Dear Members,

We know how important your health benefits are to you, and that is why we are committed to protecting them against fraud and abuse. In this issue of For Your Benefit, we update you about a scheme that has targeted some members, and ask for your help in reporting any suspicious phone calls, emails or letters you may receive. Working together, we can protect the health coverage you have earned and rely on.

In addition, we share with you information you need to stay healthy and informed. In his column, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Van H. Dunn discusses the connection between mental and physical health, and how your Benefit Fund supports both with multiple resources, including our Wellness Member Assistance Program and Teladoc, our telehealth phone and video service. We also remind you of the importance of regular colon cancer screenings–covered by your Benefit Fund–which can save your life.

Our members often tell us of the peace of mind that their health coverage gives them. In this issue, you will read about fellow 1199SEIU member Tereza Ubinas-Valle, an Environmental Service Aide at Andrus on Hudson nursing home and rehabilitation center, who under her doctor’s care, overcame several serious medical issues and turned her health around.

To support your financial wellness, last fall we introduced our new Online Financial Health series created especially for 1199SEIU members, to help you better manage your money and make sound financial decisions. Hundreds of members took advantage of all four workshops. If you missed it or would just like a refresher course, you can sign up for the series again, beginning April 6. And with Tax Day just weeks away, we remind you that it is not too late to take advantage of your Benefit Fund’s free Tax Preparation Assistance Program, which can also help you file for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), if you are eligible.

If you would like to strengthen your skills or explore new career options in healthcare, our Training and Employment Funds offer details on upcoming career–advancing seminars. And parents will learn about Child Care Fund workshops, offering information on everything from summer camp options to making the transition from high school to college.

As always, we hope you enjoy this issue of For Your Benefit!

Sincerely,

Mitra Behroozi
Executive Director
1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds

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