Your NYSUT membership provides the value-added benefit of being able
to participate in the more than 40 endorsed programs and services offered by
NYSUT Member Benefits.
Choose from a variety of insurance, financial, legal, and shopping/travel/
personal programs designed with the NYSUT member in mind — including
term life insurance, auto insurance, legal and financial services, car rentals,
vacation packages and discount programs. Whether you’re looking to protect
your family with insurance programs or simply enjoy a night out seeing the
latest blockbuster film, Member Benefits is here for you!
And you can be assured that Member Benefits serves as your advocate for any
of the Member Benefits-endorsed programs and services that you participate
in. For more information or to receive detailed program information, please
call 800-626-8101 to speak with a Member Benefits representative or visit
More about Member Benefits
In 1983, NYSUT created the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust as a tax-exempt,
not-for-profit trust fund for the purpose of providing members with access to
competitive insurance plans and benefit programs.
In 2008, the Trustees of the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust established the
NYSUT Member Benefits Corporation, a for-profit corporation. This separate,
taxable subsidiary was created not only to protect the Trust’s tax-exempt status,
but also to present the opportunity to expand the types of programs and services
offered to members.
In addition to voluntary programs for individual
members, Member Benefits also endorses group
plans available for purchase by a local association,
its benefit fund or employer.
No NYSUT dues dollars are used to support the
trust or corporation. Member Benefits receives
endorsement fees from some of the providers of its
endorsed programs. Endorsement fees are used solely
to defray the costs of administering the benefit programs
of Member Benefits, including compensation, rent, office
expenses, and the cost of retaining consultants, auditors and attorneys
to advise the trustees, directors and staff. Where appropriate, Member
Benefits revenue is also used to enhance the benefits available for participants.
No monies are paid to NYSUT except reimbursement for use of facilities
and for services and personnel provided by NYSUT to, and at the request of,
Member Benefits (certified annually to the trustees and directors by Member
Benefits’ independent auditors).
In an effort to provide only quality alternatives for members, a comprehensive
process of reviewing and evaluating proposals from vendors is undertaken
before an endorsement is given.
Once a program is granted the NYSUT Member Benefits endorsement, staff
and consultants regularly monitor the programs for participation, member
satisfaction, utilization and product competitiveness.
One of the biggest advantages of an endorsement is Member Benefits’ advocacy
role. If you ever encounter a problem with any endorsed program, please
contact Member Benefits immediately. Member Benefits’ involvement in this
type of situation assures that your needs can be addressed in a timely manner.
NYSUT Member Benefits does not represent that its endorsed benefit programs
are the lowest-cost products. Member Benefits trustees, directors, staff,
consultants and advisers are committed to obtaining and maintaining quality
benefit programs at competitive prices. Members are encouraged to shop and
compare before purchasing any benefit program.
Many of these endorsed programs come with a “free-look” trial period, giving
you ample time to review your new plan. If not
completely satisfied, return your certificate of
coverage within the allotted time frame and
any money you’ve paid or had deducted will be
refunded in full.
Although some endorsed programs may provide
legal or financial advice, Member Benefits
itself does not offer investment, legal
or tax advice. Participants are urged to consult their
own investment, financial, tax, and legal advisers
to help them with an evaluation of the benefit
NYSUT Member Benefits endorses
the following programs:
Insurance: Term Life; Level Term Life; Wrap-
Plan® II Universal Life; Personal Property/Liability
(auto, home, renters, boat, umbrella, etc.); Disability;
Catastrophe Major Medical; Long-Term Care; Vision
Plan; Dental Plan; and Pet Insurance.
Financial and Legal: Financial Counseling Program; Synchrony Bank
Savings Program; ID Watchdog; ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions; and
Legal Service Plan.
Shopping/Travel/Personal: Abenity Discounts; Office Depot/OfficeMax;
1800Flowers.com; Premier World Discovery; Orlando Employee Discounts;
Car and Truck Rentals; Wyndham Hotels and Endless Vacation Rentals; Grand
Circle Travel; AFT Magazine Subscription Services; Powell’s Books; Bose;
American Solar Partners; Heat USA; Propane.Pro; Tunstall Medical Alert; EPIC
Hearing Service Plan; and Online Defensive Driving.
NYSUT Member Benefits offers the following educational workshops
and other services:
Workshops: Identity Theft/Fraud; 403(b) Basics; 403(b) Employer
Contributions; Inside the 403(b); 403(b) Provider-Specific; The Challenging
Times of Financial Management – The Retirement Years; Payroll/Pension (in
retirement) Deduction of NYSUT Member Benefits-endorsed programs;
Estate Planning and more. Workshops are arranged by a request from local
Other Services: MAP (Member Alert Program) Alert email service; MPP (My
Program Participation); Payroll/Pension Deduction; 403(b) Field Guide; 401(k)
Consumer Guide; Member Benefits E-Direct Newsletter; and Online Financial
To request more information about any of these programs or services, or
to find out if any additional programs are available, please contact NYSUT
Member Benefits at 800-626-8101 or visit memberbenefits.nysut.org. Some
benefits may not be available in all local associations.
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