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UFT Legal Services Plan

When you need legal assistance, it can be costly and stressful. That’s why the union recently introduced a Legal Services Plan, which provides in-service UFT members with access to attorneys who will assist them, for free or at discounted rates. 

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Cancer care and prevention

The UFT has added a new state-of-the-art tool, the 3D mammogram, to its programs of compassionate support and excellent clinical care for members facing a cancer diagnosis.

Transit Programs

Transit programs

If you travel to work by public transportation, you can save money by participating in the City of New York Commuter Benefits Program, which covers New York City and the tri-state area.

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Paid parental leave

Thanks to the hard work of thousands of UFT members during a lengthy public campaign, the UFT was the first public-sector union in New York City to secure paid parental leave for the workers it represents.


Prescription drug coverage

All eligible in-service UFT members and their dependents have prescription drug coverage through the UFT Welfare Fund. There are no waiting periods for this coverage, and members have options to pick up or get delivery of most medications.

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Eyeglasses and contact lenses

The process for checking your eligibility and accessing your optical benefits became easier as of Feb. 1.The UFT Welfare Fund has eliminated paper optical certificates and introduced a new digital process for providing your free or discounted eye exams, eyeglasses and contact lenses.

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Hearing aids and exams

Through the UFT Welfare Fund, UFT-represented employees and their dependents can purchase a hearing aid and be reimbursed up to $1,000 once every three years.

Dental care

Dental care

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

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Member Assistance Program

Over the years, the Member Assistance Program has supported thousands dealing with issues including work stress, marital or parenting difficulties, eating disorders and alcohol or substance use. In response to the pandemic, MAP began offering all its services virtually.

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Health services during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted city health care providers and the UFT Welfare Fund to retool how they provide services while offering extra support for those who become infected with the coronavirus.