1199SEIU Retired Members Bulletin

January 2024

Below, please find information about January’s list of classes to exercise your mind and body, as well as updates on your benefits and programs. We hope you find this month’s bulletin helpful and make time for self-care so that you can remain Retired, but Active! Enjoy!

This month, we will begin returning to in-person meetings for some Chapters!

Please see the complete list to determine whether your meeting will be in person.

NOTICE: If you are a pensioner who returned to work, and you have been working for more than 40 hours a month to help alleviate industry staffing shortages, please be advised that the waiver that was granted will soon end.

Effective January 1, 2024, if you wish to continue working for more than 40 hours a month, your pension and applicable retiree health benefits will be suspended until you reduce your hours. The established Plan rule was waived during the COVID-19 pandemic but will resume across all 1199SEIU Pension Funds on January 1, 2024.

If you have questions, please call our Retiree Services Center at (646) 473-8666; outside of NYC, (800) 892-2557.

Spotlight on Benefits

Make Your Health Your New Year’s Resolution!

Welcome to 2024! The start of the new year is a great time to prioritize your health. As an 1199SEIU retiree, you have access to a whole host of benefits to help keep you in top shape. And if you are enrolled in the 1199SEIU Aetna Medicare Advantage plan, you are covered for visits to a primary care physician—someone who can offer you personalized care tailored to your specific needs.

When it comes to wellness, prevention is crucial! Seeing your doctor regularly enables you to have peace of mind about where you stand. Health screenings help you monitor any ongoing issues and early diagnosis helps ensure an early start if you need treatment. Your doctor may recommend screenings for blood pressure, osteoporosis and colorectal and breast cancers, among others. So, make an appointment with your doctor to find out what screenings you should have—and start 2024 with your health goals in the spotlight!

Please refer to your Summary Plan Description for more information about your retiree health benefit eligibility.

Findhelp When You Need It

Life’s needs can be unexpected, but you can always count on getting support at findhelp.1199SEIUBenefits.org, your Benefit Fund’s curated search engine that locates free and low-cost community services and programs wherever you and your loved ones live. Search for assistance with transportation, emotional well-being, nutritional and food programs, financial and legal assistance and more. Although we are pleased to share these resources with you, the services offered through findhelp are not benefits covered by your Benefit Fund.

Visit findhelp.1199SEIUBenefits.org.

The Healthy Living Resource Center Is Your Wellness Toolkit!

If you want to get and keep your health on track, your Benefit Fund has you covered. The Healthy Living Resource Center gives you info, expert insights and wellness tools, split into five channels covering the pillars of a healthy lifestyle: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Hearts, Healthy Eating and Healthy Provider Relationships. Browse each section for nutrition tips, health trackers, interactive exercise videos and screening guidelines. Healthy Living will be updated frequently with new information about upcoming programs and partnerships, so be sure to check back often.

Starting in 2024, Healthy Home Visits Will Be Scheduled Through Signify Health

If you are enrolled in the 1199SEIU Aetna Medicare Advantage plan, your 2024 Healthy Home Visits will be scheduled through Signify Health. But don’t worry, your benefit isn’t changing! A Healthy Home Visit is a one-hour at-home checkup and is in addition to your annual Medicare wellness visit and annual physical. During this visit, a licensed clinician will review your medications and medical history. They will also check your vital signs, look for safety risks and answer your health questions. This visit does not replace your regular doctor visits or change your health plan. To schedule a Healthy Home Visit, call (855) 746-8709.

Have You Joined Our Retired Members’ Online Community Yet?

Stay connected and get the latest information about your benefits and programs with our 1199SEIU Retired Members Facebook group. That’s where you can find the latest news, learn about upcoming meetings and talk with fellow retirees. Join the group today and invite other retired members.

Remember: We are stronger together!

Protect Your Health this Winter by Getting Vaccinated

The winter is a great time to boost your immunity and protect yourself and others from viruses like the flu and COVID-19. Health experts caution that COVID-19 can still pose a risk and have recommended the updated booster shot. Additionally, the flu vaccine is the best way to lower your risk of severe illness should you be exposed to the virus. Vaccinations offer widespread protection for you and your loved ones, so if you are eligible, we encourage you to get your shots as soon as possible. Visit your doctor or participating pharmacy to get your flu and COVID-19 vaccinations.

Support Your Emotional Health with Aetna’s MDLIVE

A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. Now, retirees enrolled in the 1199SEIU Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan can get support for their emotional well-being through MDLIVE, an online resource. With MDLIVE, you can connect with a licensed therapist or psychiatrist by phone or video chat from the comfort of your home on your schedule. To get started, visit www.MDLIVE.com/AetnaMedicareBH and follow the prompts to create an account. To learn more about MDLIVE, call (888) 865-0729.

