The SAG-AFTRA Well being Plan has reduce 50% from the price of premiums for the second quarter in response to the coronavirus disaster.

SAG-AFTRA members have been notified of the discount on Wednesday through a message from SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and nationwide govt director David White. They stated the cuts would cowl members who had been coated as of March 1.

“The SAG-AFTRA Well being Plan has introduced it’s quickly lowering premiums by 50% in the course of the second quarter (April, Might and June), for all eligible Plan I, Plan II and COBRA members coated by the Plan as of March 1, 2020. This variation is efficient on April 1, 2020,” Carteris and White stated.

Tens of hundreds of performers union members are coated by the plan, with eligibility based mostly on assembly earnings thresholds from the 4 most up-to-date quarters. The plan stated that members, besides these receiving “senior performers” protection, will save between $450 and $855 over the three months, relying on the kind of protection, and people on COBRA will save between $460 and $1,168 a month.

Carteris and White additionally recapped already introduced strikes by SAG-AFTRA to take care of the pandemic, together with dues discount, assist of the federal stimulus laws, and the SAG-AFTRA Basis and SAG-AFTRA Movement Image Gamers Welfare Fund’s creation of the COVID-19 Aid Fund for SAG-AFTRA members who’ve been impacted by this pandemic.

“We wish to begin by saying we hope you and your loved ones are staying secure and wholesome throughout this extremely difficult time. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives and successfully shut down work for thus many people,” White and Carteris stated. “Please know that via all of this, the union’s core features, together with residuals processing and contract enforcement, proceed. In March alone we processed 312,000 residuals checks totaling $73 million.”

Dues reduction was introduced on March 30, a month forward of the date for cost.

“The Might dues payments will likely be mailed as traditional, and people who are capable of pay on time are inspired to take action,” Carteris and White stated. “Nonetheless, late charges will likely be waived for this dues interval, and there will likely be no opposed affect on members’ work eligibility all through the Might 2020 semi-annual dues interval, no matter paid-up standing. Members who request a due-date extension due to monetary hardship will be capable to pay their Might dues in two equal installments due July 1 and Oct. 1.”

“There is no such thing as a motion wanted presently and you’ll resolve to delay your dues cost or not when you obtain your Might invoice within the coming weeks. The funding from dues retains our union working, permitting SAG-AFTRA to proceed working in your behalf, processing residuals funds, negotiating contracts, monitoring the protection of our broadcasters, and lobbying elected leaders to make sure reduction payments embrace essential assist for our members.”

Carteris and White additionally stated that in the approaching weeks, there could also be additional motion from Congress, if needed, to offer extra reduction throughout this disaster.

“Your security and safety stay our highest priorities,” they stated. “To that finish, please concentrate on scams and people who wish to reap the benefits of others throughout this disaster. Collectively together with your elected management, we are going to proceed working tirelessly in your behalf.”