Highlights of the Preferred Partnership

Boeing has partnered with a leading healthcare system in the Southern California area — MemorialCare Health Alliance — to change the way healthcare is delivered. This arrangement is called the Preferred Partnership and is designed to improve quality, provide a better experience for you and your family, and be more affordable.

Categories of providers that supplement the MCHA network

For the categories of providers listed below, the MemorialCare Health Alliance network is supplemented by the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) PPO network. For additional assistance in locating a provider that meets your needs for these categories, please contact BCBSIL directly at 1-888-802-8776.

Facilities and Services
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Home health
  • Hospice
  • Pathology
  • Skilled nursing facility
  • Skilled rehabilitation facility
  • Maxillofacial (oral) surgeons
  • Chiropractic
  • Acupuncture

The following administrators will provide networks and customer service. Find additional providers and resources for:

  • Prescription drug coverage: Prime Therapeutics
  • Vision Coverage: Davis Vision
  • Mental health/substance use disorders: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL)*
  • Employee Assistance Program: Beacon Health Options
Boeing Standard Plan Option Versus Preferred Partnership Option

During Open Enrollment, if you enroll in certain plans in the Southern California area, you will choose a “standard option” or the MemorialCare Health Alliance “Preferred Partnership option”. 

  • The standard options continue to use a network in the Southern California area that includes a variety of major health systems and providers, plus a national network outside of Southern California.
  • The Preferred Partnership options use a network in the Southern California that consists of MemorialCare Health Alliance Providers.  Outside of the Southern California area, the Preferred Partnership options don’t have a network, but they do include out-of-region urgent and emergency care coverage. 

Before you select any coverage option, you may want to make sure your providers and hospitals participate in the plan’s network.

How the Preferred Partnership Option Works

The Preferred Partnership option has a broad provider network — with primary care providers (PCPs), specialists, urgent care facilities and hospitals located throughout Orange County, south Los Angeles County and the San Gabriel Valley. To receive network benefits, generally you and your family need to use only Southern California-area providers in the MemorialCare Health Alliance network. Emergency care, however, is covered at the network level, even if the provider is not in the MemorialCare Health Alliance network, or if you are traveling outside the Southern California area and you need emergency care.

If you otherwise receive medical services from providers not in the MemorialCare Health Alliance network, and the services are not for emergency care, those services would be covered at the nonnetwork level.

If you cover a child under the plan who lives outside the Southern California area, including a non-Medicare-eligible child, the standard option may be a better choice for your family.

What’s Important to Know

Enhanced services, including:

  • Quicker access to network primary care providers and specialists.
  • More after-hours care availability.
  • Dedicated care teams for complex medical situations.
  • Greater use of electronic messaging, and access to your electronic medical records.

Plan design and cost features mirror the standard plan options with the exception of a few key enhancements, including:

  • Lower paycheck contributions for the Traditional Medical Plan*
  • If you are an active employee, you receive an increased company contribution to your Health Savings Account if enrolled in the Advantage + health plan.*
  • You pay no cost for network PCP office visits and generic prescriptions are covered at 100% (must first satisfy the annual deductible for the Advantage+ health plan, if applicable).

*Visit Boeing Worklife and click on My Total Rewards & Benefits during Annual Enrollment to view paycheck contribution and Health Savings Account comparisons.

Eligibility, as follows:

  • Nonunion employees and their covered dependents, as well as to employees represented by the following unions, along with their covered dependents:
  1. Cabinet Makers, Millmen, and Industrial Carpenters, Local 721;
  2. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 725;
  3. International Union of Operating Engineers (Welders), Local 501W;
  4. International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Local 887*;
  5. Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America, Local 159.
  • Retirees formerly represented by the unions listed above (and certain other groups*) and their dependents are also eligible if not covered by Medicare. Those covered by Medicare are not eligible for the Preferred Partnership option. Employees who work in the area where the Preferred Partnership options are offered — Orange County, south Los Angeles County or the San Gabriel Valley — but live outside of that area will not see the Preferred Partnership options on their enrollment site, but can still select one of them by calling Boeing Worklife to enroll.
  • Employees represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), Professional and Technical Units — and covered dependents of those employees.
  • Retirees of the groups listed above and their dependents are also eligible if not covered by Medicare. Those covered by Medicare are not eligible for the Preferred Partnership option.
  • SPEEA Pilot/Instructors Unit (SPIU)-represented employees and retirees are not eligible in the Southern California area.

* Retirees formerly represented by International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, Local 887 are eligible if retired on or after Jan. 1, 2004. Certain other eligible groups include small numbers of former employees from unions who no longer represent active employees, whose benefits mirror those of the groups listed above.

Plan Administrators

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is the medical claims administrator for the Preferred Partnership plan options.

The following service administrators will provide the network and customer service for both the Standard and Preferred Partnership plan options.

  • Mental health/substance use:  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL)
  • Prescription drug coverage:  Prime Therapeutics
  • Vision Coverage:  Davis Vision
  • Employee Assistance Program:  Beacon Health Options
Boeing Well Being Programs

You will have access to all the same Boeing Well Being benefits whether you select a Standard or Preferred Partnership plan option. Family members can view general information at boeingbenefits.com. Employees will find personalized information on Worklife. Click on “My Total Rewards & Benefits” in the Quick Access box.

More Information

Boeing Annual Enrollment begins Nov. 1 and ends Nov. 22.
Beginning Nov. 1, to learn more about your benefit options and to enroll, access Worklife from work or home. If you access Worklife from home, go to boeing.service-now.com/worklife and log in using your BEMSID and Worklife password. Once on Worklife, click "My Total Rewards & Benefits".

For more information and Annual Enrollment questions:
Call Worklife at 866-473-2016 and have your BEMSID and Worklife phone PIN available. When prompted, say “annual enrollment”.

Retiree Annual Enrollment Resources
If you terminated employment before 2011
  • By Phone: Call the Boeing Service Center for Health and Insurance at 866-504-4256 and follow the prompts.
  • Online via Your Benefits Resources: Go to digital.alight.com/boeing and enter your unique username and password to access Your Benefits Resources.
If you terminated employment during or after 2011
  • By Phone: Call Worklife at 866-473-2016 and follow the prompts. Be sure to have your BEMSID and your Worklife phone PIN.
  • Online via Your Benefits Resources: Log on to Worklife at boeing.service-now.com/worklife, select Worklife from Home using your BEMSID and Worklife password. Then, click “My Health & Insurance Benefits” in the Quick access box to access Your Benefits Resources.