The warmer weather and longer days mean that spring is just around the corner—a perfect time to get re-energized and re-commit to caring for ourselves. And your Benefit Fund is here to give you the support you need. As an 1199SEIU member, you have a comprehensive benefit package, and we are always looking for ways to help make sure you can access the care you need when you need it. In this issue of For Your Benefit, you will read about our partnership with EmblemHealth Dental, which, beginning April 1, will give National Benefit Fund members access to nearly twice as many dental providers. In May, we are launching a new service called Teladoc, which lets you reach a doctor by phone or online video at any time of the day or night when your own family doctor is unavailable.
We have also included a story about member Christine Jensen, a Financial Investigator in Patient Access Services at Staten Island University Hospital, who used her Fund benefits and workplace wellness programs to lose weight and get fit after a health scare. Like Christine, you can get started on your own journey to wellness by joining us at one of our many Fund workshops to help you stay healthy in every area of your life, from eating more nutritious food to improving your financial health and planning ahead for retirement.
If you have not yet filed your taxes, we remind you that it is not too late to take advantage of free tax preparation assistance. It can help you file for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) if you are eligible, and help ensure your tax refund is all that it can be.
Finally, we have included updates on what is going on in your Pension Fund, Training and Employment Funds and Child Care Funds. As always, we hope you enjoy this issue of For Your Benefit. And remember, 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.
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