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health benefits

Editorials | May 2, 2019 >>

It’s easily among most people’s greatest fears: Having a medical emergency when you’re far from home, whether it’s an accident or a serious illness.

Know your benefits | May 2, 2019 >>

Are you or a family member, because of a change of job or other life circumstance, going to lose your health insurance provided by the Department of Education and your UFT Welfare Fund benefits?

Info you should know | April 4, 2019 >>

There will be a special health benefits transfer period for in-service New York City employees only during the full month of April 2019.

News | March 14, 2019 >>

There is an upcoming special NYC Health Benefits Open Enrollment Period for active employees.

Union resolutions | January 16, 2019 >>

We urge NYSUT, NEA, AFT and AFL-CIO to reiterate their longstanding position that Medicare be given the right to negotiate drug prices and that we urge Congress to make this a priority.

Editorials | November 1, 2018 >>

In case anyone wondered what it’s like to rely on the promises of a corporation instead of the power of a union, consider the case of the Xerox Corporation.

Info you should know | October 4, 2018 >>

Are you covered by a New York City health benefits plan but also covered by the non-city health insurance plan of your parent, spouse or domestic partner, or through other employment?

Know your benefits | September 6, 2018 >>

The UFT Welfare Fund provides dental benefits through two programs: the Scheduled Benefit Plan, which provides services through the Welfare Fund panel or a dentist of your choice; and Dentcare, a no-cost dental HMO.


News stories | July 5, 2018 >>

The Municipal Labor Committee, the umbrella group of nearly 100 municipal labor unions of which the UFT is a member, has reached an agreement with the city on a plan to save $1.1 billion in employee health care costs while maintaining premium-free health insurance for city employees.

Press releases | June 27, 2018 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in support of the Municipal Labor Committee's agreement with the city of New York to save approximately $1.1 billion in employee health care costs over the next three years.

Know your benefits | April 5, 2018 >>

If you and your spouse or domestic partner are both in-service UFT members, you don’t have to choose one or the other’s benefits — you have the benefit of both when it comes to certain UFT Welfare Fund benefits.

News stories | March 1, 2018 >>

A "Know Your Rights” coalition led by the UFT and health care advocates — including Nordstrom’s Stuyhealth — came together to raise awareness about 9/11 benefits and compensation.


Know your benefits | February 1, 2018 >>

Workers’ Compensation can provide valuable benefits if you are a paraprofessional, school nurse or occupational or physical therapist and have a work-related injury or occupational illness.

News stories | January 4, 2018 >>

When the UFT launched its fight for paid parental leave in November, more than 6,000 members joined the campaign. In December, chapter leaders and engaged members organized “baby showers” in their schools to educate fellow members about parental leave issues and share stories about how the DOE’s lack of paid parental leave has affected them.

Know your benefits | January 4, 2018 >>

The UFT Welfare Fund, which provides an array of supplemental health benefits to eligible UFT members, provides a hearing aid benefit of $1,000.

News stories | December 7, 2017 >>

In presenting the Charles Cogen Award to just-retired UFT Welfare Fund Director Arthur Pepper, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, “We still have our health care without a premium. And we’re able to give every single person whatever prescription drugs they need, only because of the work of Artie Pepper.”

President's perspective | December 7, 2017 >>

UFT members spend their days nurturing and supporting other people’s children, yet the Department of Education’s current parental leave policy forces them to choose between their newborns and earning a paycheck that is critical to the wellbeing of their families.

News stories | October 5, 2017 >>

If you spend a lot each month on child care, or your out-of-pocket spending on health care is burdensome, you may be able to save hundreds of dollars a year in federal and Social Security taxes by enrolling in the city’s Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Program.

News stories | September 7, 2017 >>

MSK Direct, a new program offered by the UFT Welfare Fund, ensures access to a dedicated and compassionate team of cancer specialists at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Union resolutions | April 19, 2017 >>

The UFT calls for improving the health care safety net, including protecting and improving Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

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