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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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  • January 03, 2019
    If you are looking for unbiased, objective advice specifically designed for you and your family, we encourage you to consider the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Financial Counseling Program.

    Stacey Braun Associates, Inc. -- the program provider -- understands the unique benefits and retirement options of NYSUT members and can work with you to address your specific financial needs.

    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 meet your specific financial goals; more importantly, these planners do not sell any commissioned 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.
  • December 18, 2018
    Winter is upon us and the freezing temperatures are here. No matter the type of heating source you use in your home, who wouldn't want to put some extra cash towards your savings rather than your utility bills?

    NYSUT Member Benefits endorses home & heating service programs that can assist NYSUT members and their loved ones this winter and beyond.

    The Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Heat USA program offers NYSUT members and their loved ones the opportunity to save an average of $300 to $500 per year on heating oil. Heat USA is the largest heating oil buying group in the nation, with more than 50,000 oil-heated households and 200 full-service heating oil suppliers participating.

    The Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Tankfarm program offers the chance to save on propane from top-rated local dealers along with no tank rental, set-up, delivery or environmental compliance fees.

    Meanwhile, the Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Solar Solidarity Program from American Solar Partners can help members reduce their utility bill and improve the value of their home by installing a solar power system. NYSUT members can own a solar power system with no money out-of-pocket, and save 10-15% from American Solar Partners on current market prices.

    Click here to learn more about Heat USA.

    Click here to learn more about Tankfarm.

    Click here to learn more about American Solar Partners.
  • December 11, 2018
    Are you looking to plan a fun-filled upcoming vacation with your children and/or grandchildren to sunny, theme park-filled Orlando, FL?

    Before you book any reservations, make sure to check out the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation-endorsed Orlando Employee Discounts program.


    NYSUT members and their loved ones have the opportunity to save up to 30% on fun-filled trips to Orlando, FL, including discounted tickets to Disney World, Universal Studios and other Orlando area attractions; up to 60% savings at select Orlando hotels; hotel and theme park ticket travel packages; and much more.

    Click here to learn more about Orlando Employee Discounts.
  • December 04, 2018
    At NYSUT Member Benefits, we are animal lovers too... and we feel the same way you do. Our pets are not just pets; they are crucial members of the family.

    That is why NYSUT Member Benefits has endorsed the Pet Insurance program from Nationwide since 2012 to offer a variety of coverage options for dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets.

    Pets of any age are eligible for coverage through the Nationwide pet insurance program, and Nationwide's medical plans provide benefits for accidents and illnesses, ranging from ear infections to cancer. Optional pet wellness plans offer benefits for preventive care such as routine exams, vaccinations and blood work.

    NYSUT members receive preferred group pricing on the base medical plan and up to a 10% discount if multiple pets in a household are enrolled. In addition, Nationwide policyholders receive access at no charge to the Vet Helpline, a $150 value offering live veterinary guidance for everything from general questions to identifying urgent care needs.

    Click here to learn more about Nationwide pet insurance.
  • December 03, 2018

    Holiday

    At NYSUT Member Benefits, our goal is to provide quality endorsed benefits to the dedicated women and men that comprise the NYSUT organization.

    NYSUT members and their loved ones have access to dozens of endorsed shopping programs during the holiday season and throughout the year available through NYSUT Member Benefits.

    And unlike with purchasing products available to the general public, there's no need to go it alone when Member Benefits has your back. NYSUT members have the "Power of the Union" behind them, and we'll do our best to quickly resolve any issues or concerns you may have.

    So before you finish your shopping this holiday season, we encourage you to check out the many endorsed programs available through NYSUT Member Benefits to help you save both time and some money.

    Through our endorsed Purchasing Power Member Shopping Program, eligible NYSUT members can purchase brand-new, brand-name desktop or laptop computers, tablets, televisions, appliances and a variety of other products. Eligible members can select the items they want and pay for them over time through the ease of payroll deduction or ACH withdrawals. While not a discount program, Purchasing Power can save members money and stress compared to high-interest credit cards or rent-to-own stores.

    Through our endorsed Abenity Discounts program, NYSUT members can access approximately 290,000 online discounts across 10,000 U.S. cities, including everything on your holiday gift list such as computers, tablets and the hottest electronic gadgets; beautiful custom canvas prints; movie and theme park tickets; restaurant gift cards; and gourmet gift baskets. NYSUT members can also enjoy discounted tickets for entertainment & sporting events, a variety of travel opportunities and numerous local deals through Abenity.

    Through our endorsed Bose program, NYSUT members receive special educator pricing on high-end, high-quality electronics such as music systems, headphones and bluetooth speakers. Please Note: NYSUT members must contact Bose toll-free at 877-709-2073 to receive the special pricing.

