions will be waived.

COVID-19 Tips

Please consult the precaution and preparedness recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly (especially when hands are visibly dirty)
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-95% alcohol
  • Disinfect surfaces regularly (including tools, to the best you are able)
  • Cover your cough
  • Contact your employer BEFORE you come to work if you are sick
Additionally, the AGC of MO has created an online resource center, as well as a "Protect Yourself, Protect Others" hotline where workers can call anonymously with concerns about safety and sanitation on job sites.

Protect Yourself, Protect Others: 314-781-2356 ext. 1050

The Greater Kansas City Building Trades Council has established a similar anonymous hotline for the greater Kansas City region. 

Care for Our Construction Heroes Hotline: 816-595-4164

Carpenters Wellness Center

Please DO NOT come to the Wellness Center if any of the following apply to you. Instead, please call your local health department for direction and testing if:

  • You have been to any country categorized as a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice by the CDC 
  • You have been in direct contact with someone who has recently returned from a country categorized as a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice by the CDC 
  • You have been in direct contact with someone who is positive or suspected to positive for the COVID-19 virus 
  • You have any of the above risk factors and are symptomatic of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) 

The Wellness Center has returned to normal operating hours as listed here.

Walk-ins will NOT be accepted. You MUST have a scheduled and screened appointment prior to entering the facility. Our doors are now open for scheduled appointments. Providers and patients will be required to wear masks during their visits and will be asked to maintain social distancing whenever possible.

Virtual Appointments are available for:

  • Counseling
  • Primary care, sick visits, return-to-work needs
Curbside Pharmacy Pickup

  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter medication
  • Call (314) 955-9355 option 7 when you arrive 

Please DO NOT come to the Wellness Center for COVID-19 concerns or testing. Virtual appointments are required prior to COVID-19, flu and strep testing.

If you are at risk for COVID-19 or are in need of testing for COVID-19, please reach out to your local county health department or call us for guidance in navigating getting tested. 

Wellness Center Phone Number: (314) 955-9355

Missouri Resources

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Kansas Resources

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Illinois Resources

Illinois Department of Public Health

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Information on paid sick leave for specific COVID-related reasons.

COVID-19 Temporary Disability

The proposed temporary Short Term Disability Amendment was approved unanimously by the Board of Trustees. The effective date of the Amendment is March 1, 2020. Please note the following changes:

The Short Term Disability benefit coverage will waive the seven (7) day waiting period for disability benefits and will begin immediately for participants that meet either of the below qualifications:

  1. An eligible participant is in quarantine because of their possible exposure or the possible exposure of an individual with whom the participant resides - this participant will be deemed to have an illness and the Plan would be expected to cover participant during the quarantine period - a MAXIMUM of 14 days of benefits.
    1. A COVID-19 Short Term Disability form must be completed by the participant
    2. A statement from a medical professional is not required
  2. An eligible participant or an individual with whom the participants resides has tested positive or has been placed in quarantine due to symptoms
    1. A COVID-19 Short Term Disability form must be completed by the participant
    2. A statement from a medical professional (physician or Public Health Official) indicating the positive test or quarantine due to symptoms is required. There is a section on the COVID-19 Short Term Disability form that can be completed by a medical professional or the medical professional may supply a letter. If the infected individual is a person with whom the participant resides, a copy of a letter indicating the positive or quarantine due to symptoms provided to the individual is sufficient.
    3. A participant can draw until he has been cleared by his physician to go back to work or up to 26 weeks of benefits (24 weeks if 2 weeks under #1 were already paid).

PLEASE NOTE: The disability payments are not available for participants that apply for state unemployment benefits.

The disability payments are only available during the quarantine period or the period of illness, not to exceed the maximum 26 week period. The weekly benefit is $300 per week, before tax.

If a member has questions regarding how to apply for Short Term Disability they may contact: 

Member Services Phone: (314) 644-4802 

Toll-Free: 877-232-3863 


Extension of COBRA Due Dates and Other Plan Deadlines Due to COVID Outbreak Period

Carpenters Health & Welfare Plan Deadlines Outbreak Period Notice

UnitedHealthcare Resources for Carpenters' Medicare Retirees

UHC COVID-19 Resources for Carpenters’ Medicare members and their Medicare dependents

Mental Health Resources

It's normal to feel anxious or fearful right now. There are resources available to our Carpenter members and their covered family members that can help: