Spring is a time of renewal and an opportunity to commit to healthy habits, but protecting your health should be a priority no matter what the calendar says. In this issue of For Your Beneﬁt, you will learn about an improvement to your Teladoc beneﬁt coming in May, when you—and any of your eligible dependents age 18 and older—will be able to access mental health care from the privacy and comfort of your own home. Your Beneﬁt Fund offers other resources to support your family’s mental well-being as well, so we have included an article about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). These are all-too-common traumatic experiences that can affect a person’s physical and mental health well into adulthood, and we discuss ways your Beneﬁt Fund can help.
In this issue, you will read about 1199SEIU member Maria Rodriguez, a Secretary II at Monteﬁore Medical Center in the Bronx, who shares her story of how her beneﬁts helped her get her health back on track after a serious medical event.
We know how important your health beneﬁts are to you, and we are committed to helping ensure they are always there when you and your family need them. That is why we include details about our 2018 Dependent Eligibility Veriﬁcation Program.
If you have received a letter from HMS, the company we have retained to conduct the program, we encourage you to respond as quickly as possible. We also include information about a change to your prescription drug coverage that makes it more convenient to have your maintenance medication prescriptions ﬁlled through our program, The 90-Day Rx Solution.
You will also read about new training programs for behavioral health providers and workers that your Training and Employment Funds are developing to help ﬁll positions in this growing ﬁeld. For those of you who have children, we include information on upcoming parenting seminars offered through your Child Care Funds. And with the tax-ﬁling deadline fast approaching, we remind you that it’s not too late to take advantage of your Beneﬁt Fund’s free Tax Preparation Assistance Program to get the most out of your refund.
We hope you enjoy this issue of For Your Beneﬁt. If you have any questions about your beneﬁts, please call our Member Services Department at (646) 473-9200, and a representative will be happy to help you.
1199SEIU Beneﬁt and Pension Funds