March 2019
Annual Prescription Benefit Review Helps Protect NBF Dollars
Each year, the National Benefit Fund (NBF) mails a detailed history of prescription drug claims to 1199SEIU members whose claims totaled a significant dollar amount in the previous year. More than 60,000 of your employees and members will receive this year's mailing this month. The itemized claims listings provided by Express Scripts, the NBF's pharmacy benefit manager, are a useful reminder of the value of the NBF's prescription drug benefit. They also assist your employees and members in making sure that their medications are listed on the NBF's Preferred Drug List and that long-term medications are being filled through The 90-Day Rx Solution by mail or at a Rite Aid, Duane Reade or Walgreens pharmacy. In addition, the easy-to-read document helps members spot any errors or irregularities, further protecting members' benefit dollars. The NBF encourages members who notice discrepancies to report them to the Fund's Fraud and Abuse Hotline at (646) 473-6148 or email our tip line at

Training and Upgrading Fund Employer Survey Reveals Trends in Healthcare Workforce Needs
The 1199SEIU League Training and Upgrading Fund (TUF) recently published its 2017 Report on Workforce Development for the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York. The report is based on the findings of a survey of employers who represent health systems, hospitals and clinics in New York City, regarding their staffing needs in light of the transformation of the healthcare industry. TUF will use the information to better allocate its resources in helping your employees and members adjust to these ongoing changes.
Among the key findings of the survey are:
  • Almost half of occupations with the most expected vacancies typically require a bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Only 18 percent of the highest-demand occupations require a shorter-term occupational certificate.
  • Employers tend to recruit workers in occupations that address the needs of primary care expansion and the integration of behavioral health.
  • Outpatient healthcare services are expanding.
  • Behavioral health specialists are increasingly in demand as they become part of integrated care teams.
  • As most occupations require both academic credentials and work experience, new graduates often experience difficulty obtaining first-time employment.
  • Even when employers foresee significant shortages in specific occupations, they tend to recruit part-time workers for these positions.
  • Eighty percent of employers need workers who speak Spanish.
The final report will soon be made available for downloading.

Child Care Fund's 2018 SAT Prep Program Helped Children Succeed
The 1199SEIU Child Care Fund's SAT Prep Program teaches high school juniors important study skills and test-taking strategies to improve their scores on the SAT. Divided into two sessions over 21 weeks in the spring and fall of 2018, the classes helped students score above the national average.

More results of the 2018 sessions:
  • Of 163 students who took part in the program, 107 improved their practice test scores by 70 points or more, while 13 students improved their scores by more than 210 points.  
  • The highest score improvement on practice tests was 470 points.
  • The average real SAT score among the program participants was 1123, compared to a national average score of about 1055.
  • The most-improved student increased her real SAT score by 440 points.
  • The highest real SAT score was 1550.
Students can also enroll in workshops to help them with the college-admissions process, including writing essays, completing applications and applying for financial aid.
For more information about the program, call (212) 564-2220.

The Institute for Continuing Education Presents Upcoming Programs
The 1199SEIU League Training and Upgrading Fund (TUF) strengthens the healthcare delivery system 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

Friday, March 15
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
This six-hour, interprofessional symposium is for healthcare practitioners from across the care continuum. The program will be offered at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College/CUNY, 524 West 59th Street, Manhattan. Live videocast and live webcast (Internet) are also available. 
Suicide: Prevention, Intervention and Postvention
Thursday, March 21
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This three-hour seminar is for social workers. The program will be offered at the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, 33rd Floor (Penthouse), Manhattan.

Free prep courses are also available for national and New York State licensure examinations for several positions. For more information, visit or contact TUF's Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or

In This Issue
Annual Prescription Benefit Review Helps Protect NBF Dollars
Training and Upgrading Fund Employer Survey Reveals Trends in Healthcare Workforce Needs
Child Care Fund's 2018 SAT Prep Program Helped Children Succeed
The Institute for Continuing Education Presents Upcoming Programs

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