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December 19 Early Office Closure

The DGA-Producer Pension and Health Plans office will be closed beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19 for a scheduled event.

We will resume normal business hours on Monday, December 22 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

Basic Plan Improvements for 2015 Approved

The Board of Trustees of the DGA–Producer Pension Plans is pleased to announce the following changes to the Basic Pension Plan:

  • 13th Check for Current Retirees. In January 2015, a one-time 13th check will be issued to all Basic Pension Plan retirees and beneficiaries receiving a monthly benefit as of December 31, 2014.
  • Expanded Benefit When Delaying Your Basic Plan Benefit Past Age 65. Effective January 1, 2015, if you delay taking a Basic Plan benefit past normal retirement age (generally age 65), you will be eligible for an increase to your pension benefit for each month that you delay taking a Basic Plan benefit–even months in which you work eight or more days in your DGA capacity. Prior to 2015, you could not receive an increase for months where you worked eight or more days in your DGA capacity.

To help pay for the expanded benefit, the Board of Trustees adjusted the amount of the delayed Basic Plan benefit increase for future benefits from 12% per year to 9% per year.

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Pay Your Health Plan Premium on Time

Health Plan premiums are due typically on the first of the month. If you do not pay your Health Plan self-pay or dependent premium on time, you are risking the suspension of your Health Plan coverage.

When your coverage is suspended, you will have to pay full price when you seek medical services or try to fill a prescription. If you subsequently pay your premium during your 30-day grace period, you can then submit the claim to us for reimbursement.

While there is a 30-day grace period for Health Plan premium payments (45 days for your initial COBRA premium), that simply means that you have 30 days to pay before your coverage is cancelled.  If you miss your premium due date, your coverage will still be suspended until your payment is received.  If payment is not received within the 30-day grace period, your coverage will be cancelled.

For more information on grace periods, please see Premium Payments on pages 22-23 and Dependent Premiums on pages 37-38 in the Health Plan Booklet and corresponding Updates.

Schedule Your E-Bill Payment Before Your Due Date

If you use the E-Bill Express automatic payment option to pay your Health Plan premium, make sure that your payment is scheduled to be made on the first of the month, when your premium is due.

If you schedule your payment for after the first of the month, you are risking the suspension of your health coverage (see the article above for more information). 

Information For Foreign Participants

If you live outside the United States, click here for more information about your benefits.

Created as a result of the Directors Guild of America's collective bargaining agreements with producer associations representing the motion picture, television and commercial production industries, the DGA-Producer Pension and Health Plans provide excellent benefits to participants.

The DGA-Producer Pension and Health Plans are separate entities from the DGA and are administered by a Board of Trustees made up of DGA representatives and Producers' representatives.

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