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In the News: Ebola, Enterovirus D68 Dominate Recent Medical Headlines

Over the past several months, you have most likely noticed that two viruses, Ebola and Enterovirus D68, have dominated recent medical headlines. While the deadly Ebola virus has ravaged West Africa and slowly crept its way to the United States (although in a limited capacity), Enterovirus D68 has maintained a…
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NYCDCC Welfare Fund Now Fully Covers Preventive Breast Cancer Medications

As of October 1, 2014, the NYCDCC Welfare Fund is pleased to inform you that all preventive breast cancer medications have a $0 copay, if you are an eligible female participant or dependent who is age 35 or older. According to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the NYCDCC Welfare Fund…
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 232,340 women were newly diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2013. Additionally, although it’s considered rare, an estimated 2,240 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 as well. These alarming statistics prove that breast cancer continues to be a major threat…
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New SMM- Changes to Disqualifying Employment Rules Concerning NYCDCC Retiree Welfare Coverage

Effective December 1, 2014, there will be changes to disqualifying employment rules concerning NYCDCC retiree welfare coverage. These rule changes, along with an FAQ to help participants understand the changes, will soon be sent out in the mail. If you would like to read about these rule changes before you…
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Announcement Concerning Continued Use of Metrodent Discount Plan

  Beginning October 1, 2014, NYCDCC Welfare Fund participants will still have the option of continuing to access the Metrodent Dental Network that serviced the Fund prior to the implementation of the new Aetna Dental DMO. Participants can purchase plans at the specially negotiated rates of $35/year for an individual,…
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September Vacation Checks Update

A number of members have recently called the Benefit Funds to inquire about your upcoming September vacation checks. To help answer your questions, we have prepared the following update: The vacation checks (covering the 2nd quarter of 2014), will be mailed Friday, September 5, 2014. If you wish to know…
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September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Every September there is a renewed commitment to curing childhood cancer. Cancer is a word that no parent ever wants associated with their child, and is something that no child should ever have to endure. Sadly, thousands are diagnosed each year, and it…
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Don’t Miss the Benefits Fair September 13th at Cunningham Park!

In addition to the family picnic and charity softball tournament that is being hosted by the District Council on Saturday, September 13th, at Cunningham Park in Queens, the Benefit Funds will have a Benefits Fair available for you and your family from 10AM-3PM. Please join us and your vendors for…
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Reminder to Select a Primary Care Dentist

[caption id="attachment_4053" align="alignright" width="379"] You will soon receive this postcard in the mail if you have not yet selected a Primary Care Dentist.[/caption] If you haven't already done so, you (and your eligible dependents), must select a Primary Care Dentist (PCD) to be able to access dental care through Aetna…
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New Aetna Mailing- Selecting a Primary Care Dentist

Over the next week, eligible NYCDCC Welfare Fund participants will be receiving a secondary mailing from the Benefit Funds concerning dental coverage through Aetna DMO, effective October 1, 2014. This mailing describes how eligible participants can select a Primary Care Dentist (PCD) in Aetna’s network for themselves, as well as…
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Information Concerning Restoration of Dental Coverage through Aetna DMO

By early next week, eligible NYCDCC Welfare Fund participants will be receiving a mailing from the Benefit Funds concerning the restoration of dental benefits through Aetna DMO, effective October 1, 2014. The mailing recaps the general details of the new dental plan and stresses that participants MUST select a Primary…
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Update Concerning Vacation Checks and Assessments

Per the communication from the District Council sent with your Q4 2013 assessment bill, assessment invoices are no longer being mailed to you with your vacation checks by the Benefit Funds. Your assessments are being sent to you by the District Council in a separately mailing on a monthly basis.…
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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Are you keeping yourself and your loved ones protected from diseases that can be avoided through immunization? If for any reason you aren’t, it may be time to do so! Immunizations are one of the key ways to staying healthy and preventing illness. This…
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NYCDCC Welfare Fund to Restore Dental Coverage, Reduce Retiree Premiums by Fifty Percent

  On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the NYCDCC Welfare Fund is pleased to announce that a plan has been approved for the restoration of dental coverage, as well as a fifty percent reduction in retiree premiums. The reduction of retiree premiums will take effect September 1, 2014, while…
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NYCDCC Welfare Fund Switches Life Insurance Provider to Guardian

After undertaking a competitive bidding process that featured an in-depth financial analysis of offers from several companies, the NYCDCC Welfare Fund’s Board of Trustees recently approved a switch in the Fund’s life insurance provider from Metlife to The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian). As a result of this…
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Affordable Care Act Requires Certain Preventive Medications to be Covered at No Cost to Plan Participants

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), a health care law enacted by the federal government, imposes a number of insurance reforms and mandates upon medical and prescription drug plans. Included in these mandates is a requirement for certain preventive medications to be covered at no cost to plan participants. What this…
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Member Services Call Center to Extend Phone Line Availability Beginning 7/14

To better service our plan participants, the NYCDCC Benefit Funds Member Services Call Center will be extending our phone line availability beginning Monday, July 14th. Monday through Thursday, our Call Center hours will be extended from 5:00pm to 5:30pm. Our new hours of availability on these days will be 8:00am…
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July is National Ice Cream Month

YOU SCREAM, WE SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!   Now, we know what you must be thinking… ice cream isn’t the ideal health food, and also doesn’t scream wellness. Well, for the most part you’d be right, but living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean depriving yourself of…
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Board of Trustees Announces Reduction in Fees Charged by NYCDCC Annuity Plan Funds

Great news! The Board of Trustees has approved a reduction in the fees charged to participant’s individual accounts effective July 1, 2014. The fees will be reduced from 0.25% to 0.10%. You will soon receive notification in the mail from Prudential detailing the reduction in fees (if you haven’t already…
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Congratulations to the 2014-15 Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarship Winners

Twenty-five students were awarded the Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. Each student will now receive a $3,500.00 per year scholarship, which is renewable up to four years at an accredited college or university. The NYCDCC Benefit Funds would like to extend our congratulations to the…
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