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Choose from two dental plans offered by the UFT Welfare Fund.

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As a member of the UFT Welfare Fund, you and your eligible dependents can obtain optical services once every two years.

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Hearing aid

All eligible UFT Welfare Fund members and dependents are covered for hearing aid benefits.

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Coordination of benefits

When your spouse or domestic partner is also a UFT member, you will have certain enhanced Welfare Fund benefits.

Which health plan is right for you?

As a UFT member, you have a comprehensive health benefits package with a range of city health plans to choose from.

Compare city health plans

Medical Learning Series

MSK Direct gives UFT members access to a dedicated cancer specialists.

Updates in the Medical Treatment of Breast Cancer

Dr. Larry Norton, the deputy physician-in-chief for breast cancer programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, will review the latest developments in breast cancer treatment. To register, please call the Health and Cancer Helpline at 212-539-0515.

  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 7
  • Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor, rooms D/E
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Staying Healthy Around the Holidays

Join Memorial Sloan Kettering's registered dietitian Cara Anselmo as she shares tips on how to eat healthfully and still have fun with friends and family during the busy holiday season. To register, please call the Health and Cancer Helpline at 212-539-0515.

  • Date: Tuesday, Dec. 3
  • Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Location: UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor, rooms B/C

New and noteworthy


FSA enrollment period

The city's open enrollment period for Flexible Spending Accounts, which allows employees to deposit a portion of their pre-tax income into accounts maintained for certain health and dependent care expenses, has been changed: Oct. 1, 2019 through Nov. 15, 2019 for the plan year 2020. 

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MSK Direct cancer care

MSK Direct is a program that offers guided access to expert cancer treatment for UFT members, retirees and their family members. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the UFT Welfare Fund have a Health and Cancer Helpline?

When life-altering events occur, whether a recent medical diagnosis or a death in the family, it can be overwhelming and very often professional support is needed. The Helpline is available to provide invaluable information with appropriate guidance and resources.

When should I call the Health and Cancer Helpline?

When you or a loved one are affected by illness and are in need of information, direction and support.

Before calling the Health and Cancer Helpline, is there anything I should do to prepare?

Our caring staff will provide you with knowledge and information ranging from job leaves to accessing community resources. It may be useful to have a pen and paper available to take notes.

How long will it take for my benefits to take effect?
If you are enrolling in the Welfare Fund for benefits and are eligible, you should receive your insurance documents in 7-10 days. If you are enrolling with dependents for benefits, you must provide all specified required documents (marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc.) for the enrollment to be processed.
Can I add my grandchild to the UFT Welfare Fund benefits?

Yes. A child who is living with and financially dependent on a grandparent is eligible for coverage. You’ll need to submit a Change of Status form and a Dependent Child Affidavit, or request these forms from the Forms Hotline at 212-539-0539.