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UFT increases Welfare Fund benefits

The UFT is enhancing its Welfare Fund optical benefit and hearing aid benefit for in-service members and retirees effective March 1, 2022.

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.

If I get an evaluation but choose not to get hearing aids, should I use the certificate?

We suggest that you use the certificate only for a full service, including the hearing aid. If you use the certificate and only get the evaluation, we will pay the evaluation fee, but you will be deemed to have used the entire $1,500 benefit and you...

Can I use any hearing aid provider?

Yes, but there are benefits to using a panel provider. Besides the discounts offered, the Fund requires our panelists to have a licensed audiologist at their facility to ensure quality service.

My spouse and I are both UFT members, can we get double coverage for hearing aids?

Yes, you can ask for a validated certificate under your own name and another one as a dependent of your spouse.

How much can I get reimbursed for a hearing aid?

As of March 1, 2022, the UFT Welfare Fund will reimburse a maximum of $1,500, which can be used once every three years. If you use a preferred provider, you can receive at least a 25 percent discount on your purchase. If you are a retiree who belongs...

Does the UFT Welfare Fund provide a benefit for the purchase of hearing aids?

Yes, the Welfare Fund provides a hearing aid benefit which reimburses the member up to a maximum of $1,500 every three years (counted from the date of your last service) for members and their dependents. You can use the Fund’s panel or choose any...