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  • March 06, 2018

    The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed TripBeat by Endless Vacation program has announced that NYSUT members and their families can take part in TWO NEW promotions:

    1. The TripBeat "Ready, Set, Explore! Dream Vacation Sweepstakes" will run for the entire year through January 31, 2019; one lucky Grand Prize winner will land themselves a seven-night resort stay valued at up to $1,000 along with a $2,500 pre-paid gift card!

    NYSUT members who sign up for this sweepstakes will also be eligible to win a variety of great monthly prizes.

    Click here to enter this new sweepstakes giveaway; you can enter to win with no obligation.

    2. TripBeat will be offering an additional $100 savings on select preferred weekly stays to NYSUT members who book between March 6, 2018 and March 15, 2018, and travel by June 17, 2018.

    These special deals are in addition to the savings of up to 40% off the "Best Available Rate" that NYSUT members and their families already receive at more than 2,400 resort condo properties in 90 countries with TripBeat by Endless Vacation.

    TripBeat by Endless Vacation offers seven-night vacation rentals starting at only $399 (just $57 per night).

    These low prices are for the entire resort suite or condo rental -- not per person! It's an unbeatable value considering that many of these accommodations include the option of fully-equipped kitchens, living/dining areas, multiple bedrooms or bathrooms, balconies and much more.

    Get Started on Your Next Trip Now!
    Click here to visit the TripBeat by Endless Vacation website. 

    Or call toll-free 844-367-6433 (mention that you are a NYSUT member when calling to enjoy these exclusive rates).

  • March 01, 2018

    Congratulations to all the prize winners of our 2018 Member Appreciation Month celebration. We had a lot of fun giving out prizes, so let's do it again next year.

    Scroll down to view the list of 2018 prize winners.

    Click here for more about Member Appreciation Month, including a listing of the 2018 prizes.

    Daily Prize Winners:
    February 1
     -- Rosalyn Biancamano of the Bedford Teachers Association

    February 2
    -- Linda Wells of the New Paltz School Bus Drivers Association

    February 3
    Winner #1 -- Sara Coniglio of the Mount Morris Teachers Association
    Winner #2: Barbara Olson of the Onondaga Central Schools Faculty Association

    February 4
    Winner #1 -- Jessica Maguire of the South Colonie Teachers Association
    Winner #2 -- Joan Van Vlack of the Hyde Park United Employees Association
    Winner #3 -- Jill Curry of the Baldwinsville Substitute Teachers Association
    Winner #4 -- Christyne Flagg of Finger Lakes Community College
    Winner #5 -- Larry Rapaport of the United Federation of Teachers

    February 5
    Winner -- Sean Fountaine of Faculty Association of Suffolk County Community College

    February 6
    Winner -- Terry Bartok of Ossining Teachers Association - Retired

    February 7
    Winner -- Staci Solomon of Great Neck Teachers Association

    February 8
    Winner -- Rafael Gomez of Ardsley Congress of Teachers

    February 9
    Winner -- Melinda Pittis of BOCES Teachers Association of Westchester #2

    February 10
    Winner -- Deborah Iannace of Carmel Teachers Association

    February 11
    Winner -- Barbara Avila-Shah of UUP Buffalo Center

    February 12
    Winner -- Christine M. Lafferty of Clarkstown Teachers Association

    February 13
    Winner -- Meri Piliouras of Wappingers Congress of Teachers - Retired

    February 14
    -- Tiffany Dixie of Syracuse Teachers Association

    February 15
    -- Katherine Forbes of St. Lawrence Central United Teachers

    February 16
    -- Chester Miller of Ulster BOCES United Employees

    February 17
    -- Audrey DeMarco of United College Employees - Fashion Institute of Technology

    February 18
    -- Jennifer Bambino of Carle Place Teachers Association Inc.

    February 19
    -- Susan Teeter of South Huntington Teachers Association

    February 20
    -- Cheryl Nolette of Salmon River Teachers Association

    February 21
    -- Darlene Alessio of North Rockland Teachers Association Inc.

    February 22
    -- Robert Martin of BOCES Staff Association of Rockland County

    February 23
    -- Michael Zaloom of Utica Teachers Association

    February 24
    -- Julie Kwoka of Lockport Education Association

    February 25
    -- Yakov Ido Keren of Faculty Association of Suffolk County Community College

    February 26
    -- Earl Evans of Retiree Council 07

    February 27
    -- Rosemary Koob of Clarkstown Teachers Association

    February 28
    -- Thomas Quigley of Teachers Association of Lindenhurst - Retired

  • March 01, 2018
    It's often said that the eyes are the window to the soul... but eye care professionals would say your eyes are a window to your overall health. An eye doctor can tell a lot about the health of your body from looking in your eyes and can even see signs of a number of serious health issues.

    Americans are more likely to see their eye care professional for an eye exam than their general healthcare provider for a physical, so eye doctors may be the first health professional to detect several serious conditions.

    Early disease detection through an eye exam can lead to prevention or earlier treatment to help reduce medical costs and productivity loss down the road.

