What is the Connecticut Coalition of Taft-Hartley Health Funds?
The Connecticut Coalition of Taft-Hartley Health Funds is a not-for-profit, voluntary state-wide organization, whose members consist of labor management negotiated health funds. The Coalition is a tax-exempt business league under IRC §501(c)(6), and it provides assistance with group purchasing and contracting with medical, pharmacy and other health networks. In addition, the Coalition advocates on behalf of member funds in matters related to state and national health care policy. As an entity that advocates for both its member non-profit healthcare payers and union members and their families, the Coalition has a unique perspective on our health care system. The Coalition represents approximately 60,000 covered lives in Connecticut.
How does the Coalition provide value to its members?
By combining the buying power of a dozen or more separate health benefits trust funds, the Coalition is able to provide access to better networks and products at more affordable prices. The Coalition has pioneered data aggregation and the use of data analytics on behalf of its member funds for purposes of medical network comparative analysis, and for the identification of conditions and the evaluation of disease management programs.
How does the Coalition advocate on health policy?
Healthcare reform at both the state and federal levels is reshaping the healthcare delivery system and payer/provider relationships. Our members and member health plans are affected in numerous ways by these changes. At the state level, the Coalition has hired a lobbyist and technical experts to analyze proposed regulations and legislation and, when appropriate, we share our perspective and experience. At the federal level, the Coalition is a member of the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP) which advocates on behalf of multiemployer plans such as our member health plans at the Congress and Executive branch agencies of the federal government.
The Coalition’s members participate in federal and state regulatory hearings, serve on committees and commissions dealing with health care issues, and share our unique experience by testifying on key issues.
What is a Taft-Hartley Trust Fund?
“Taft-Hartley Trust Funds”, as they are often referred to, are specifically authorized under Section 301 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The most common are Joint-Trustee plans, where a group of employers, usually in the same industry, who have labor agreements with the same international or national union(s), join together to establish a multiemployer trust. For this reason, many refer to our funds as "multiemployer plans". Examples of industries in which these joint-trustee plans are often found are trucking (Teamsters), construction (Carpenters, Pipe Trades, Operating Engineers and other trades), retail sales and food service (United food and Commercial Workers) and health care and service industries (Service Employees International Union).
Under the Joint-Trustee plan the administration of the plan is placed in the hands of a board of trustees with equal representation from employers and unions. The trustees determine what benefits will be included in the plan such as hospital-surgical-medical coverage, accidental death and dismemberment, life insurance, dental plan, vision care, prescription drug plan, mental health benefits and retiree benefits. The benefits that will be included will be based on a negotiated hourly contribution that will be made on behalf of an employee by his/her employer to the Trust Fund.
CT Coalition Executive Board
Ms. Cassandra Murphy, Executive Director
Mr. Richard Monarca, President
Mr. Michael Daly, Vice President
Ms. Dorothy Siniscalchi, Vice President
Mr. Rodney Snipes, Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. John Butts
Mr. John Ferrucci
Mr. Michael Moconyi
Mr. Sean Daly
Mr. David Pickus
Mr. David Roche