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Updates to New York’s Paid Family Leave Law: Effective January 1, 2019

On January 1, 2018, New York State introduced its Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) Law. PFL is a law that requires job-protected, paid time off from work for private employees: to care for a seriously ill family member; to bond with a newborn, adopted, or foster child; or for military exigency…
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MEND CORNER: Suicide Prevention

Suicide Can Be Prevented Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide. We Can All Take Action Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means…
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Prudential Upgrades Website with Emphasis on Financial Wellness in Mind

As of December 3, 2018, Prudential, the company through which the New York City District Council of Carpenters Annuity Fund is administered, upgraded its website. The upgraded website, which you can find at www.prudential.com/nycdccbf, was redesigned with an emphasis on financial wellness in mind. Prudential’s website now features a tab…
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Access to Voluntary One Call Diagnostic Testing Program Delayed Indefinitely

In October of this year, we reported to you via our website, newsletter, social media pages, and email blast system, that effective January 1, 2019, the New York City District Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund (the “Fund”) would begin offering access to One Call, a voluntary program that provides reduced…
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Vacation Payments to be Transmitted by November 30th

Please be advised that your "December" vacation payments, regardless of whether you are being paid via rapid! PayCard or direct deposit, will be transmitted by Friday, November 30th. You should check your balance on November 30th to confirm receipt of your payment in the following ways: rapid! PayCard- Call (877)…
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Learn More about the One Call Program

As we recently announced, effective January 1, 2019, the New York City District Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund (the “Fund”) will begin offering access to One Call, a voluntary program that provides reduced rates for diagnostic testing by directing eligible members and dependents to providers that participate in its vast national…
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Introducing One Call: NYCDCC Welfare Fund to Offer Access to New Program that Provides Reduced Rates for Diagnostic Testing

Effective January 1, 2019, the New York City District Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund (the “Fund”) will begin offering access to One Call, a voluntary program that provides reduced rates for diagnostic testing by directing eligible members and dependents to providers that participate in its vast national radiology network of…
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Medicare-Eligible Retirees: Be on the Lookout for New, Safer Medicare Cards Being Issued by the U.S. Government

Notice for Medicare-Eligible Retirees: People across the country are beginning to receive new, safer Medicare cards in the mail. These new cards will no longer have social security numbers on them, but instead will use an 11-character Medicare identifier that contains both numbers and letters. The goal of these new…
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Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarship Applications Available Beginning September 15th

If you have a child about to head into college (his/her senior year of high school), don’t forget that the NYCDCC Welfare Fund offers a Scholarship Program (known as the “Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarship”) for unmarried, dependent, biological, or adopted children of eligible members. The Scholarship Program pays up…
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Vacation Payments to be Sent by September 1st

Please be advised that your "September" vacation payments, regardless of whether you are being paid via rapid! PayCard or direct deposit, will be sent by September 1st. You should check your balance on September 1st at latest to confirm receipt of your payment in the following ways: rapid! PayCard- Call…
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Save the Date: Picnic, Charity Softball Tournament, and Benefits Fair September 22nd at Cunningham Park!

On Saturday, September 22nd, 2018, the New York City District Council of Carpenters will be hosting a family picnic and charity softball tournament at Cunningham Park (Fresh Meadows, Queens, NY, 11366)  from 9:30AM-6:00PM. Additionally, the NYCDCC Benefit Funds will have a Benefits Fair available for you and your family from…
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Beneficiary Forms for Prudential Now Available on Benefit Funds’ Website

Beneficiary forms for your NYCDCC Annuity Plan through Prudential are now available on our website. These forms can be found in the Annuity section at www.nyccbf.com/member/annuity, or the Member Documents section at www.nyccbf.com/member/members-documents. You can also get the form directly by clicking here: www.nyccbf.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Prudential-Beneficiary-Form.pdf. Once you locate and print the…
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Accidental Death & Dismemberment Benefits

In the unfortunate case of an accidental death or serious injury while an active and an eligible participant in the NYCDCC Welfare Fund (the “Welfare Fund”), you or your designated beneficiary may be entitled to Accidental Death & Dismemberment (“AD&D”) benefits. The AD&D benefit is issued through a policy by…
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REMINDER: Sign Up to Receive Emails from the NYCDCC Benefit Funds

In an effort to expand our communications, the New York City District Council of Carpenters (“NYCDCC”) Benefit Funds launched an email blast program for eligible members and retirees in March of 2017. The program, which is designed to supplement the website, social media (Facebook/Twitter), and newsletter/paper communications we utilize to…
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REMINDER: A Failure to Timely Report a Divorce to the NYCDCC Welfare Fund May Have a Severe Impact on Your Finances, Health Coverage, and Family’s Health Coverage

Failing to report a divorce while you have a spouse listed as a dependent under the NYCDCC Welfare Fund (the “Fund”) may result in grave financial repercussions and the loss of your health coverage. This is especially true if your former spouse receives costly medical treatments after he/she is no…
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2018-19 Scholarship Winners Recognized at Luncheon in Manhattan

On Friday, June 1st, 2018, winners of the Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarship were recognized by the Board of Trustees at a luncheon in Manhattan. For those who may not be aware, the NYCDCC Welfare Fund offers a Scholarship Program (known as the “Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarship”) for unmarried,…
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Upcoming Vacation Payments to be Transmitted May 31st

Please be advised that your June vacation payments, regardless of whether you are being paid via rapid! PayCard or direct deposit, will be transmitted on Thursday, May 31st. You can check your balance to confirm receipt of your payment in the following ways: rapid! PayCard- Call (877) 380-0980, or create/log…
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Comparing your Previous Dental Plan Administered by Aetna to your New Scheduled Dental Plan Administered by ASO/SIDS

Effective January 1, 2018, the New York City District Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund (the “Fund”) changed your dental coverage on behalf of the Board of Trustees. The change involved a switch from your previous dental plan administered by Aetna DMO (“Aetna”) to a new scheduled dental plan administered by…
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Retirement Services Department Provides Recommendations for a Smoother Retirement Process

As we are sure you recognize, transitioning from an active worker to a retiree is a tremendously important, life-changing process. When you decide to retire, it is the job of the Fund Office, and more specifically our Retirement Services Department, to ensure that your transition is smooth, successful, and as…
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MEND CORNER: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

During the month of May, MEND and the rest of the country are raising awareness for mental health issues. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (43.8 million or 18.5%) experience mental illness in a given year, and approximately 1 in…
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