Negotiators Guide to NYSUT Member Benefits

Philippe AbrahamAs the Secretary-Treasurer of NYSUT and Chairperson of the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust, I am pleased to present the 2021 Negotiators Guide to NYSUT Member Benefits. Over the years, many NYSUT locals have taken advantage of these group plan offerings. In fact, there are well over 600 group plans already in place providing valuable insurance coverage or services to more than 200,000 members. The buying power of NYSUT’s 600,000+ membership allows participants to enjoy low rates and strong member advocacy.

Especially in these times, access to these valuable insurance programs is critical to all our members. Available group insurance plans include Dental, Disability, Voluntary Disability (a group plan that allows less than 100% participation with a minimum of 20%), Term Life and Vision.

Many of our group service plans are quite cost-effective compared to the value they bring to members’ lives. For example, the price of our Group Access Legal Service Plan is $35 per person per year and provides each member with a will, health care proxy and power of attorney preparation; free document review; unlimited telephone consultation; and a 24-hour emergency hotline. Our Group Financial Counseling Program costs $35 per person per year and provides each member with advice and guidance on personal financial situations in a wide variety of areas.

Group Health Advocate is a service that provides help in identifying doctors and hospitals, gives guidance with treatment options for various medical conditions, helps resolve erroneous medical bills, and finding "best in class" medical institutions for a serious illness or injury, and has a price of $15 per person per year.

Member Benefits also endorses program providers for Flexible Benefit Plans and Health Reimbursement Arrangements that can assist members with managing health care costs.

These group insurance and service plans are often added through contract negotiations and provided through your employers. If not employer-paid, some locals provide these plans through local dues or a benefit trust (which may be either fully or partially employer-funded).

If you would like more information about any of the programs in the menu at the left, Member Benefits offers a staff of regional Benefits Coordinators that are available to meet with your team virtually (or in person) once circumstances allow. Click here to find your regional coordinator. You may also contact us or the providers of our endorsed group plans for additional information or a customized quote.

Find out what so many NYSUT locals already know – NYSUT Member Benefits-endorsed programs provide a benefit that members can count on and have a value above and beyond those they can find on their own.

In solidarity,

J. Philippe Abraham
Chairperson, NYSUT Member Benefits Trust