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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

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  • October 06, 2015
    Please note that the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed VPI Pet Insurance program is now officially known as the Pet Insurance program from Nationwide.

    Member Benefits is in the process of updating all of its electronic & print materials to reflect this change. This website has already been updated to reflect this change.

    Additional Updates
    1. There have also been a few updates to some of the plans offered by Nationwide. The Major Medical Plan (which is Nationwide's most popular plan and reimburses about 90% of a policyholder's bill) no longer has an annual maximum of $14,000 in benefits. There is now NO maximum amount of benefits per year. Instead, Nationwide offers a helpful guide available on its website or as a PDF covering the top 50 conditions for dogs & the top 50 conditions for cats along with a benefit amount covered for each condition.

    For example, a policyholder would be covered up to $1,560 per year through the Major Medical Plan if their dog was diagnosed with skin cancer. Or, a policyholder would be covered up to $1,230 per year through the Major Medical Plan if their cat was diagnosed with lymph node cancer.

    2. Nationwide has also added two new Pet Wellness plans that cover preventive procedures such as routine exams, vaccinations and blood work.

    3. The Pet Insurance from Nationwide website has also added an option to compare the pet insurance programs of competitors.

    Click here for more information about this program.
  • October 01, 2015
    NYSUT Member Benefits is excited to announce that we have enhanced the archive section for our Member Benefits E-Direct quarterly electronic newsletter.

    All previous issues of this publication from its launch in Winter 2012 through the recent Summer 2015 issue are now arranged in an easy-to-view bookcase arrangement. You can click on each cover image in the bookcase to view a brief synopsis of each issue or view the full publication.

    The Member Benefits E-Direct publication serves as a valuable educational tool and offers a variety of informational articles about issues of importance to NYSUT members.

    Click here to access this new feature.
  • September 01, 2015
    Are you currently working on or planning to put together the next issue of your local's membership newsletter? Let Member Benefits help ease the task of supplying articles for your publication!

    The Help for the Newsletter Editor program can help you and -- at the same time -- help make Member Benefits-endorsed programs & services more visible to your members. Member Benefits sends special one-time offers throughout the academic year consisting of an ad and graphic to be placed in your local's membership newsletter during a specified time period. Reprint the entire copy and graphic in your newsletter in one of the months specified, send a copy of your newsletter to Member Benefits, and your local will be reimbursed $100 (up to $500 reimbursement for the academic year).

    Leaders can download the current ad from the Member Benefits Toolkit in the exclusive Leader Access area of by clicking here.
  • March 02, 2015

    Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner: Jere M. Greene
    Local: Pine Bush Teachers Association
    Prize: 50" LCD Flat Screen Television
    Sponsor: NYSUT Member Benefits

    Click here to view a list of all prize winners.

  • March 02, 2015

    Congratulations to our February 27 winner: Shannon K. Bartholomew
    Local: Saranac Lake Teachers Association
    Prize: $250 Bank of America Visa Gift Card
    Sponsor: NEA Member Benefits

    Click here to view a list of all prize winners.

  • February 27, 2015
    Well, we're down to the final hours of Member Appreciation Month, and you don't want to miss out on the chance to win.

    Our final prize winners as part of this special initiative will be announced on Monday, March 2, including the:

    -- Friday, February 27 winner of a $250 Bank of America Visa Gift Card (donated by NEA Member Benefits)
    -- Saturday, February 28 winner of a Bose Wave Music System (donated by NYSUT Member Benefits)
    -- Grand Prize winner of a 50 inch high-def flat screen television (donated by NYSUT Member Benefits)

    Click here to view a list of all prize winners since this event started.

    Thank you to all of our current MAP Alert members and all those who have signed up for our email service as part of this event.

    Remember that you MUST be a member of our voluntary MAP Alert email service to be eligible to win. If you're a current MAP member, you're automatically entered!

    If' you're not already a MAP member, click here to join our MAP Alert email service now. It's simple and easy to join

    And make sure to watch for additional prize drawings in the future!

  • November 17, 2014
    The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service has launched its NEW GoSafe Mobile System for seniors who are mobile and looking to use the Lifeline monitoring service both inside and outside of their home.

    The GoSafe system is a mobile personal emergency response system that enables the subscriber to speak with the Lifeline Response Center 24/7 whether he or she is home or from any other location in the U.S. where the AT&T wireless network is available. The system is designed to call for help and enable the subscriber to be located in the event of an emergency, whether he or she is inside or outside of the home.

    GoSafe incorporates Lifeline's AutoAlert technology to provide an added layer of protection by automatically calling for help if a fall is detected. In addition, GoSafe utilizes up to six different technologies for locating the subscriber whether inside or outside of the home.

    Please note that AT&T wireless coverage must be available in the subscriber's area for the GoSafe pendant to function.

    Click here for more information about the GoSafe Mobile System.
  • August 18, 2014

    The Member Benefits Trust Board of Trustees recently voted to endorse Euclid/Hudson as the new carrier for Fiduciary Liability Insurance for Benefit Funds.

    The policy offers several enhancements from the prior coverage such as an increased aggregate benefit of $3 million, enhanced HIPAA coverage and PPACA penalty coverage. The plan year runs from September 1 – August 31.

    If you are interested in purchasing this importance coverage for your benefit fund, please contact Laura Calhoun in Member Benefits at 800-626-8101, ext. 1302 or

  • January 17, 2014
    If you're looking for group benefit plans, Member Benefits can assist you as we endorse a variety of programs designed specifically for groups, locals and benefit funds.

    Keep in mind that most of these group plans can be customized to meet your group's requirements. If your local, benefit fund or employer is seeking quotes for dental, vision, disability, or term life insurance, we encourage you to check out what we have to offer.

    Group plans are also available for our financial counseling program, legal service plan, Health Advocate, and flexible benefit plans.

    For more information, please call 800-626-8101 or click here.
  • The NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation is excited to announce the endorsement of the Office Depot/OfficeMax Benefits Program.

    With this program, NYSUT members are eligible to receive 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.

    ****IMPORTANT -- Please note that Office Depot/OfficeMax offers a "Best Value List" (located on the Office Depot/OfficeMax website) where you can view and verify specific discounts available. The list is broken down into a variety of categories and includes SKU numbers that can be used on the Office Depot/OfficeMax website to find specific items. You may find it helpful to use this list when making any purchasing decisions.****

    Click here
    for more information.

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