Learn New Skills and Explore Interests with Continuing Education Programs

Is there a subject you’ve always wanted to study or a topic you want to learn more about? 1199SEIU retirees can access free and low-cost educational opportunities, including in-person courses at colleges throughout New York and online classes offered nationwide.

Stay Connected with Online Chapter Meetings

We hope you are enjoying these meetings, using them to connect with friendly faces and get updates on Funds news and information about your retiree benefits. As we continue to keep an eye on health recommendations and guidelines, we have decided to resume holding in-person chapter meetings at several locations in the New York area. All other chapters will continue to meet online via Zoom. Take a look at the listings below and plan to attend your in-person meeting, or simply join your chapter meeting by typing the Zoom link listed below into your Internet browser and entering the meeting ID and passcode when prompted. You can also join your meeting using the phone number listed below your chapter.

Exercise Your Mind and Body with Tai Chi, Mindful Meditation and Chair Yoga

The Retired Members Division has again partnered with Mind Over Matter Fitness to bring you classes for your mental and physical well-being. View the class descriptions and join the classes online via Zoom at the links listed below. For more information, please call (646) 473-8761.

Cooking for Your Health

Let’s get cooking! We’re excited to get in the kitchen to show you how to prepare healthy meals and share tips for better eating. Each class will last one hour at the Zoom links listed below and will include a cooking demonstration with Chef Jamie. Take a look at the tasty off erings you’ll cook up this month!

Meetings by Location

  • Retirees: Joseph James — Chapter Meeting

    Fri., Mar. 1, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Bronx Office

    2501 Grand Concourse, Third Floor

    Bronx, NY 10468

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 863 7137 7078

    Passcode: 125761

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: Manhattan and Harlem — Chapter Meeting

    Tue., Mar. 5, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Headquarters

    498 Seventh Avenue

    Union Auditorium

    New York, NY 10018

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 857 9172 8467

    Passcode: 034171

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: White Plains — Chapter Meeting

    Wed., Mar. 6, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds White Plains Office

    10 Bank Street

    Rooms 1 & 2

    White Plains, NY 10606

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 830 2948 0209

    Passcode: 465404

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: Suffolk County Region — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 7, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    First Baptist Church of Riverhead

    1018 Northville Turnpike

    Riverhead, NY 11901

    No Zoom capabilities

  • Retirees: Bernie Minter Bronx — Chapter Meeting

    Mon., Mar. 11, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Headquarters

    498 Seventh Avenue

    Union Auditorium

    New York, NY 10018

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 880 8379 0656

    Passcode: 884386

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: Staten Island — Chapter Meeting

    Tue., Mar. 12, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Staten Island Office

    790 Port Richmond Avenue

    Rooms 1 and 2

    Staten Island, NY 10302

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 886 9058 0702

    Passcode: 564703

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: Hudson Valley Region — Chapter Meeting

    Wed., Mar. 13, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    Beulah Baptist Church

    92 Catharine Street, Main Floor

    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

    No Zoom capabilities

  • Retirees: Brooklyn-Marshall Dubin and Mattie-Small — Chapter Meeting

    Fri., Mar. 15, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    Brooklyn College

    2705 Campus Road

    Second Floor, Bedford Room

    Brooklyn, NY 11210

    No Zoom capabilities

    Meeting ID: 864 2454 1829

    Passcode: 475844

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: Hicksville — Chapter Meeting

    Wed., Mar. 20, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    1199SEIU Funds Hicksville Office

    100 Duffy Avenue, 3rd Floor

    Hicksville, NY 11801

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 819 7854 9154

    Passcode: 513455

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: Queens — Chapter Meeting

    Mon., Mar. 25, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    The Community Bridge

    120-50 Springfield Blvd

    Cambria Heights, NY 11411

    No Zoom capabilities

  • Retirees: Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada — Chapter Meeting

    Fri., Mar. 8, at 3:00 pm

    and 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 828 9127 0655

    Passcode: 602834

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • There are currently no upcoming events scheduled.

  • Retirees: Florida Statewide (All Florida Chapters) — Chapter Meeting

    Tue., Mar. 12, at 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 830 3747 6716

    Passcode: 826854

    Call in: (646) 558-8656 or (312) 626-6799

  • Retirees: Texas, Tennessee and Pensacola — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 14, at 1:00 pm

    and 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 875 5909 8800

    Passcode: 983300

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada — Chapter Meeting

    Fri., Mar. 8, at 3:00 pm

    and 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 828 9127 0655

    Passcode: 602834

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania and North and South Carolinas — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 28, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    SEIU HealthCare 1199NJ

    555 US-1

    Suite 301-A

    Iselin, NJ 08830

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 863 2761 2855

    Passcode: 845282

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania and North and South Carolinas — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 28, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    SEIU HealthCare 1199NJ

