September 2016

NBF Negotiates Rebates to Help Hold Down Prescription Drug Costs
The 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund (NBF) continues to work toward reducing the impact of spiraling prescription drug costs by negotiating substantial rebates directly with drug manufacturers. Stemming from initial negotiations that covered non-specialty drugs, the NBF has pursued agreements on rebates for a number of specialty drugs, which are the primary drivers behind the soaring costs of prescription medications. With these rebates as a key component of its cost-containment programs, the NBF is able to provide members with the most clinically effective drugs at the most aggressive prices. The NBF has begun to see the impact of rebates on specialty drugs, although specific figures are not yet available. This trend will continue into 2017, as the NBF has negotiated additional rebates for hepatitis C agents.     

1199SEIU Funds' 2015 Annual Report to Be Issued Soon
The 1199SEIU Funds' 2015 Annual Report will offer an overview of the work of the 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds, the Training and Employment Funds and the Child Care Funds. The report will detail the Funds' achievements in providing 1199SEIU workers with comprehensive healthcare coverage, a defined benefit pension, and training and child-care programs through careful stewardship of employer contributions and strategic asset management. In addition, the report will include personal accounts from some of the members who have benefited from the critical support the Funds provide to their nearly 300,000 covered lives. 

Two-Year Program Adds 21 Family Nurse Practitioners to the Healthcare Workforce
Addressing the shortage of primary care providers in New York City, the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds (TEF) assisted 21 Registered Nurses (RN) in receiving their Master of Science degrees in a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at Lehman College. Between June and August, all of the RNs graduated from the two-year program at Lehman (an affiliate of the City University of New York), which was supported by a grant from the New York State Health Care Reform Act, secured by TEF in 2014. The grant was implemented by the 1199SEIU/League Registered Nurse Training and Job Security Fund, which helped enroll the RNs in the program. Over the past two months, TEF has provided certification prep services to FNP graduates in preparation for the licensure examination. For more information on TEF programs, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org.   

Registration for 2017 Child Care Funds' Programs Has Begun
The 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Funds (CCF) provide benefits that help our members manage all of their child-care needs. Eligible members can now register online for 2017 CCF programs, which include offerings for day and after-school care, sleep-away and summer camps, academic prep courses and cultural arts programs.

Registration materials were made available in August. Members who choose to register online can visit www.1199SEIUBenefits.org anytime, now through October 31, and log on to the secure member portal "My Account," where they can access all the CCF registration materials, making the process more cost-efficient and user-friendly. Once registered online, enrollees must submit their required documents within two weeks via mail or fax, or scan the documents and send them to CCF electronically.

For members who prefer to enroll in person, or who have questions about other CCF initiatives, the official Registration Kickoff will take place at Union Headquarters in Manhattan on Saturday, September 10; the Hicksville, Long Island, Office Kickoff follows on Saturday, September 17. Members who bring their children to the Manhattan Union Headquarters kickoff event will be entertained by a family-oriented fair, featuring arts and crafts, face painting and balloon sculpting. Representatives of the New York City Fire Department will also be onsite to offer tips on fire safety, and the Colgate "Bright Smiles, Bright Futures" dental van will offer free dental screenings to children up to age 12. CCF offices will also offer extended hours on weekdays and will be open every Saturday up to the October 31 deadline to assist members who work second- and third-shift schedules. All members registering in person must bring their 1199SEIU Health Benefits ID card, copies of their two most recent pay stubs, copies of their children's Social Security cards and a completed and signed Child Care Funds application and W-4 Form.

2017 Registration Kickoff Events

Manhattan Location
1199SEIU Union Headquarters
310 West 43rd Street, Auditorium
Saturday, September 10
10:00 am -- 4:00 pm

Long Island Location
1199SEIU Child Care Funds Hicksville Office
100 Duffy Avenue, 3rd Floor
Saturday, September 17
9:00 am -- 12:30 pm

The Child Care Funds' 2017 ongoing registration hours are:

Manhattan Location
330 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor
September 12 -- October 31
Monday through Friday: 8:30 am -- 7:00 pm*
Saturdays: 9:00 am -- 4:00 pm

(Closed on Sundays)

*The office will be open on Monday, October 31, the last day of registration, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Hicksville, Long Island, Location
100 Duffy Avenue, 3rd Floor
September 20 -- October 31
Tuesdays: 9:00 am -- 6:00 pm
Thursdays: 9:00 am -- 7:00 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am -- 12:30 pm*

*The office will be open on Friday, October 28 from 9:00 am -- 7:00 pm and on Monday, October 31, the last day of registration, from 9:00 am -- 4:00 pm.

For more information about the 2017 Child Care Funds' registration or programs, and a full listing of additional registration site locations and office hours through October 31, please visit our website at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/ccf, or call CCF at (212) 564-2220.

The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs
The 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund assists 1199SEIU members in staying abreast of developments in their fields, helping them to provide quality care and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Please share these opportunities with 1199SEIU employees at your institution. The schedule is also available on the ICE calendar at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/continuing-ed-events/

Geriatric Care: A Collaborative Approach
Saturday, September 17
8:45 am to 4:30 pm 

This six-hour interdisciplinary program has been accredited for a number of healthcare practitioners. The program will be offered at the New York Times Conference Center, 242 West 41st Street, Manhattan. Live videocast and live webcast (Internet) will also be available.

Going Home: The Transition of Care
Thursday, September 22
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

This three-hour program has been accredited for rehabilitation therapists. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered onsite only in the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, 33rd Floor (Penthouse), Manhattan.

The New Heroin Epidemic
Thursday, September 29
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

This three-hour program has been accredited for CASACs and social workers. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered onsite only in the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, 33rd Floor (Penthouse), Manhattan. 
 

Free prep courses are also available for national certification exams and New York State Licensure examinations for several positions, including social workers and clinical lab technologists. For more information, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/Institute or contact the Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or Institute@1199Funds.org.

In This Issue
NBF Negotiates Rebates to Help Hold Down Prescription Drug Costs
1199SEIU Funds' 2015 Annual Report to Be Issued Soon
Two-Year Program Adds 21 Family Nurse Practitioners to the Healthcare Workforce
Registration for 2017 Child Care Funds' Programs Has Begun
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs
   
  
   

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