You've invested days, weeks, and even years to get you where you are in your air traffic career. You’ve insured your car, your home, and even your life to protect your family and all of its assets. But what about protecting the very thing that makes your lifestyle possible?
All it takes is one accident, one illness, one trip to the doctor, and your golden medical ticket can be taken away. “It won’t happen to me” is not a solid plan for your family’s financial well-being. Is your savings account large enough to pay all your bills while you work to get your medical back?
As a NATCA member, you have access to one of the greatest benefits our Union has to offer – long-term disability insurance from UNUM. You cannot get this insurance as an air traffic controller in the outside world; this was specifically negotiated for the benefit of NATCA members.
With several payment options to choose from, all for about the cost of a soda a day or less, UNUM disability insurance gives you the financial peace of mind that your family will be taken care of while you focus on regaining your health.
Learn more about UNUM long-term disability insurance.
OPEN ENROLLMENT: Feb. 1, 2017 - May 1, 2017
Holly Anderson, ORD:
“I signed up for UNUM disability insurance in June 2007 when I was 37 years old and in perfect health. In May 2009, I had a stroke that left me paralyzed on my right side and the inability to speak. My recovery was quicker than most. However, it is a slow, ongoing process.
“Without UNUM insurance I would have lost everything. Even though I was generously supported in the leave donation program, it ran out before I could return to work. It has been a little over a year and I still do not have my medical back, and I am thinking the soonest I will get it back is at least another year. UNUM is the best thing I ever did!”
Al Hollis, RDU:
“In January 2013, I received the news that I had colon cancer. After surgery to remove part of my colon, I spent 11 days in the hospital. I then had to endure five months of chemotherapy. The chemotherapy caused me to develop numbness in my hands and feet. I could not receive my ATC medical clearance because of my physical condition and the medication I was taking.
“After six months, I had exhausted all of my annual and sick leave. UNUM disability insurance was a great benefit for me and my family. We were able to continue to meet all of our financial obligations. The filing process was simple. The representatives assigned to my case were courteous and very helpful. I highly recommend UNUM disability as a safety net because we never know when an accident or illness will strike us.”
Richard Scott, ZDV (Retired)
I signed up for UNUM disability insurance in 2007. For me, it was a relatively cheap insurance policy in case I lost my ATC medical clearance. As I got closer to my mandatory retirement, I thought about cancelling the insurance, but decided against it. I’m sure glad I didn’t. Sure enough, I lost my ATC medical in my last year of working, and UNUM came through!! I was able to retire at my mandatory date without having to dip into my savings or TSP. In addition, the claims process was not difficult, thanks to Leslie Tackett (National Insurance Services) and Kandy Jones (UNUM Insurance). I recommend every NATCA controller take the time and look at what this disability insurance offers, in case it’s needed.
After 38 years of air traffic control, USAF, FAA, and contract, I have come to find that enrolling in the insurance offered by Unum, through NATCA, was a very wise decision. No matter how you plan, something unexpected will happen. From Leslie, who is the initial contact, to the folks at Unum, the process of filing a claim and receiving benefits has been very easy and painless. I highly recommend this coverage to every member of NATCA; you won’t regret it! Either during a temporary situation or at the completion of your ATC career, it will make your life a little easier!
At age 35, I had two back surgeries with one year. Five years later, due to complications from the surgeries, I took a medical retirement from the FAA. After my first surgery, I enrolled with Unum. Since then the payments have always been there and they were very helpful in answering my questions and helping with the forms. I highly recommend Unum as a reliable supplement in the event of any long term disability.
To All NATCA members,
I wanted to write a brief note encouraging all members to enroll in the disability plan. Even though I’m only 37 years old, I have already had occasion to use it. It works. Unum paid the claim. I urge you to take advantage of this benefit for NATCA members. You never know.