    Through our endorsed 1800Flowers.com program, NYSUT members have the opportunity to save 20% on fresh flowers, gourmet gift baskets, chocolates, spa baskets and much more.

    Through our endorsed Buyer's Edge, Inc. program, NYSUT members are guaranteed the lowest prices on most major purchases, including large appliances, televisions, new & used vehicles, furniture and much more.

    Through our endorsed Office Depot/OfficeMax program, NYSUT members can save an average of 30% on almost 100,000 products in all Office Depot/OfficeMax locations or online through the company's website.

    Through our endorsed Powell's Books program, NYSUT members can purchase a variety of new and used books along with other items from one of the top unionized bookstores in the nation.

    Happy holidays!


  • November 27, 2018
    NYSUT Member Benefits understands the challenges the hardworking women and men of this labor union face when it comes to financial issues such as student loan re-payment options, credit card consolidation or debt management.

    Our newly-endorsed Cambridge Credit Counseling program can assist with these issues and help get you back on the path to financial independence. NYSUT members are eligible to receive free, no-obligation debt and student loan consultations with one of Cambridge's certified counselors.

    Cambridge also offers a unique web portal available at a reduced rate that can help explain the various options when paying student debt, including student loan forgiveness programs, income-based repayment options and more.

    Click here to learn more about Cambridge Credit Counseling.
  • November 15, 2018
    Protecting your eyes, your smile and your hearing are all important aspects of living a healthy lifestyle. That is why NYSUT Member Benefits is proud to endorse voluntary vision, dental and hearing plans available to NYSUT members and their loved ones.

    The MB-endorsed Vision Plan provides one complete eye exam (including glaucoma testing, and when professionally indicated, dilation) and one pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses per benefit period, paid-in-full according to plan specifications from participating providers.


    The MB-endorsed Dental Plan features the MetLife PDP Plus Network and offers easy-to-understand dental coverage that allows you to protect your family's oral health, choose the dentist of your choice and save on out-of-pocket expenses (typically 15% to 45% less than the average cost in your area).

    Finally, Member Benefits endorses the EPIC Hearing Service Plan to provide NYSUT members with a national network of more than 5,000 credentialed audiologists and ear, nose & throat physicians. Through these providers, NYSUT members and their loved ones can receive customized hearing care as well as purchase brand-name hearing aids at savings of 30% to 60% off the manufacturer's suggested retail price.

    Click here to learn more about our endorsed Vision Plan.

    Click here to learn more about our endorsed Dental Plan.

    Click here to learn more about the EPIC Hearing Service Plan.
  • November 08, 2018
    We are aware of and sympathize with the hard-working members of the NYSUT organization that spend their own monies to purchase classroom supplies and other education-related items.

    That is why NYSUT Member Benefits is proud to endorse the Office Depot/OfficeMax program, offering NYSUT members the opportunity to save an average of 30% on almost 100,000 products in all Office Depot/OfficeMax locations or online through the company's website.


    Save on school supplies, office supplies, ink & toner, copying & printing, and much more, with up to 80% off preferred products, free next-day delivery with online orders over $50 and discounted printing prices.

    Click here to learn more about the Office Depot/OfficeMax program.
  • November 01, 2018
    Whether you recently welcomed a child into the world, got married or divorced, or have been the recipient of an inheritance, now is a good time to consider creating or updating your Will.

    NYSUT members have access to expert legal assistance that can help with everything from preparing crucial estate planning documents to dealing with traffic violations.


    The NYSUT Member Benefits Trust-endorsed Legal Service Plan provides unlimited toll-free legal advice; a Simple Will, Health Care Proxy, Living Will and Power of Attorney; and guaranteed maximum fees for many legal matters. NYSUT in-service members can purchase this plan for $85 annually ($55 per year for retirees); optional Elder Law and Business Protection Riders are available.

    Click here to learn more about our endorsed Legal Service Plan.
  • October 25, 2018
    The Fall 2018 issue of our Member Benefits E-Direct electronic newsletter is now available for all NYSUT members and their loved ones to view.

    In addition to everyday parenting responsibilities, we spend a lot of time today encouraging our kids to take part in various activities to be physically healthy. But are we teaching our children the importance of being fiscally fit? It is just as crucial to the long-term well-being of children to learn how to become financially healthy as they grow into adults. The feature story of the Fall 2018 issue of MB E-Direct offers five ways to help your kids achieve this goal.

    SPECIAL HOLIDAY BONUS IN THIS ISSUE: Recipes from MB to You!
    In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, we would like to share our favorite holiday recipes with NYSUT members and their families -- from drinks to side dishes to entrees to desserts. Let us know if you like some of the recipes.

    Click here to view this e-newsletter.

    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 the almost 60,000 participants in our voluntary Member Alert Program email service.

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