National Affiliate Resources

Your status as a NYSUT member also provides you with access to the following benefits from our national affiliates, the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT):

NEA Complimentary Life Insurance Offer (provided at no cost)

- Discounted Access From AFT to Talkspace Therapy & Mental Health Resources

AFT Accidental Death & Dismemberment Offer (provided at no cost)

AFT Trauma Counseling Benefit (provided at no cost)

The NEA Members Insurance Trust offers complimentary life insurance at no extra cost to active, staff, reserve, and life* NEA members, including the following:

-- Up to $1,000 of term life insurance
-- Up to $5,000 of accidental death & dismemberment insurance
-- $50,000 of accidental death & dismemberment insurance for any covered accident that occurs on the job or while serving as an association leader**
-- $150,000 of life insurance for unlawful homicide while on the job

Learn more about the NEA complimentary life insurance offering.

*Life members must be actively employed in the field of education.
**NEA retired members are eligible for the $50,000 of AD&D insurance only while acting on association business in the capacity of an association leader.

Effective January 22, 2024, the AFT has announced a partnership with Talkspace (a leading online behavioral healthcare company) to offer discounted access to high-quality therapy and evidenced-based mental health resources, including curated monthly content.

Through this partnership, AFT members will have seamless and affordable access to online therapy -- along with an exclusive $100 discount on their first month of any Talkspace therapy subscription.

Talkspace will also provide AFT members with educational blog articles and resources they can apply to their daily work lives, including strategies for avoiding burnout as well as identifying and supporting mental health challenges among co-workers.

Learn more about the Talkspace mental health resource.

Effective January 1, 2022, the AFT has arranged to provide all active, working, and retired members* in good standing with a $5,000 accidental death & dismemberment insurance policy provided at no cost from Federal Insurance Company, a member insurer of the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.

This benefit will double for AFT members who have an injury or death occurring at the workplace associated with their AFT membership (not including travel to and from work). Retired members are not covered by the double benefit.

*Members who pay a fee for representation but are not full members are not eligible for this benefit.

Learn more about the AFT AD&D offering.

The AFT also provides all active AFT members with up to three months of a trauma counseling benefit at no cost via video, phone, or text after a covered incident.

Whether it's an infectious disease, natural disaster, an assault, or secondary trauma, the AFT will provide you with the resources you need. These AFT-paid trauma counseling sessions with highly-trained therapists are completely private and set up to take advantage of the latest communication technologies. These sessions are available at no cost and available to all active AFT members, including those on leave status.

View and/or download a PDF brochure about this no-cost coverage.

Please Note: You must log in to the NYSUT Member Center to learn more about AFT trauma coverage.