April 2018
National Benefit Fund's Dependent Eligibility Verification Program Is Underway
The National Benefit Fund periodically asks its members to update eligibility information for their covered spouses. The program verifies spousal eligibility records to protect benefit dollars and help ensure that 1199SEIU members and their eligible spouses continue to receive quality healthcare coverage. The Benefit Fund has hired HMS, a firm that specializes in healthcare eligibility verification, to conduct the Dependent Eligibility Verification Program. The program will update the eligibility information for the spouses of National Benefit Fund members, including retirees, and will also update members' Coordination of Benefits information. (Single members will not receive the mailing.)

The Benefit Fund has mailed postcards and will make automated phone calls to affected members, telling them to expect a letter from HMS requesting that they submit documentation to verify their spouses' eligibility. The first round of letters from HMS was mailed March 30 (the second round will mail in late April), and members can respond by fax, online or by mail. The letter will also include a postage-paid envelope that members may use to submit their documentation. Please remind your 1199SEIU members or employees that if they receive a Dependent Eligibility Verification letter from HMS, they must respond to the request as soon as possible.

National Benefit Fund Employer Services Account Streamlines Payroll Reporting
As a reminder, the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund recently implemented its enhanced Employer Services Account---a secure portal that makes it easier for contributing employers to report payroll data and submit contribution payments for their 1199SEIU employees. Using the portal enables employers to keep employees' eligibility up to date while allowing them to:
  • Submit payrolls using their current format;
  • Make adjustments within the portal; and
  • Calculate payments based on the payrolls submitted.
To start using the Employer Services Account, employers may visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/employer-services-account and select the version of the portal that they have been trained on. For more information, please call the Employer Services Unit at (646) 473-6413 or email EmployerServices@1199Funds.org.

Training and Employment Funds Open Doors to Education and Career Opportunities
The 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds (TEF) offer 1199SEIU employees ongoing, one-on-one academic and career counseling services. TEF's counseling department offers a series of workshops designed to help members understand their education benefits and identify optimal career choices. Specifically, the Tuition Assistance Workshop outlines the eligibility guidelines for financial aid programs to help members earn higher-education degrees related to the healthcare industry. This workshop provides step-by-step instructions on how to access financial assistance from TEF. The Upgrade Strategies Workshop (formerly the Graduate Outcomes Workshop) explores self-marketing techniques in the changing healthcare field, including creating an action plan, preparing a resume and evaluating goals. TEF also offers a Resume/Interview Methods Lab for those looking to improve their resume-writing and interviewing skills. Finally, for those without specific career goals or who want to learn more about emerging professions, TEF created the Career Planning Workshop, which provides a forum for exchanging ideas, gathering information and making informed choices. For more information on these programs, visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org.

Registration Period Opens for Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program
The 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation has mailed applications to eligible members who expressed interest in the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The program helps make a college education more affordable and attainable for the children of 1199SEIU members. Recognizing that the costs of attending college extend well beyond tuition for freshman year, the Corporation has expanded the program's eligibility guidelines. Rather than offering financial assistance to students just entering their first year of college, the program now allows students under age 23 to apply for the Joseph Tauber Scholarship for any year they plan to attend college. Students must attend an accredited undergraduate program full-time to qualify for the minimum scholarship amount of $750, and applications must be submitted by May 18, 2018.

The program includes two additional components----the Study Incentive Program and the Next Generation RN Scholarship Program----that help defray the costs of a college education through merit-based financial awards. Students who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or above are eligible to apply for additional funds from the Study Incentive Program, and those who are entering the clinical phase of a two- or four-year registered nursing program may apply for assistance from the Next Generation RN Scholarship Program.

By helping children of 1199SEIU members become college graduates, the programs are an investment in the next generation of healthcare workers. For more information about the Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program, please email us at 1199JTSP@1199Funds.org or call (646) 473-8999.

The Institute for Continuing Education Presents Upcoming Programs
The 1199SEIU League Training and Upgrading Fund (TUF) strengthens institutions by offering 1199SEIU members training and education programs designed to help improve patient outcomes and provide quality care. Please share these opportunities with members at your institution. The schedule is also available on our calendar at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/continuing-ed-events.

Cultural Competence: A Healthcare Perspective
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm 

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

Workplace Violence: A Healthcare Perspective
Friday, April 20, 2018
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 TimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street, Manhattan. Live videocast and live webcast (Internet) will also be available. 

Influenza and the Role of the Clinical Laboratory
Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:45 am to 4:30 pm

This six-hour program has been accredited for Clinical Laboratory Practitioners. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered at The TimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street, Manhattan. Onsite only.

Free prep courses are also available for national 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 TUF's Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or Institute@1199Funds.org.

In This Issue
National Benefit Fund's Dependent Eligibility Verification Program Is Underway
National Benefit Fund Employer Portal Streamlines Monthly Payroll Reporting Process
Training and Employment Funds Open Doors to Education and Career Opportunities
Registration Period Opens for Joseph Tauber Scholarship Program
The Institute for Continuing Education Presents Upcoming Programs
   
 


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