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UFT responds to Aetna lawsuit

A health insurance provider has filed a lawsuit against the City of New York challenging the process used to award the contract for the new NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan for New York City retirees who are eligible for Medicare.

The Many Benefits of RTC Membership

The many benefits of RTC membership

You may not be an in-service employee anymore, but you haven’t left the UFT. Now it’s time to become a member of the union’s Retired Teachers Chapter (RTC) and participate in what’s considered the nation’s best retiree program for public school teachers and health care providers.

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Etching is her passion

Barbara Zietchick began taking painting lessons and learning about printmaking while she was still a kindergarten teacher on Staten Island in the 1980s. Now, 37 years after her retirement, Zietchick’s lifetime commitment to “change and growth” continues through her award-winning work.

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The path ahead

Members who have spent their professional lives under the academic calendar, even in retirement look at school openings as a pivot point. RTC Chapter Leader Tom Murphy looks at where we have been and, after our summer respite, where we are headed.

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Retiree Health Care Committee relays member questions

The RTC's volunteer Retiree Health Care Committee has been busy since its inception studying, evaluating and then explaining for members the premium-free health plan for retirees adopted in July by the Municipal Labor Committee. 

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Virtual travel keeps members on the ‘move’

Si Beagle trips make a seamless transition from in-person walking tours to virtual excursions for Retired Teachers Chapter members.



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New health plan for Medicare-eligible retirees

Following months of painstaking negotiations, the Municipal Labor Committee voted on July 14 to approve a new group health care plan for all Medicare-eligible New York City retirees that allows the municipal unions to address the rising cost of health care while maintaining their current benefits and quality of care.

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NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan

The Municipal Labor Committee on July 14 voted to approve the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan for Medicare-eligible New York City retirees. The following Q&A answers some of the most common questions that retired UFT members have.

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Special Retiree Health Care Committee established

A 50-member volunteer Retiree Health Care Committee has been created by the Retired Teachers Chapter to serve as middlemen between the chapter and union leadership on health care topics.

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IRMAA 2020 reimbursement

IRMAA 2020 reimbursements are scheduled to be issued by the end of October 2021.