UFCW Local 1262 & Employer Benefit Funds

President Harvey Whille's PhotoUpdate From UFCW Local 1262 President Harvey Whille

Posted Feb. 2, 2022

In response to our members needs, Local 1262’s Fund Trustees have implemented a program that will allow members with prescription coverage to purchase Over-The-Counter (OTC) FDA-Approved At-Home COVID Tests at in-network pharmacies at no cost to them, including no copayment, co-insurance or other out-of-pocket costs.

You do not need a prescription or prior authorization to purchase the tests.

You can purchase the tests at the Pharmacy Counter of any in-network pharmacy by presenting your prescription ID card.  The test will automatically be paid in-full, with no copayment, co-insurance or other out-of-pocket costs.

 You MUST go to the Pharmacy Counter to purchase the test – not to the cashier.

You can also have tests shipped directly to your home by logging onto www.Express-Scripts.com or by calling the toll-free number on the back of your Express Scripts Prescription Card.

The tests are to be used for medical purposes only such as being in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID or if you are experiencing COVID symptoms.  The Prescription Plan will cover the cost of up to eight OTC Tests per person per month.

If you purchased an OTC test on or after January 15, 2022 and paid out-of-pocket for the test, you can submit a claim for reimbursement to Express Scripts by logging onto their website.  You will be required to provide a receipt and UPC code.

Please watch your mail for a letter with full details and requirements for this program. Copies of those letters — and a summary of the program — are provided below.

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact our Health & Welfare Office at 1-800-522-4161.

We would also like to remind our members who do not have prescription coverage that you can obtain four free tests from the government by CLICKING HERE .  The kits will be mailed directly to your home.

COVID OTC Tests Summary

OTC COVID Tests Letter — ShopRite Members

OTC COVID Test Letter Stop & Shop Members

Other helpful links related to COVID are provided below:


For information on how to handle stress related to COVID-19 please click on the link below for a message from Beacon Health.

Caring through COVID Connection Newsletter

We also urge you to check Local 1262’s web site for additional information on the COVID 19 situation. — Local 1262 Web Site

You can also sign up for Text Alerts from Local 1262 by texting UPDATES1262 to 83071.


Our members health and well-being — as well as knowing they will have a secure future when they retire — is important to all of us here at Local 1262. That is why we consistently negotiate a comprehensive package of benefits with your employers during our collective bargaining sessions. These benefits are what set you apart from non-union workers in your industry and help you and your family enjoy a healthier, secure lifestyle.


To the left you will find a list of the various benefits offered to our members. Click on the link to be directed to those services, forms, etc.

For a list of health benefit coverage specific to you, click on the link for the company you work for (listed alphabetically at the bottom of the list).

Health care and pension benefits are unique to every individual. I invite you to review this information and, if you have questions, to call our Health & Welfare Office for personal assistance at 1-800-522-4161 (Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

As always, I consider it a privilege to represent you and to protect you and your family’s health and well-being.