The Trustees of the Union's Welfare Fund have adopted a program for Hardship Prescription Drug Appeals. Its purpose is to hear and decide appeals from covered members for waivers of the $4,000 per year limitation on coverage under the Fund's Prescription Drug Benefit. Covered members who have reached the $4,000 limitation on coverage ($8,000 if both husband and wife are covered members of the Fund) may appeal for a waiver of the limitation by writing a letter to the Welfare Fund Board of Trustees describing their circumstances, e.g., extreme financial hardship, one-time need for a very expensive prescription drug, etc. The Board of Trustees will give each appeal immediate attention and will reach a decision as expeditiously as possible, usually within a week of receipt of the member's letter. Covered members whose appeals are approved may receive up to an additional $1,000 in Prescription Drug Benefit coverage during the current calendar year only.This means that should they reach the $4,000 limitation during the next calendar year, they would need to appeal for a waiver again for that year. Covered members who have any further questions should call the Welfare Fund's Prescription Drug Benefit section at 212.777.9000 ext. 3060.