January 2019
National Benefit Fund Upgraded Dental Benefits Began January 1
Effective January 1, 2019, the National Benefit Fund implemented improvements to the EmblemHealth dental plan to restore all previously covered services, while continuing to provide access to more than 9,000 providers in the network. Your downstate 1199SEIU employees and members began receiving their dental benefits through the EmblemHealth Preferred Premier Dental Plan, and were issued new ID cards. (Upstate members will continue to use their EmblemHealth Preferred Plus Dental Plan ID cards.) The changes restore full coverage of composite fillings, expanded orthodontic treatment and increased coverage of X-rays and children's dental sealants and space maintainers. The Benefit Fund notified members of the changes by mail. For more information, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/nbf-dental/. 

Training and Employment Funds Launch New CST Apprenticeship
The 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds, in partnership with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the Healthcare Career Advancement Program, the Workforce Development Institute, Northwell Health and LaGuardia Community College, have developed a New York State Registered Apprenticeship (RA) program for 1199SEIU members to become certified Central Sterile Technicians (CSTs). The program launches in January 2019, when 12 to 15 apprentices will be hired by Northwell Health and enroll in 144 hours of classroom instruction, with a minimum of 1,000 hours of on-the-job training supported by dedicated peer mentors. Apprentices who successfully complete the RA program, including passing the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management Certification Exam, will receive full-time positions at Northwell Health's new Bethpage, New York, central sterile site.

The goals of the RA program are to help healthcare workers upgrade their skills and salaries and to address the shortage of CSTs at Northwell Health, as some current CSTs are not expected to relocate to the new central sterile site. The demand for CSTs at Northwell Health is likely to continue, due to system-wide growth, internal staff mobility and anticipated employee turnover. For more information about this and other apprenticeship programs, contact Samir Fayyaz at Samir.Fayyaz@1199Funds.org.

Care for Kids Gala Celebrated 25 Years of Acclaimed Early Childhood Education
The 12th annual 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation's (CCC) Care for Kids Gala took place on Tuesday, December 4, at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan. This year's theme was "Embracing Our Past, Inspiring Our Future," encompassing the transformative work of the CCC's programs for working families and their children. The event, which celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Future of America Learning Center (FALC)---------CCC's early-childhood learning center in the Bronx----------and raised more than $330,000 for the CCC.

Since 2006, the Care for Kids Gala has raised money to support CCC programs and honored those individuals and organizations whose work demonstrates a commitment to children and families. This year's honorees were Bruce McIver, president of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York; Ruth C. Browne, SD, president and chief executive officer of the Ronald McDonald House New York; Peta-Gay Clarke, community and operations manager of Google, Inc.; David R. Jones, Esq., president and chief executive officer of the Community Service Society of New York; and Bonnie Lou Raagas Mallonga, PhD, chief operating officer and education director of FALC.

Lee H. Perlman, president of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) Ventures and executive vice president of administration and chief financial officer of the GNYHA, chaired this year's event. George Gresham, president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, and Marc Z. Kramer, consultant to the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York, served as honorary chairs.

The gala also featured a student speaker, Eizan Wallace, who in 2010 completed the Child Care Fund (CCF) WorkForce 2000 program's Pre-RN Track, which helps prepare high school students as they consider a career in nursing. Eizan spoke about his positive experience with the program, and how it helped shape his goal of becoming a registered nurse. "I am continually grateful for experiences I have gained from 1199SEIU and WorkForce 2000, because it has molded me into the person I have become. I can say that Child Care Corporation programs were an essential part of my personal development and career growth, with benefits and memories that have lasted long after leaving the program," he said. Eizan, who is currently a medical/surgical nurse at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, concluded, "I am proud to be a nurse, and honored to now be a member of 1199SEIU myself."

For more than two decades, the CCC and the CCF have helped provide more than 300,000 children of 1199SEIU members and the community at large with access to early-childhood education, summer day and sleep-away camps, internships, mentoring, college scholarships and many other programs.

For more information on the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation, visit www.ChildCareCorp.org or call (646) 473-8330.

In This Issue
National Benefit Fund Upgraded Dental Benefits Began January 1
Training and Employment Funds Launch New CST Apprenticeship
Care for Kids Gala Celebrated 25 Years of Acclaimed Early Childhood Education

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