As previously reported, both the union and the Seafarers Plans are closely working with Comprehensive Health Services (CHS) to facilitate better service for SIU members.
In that spirit, CHS – which is now part of a parent organization named Acuity – has informed us they are experiencing periodic delays in various locations, due to a combination of staffing shortages, COVID protocols and (in the northeast) inclement weather.
Seafarers are encouraged to schedule appointments as soon as possible. Immediate or very-near-future appointments may not be available in some locations, and turnaround times for test results likely will vary.
Specifically, CHS/Acuity advises that the earliest appointments at any of their Seattle/Tacoma clinics are in February. (Some of the Concentra clinics in that region are taking walk-ins, but they’re not guaranteed.) The situations are similar in Hawaii and California.
Also, the company is working with clinics in Guam and Manila to coordinate appointments while meeting their respective local government requirements for quarantining and testing.
Feel free to contact CHS/Acuity and/or the SHBP Medical Department with questions.