The NYSUT Member Benefits Trust was established in 1983 as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit trust distinct from NYSUT for the purpose of endorsing and monitoring quality, competitive insurance plans and benefit programs. These programs and services are available to NYSUT members; some are also available to or cover spouses/domestic partners of members, dependent children, dependent parents and grandparents.
The Trustees of the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust established the NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation in 2008 as a for-profit corporation. This separate, taxable subsidiary protects the Trust’s tax-exempt status and offers the opportunity to expand the types of programs and services offered to our members.
In 2015, the Trustees of the Member Benefits Trust established the New York State United Teachers Member Benefits Catastrophe Major Medical Insurance Trust – with the Catastrophe Major Medical Plan being its sole purpose.
In addition to voluntary programs available for purchase or use by individual members, Member Benefits also endorses group programs available for purchase by local associations, their benefit funds and employers.
Member Benefits has staff located at NYSUT headquarters in Latham, NY as well as several of NYSUT’s Regional Offices throughout New York State. Each Regional Office has a Member Benefits representative either housed at the office or visiting the office during the course of each month for the purpose of providing service to local leaders and individual members.