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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, 2017
    NYSUT Member Benefits and the MetLife organization (the provider of our endorsed Auto & Homeowners Insurance program) extend our deepest sympathy to all affected by recent severe weather brought about by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

    MetLife Auto & Home's claim organization is currently mobilized and ready to assist those NYSUT members affected in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana.



    UPDATE FOR METLIFE AUTO & HOME POLICYHOLDERS IN FLORIDA:
    To best assist MetLife Auto & Home policyholders throughout Florida, a number of Insurance Villages have been organized at various locations throughout the state.

    MetLife's Catastrophe Response Vehicles will be present at the following locations from September 18-21, 2017:

    * Monday, September 18, 2017: St. Augustine (St. John's County Administration Building) & Naples (Home Depot)
    * Tuesday, September 19, 2017: Jacksonville (Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center) & Naples (Home Depot)
    * Wednesday, September 20, 2017: Naples (New Hope Ministries Event Center)
    * Thursday, September 21, 2017: Lehigh Acres (Lee County Veterans Park Recreation Center)

    MetLife's Catastrophe Response Vehicles are open at each location from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (EST) assist policyholders.

    Click here and here for more information.




    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.






  • September 12, 2017
    As you may know, the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed ID Watchdog program was recently acquired by Equifax. On September 8, 2017, Equifax announced that its database had been compromised by online hackers -- potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.

    ID Watchdog has informed us that no ID Watchdog data, files or member information were compromised as part of this breach.


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

    Consumers can also sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection -- free for one year -- through TrustedID Premier by visiting equifaxsecurity2017.com/trustedid-premier whether or not they have been affected by the breach.

    Visit equifaxsecurity2017.com to enroll and click on the "Potential Impact" tab at the bottom of the page. You must submit your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. At that point, you will be given a date when you can return to the site and sign up for the service.

    Equifax will be sending direct mail notices to consumers whose credit card numbers or dispute documents with personal identifying information were impacted by this breach.

    NYSUT Member Benefits will closely monitor the effects of this acquisition going forward.



    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?

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  • September 07, 2017
    Join the New York Yankees and your fellow NYSUT members for fun-filled Back to School outings in September at Yankee Stadium.

    For a limited time only, NYSUT members can purchase New York Yankees tickets at a 50% savings compared to regular ticket prices.


    Click here to purchase Yankees tickets.

    This special offer applies to the following Yankees home games:

    Monday, September 18, 2017
    Game Time: 7:05 p.m.
    NY Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins

    Thursday, September 28, 2017
    Game Time: 7:05 p.m.
    NY Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays


    The Yankees currently sit atop the American League Wild Card standings and are only a handful of games behind the rival Boston Red Sox for first place in the American League East. Come out and support New York's finest with other NYSUT members, family and friends!

    Click here to purchase Yankees tickets.
  • September 01, 2017
    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 popular attractions with your children or grandchildren? Or how about saving on tickets to this fall's most highly-anticipated films such as My Little Pony: The Movie, Coco or Paddington 2?

    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.
  • August 31, 2017
    The Trustees of the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust review all Member Benefits Trust-endorsed programs on a regular basis to ensure that each program best meets the needs of the NYSUT membership and their families.

    As a result of this regular review process, the Member Benefits Trust Trustees recently voted to name the MetLife organization as the new Plan Underwriter for our endorsed Voluntary Disability, Term Life and Level Term Life Insurance programs.


    MetLife has partnered with NYSUT Member Benefits dating back to 1992 when it was named the program provider of our endorsed Auto & Homeowners Insurance program. Since that time, MetLife has demonstrated its tireless dedication to NYSUT members by providing plan participants with superior customer service and a continued willingness to meet our needs.

    We are looking forward to working with MetLife to continue to enhance our endorsed Voluntary Disability, Term Life and Level Term Life Insurance programs.



    EFFECTIVE DATES OF ENDORSED PROGRAM PROVIDER CHANGES
    ****Effective January 1, 2018, the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust-endorsed Voluntary Disability Insurance Plan (currently underwritten by Unimerica) will be underwritten by MetLife.

