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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 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.
  • 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.




  • May 11, 2017
    NYSUT Member Benefits believes strongly in protecting the NYSUT membership against fraud and identity theft. To that effect, we want to ensure that all NYSUT members & their families take the necessary steps to safeguard themselves against this type of crime.

    The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed ID Watchdog program has issued a consumer alert about the latest Android attacks. Google's Android operating system outranks Apple's iPhone by a huge percentage, and hackers believe targeting Android will yield the most results. Several new exploits aimed at Android systems show just how pervasive the problem has become and why every Android fan needs to be vigilant.

    In late April 2017, researchers at software technologies firm CheckPoint detected a new malware they dubbed FalseGuide in over 40 apps posted on Google Play. An estimated two million phone owners downloaded these fake gaming guide apps before their malignant intent was uncovered.

    Some of the malware-laced apps were available for six months before Google Play removed them. The toxic FalseGuide spread so far in such a short time because it targeted gamers addicted to certain games like Pokemon Go and Mortal Kombat.

    Click here to read more.
  • May 01, 2017
    PayCheck Direct Program Ends as of April 30, 2017

    Bluestem Brands Inc. – the parent company of the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Member Shopping Program powered by PayCheck Direct – has informed us that NYSUT members are unable to make additional purchases after April 30, 2017.


    All purchasing for this program has now been closed. However, all past transactions will continue to be serviced through the final date of your 12-month payment period.

    This has been a popular program for NYSUT members over the past few years, and we are currently researching comparable options that would best serve the needs of the NYSUT membership.

    Stay tuned to this website for more information in the coming months.
  • March 01, 2017
    Congratulations to the February 28 winner of our Member Appreciation Month event -- Karen Cook of Massena Federation of Teachers.

    Karen is the recipient of an iPad donated by MetLife Auto & Home!


    NYSUT Member Benefits and our endorsed program providers are once again teaming up for the Third Annual Member Appreciation Month set for this month in recognition of all you do to make NYSUT union strong.

    To be eligible for these drawings, you simply need to be a member of our voluntary MAP Alert email service or sign up before February 28, 2017. MAP Alerts are a convenient way to learn about new endorsed programs; updates to current programs; and special offers unique to MAP Alert participants -- without being inundated with emails.

    Prize drawings will be held each day, with the winners announced exclusively on this website throughout the month.

    Click here for more information.

























  • March 01, 2017
    As a show of thanks to the more than 600,000 NYSUT members that comprise this labor union, NYSUT Member Benefits held our third annual Member Appreciation Month throughout the month of February.

    Member Appreciation Month was well received the past two years, and this year’s celebration was once again filled with special prize drawings for items donated by Member Benefits and our endorsed program providers.

    MAP Alert members were randomly selected each day to win a variety of prizes, including iPads; iPad Minis; Amazon Kindles; Best Buy, Amazon & Target gift cards; Regal Movie gift certificates; car rental certificates; wireless speakers; and much more!

    Click here to view the daily prize winners!
  • February 28, 2017
    Congratulations to the February 27 winner of our Member Appreciation Month event -- Jennifer Kowal of Port Jervis Teachers' Association.

    Jennifer is the recipient of an iPad donated by MetLife Auto & Home!

    NYSUT Member Benefits and our endorsed program providers are once again teaming up for the Third Annual Member Appreciation Month set for this month in recognition of all you do to make NYSUT union strong.

    To be eligible for these drawings, you simply need to be a member of our voluntary MAP Alert email service or sign up before February 28, 2017. MAP Alerts are a convenient way to learn about new endorsed programs; updates to current programs; and special offers unique to MAP Alert participants -- without being inundated with emails.

    Prize drawings will be held each day, with the winners announced exclusively on this website throughout the month.

    Click here for more information.
























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