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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 benefits@nysutmail.org.

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  • September 18, 2018
    The MetLife organization has set up a helpful website containing resources/assistance for those policyholders affected by the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence.

    Visit https://www.metlife.com/hurricane-florence/ 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 on the following dates to help assist with the recovery process:

    -- Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    The Home Depot, 2060 Skibo Road, Fayetteville, NC 28314, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST)

    -- Thursday, September 20, 2018
    The Home Depot, 2060 Skibo Road, Fayetteville, NC 28314, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST)
    Lowes, 4489 Highway 70 West, Kinston, NC 28504, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST)

    MetLife expects additional insurance locations to be available as well. Policyholders unable to travel to either location can submit their claims by phone or email for assistance.
  • September 06, 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.

    Join us for the 2018 Member Benefits Conference on October 26 & 27, 2018 at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany, NY.

    ****Conference registrations are due by October 12, 2018 and cost $185 per person.****

    Click here to register online for the conference.


    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

    This conference is only offered once every two years, so you won’t want to miss out. Stay tuned to this website for more information in the coming weeks!

















     

     










































































































     

     






































































































     

















     

     




















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































  • 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 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.
  • August 27, 2018
    NYSUT Member Benefits wants to tag along as you plan those vacations, excursions and special days out this fall!

    Maybe you're looking to book an unforgettable adventure to Hershey Park, the San Diego Zoo or other popular attractions with your children or grandchildren? Or how about saving on tickets to the latest blockbuster films? Perhaps you want to check out that hot new restaurant in town or an upcoming sporting event without breaking the bank? Whatever your plans may be, Member Benefits can help you save some money along the way.

    The Abenity Discounts program offers access to approximately 290,000 exclusive member discounts across 10,000 U.S. cities, including discounted tickets for entertainment & sporting events; a variety of travel opportunities; and numerous local deals. Save 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 this program is the ability to access Abenity’s 290,000 discounts from the palm of your hand with the Abenity app for your iPhone or Android. After downloading the app and signing in with your username and password, you can enjoy numerous local deals no matter where you are in the country.

    The Orlando Employee Discounts program offers savings of 30% on tickets to Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Discovery Bay, Aquatica, and other Orlando area attractions; up to 60% off at select Orlando hotels; and a variety of hotel & theme park ticket travel packages that are certain to give your family wonderful lasting memories.

    Premier World Discovery offers a variety of group tour vacations designed for active adults, specializing in domestic travel. Best of all, NYSUT members & their family members can save $100 per person on specific tours and cruises. Choose from a lineup of more than 70 travel programs around the globe, including fully-escorted tours, private-chartered European river cruises, and festive holiday and New Year’s getaways.

    And don't forget to check out all of our endorsed shopping/travel/personal programs.
  • July 24, 2018
    The Summer 2018 issue of our Member Benefits E-Direct electronic newsletter is now available for all NYSUT members and their families to view.

    Back in the day, the prevailing thought process after sustaining a head injury during a sporting event was to “shake it off and get back in the game.” Thankfully, this mindset has changed considerably in recent years, with awareness of concussion symptoms and the effects of head injuries becoming far more prominent.

    A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimated as many as 20% of children will be diagnosed with a concussion during their childhood years. The feature story of the Summer 2018 issue of MB E-Direct looks at this topic along with the effects that concussions can have on the health of the eyes.

    Click the following link to view this e-newsletter -- http://online.fliphtml5.com/pwms/ejkt/

    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 Member Alert Program email service!
  • July 03, 2018

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

    1. TripBeat is offering a spectacular deal starting at $399.99 for seven nights at the all-inclusive Tropical at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort in the Dominican Republic -- a savings of 50% off all-inclusive fees! This promotion is running from June 2018 to April 2019.

    Click here to get started now.

    2. TripBeat is offering a special $50 off sale from July 17, 2018 to July 23, 2018 on select seven-night vacation rentals starting at $349. Please note that you must travel by January 20, 2019. Click here to get started now.

    3. 
    In addition, the TripBeat "Ready, Set, Explore! Dream Vacation Sweepstakes" is running 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.


    NYSUT members and their families enjoy savings of up to 40% off the "Best Available Rate" at more than 2,400 resort condo properties in 90 countries with TripBeat by Endless Vacation.

    Seven-night vacation rentals with TripBeat start 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).

  • May 24, 2018

    In our ongoing efforts to assist NYSUT members with making informed financial decisions, NYSUT 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 guide is 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.



    Member Benefits also offers you access at no charge to an online Financial Planning Center. Choose from more than 100 modules on different financial topics along with a financial wellness check-up so you can see where you stand in regards to your savings and retirement.



    And 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.

     

  • May 08, 2018

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

    The increase in the average lifespan of humans has created some significant challenges, including millions of Americans attempting to balance work responsibilities while raising their children AND providing care to aging loved ones increasingly dealing with chronic illnesses or disabilities. The feature story of the Spring 2018 issue of Member Benefits E-Direct examines this topic in depth.

    This issue also includes a variety of helpful financial articles along with information about our newest endorsed program.

    Click the following link to view this e-newsletter -- http://online.fliphtml5.com/pwms/lpii/

    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!

  • May 01, 2018
    The 2018 Annual Report highlights the major occurrences that took place in NYSUT Member Benefits in 2017 along with what's on the horizon in 2018.

    Click here to view the 2018 Annual Report.
  • April 19, 2018
    NYSUT Member Benefits is in the process of finalizing the endorsement of a provider to assist NYSUT members with better understanding their student loan re-payment options and/or debt consolidation.

    We are excited about this new program and believe it will be very beneficial to the NYSUT membership. Stay tuned to this website in the next few weeks for more information!

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