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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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  • November 20, 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.
  • November 09, 2017
    The Fall 2017 issue of our Member Benefits E-Direct electronic newsletter is now available for all NYSUT members and their families to view.

    The feature story of this issue offers tips for protecting your identity, credit and reputation in the wake of the recent Equifax breach. We also provide some helpful advice about holiday shopping scams to avoid this season.

    In addition, this issue of MB E-Direct features hurricane insurance claim information, common neighborhood liability situations and more.

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

    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!
  • November 02, 2017
    The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Orlando Employee Discounts program has announced that NYSUT members and their families that book their 2018 vacation home now will enjoy an additional 10% early booking bonus discount.
     
    This special discount is in addition to the up to 30% savings on Orlando, FL vacations that the NYSUT membership already enjoys.

    Orlando Employee Discounts has been assisting families with their vacation plans to the Central Florida area for the past 20 years, offering among the lowest nightly rates on quality hotels and vacation homes in and near Walt Disney World.

    Click here to book your 2018 vacation home now (Please Note: the additional 10% discount will be applied at check-out).
  • October 31, 2017
    The NYSUT organization and NYSUT Member Benefits are proud to support all of the women and men working in the education and health care industries on a daily basis.

    And as a show of thanks to the more than 600,000 NYSUT members that comprise this labor union, NYSUT Member Benefits will once again be holding our annual Member Appreciation Month celebration in February 2018.


    Special prize drawings will be held each day of the month. To be eligible to win, you must be a member of our voluntary MAP Alert email service.

    Sign up any time through the end of February 2018 to be eligible to win prizes... but if you join MAP by January 31, 2018, you'll have the most chances to win!

    Click here for more about Member Appreciation Month, including a listing of the 2017 winners.
  • October 18, 2017
    The NYSUT Member Benefits Trust is now providing NYSUT members and agency fee payers with up to $1,500 Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance, including a travel assistance component.

    The $1,500 AD&D insurance is offered through Chubb Group Insurance Companies, and includes Travel Assistance Services provided by Europ Assistance at no cost that focus on providing coordination services to travelers. This coverage was previously provided by NYSUT.

    In regards to our national affiliates, effective August 1, 2017, all active, working AFT members in good standing are automatically provided with $5,000 AD&D insurance provided at no cost through the national AFT organization.

    Meanwhile, the NEA Members Insurance Trust offers complimentary life insurance at no extra cost to active, staff, reserve and life NEA members, including up to $5,000 AD&D insurance.

    Click here for more information.
  • October 16, 2017
    NYSUT Member Benefits and the MetLife organization (the provider of our endorsed Auto & Homeowners Insurance program) extend our deepest sympathies to all affected by recent severe weather brought about by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey along with the wildfires currently raging in California.

    MetLife Auto & Home's claim organization has been mobilized and assisting those NYSUT members affected in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana.



    UPDATE FOR METLIFE AUTO & HOME POLICYHOLDERS IN CALIFORNIA:
    MetLife Auto & Home has deployed Major Loss Adjusters to assist policyholders impacted by the devastating wildfires currently raging in California.

    Additional claims resources are ready to be deployed as needed. MetLife has also commenced pro-active call-outs and identified policyholders that may have been affected by these tragic incidents.




    MetLife policyholders can report storm-related auto and property damage losses 24 hours per day using the following methods:


    How to Report Storm-Related Auto & Property Damage Losses:
    Phone: 800-854-6011 (available 24 hours)
    Fax: 866-743-1546 
    Email: MET_CAT@metlife.com

    How to Report MetLife Auto & Home Flood Policy Claims:
    Phone: 800-759-8656
    Email: claims@floodpro.net
    Customer Website: www.myflood.com

    Helpful Additional Links:
    Click here to view a video for homeowners insurance policyholders that includes instructions on filing claims, emergency living expenses and temporary repairs following a major weather event.

    Click here to review information for flood insurance policyholders about what to do in the event of a flood.



    MetLife Auto & Home has also taken the following actions to assist those policyholders affected by these devastating hurricanes, including expanding its staff to receive new claim notifications and manage expected inquiries from policyholders.

    Those Impacted by Hurricane Irma:
    MetLife's Catastrophe Response Team is ready to handle any incoming claims and its claim personnel are prepared to help customers secure shelter if necessary, guide customers through temporary repairs, issues check for immediate expenses and promptly compensate customers for any damage to property.

