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Optional rider checks to be mailed in March

New York Teacher

UFT retirees will receive an Optional Rider reimbursement at the beginning of March.

This year’s reimbursement is $840 for retirees whose Optional Rider or health plan deduction was in effect for all of 2022. Retirees whose rider or health plan was in effect for less than 12 months will receive reimbursement at the rate of $70 per month. If the monthly deduction was not greater than $70, the Welfare Fund will cover the full monthly amount.

Checks are mailed to most retirees automatically. An eligible member who retired in 2022 and has not received a reimbursement check by April 1 should download a Rider Claim Form. Retirees should submit this form and allow at least four weeks for their benefit checks to be processed.

Retirees may be eligible for the Optional Rider benefit even if their health coverage is not from a New York City health plan. This benefit is available whether the retiree maintains the health plan or is covered through their spouse or domestic partner, as long as the plan includes prescription drug coverage. The retiree must submit a completed Non-NYC Rider Claim Form each year along with documentation showing direct payments or deductions for the health insurance plan.

Different claim forms are required depending on whether the reimbursement is for a New York City health plan or for a non-New York City health plan. Both claim forms can be downloaded on the Optional Rider Claim Forms page.

Retirees who returned to work in positions that provide in-service prescription drug benefits and use this benefit will have their Optional Rider reimbursement reduced by the amount of the prescription drug costs paid by the UFT Welfare Fund, calculated on a month-by-month basis.

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