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  • April 17, 2018
    Open enrollment is currently available through September 1, 2018 for the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust-endorsed Fiduciary Liability Insurance Plan.

    This crucial insurance product protects benefit fund trustees against errors and omissions in decision-making along with paying legal defense costs, fees, penalties and settlements.


    NYSUT Member Benefits endorses Euclid/Hudson as the carrier for its Fiduciary Liability Insurance Plan. Premiums for the coverage are $600 per year for a $500,000 policy limit or $1,050 per year for a $1 million policy limit.

    If you are interested in learning more, please contact Michael Ostrander in NYSUT Member Benefits at 800-626-8101, ext. 1231 or mostrand@nysutmail.org.

    You can also click here for more information about this important insurance protection.
  • March 27, 2018
    As a NYSUT member, you are eligible to receive advice from a certified financial planner who accepts designation as a fiduciary (a legal obligation putting your best interests above their own) through the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Financial Counseling Program.

    You may not realize that a ruling made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on March 15, 2018 removes the obligation that many financial or retirement advisors act as a fiduciary. Unfortunately, this ruling represented a return to the status quo that had existed prior to the 2016 Fiduciary Rule, which was instituted by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Obama administration.

    That rule required that advice given by advisors to individuals in ERISA-covered retirement plans meet a higher standard known as the fiduciary standard (putting the client's best interests first) as opposed to just being suitable. While this rule may not be applied to the 403(b) accounts in the K-12 arena, there had been hope that many financial institutions would be changing their business practices to adhere to this rule for all clients. Now, that may not be the case.

    However, 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 you 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 about our endorsed Financial Counseling Program.
  • March 01, 2018

    Congratulations to all the prize winners of our 2018 Member Appreciation Month celebration. We had a lot of fun giving out prizes, so let's do it again next year.

    Scroll down to view the list of 2018 prize winners.

    Click here for more about Member Appreciation Month, including a listing of the 2018 prizes.



    Daily Prize Winners:
    February 1
    Winner
     -- Rosalyn Biancamano of the Bedford Teachers Association

    February 2
    Winner
    -- Linda Wells of the New Paltz School Bus Drivers Association

    February 3
    Winner #1 -- Sara Coniglio of the Mount Morris Teachers Association
    Winner #2: Barbara Olson of the Onondaga Central Schools Faculty Association

    February 4
    Winner #1 -- Jessica Maguire of the South Colonie Teachers Association
    Winner #2 -- Joan Van Vlack of the Hyde Park United Employees Association
    Winner #3 -- Jill Curry of the Baldwinsville Substitute Teachers Association
    Winner #4 -- Christyne Flagg of Finger Lakes Community College
    Winner #5 -- Larry Rapaport of the United Federation of Teachers

    February 5
    Winner -- Sean Fountaine of Faculty Association of Suffolk County Community College

    February 6
    Winner -- Terry Bartok of Ossining Teachers Association - Retired

    February 7
    Winner -- Staci Solomon of Great Neck Teachers Association

    February 8
    Winner -- Rafael Gomez of Ardsley Congress of Teachers

    February 9
    Winner -- Melinda Pittis of BOCES Teachers Association of Westchester #2

    February 10
    Winner -- Deborah Iannace of Carmel Teachers Association

    February 11
    Winner -- Barbara Avila-Shah of UUP Buffalo Center

    February 12
    Winner -- Christine M. Lafferty of Clarkstown Teachers Association

    February 13
    Winner -- Meri Piliouras of Wappingers Congress of Teachers - Retired

    February 14
    Winner
    -- Tiffany Dixie of Syracuse Teachers Association

    February 15
    Winner
    -- Katherine Forbes of St. Lawrence Central United Teachers

    February 16
    Winner
    -- Chester Miller of Ulster BOCES United Employees

    February 17
    Winner
    -- Audrey DeMarco of United College Employees - Fashion Institute of Technology

    February 18
    Winner
    -- Jennifer Bambino of Carle Place Teachers Association Inc.

    February 19
    Winner
    -- Susan Teeter of South Huntington Teachers Association

    February 20
    Winner
    -- Cheryl Nolette of Salmon River Teachers Association

    February 21
    Winner
    -- Darlene Alessio of North Rockland Teachers Association Inc.

