* Administering Health, Pension and Vacation Benefits For the Men and Women Who Help Build the Southwest *
The length of your coverage depends on the amount of Health and Welfare work hours reported to the Administrative Office on your behalf by your employer(s). The number of hours needed to qualify for eligibility under the Active Plan is 360 hours. The number of hours increased from 300 hours to 360 hours beginning January 1, 2015. If you work more than 360 hours during a work quarter, the excess hours will be credited to your reserve account. The current reserve account maximum is 720 hours. For first-time participants, the number of work hours required for initial eligibility by participants that have never been covered under the Active Plan will be 300 hours in a work quarter. After initial eligibility has been established, the work hour requirement will revert to the normal 360 hours for any subsequent eligibility quarter.