    ****Effective March 1, 2018, the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust-endorsed Voluntary Term Life and Level Term Life Insurance Plans (currently underwritten by U.S. Life (AIG)) will be underwritten by MetLife.



    CURRENT & FUTURE PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
    Current program participants will receive an official announcement from NYSUT Member Benefits 60 days prior to the effective date of the change. A follow-up mailing will occur on or near the effective date of the change that will include new plan materials provided by MetLife. Members currently covered by U.S. Life and Unimerica will be transitioned to coverage provided by MetLife as of the effective date of change.

    Please note that there will be very few changes to the current benefit packages, premiums or premium collection procedures. However, participants will be made aware of new claim filing procedures. It is also important to note that Mercer Consumer will remain the Plan Administrator for these programs.



    MEMBERS LOOKING FOR COVERAGE
    Unimerica will continue to accept applications for the current Voluntary Disability Insurance Plan through August 31, 2017. New enrollees will be transferred to the new program provider with current participants on January 1, 2018.

    Applications for the new MetLife Disability Insurance Plan will be available in fall 2017 with coverage effective dates on or after January 1, 2018; please make sure to visit this website for more details in the next few months.

    U.S. Life (AIG) will continue to accept applications for the current Voluntary Term Life and Level Term Life Insurance Plans through December 1, 2017. New enrollees will be transferred to the new MetLife Term Life and Level Term Life Insurance programs with current participants on or after March 1, 2018.

    Applications for the new MetLife Term Life and Level Term Life Insurance programs will be available in November 2017 with coverage effective dates on or after March 1, 2018; again, please visit this website for more details in the coming months.




  • August 22, 2017
    The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed TripBeat by Endless Vacation program offers seven-night vacation rentals starting at only $399 (just $57 per night!).

    The TripBeat by Endless Vacation program allows NYSUT members to enjoy savings of 25% off the "Best Available Rate" at more than 2,400 resort condo properties in 90 countries."

    Click here to learn more.
  • August 17, 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, September 22, 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.

  • July 31, 2017
    The Summer 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 takes a look at the importance of having a union that has your back and is ready to protect your collective bargaining rights. With politicians and anti-union billionaires looking to turn the U.S. into a right-to-work nation, have you stopped to consider what this country would look like if that were to occur?

    Employers could slash pay and benefits at will, and you would have little recourse if your rights were violated. That's why we want to remind you that this is YOUR union. And your union is strong because each member contributes their fair share toward union representation. We encourage you to take the time to read this feature story and become an advocate for your union!

    This issue of MB E-Direct also looks at three major health issues that your eyes can indicate, why medical alert systems are not just for seniors and how to protect your children against identity theft.

    Click the following link to view this e-newsletter -- http://online.fliphtml5.com/pwms/eelg/#p=1

    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!
  • July 06, 2017
    The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Office Depot/OfficeMax Benefits Program has added a number of new offers to its website.

    These special deals are in addition to the regular savings of up to 80% that NYSUT members and their families can already enjoy with this program.


    Click here to view these deals and promotions.

    Enjoy great prices on cleaning supplies; $25 off purchases of $250 or more; 15% off purchases of $175; office chair specials; and much more!

    And NYSUT members and their families are still eligible to receive their regular savings of up to 80% on almost 100,000 products in all Office Depot/OfficeMax locations or online through the company's website; the average savings on items is approximately 30%. Not all products on the Office Depot/OfficeMax website will be discounted at any given time.

    Click here to learn more about Office Depot/OfficeMax.
  • June 22, 2017
    NYSUT Member Benefits is excited to announce the launch of our NEW online Financial Planning Center. This enhanced site will assist NYSUT members and their families with making a variety of important financial decisions.

    The NYSUT Member Benefits Financial Planning Center provides helpful tools and resources to assist members 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 NEW Financial Planning Center.

    Click here to view the Financial Planning Center.

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