Your status as a NYSUT in-service or retiree member allows you to participate in dozens of endorsed programs and services offered by NYSUT Member Benefits. Our goal is to offer quality insurance, legal, and financial programs to members along with true savings opportunities to help maximize every dollar possible. Many of these programs include value-added benefits not available to the public.
The group buying power of more than 600,000 members generates meaningful savings on its own for the NYSUT membership. Members can also save up to 20% more (along with the elimination of service fees) by taking advantage of either payroll or pension deduction if available. Using these payment options can assist with budgeting since premiums are divided into smaller payments deducted from your paycheck or monthly pension benefit.
Member Benefits also offers members a variety of educational opportunities, including financial assistance, legal education, and home buying workshops. You can learn more about these by contacting your regional Member Benefits Coordinator.
Participation in our endorsed programs offers the added protection of having a trusted advocate on your side. Our staff take great pride in stepping in to support members with any questions or concerns that may arise.
True savings opportunities
Member Benefits believes in the importance of supporting local businesses while helping members save on everyday purchases. There is no cost for NYSUT members to participate in our MB Discounts & Deals program, which offers approximately 21,000 local deals throughout New York State at a variety of merchants and businesses.
Members can save up to 50% at 850,000 locations across the country, including restaurant dine-in or take-out, groceries and food delivery, clothing and shoes, oil changes and vehicle maintenance, theme parks and movie tickets, hotels and flights, car rentals, and much more.
Member Benefits endorses other shopping, travel & personal programs that can offer savings on new and used vehicles, appliances and furniture, school and office supplies, heating oil and propane, medical alert systems, and hearing aids.
About Member Benefits
NYSUT created a separately funded trust in 1983 (Member Benefits Trust) to leverage the unified buying power of its members and offer competitive benefit programs to members. Subsequently, the Member Benefits Corporation and Catastrophe Major Medical Insurance Trust were created in 2008 and 2015, respectively, to add to the breadth of offerings.
In addition to voluntary programs available for purchase by members, Member Benefits also endorses group plans available for purchase by a local association, its benefit fund or the employer.
No NYSUT dues dollars are used to support Member Benefits. Instead, Member Benefits receives funds to cover expenses from negotiated endorsement arrangements with many of our endorsed program providers (including, in some cases, a percentage of premium paid). Member dues dollars are never used in conjunction with Member Benefits.
Member Benefits revenue is used, where appropriate, to enhance benefit programs, maintain competitive rates, and allow for the development of new offerings for the NYSUT membership. These funds are also used to defray the costs of operating Member Benefits, including staff compensation; rent; office expenses; and the cost of retaining consultants, auditors, and attorneys to advise the trustees, directors, and staff.
NYSUT members can learn more about our benefit and savings opportunities by exploring memberbenefits.nysut.org or calling 800-626-8101. Members are encouraged to join our Member Alert Program (MAP) email service, which allows them to learn about new endorsed programs, changes to existing programs, and special prize drawings.
Although some NYSUT Member Benefits-endorsed programs may provide legal or financial advice, Member Benefits itself does not offer investment, legal, or tax advice. Participants should consult their own investment, legal, financial, and tax advisors to assist them with an evaluation of these voluntary benefit programs.
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