Dear Members,

With the New Year come new beginnings and a fresh start. In this issue of For Your Benefit, we tell you about a change to your dental benefit. We learned that some of you were facing unexpected costs with the broader EmblemHealth dental network we introduced in April 2017. So we worked with EmblemHealth to help ensure that your current plan matches your former plan’s level of benefits, now covering more services and minimizing or eliminating your out-of-pocket costs.

Of course, your Benefit Fund does more than provide you with access to quality healthcare coverage. We also share with you the information you need to stay healthy and informed. You will read about a change in the way doctors assess the risk of heart disease–a condition that affects nearly half of our members. In his column, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Van H. Dunn discusses the resources your Benefit Fund offers to help you lower your risk, including our Hypertension Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program. In addition, you will learn about Dr. Dunn’s new Healthy Living Spotlight videos on diabetes, a common risk factor for heart disease.

We also remind you that it is not too late to get your flu shot. Last year, more than 80,000 people in the U.S. died from complications of the flu. As healthcare workers, you are more susceptible to contracting the virus–and passing it on to your patients–so we encourage you to protect yourself with the vaccination now.

And because stressing over money matters can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to colds, the flu and more, we inform you about our free Online Financial Health series. Provided by Mobility Capital Finance (MoCaFi), the fourth part of the series lays out what steps you need to take to prepare for retirement. And because tax season is just around the corner, we remind you to take advantage of the 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.

In this issue, you will also read about fellow 1199SEIU member Shernel Phillips-Williams, a Medical Case Manager at Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, who credits all of her 1199SEIU benefits with not only helping her lose 20 pounds but also improving her whole family’s quality of life.

For members looking to strengthen their skills or explore new career options in the healthcare industry, our Training and Employment Funds offer details on their upcoming career–advancing workshops. And parents will learn how they can take advantage of summer camp and scholarship opportunities through our Child Care Fund.

As always, we hope you enjoy this issue of For Your Benefit and wish you a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Mitra Behroozi
Executive Director
1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds

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