New York City health plans
As a UFT member, you have a comprehensive health benefits package that city unions jointly negotiate for their members and the supplemental benefits that the UFT Welfare Fund provides.
Although you are covered from your first day of work, you must enroll in a health plan within 30 days of your first day on payroll. You can apply for health benefits using the NYCAPS ESS system.
Compare health plans
Choose the health plan that’s best for you: The comparison chart of New York City health plans provided by the Welfare Fund allows you to compare the various options for in-service members and retired members not eligible for Medicare and for retired members who are on Medicare.
Information regarding city health plans is available from the Office of Labor Relations (OLR). Details on city health plans can be found in the OLR publication, “New York City Health Benefits Program Summary Plan Description Booklet.
Keep copies of all your completed forms at home. Remember to ask about tax consequences related to domestic partner coverage.
Although the UFT Welfare Fund has no direct responsibility for administering the health plans, its staff will answer questions and advocate for you if you have difficulties with a claim. If you require assistance, please call our main number at 212-539-0500.