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Stay up to date with the latest news & information from NYSUT Member Benefits! We encourage you to check out this section on a regular basis as we will be continually updating it.

If you have any questions about a news item that appears in this section, feel free to contact Member Benefits at 800-626-8101 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) or email us at

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  • November 15, 2018
    Protecting your eyes, your smile and your hearing are all important aspects of living a healthy lifestyle. That is why NYSUT Member Benefits is proud to endorse voluntary vision, dental and hearing plans available to NYSUT members and their loved ones.

    The MB-endorsed Vision Plan provides one complete eye exam (including glaucoma testing, and when professionally indicated, dilation) and one pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses per benefit period, paid-in-full according to plan specifications from participating providers.

    The MB-endorsed Dental Plan features the MetLife PDP Plus Network and offers easy-to-understand dental coverage that allows you to protect your family's oral health, choose the dentist of your choice and save on out-of-pocket expenses (typically 15% to 45% less than the average cost in your area).

    Finally, Member Benefits endorses the EPIC Hearing Service Plan to provide NYSUT members with a national network of more than 5,000 credentialed audiologists and ear, nose & throat physicians. Through these providers, NYSUT members and their loved ones can receive customized hearing care as well as purchase brand-name hearing aids at savings of 30% to 60% off the manufacturer's suggested retail price.

    Click here to learn more about our endorsed Vision Plan.

    Click here to learn more about our endorsed Dental Plan.

    Click here to learn more about the EPIC Hearing Service Plan.
  • November 08, 2018
    We are aware of and sympathize with the hard-working members of the NYSUT organization that spend their own monies to purchase classroom supplies and other education-related items.

    That is why NYSUT Member Benefits is proud to endorse the Office Depot/OfficeMax program, offering NYSUT members the opportunity to save an average of 30% on almost 100,000 products in all Office Depot/OfficeMax locations or online through the company's website.

    Save on school supplies, office supplies, ink & toner, copying & printing, and much more, with up to 80% off preferred products, free next-day delivery with online orders over $50 and discounted printing prices.

    Click here to learn more about the Office Depot/OfficeMax program.
  • November 01, 2018
    Whether you recently welcomed a child into the world, got married or divorced, or have been the recipient of an inheritance, now is a good time to consider creating or updating your Will.

    NYSUT members have access to expert legal assistance that can help with everything from preparing crucial estate planning documents to dealing with traffic violations.

    The NYSUT Member Benefits Trust-endorsed Legal Service Plan provides unlimited toll-free legal advice; a Simple Will, Health Care Proxy, Living Will and Power of Attorney; and guaranteed maximum fees for many legal matters. NYSUT in-service members can purchase this plan for $85 annually ($55 per year for retirees); optional Elder Law and Business Protection Riders are available.

    Click here to learn more about our endorsed Legal Service Plan.
  • October 25, 2018
    The Fall 2018 issue of our Member Benefits E-Direct electronic newsletter is now available for all NYSUT members and their loved ones to view.

    In addition to everyday parenting responsibilities, we spend a lot of time today encouraging our kids to take part in various activities to be physically healthy. But are we teaching our children the importance of being fiscally fit? It is just as crucial to the long-term well-being of children to learn how to become financially healthy as they grow into adults. The feature story of the Fall 2018 issue of MB E-Direct offers five ways to help your kids achieve this goal.

    In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, we would like to share our favorite holiday recipes with NYSUT members and their families -- from drinks to side dishes to entrees to desserts. Let us know if you like some of the recipes.

    Click here to view this e-newsletter.

    Want to be among the first to view each new issue of the MB E-Direct electronic newsletter and be eligible for special prize drawings? Click here to join the almost 60,000 participants in our voluntary Member Alert Program email service.
  • October 23, 2018
    NYSUT Member Benefits offers a Member Benefits Conference every other year for local leaders, benefit fund trustees & administrators, bargaining team representatives, and those individuals interested in benefits and/or benefit funds. This event offers crucial opportunities to learn about benefits and compliance-related topics.

    The 2018 Member Benefits Conference will be held on October 26 & 27, 2018 at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany, NY.


    The 2018 Benefits Conference will include:

         • NEW – Benefit Fund & Fiduciary Training Certification provided by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (a $1,200 value)

         • NEW – Pre- & Post-Conference Health Insurance Consortium Discussions: Learn about the role of the labor leader in health insurance consortia and how to make a positive impact going forward.

         • NEW – Ask the Experts Q&A: Get answers to personal questions about financial counseling, student loans, legal matters, insurance and benefit funds.

         • Various Health Insurance Workshops








  • October 16, 2018
    The MetLife organization has set up a helpful website containing resources/assistance for those policyholders affected by the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Michael.