    555 US-1

    Suite 301-A

    Iselin, NJ 08830

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 863 2761 2855

    Passcode: 845282

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada — Chapter Meeting

    Fri., Mar. 8, at 3:00 pm

    and 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 828 9127 0655

    Passcode: 602834

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania and North and South Carolinas — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 28, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    SEIU HealthCare 1199NJ

    555 US-1

    Suite 301-A

    Iselin, NJ 08830

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 863 2761 2855

    Passcode: 845282

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: Texas, Tennessee and Pensacola — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 14, at 1:00 pm

    and 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 875 5909 8800

    Passcode: 983300

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: Texas, Tennessee and Pensacola — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 14, at 1:00 pm

    and 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 875 5909 8800

    Passcode: 983300

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania and North and South Carolinas — Chapter Meeting

    Thu., Mar. 28, at 12:00 pm

    In-person Location:

    SEIU HealthCare 1199NJ

    555 US-1

    Suite 301-A

    Iselin, NJ 08830

    Zoom Details:

    Meeting ID: 863 2761 2855

    Passcode: 845282

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

  • Retirees: Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada — Chapter Meeting

    Fri., Mar. 8, at 3:00 pm

    and 12:00 pm

    Meeting ID: 828 9127 0655

    Passcode: 602834

    Call in: (646) 558-8656

Tune In for "Seniors Out Speaking" Online

The Medicare Rights Center’s “Seniors Out Speaking” (SOS) program provides 1199SEIU retirees with timely Medicare information via monthly webinar presentations. The January SOS presentation will cover topics related to being new to Medicare.

If you have any registration questions, please contact [email protected]. Please visit www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/SOS to access additional materials and information related to the SOS program.

  • Tue., Mar. 26, at 3:30 pm

    The Medicare Rights Center’s “Seniors Out Speaking” (SOS) program helps 1199SEIU retirees learn more about timely Medicare topics via monthly webinar presentations.

    Conference line: (646) 558-8656

    Meeting ID: 999 7268 1095

Exercise Classes

  • Retirees: Tai Chi

    Mon., Mar. 4, at 11:00 am

    Experience a gentle breath and movement meditation to help you feel more open, limber and calm.

    Meeting ID: 848 6128 3210

  • Retirees: Mindful Meditation

    Tue., Mar. 5, at 11:00 am

    This class encourages a healthy mind-body connection with meditation and breathing techniques.

    Meeting ID: 871 7247 2969

    Call in: (929) 205-6099

  • Retirees: Standing Yoga

    Tue., Mar. 5, at 1:00 pm

    This class connects the body, breath, and mind. It uses standing postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to improve overall health.

    Meeting ID: 842 7889 6267

  • Retirees: Chair Yoga

    Wed., Mar. 6, at 11:00 am

    Loosen and stretch tense muscles, reduce stress, improve circulation and build strength and balance while doing seated exercises.

    Meeting ID: 884 1636 6703

  • Retirees: Heart and Soul Afro Cardio Jam

    Wed., Mar. 6, at 1:00 pm

    Come dance, connect and move on a soulful dance journey to the rhythms of African drums.

    Meeting ID: 810 2197 1718

  • Retirees: Latin Cardio Dance

    Fri., Mar. 8, at 11:00 am

    An exhilarating cardio class set to Latin music that uses easy-to-follow choreography to keep you moving and grooving while toning your body and burning fat.

    Meeting ID: 861 3295 5230

Stay Connected
with Your Funds

For your convenience, all of our offices are open for retiree benefit assistance services that can’t be handled online or over the phone. Of course, you can always access your benefits from the comfort of your home, 24/7. Visit MyAccount (www.My1199Benefits.org) or make an online appointment to speak with a Retiree Services Representative by visiting www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/Appt. You may also call Retiree Services directly at (646) 473-8666.

If you need to visit a Funds office, schedule an appointment online at www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/Appt to reduce wait times and facilitate social distancing.

Cooking Classes

  • Retirees: Cooking for Your Health

    Thu., Mar. 14, at 11:00 am

    Let’s get cooking! We’re excited to get in the kitchen to show you how to prepare healthy meals and share tips for better eating. Each class will last one hour at the Zoom links listed below and will include a cooking demonstration with Chef Teresa. Take a look at the tasty offerings you’ll cook up this month!

  • Retirees: Cooking for Your Health

    Thu., Mar. 28, at 11:00 am

    Let’s get cooking! We’re excited to get in the kitchen to show you how to prepare healthy meals and share tips for better eating. Each class will last one hour at the Zoom links listed below and will include a cooking demonstration with Chef Teresa. Take a look at the tasty offerings you’ll cook up this month!