    To help customers get back on their feet as quickly as possible, MetLife has mobilized its Catastrophe Response Vehicles in areas hit hardest by Hurricane Irma.

    Click here for more details.



    Those Impacted by Hurricane Harvey:
    Home Losses:
    MetLife has moved Major Loss and CAT Adjusters into the impacted areas and additional Field Adjusters are being positioned to manage the anticipated service demand. In addition, MetLife's CAT RV along with support and fueling vehicles were moved just outside of the storm and flood zones. Mitigation and emergency service providers are also offering assistance as these areas are opened by authorities.

    Auto Losses:
    Additional staff appraisers were flown into Dallas, TX recently to supplement the local adjusters that were deployed; there are additional appraisers on standby that will be deployed as needed. The MetLife Total Loss team is ready to assist and positioned to expedite settlement in many cases. Additional third party partners are prepared to assist as needed.

    Prior to Harvey making landfall recently, Enterprise Rent-A-Car moved its local vehicles out of the area and is returning those cars as soon as safely possible in order to get policyholders into rental cars. Given the extreme demand, MetLife anticipates that securing a rental could be challenging in the weeks ahead.






  • October 03, 2017

    The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed TripBeat by Endless Vacation program has announced that NYSUT members and their families will now be able to enjoy savings of up to 40% off the "Best Available Rate" at more than 2,400 resort condo properties in 90 countries.

    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 (make sure to mention that you are a NYSUT member when calling to enjoy these exclusive rates).

  • September 19, 2017
    Equifax -- the parent company of the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed ID Watchdog program -- announced in early September 2017 that its database had been compromised by online hackers, potentially impacting approximately 145.5 million U.S. consumers.

    In light of this breach, Equifax established a dedicated website at equifaxsecurity2017.com to assist consumers in determining if their information has been potentially impacted. 


    NYSUT members and their families interested in seeing if their personal data may have been compromised can visit equifaxsecurity2017.com and click on the "Am I Impacted?" tab in the menu at the top of the page.

    You must submit your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. The Equifax site will then inform you whether your personal information may have been compromised. At that point, consumers can sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection provided at no charge for one year through TrustedID Premier.

    Equifax is also in the process of sending direct mail notices to consumers whose credit card numbers or dispute documents with personal identifying information were impacted by this breach.



    Helpful Tips from NYSUT Member Benefits
    The Equifax breach shows that no database seems to be truly safe from being hacked today. That's why we encourage you to research your options going forward. Credit monitoring is definitely a good idea as it can alert you to an issue where someone has opened credit in your name or is attempting to fraudulently use your identity.

    That's where our endorsed ID Watchdog program comes in, providing identity theft protection to NYSUT members and their family members. ID Watchdog offers a 100 percent resolution guarantee if your identity is ever compromised along with $1 million reimbursement insurance.

    Another option to protect your credit (and perhaps the safest way) is to put a freeze on it. Freezing your credit is a manual process where you need to contact each of the three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) and let them know you would like to freeze it. There is a nominal charge of $10 per credit bureau. Freezing credit is especially a good idea for protecting your children, as child identity theft can be much more difficult to detect.

    To learn more about freezing your credit and other helpful tips, we encourage you to read the following articles from our Member Benefits E-Direct electronic newsletter:

    1. Summer 2017 issue of MB E-Direct -- Kids Corner: Protect Your Children Against Credit & Identity Theft

    2. Summer 2015 issue of MB E-Direct -- Can You Protect Yourself from a Data Breach?

    Want to be among the first to view each new issue of the MB E-Direct electronic newsletter? Click here to join our voluntary MAP Alert email service now!

  • September 14, 2017

    Are you looking for ways to save with the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Abenity Discounts program and learn how to navigate Abenity's comprehensive website?

    If so, register now for a special webinar that will be offered by Abenity on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 3 p.m. (EST).

    Click here to register for the Abenity Discounts savings webinar.

    The Abenity Discounts program gives NYSUT members & their families 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.

    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.

  • September 12, 2017
    Have you checked out the NEW NYSUT Member Benefits Financial Planning Center recently? This enhanced site provides helpful tools and resources to assist NYSUT members and their families with a number of crucial decisions regarding financial wellness and retirement planning.

    This new site includes 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.

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