Spring 2018

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.

Fast Treatment Can Fight Back Depression

More than one-third of depressed patients don’t start getting treatment as quickly as they should. Getting treatment right away offers the best chance of recovery.

Apply for Your Pension Online

If you are eligible for pension benefit and are thinking about retiring, applying for your pension or a pension estimate is easy and convenient with our secure online pension application.

Membership Advantages

Thinking of a Career in Behavioral Health Services?

The 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund and the 1199SEIU Greater New York Education Fund have partnered with Alfred University to offer a two-year training program that prepares 1199SEIU members for careers in behavioral health services.