    February 22
    Winner
    -- Robert Martin of BOCES Staff Association of Rockland County

    February 23
    Winner
    -- Michael Zaloom of Utica Teachers Association

    February 24
    Winner
    -- Julie Kwoka of Lockport Education Association

    February 25
    Winner
    -- Yakov Ido Keren of Faculty Association of Suffolk County Community College

    February 26
    Winner
    -- Earl Evans of Retiree Council 07

    February 27
    Winner
    -- Rosemary Koob of Clarkstown Teachers Association

    February 28
    Winner
    -- Thomas Quigley of Teachers Association of Lindenhurst - Retired







  • March 01, 2018
    It's often said that the eyes are the window to the soul... but eye care professionals would say your eyes are a window to your overall health. An eye doctor can tell a lot about the health of your body from looking in your eyes and can even see signs of a number of serious health issues.

    Americans are more likely to see their eye care professional for an eye exam than their general healthcare provider for a physical, so eye doctors may be the first health professional to detect several serious conditions.

    Early disease detection through an eye exam can lead to prevention or earlier treatment to help reduce medical costs and productivity loss down the road.


    The following are three major health issues that can be detected by an eye exam:

    #1: Pre-Diabetes – According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 86 million people in the United States who have pre-diabetes. This condition occurs when a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to for a diabetes diagnosis. The good news is that people with pre-diabetes can take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes. Since blurred vision is one of the first signs of diabetes, your eye doctor may be the first health professional to see you while you’re still in the “pre-diabetic” state.

    #2: Undiagnosed Diabetes – Of the 29.1 million people in the U.S. with diabetes, 27.8 percent are undiagnosed, according to the CDC. Diabetes is a serious disease that occurs when your body cannot produce enough insulin – resulting in high levels of glucose in the blood. People who are diagnosed can more easily get their diabetes under control and save money on medical expenses. Those individuals with this disease should see their eye doctor regularly to keep tabs on eye health issues that can be caused or worsened by the disease, including diabetic retinopathy and cataracts.

    Better managing diabetes can lower healthcare costs by a minimum of $804 per person per year, according to a study published in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy. In addition, better managing the disease can help employees avoid extreme productivity issues that could lead to job loss -- thereby avoiding the cost of unemployment associated with the disease.

    #3: Undiagnosed High Blood Pressure – Approximately one in five people with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it. Without intervention, high blood pressure – also known as hypertension -- can have a serious impact on many areas of the body and can lead to hefty medical costs. Hypertension (with its complications of stroke and heart attack) accounts for Americans losing 52 million workdays each year, according to the National Hypertension Association. Among its effects on the eye, hypertension can lead to bleeding, blurred vision, hypertensive retinopathy and even blindness.

    NYSUT Member Benefits endorses a quality voluntary Vision Plan that provides a complete eye exam and one pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses per benefit period. To learn more about eligibility, view frames, find participating providers and more, click here or call 800-626-8101.

    Special thanks to Davis Vision for providing the content for this article.






  • February 27, 2018
    The Winter 2018 issue of our Member Benefits E-Direct electronic newsletter is now available for all NYSUT members and their families to view.

    Technology has become such an integral part of our lives that it is now woven into the fabric of today's society. Have you ever stopped to consider how secure your computer is, though? The feature story of the Winter 2018 issue of Member Benefits E-Direct looks at this topic along with how you can best protect your computer and personal information from viruses, malware and ransomware.

    This issue also looks at ways to financially prepare your family for another child, disaster emergency tips for pet owners as well as union-endorsed benefits that could benefit you and your loved ones.

    Click the following link to view this e-newsletter -- http://online.fliphtml5.com/pwms/isqi/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!
  • February 14, 2018

    Valentines

    NYSUT Member Benefits is offering up our own goodies and special moments on this day...

    Join our MAP Alert email service to automatically be eligible to win special prize drawings; learn about new endorsed programs; and stay up to date about changes to existing programs.

    And if you sign up for MAP today, you still have two weeks to be eligible to win a number of great prizes as part of our annual Member Appreciation Month celebration! Click here to learn more now.

  • January 25, 2018

    Wouldn't it be great to be able to get exclusive member discounts on tickets to the latest blockbuster movies or theater events, the hottest concerts & sporting events, and the coolest theme parks & attractions?

    With the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Abenity Discounts program, you can do all this and more -- right from the palm of your hand!


    The Abenity Discounts program gives NYSUT members & their families access to approximately 290,000 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.

  • 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
    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!

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