    The following are three major health issues that can be detected by an eye exam:

    #1: Pre-Diabetes – According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 86 million people in the United States who have pre-diabetes. This condition occurs when a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to for a diabetes diagnosis. The good news is that people with pre-diabetes can take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes. Since blurred vision is one of the first signs of diabetes, your eye doctor may be the first health professional to see you while you’re still in the “pre-diabetic” state.

    #2: Undiagnosed Diabetes – Of the 29.1 million people in the U.S. with diabetes, 27.8 percent are undiagnosed, according to the CDC. Diabetes is a serious disease that occurs when your body cannot produce enough insulin – resulting in high levels of glucose in the blood. People who are diagnosed can more easily get their diabetes under control and save money on medical expenses. Those individuals with this disease should see their eye doctor regularly to keep tabs on eye health issues that can be caused or worsened by the disease, including diabetic retinopathy and cataracts.

    Better managing diabetes can lower healthcare costs by a minimum of $804 per person per year, according to a study published in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy. In addition, better managing the disease can help employees avoid extreme productivity issues that could lead to job loss -- thereby avoiding the cost of unemployment associated with the disease.

    #3: Undiagnosed High Blood Pressure – Approximately one in five people with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it. Without intervention, high blood pressure – also known as hypertension -- can have a serious impact on many areas of the body and can lead to hefty medical costs. Hypertension (with its complications of stroke and heart attack) accounts for Americans losing 52 million workdays each year, according to the National Hypertension Association. Among its effects on the eye, hypertension can lead to bleeding, blurred vision, hypertensive retinopathy and even blindness.

    NYSUT Member Benefits endorses a quality voluntary Vision Plan that provides a complete eye exam and one pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses per benefit period. To learn more about eligibility, view frames, find participating providers and more, click here or call 800-626-8101.

    Special thanks to Davis Vision for providing the content for this article.

  • February 27, 2018
    The Winter 2018 issue of our Member Benefits E-Direct electronic newsletter is now available for all NYSUT members and their families to view.

    Technology has become such an integral part of our lives that it is now woven into the fabric of today's society. Have you ever stopped to consider how secure your computer is, though? The feature story of the Winter 2018 issue of Member Benefits E-Direct looks at this topic along with how you can best protect your computer and personal information from viruses, malware and ransomware.

    This issue also looks at ways to financially prepare your family for another child, disaster emergency tips for pet owners as well as union-endorsed benefits that could benefit you and your loved ones.

    Click the following link 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 our voluntary MAP Alert email service!
  • February 14, 2018


    NYSUT Member Benefits is offering up our own goodies and special moments on this day...

    Join our MAP Alert email service to automatically be eligible to win special prize drawings; learn about new endorsed programs; and stay up to date about changes to existing programs.

    And if you sign up for MAP today, you still have two weeks to be eligible to win a number of great prizes as part of our annual Member Appreciation Month celebration! Click here to learn more now.

  • January 25, 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!

    Exclusive Mobile Access on the Go!
    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.

  • January 18, 2018
    Have you checked out the all new NYSUT Member Benefits Financial Planning Center recently? If not, we encourage you to take some time to do so.

    This enhanced site is a valued-added benefit offered at no charge to NYSUT members and their families.

    The Financial Planning Center provides helpful tools and resources to assist NYSUT members and their families with a number of crucial decisions regarding financial wellness and retirement planning.

    Choose from more than 100 modules on different financial topics along with a financial fitness check-up to see where members stand with their financial knowledge.

    Whether it's planning for retirement, saving for college for your children or considering purchasing a home, the choices we need to make on a regular basis are never easy. If you're already enjoying retirement, you may be dealing with long-term care needs, managing your investments and estate planning.

    NYSUT members can get assistance with these questions and more with our Financial Planning Center.

    Click here to access the Financial Planning Center.
  • January 09, 2018
    NYSUT Member Benefits will be conducting focus groups with the NYSUT membership throughout New York State later this month to gather valuable feedback about the programs and services that Member Benefits offers.

    Please be aware that you may be receiving a phone call from an independent market research firm asking you to participate in one of these focus groups, which will be held either in-person or over the phone; we hope you will take part in these very important conversations if asked to do so.
  • January 04, 2018
    Due to a system error, the no-cost $25,000 Term Life Insurance policy offer for new NYSUT members under age 40 has been delayed. Plan Administrator Mercer Consumer has corrected this error and is currently mailing out these offers.

    The $25,000 Term Life offer for new members over age 40 will be mailed this March; this is a simplified offer with medical questions. NYSUT Member Benefits will continue to work with Mercer Consumer to ensure all offers have been mailed.
  • December 12, 2017
    We have heard the requests of the NYSUT membership and have been diligently researching new member shopping program options over the past few months.

    And now, the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation is excited to announce the launch of the Purchasing Power Member Shopping Program for use by eligible NYSUT members!

    Purchasing Power is an online shopping option that offers another way to purchase brand-new, brand-name products and pay for them over time through the ease of payroll deduction or ACH withdrawals. Eligible NYSUT members will enjoy access to products such as computers, appliances, jewelry, furniture, televisions, travel packages and much more.

    Click here to learn more.

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