Health Benefits

Talking with Children About Cancer

The United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund (UFTWF) has expanded our collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) to offer all UFT public school professionals free access to Talking with Children About Cancer, a program designed to help adults communicate with children who have a loved one in their life with cancer.

Through telephonic consultation and educational group workshops, experienced MSK oncology social workers will provide UFT members with the tools they need to support students and their families with a loved one diagnosed with cancer. When a parent or caregiver is diagnosed with cancer, children and teenagers are profoundly impacted. School staff are often the first to notice changes in student behavior or mood. Being a source of comfort during this challenging time is vital to a child’s emotional well-being.

Members can access Talking with Children About Cancer by calling the UFTWF’s dedicated telephone line: 844-350-5034. You will be able to speak with an MSK social worker within one business day.

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MSK Direct cancer care

The United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund (UFTWF) has partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) through MSK Direct — a program that offers guided access to expert cancer treatment for UFT members, retirees and their family members. MSK Direct is a dedicated team that helps people faced with cancer find the best possible care. MSK is the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, devoting more than 130 years to top patient care and innovative research. US News ranks MSK as the top hospital in the northeast for cancer care.

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Retiree health plan rate changes

The city announced changes in premiums for Medicare-eligible retirees who receive prescription drug coverage from their health plans. The changes are effective as of Jan. 1, 2018 and will be reflected in January pension checks. See the changes in the chart.

New Optional Rider Rates Effective July 1, 2017

The optional rider rates for the health plans have been finalized and will be effective

July 1, 2017. Due to the delay in the finalization of the rates which occurred after the in-service payroll for the summer was completed, the city was not able to apply the new rates in the summer checks. However, they were able to apply the rates to July pension checks. 

We are expecting a “catch-up” applied to the in-service payrolls following the summer as has happened in the past. As soon as we have confirmation as to how this will be applied, we will share that information.

GHI-CBP July 1, 2016 July 1, 2017
Individual (In-service) $5.49 $5.48
Family (In-service) $13.91 $13.89
Individual (Retiree) $120.49 $110.98
Family (Retiree) $220.91 $202.89
Medicare $109.05 $109.25
HIP Prime HMO    
Individual (Retiree) $157.60 $199.25
Family (Retiree) $386.12 $488.14
HIP VIP Medicare    
Individual Only $155.47 $155.47

See the chart for all other plans

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