Dear Members,

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.


Mitra Behroozi
Executive Director
1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds

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