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Enrolling and updating information

What are my Welfare Fund benefits?

The UFT Welfare Fund provides:

  • Prescription Drugs
  • Dental
  • Optical
  • Hearing Aid
  • Disability
  • Continuation of Coverage
  • Death Benefit
  • SLOAC and
  • Supplemental benefits (benefits which add to the HIP/PRIME, HIP PRIME POS and GHICBP – DME plans.)

Refer to the applicable chapter(s) in the UFT Welfare Fund’s Red Apple booklet for the benefits listed above.

All eligible members are covered by a City basic health plan of their choice. For detailed descriptions of these benefits refer to the NYC Summary Program Description booklet. Members may also contact the different health plans listed in that booklet for further information. The Red Apple booklet is available online.

Must I enroll to obtain my Welfare Fund benefits?

Yes, Enrollment with the Welfare Fund is required before members can access their benefits.

In order for new employees to access benefits provided by the United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund, new employees must complete and file an enrollment form with the Welfare Fund. See the following section entitled “How do I enroll and update information?” for information on how to enroll. Members have the opportunity to select one of the dental programs within sixty (60) days of employment. (See Dental section for particulars.)

I’m returning to work after being off payroll for eighteen (18) months or more, must I enroll in the Welfare Fund?

Yes. You must complete a new UFT Welfare Fund Enrollment Form as described below.

How do I enroll and update information?

All new members and members returning after eighteen (18) months or more off payroll must:

  1. complete a UFT Welfare Fund Enrollment Form. (This enrollment is separate from any UFT Membership and Department of Education Health Plan Applications.) This enrollment form is available from the Fund office, your chapter leader or can be completed online.
  2. attach applicable documentation (e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate or domestic partnership registration) to the enrollment form.

All members must notify the Fund Office of a change in marital status, dependent status or beneficiary by filing an Update Your Information. When enrolling or, changing dependents or beneficiaries, the member must attach photocopies of necessary documentation to the Enrollment Form or Update Your Information Form (also available from your chapter leader). The Fund reserves the right to request additional documentation verifying the bona fide relationship of any dependent to a member.

Please note that upon divorce or termination of domestic partnership a Change of Status Form must be completed (also available from your chapter leader) with applicable documentation to delete a spouse or domestic partner.

May I decline further coverage for an enrolled eligible dependent?

Yes, you may decline further coverage for an enrolled eligible dependent at any time by completing a Declination of Welfare Fund Coverage for Eligible Dependents form. You can also obtain this form from the Fund Office. If you decline Welfare Fund coverage for any dependent, you will only be permitted to re-enroll that dependent, upon submission of proof to the Fund of that dependent’s loss of other comparable coverage, within 30 days of the loss of such comparable coverage.