    Visit to access this site, which contains MetLife Auto & Home contact information, MetLife CAT contact information and flood policy claims information.

    MetLife's Catastrophe Response Vehicles have been deployed and will be on location at least through the end of Tuesday, October 16, 2018 to help assist with the recovery process:

    -- The Home Depot
    11500 Panama City Beach Parkway
    Panama City, FL 32407
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST)

    MetLife Auto & Home's National Catastrophe Response Team and Claim personnel are prepared to help customers with:

    1. Securing shelter as needed
    2. Guide customers through temporary repairs
    3. Issue advances for immediate expenses using debit cards and electronic fund transfers
    4. Promptly compensate customers for any damage to property.

    MetLife expects the State of Florida to establish an insurance village in the coming days and may move as needed. Policyholders unable to travel to this location can submit their claims by phone or email for assistance.
  • October 09, 2018

    Whether retirement is on the horizon for you or still many years away, it's important to know where you stand in regards to your savings and retirement options. NYSUT members have access at no charge to our online Financial Planning Center.

    Choose from more than 100 modules on a variety of financial topics such as planning for young couples, estate planning, investing basics, creating a retirement portfolio, tax-deferred retirement plans and retirement risks.

    Click here to access the Financial Planning Center.

    Member Benefits has teamed up with Kiplinger's Personal Finance to create a new publication titled 15 Things NYSUT Members Need to Know About the New Tax Law.

    This helpful piece was designed to explain the changes brought about from the new federal tax law as well as how they may affect you and your family.

    Click here to view this publication. NYSUT local leaders can contact Member Benefits at 800-626-8101 to request copies for their local.

    If you're looking for unbiased, objective advice specifically designed for you and your family, we encourage you to consider the Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Financial Counseling Program.

    Stacey Braun Associates, Inc. -- the program provider -- understands the unique benefits and retirement options of NYSUT members and can work with you to address your specific financial needs. Your NYSUT membership allows you to participate (for an annual fee) in a program designed to address your financial concerns and develop a plan to help meet your specific financial goals; more importantly, these planners do not sell any commissionable products.

    There are two types of services available: the Full-Service Program and the 403(b) Advisor Option.

    Click here to learn more about our endorsed Financial Counseling Program.


  • October 02, 2018
    Are you looking to purchase a new laptop computer for your teen in high school or college? Perhaps you're in need of a new washer/dryer or refrigerator?

    The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Purchasing Power Member Shopping Program allows NYSUT members to purchase products such as these and many more while paying for them through the ease of payroll deduction or ACH withdrawals.

    While Purchasing Power is not a discount program, it can save you money and stress compared to high-interest credit cards or rent-to-own stores.

    Click here to learn more about Purchasing Power.
  • September 18, 2018
    Wouldn't it be great to be able to get exclusive member discounts on tickets to the latest blockbuster movies or theater events, the hottest concerts & sporting events, and the coolest theme parks & attractions?

    With the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Abenity Discounts program, you can do all this and more -- right from the palm of your hand!

    The Abenity Discounts program gives NYSUT members & their families access to approximately 290,000 discounts across 10,000 U.S. cities, including discounted tickets for entertainment & sporting events; a variety of travel opportunities; and numerous local deals.

    With the Abenity discounts program, you’ll be able to enjoy substantial savings on tickets to the latest blockbuster movies or theater events, theme parks, museums & attractions, zoos, major appliances/televisions, restaurants, groceries, gym memberships, and much more!

    One of the best features of the Abenity discounts program is the ability to access Abenity's 290,000 discounts from the palm of your hand! Once you have created your Abenity account, download the Abenity app for your iPhone or Android at no charge by going to the appropriate store and searching for "Abenity." After downloading the Abenity app and then signing in with your username and password, you will be able to view numerous local deals no matter where you are.

    Click here to learn more about the Abenity Discounts program.
  • August 30, 2018
    The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Grand Circle Travel program has announced that NYSUT members and their loved ones can enjoy a number of special travel deals on international river cruises and other travel opportunities.

    Each of Grand Circle Travel's Small Ship Cruise Tours, River Cruises and Land Tours includes full-service accommodations that include tours, exclusive discovery series events and much more. And since Grand Circle has worked with its regional offices located throughout the world, the company has been able to establish long-term relationships with numerous local vendors and hotels.

    Buying direct helps Grand Circle to bring down its costs and pass the savings on to its customers. In addition, negotiating directly for hotel space allows the company to secure as many single room allotments as possible for its solo travelers.

    Click here to begin planning your trip with Grand Circle Travel now.

    Please Note: After clicking on the link above, scroll down the page to view "Current Travel Trends" or continue scrolling down to view a variety of other travel opportunities.

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