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    February 2019
New GNY Contract Lowers Employer Contribution Rates, Eliminates
Member 
Co-pays
In December, the Greater New York (GNY) collective bargainers successfully negotiated a new contract that fully funds the current health benefit package, while reducing employers' Benefit Fund contribution rates and out-of-pocket costs for your 1199SEIU employees and members. Retroactive to October 1, 2018, the new master rate for employers contributing to the Greater New York Benefit Fund (GNYBF) is 24.04 percent of gross payroll, and the minimum rate is 22.29 percent. The co-pays for primary care and specialist visits, including high-end imaging tests such as CT scans and MRIs, were eliminated as of January 1, 2019. To ensure your employees and members are aware of these benefit improvements, the GNYBF has notified them through direct mail, email, phone calls and information posted on the Fund's website at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/news/gny-co-pay/.

The Fund's Employer Services Department will soon contact GNY employers with more information about the new rates. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email EmployerServices@1199Funds.org.

The 1199SEIU Citizenship Program Honors Its New U.S. Citizens
The 1199SEIU Citizenship Program will host its 17th Annual "Celebration of New Citizens" on Friday evening, February 1, at Fund Headquarters. This year's guest speaker is Lenni B, Benson, Professor of Law at the New York Law School and founder of the Safe Passage Project, which provides pro bono legal representation for unaccompanied immigrant children. Dr. Van H. Dunn, Chief Medical Officer of the 1199SEIU Benefit Funds, and Sandi Vito, Executive Director of the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds, will also welcome the new citizens.

The 1199SEIU Citizenship Program, which is jointly administered by the Benefit and Pension Funds and the Training and Employment Funds, helps members apply for U.S. citizenship by providing legal assistance and educational services to help applicants navigate the often-complex process to prepare for the citizenship test. Since its inception in 2001, the program has supported more than 12,000 1199SEIU members, their eligible dependents and non-members in becoming U.S. citizens.

Three 1199SEIU members--------Raymund Paolo Cordero, an Acute Hemodialysis Nurse at The Mount Sinai Hospital; Jean Pervil, a Certified Nursing Assistant at Workmen's Circle MultiCare Center; and Svetlana Arziyeva, a Home Health Aide at Home Care Services for Independent Living---------will speak at Friday's celebration. Representing the National Benefit Fund, the Greater New York Benefit Fund and the Home Care Benefit Fund, respectively, they will share their personal journeys in becoming U.S. citizens.

For more information about the Citizenship Program, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org.

Training and Employment Funds to Offer Symposium on the Opioid Crisis
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. To help combat this public-health emergency, the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds will present a six-hour symposium, "The Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Treatment and Recovery" for healthcare practitioners across the care continuum on March 15. The symposium will give an overview and epidemiology of the opioid epidemic; discuss opioid addiction and co-occurring disorders; provide a pharmacological perspective on naloxone and other opioid antagonist drugs; and present the latest evidence-based best practices. Attendees will also learn about ways they can engage with patients, family members and the community to mobilize against opioid-use disorders.

The symposium will take place at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street in Manhattan, on Friday, March 15, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. It will also be available as a live videocast at various 1199SEIU-partner and satellite locations, as well as a live webcast. Certain healthcare professionals will receive continuing education credits for taking part in the symposium. For more information on this symposium, please visit https://www.1199SEIUFunds.org/event/the-opioid-crisis/.

For information on other Fund-sponsored continuing education programs, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/Institute, or contact the Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or Institute@1199Funds.org.

Child Care Fund Presents Spring Workshops for Parents and Children
The 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund offers seminars, workshops and camp fairs that address the needs of working parents and help raise awareness of opportunities available to members and their children. The sessions provide information on a range of topics, including summer camp options, summer youth employment and the college admissions process. Below are some of the seminars and workshops scheduled through April; the full listing is available at  www.1199SEIUFunds.org/child-care-events/. Please share these opportunities with your 1199SEIU employees and members.

Continuing Academic Success Throughout the 2018-2019 School Year and Beyond
Information for parents and teens on academic goal-setting, planning for college and test-taking strategies.
Wednesday, February 6
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
1199SEIU Funds Headquarters
330 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor
 
SAT Workshop
Workshop for parents and teens to help them prepare for the SAT. 
Tuesday, February 19
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
1199SEIU Funds Headquarters
330 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor
 
College and Financial Aid Final Steps
Information for parents and high school students on determining the best financial aid packages.
Wednesday, March 6
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
1199SEIU Funds Headquarters
330 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor

Leadership: How to Be a Leader In and Out of School
Workshop for students to help them excel both in academics and in life.
Wednesday, April 3
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
1199SEIU Funds Headquarters
330 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor

Transitioning from High School to College, Part II
Information aimed at making smooth academic, social and personal transitions from high school to college.
Tuesday, April 16
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
1199SEIU Funds Headquarters
330 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor
 
RSVP online at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/child-care-events/. For more information, please call (646) 473-7408.

In This Issue
New GNY Contract Lowers Employer Contribution Rates, Eliminates Member Co-pays
The 1199SEIU Citizenship Program Honors Its New U.S. Citizens
Training and Employment Funds to Offer Symposium on the Opioid Crisis
Child Care Fund Presents Spring Workshops for Parents and Children

 


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