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Retiree benefits

A comprehensive guide to your health benefits

In this updated edition of the Red Apple for retired members, find important information about the health benefits the UFT Welfare Fund provides.

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


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

Medicare Part D

This benefit will reimburse the 5% out of pocket co-payments incurred in the catastrophic coverage portion of the Medicare Part D plan.

Hearing aid

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

Supplemental Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

A unique package of benefits exclusively for retired UFT members, SHIP provides low-cost supplemental health coverage.

How to Reach the UFT Welfare Fund

Specialists at the UFT Welfare Fund are available to take your call at 212-539-0500 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You will be asked for specific identifiers, including your Social Security number or Welfare Fund Alternate ID number, which the Fund has on file. The specialist will then be able to assist you with any questions or needs. The federal privacy law (HIPAA) governs all Welfare Fund operations so that members need not fear providing their information to fund representatives (see more information on HIPAA).

Forms Hotline

The easiest way for you to order your optical or hearing aid certificates is to do so here on the website in our forms section. However, you can also call our 24-hour hotline at 212-539-0539 to order optical or hearing aid certificates, Red Apple Benefit Guides, dental forms/listings and other fund brochures.

For more general information on health benefits, please select one of the following topics: