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Navigating Treatment for Substance Use and Mental Health in a Pandemic

The Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) recently stated that 40% of adults have reported struggling with mental health, substance abuse, or suicidal thoughts related to COVID-19, with essential workers being the most affected group.[1] The University of Baltimore found that drug overdoses rose by almost 18%, and alcohol sales have…
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Take Charge of Your Health in 2021- Courtesy of MSK Direct in Collaboration with the NYCDCC Welfare Fund

Ariel was a healthy mother of two when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “We were all so surprised because I have no family history of cancer. It really rocked our world,” she says. After feeling a lump, her doctor encouraged her to get a mammogram. “I went for my…
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January 2021 Pension Payments to be Transmitted January 4th Due to Bank Holiday

Due to New Year's Day (Friday, January 1, 2021) being an official bank holiday, monthly pension payments will not be transmitted by the bank until the following business day (Monday, January 4, 2021). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have questions regarding your pension payment, you…
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The Holidays and your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The holiday season typically is a time of joyful celebrations with family and friends. Many people look forward to gathering together, exchanging gifts, and celebrating traditions. However, this holiday season, COVID-19 and physical distancing have added a new type of stress to the season. Some things to keep in mind…
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REMINDER: How to Check your Welfare Hours and Eligibility Using the Member Login Portal (i-Site) and the Interactive Voice Response (“IVR”) System

As we are nearing the end of the year and the quarter, we wanted to provide you with a quick reminder on how you can easily check your Welfare hours and eligibility through the Member Login Portal (i-Site) of the Benefit Funds’ website and/or the Interactive Voice Response (“IVR”) System.…
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New Forms to be Provided by Fund Office for New York State Paid Family Leave in 2021

As you know, the NYCDCC Welfare Fund (the “Fund”) has been providing Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) under the Fund’s plan of benefits since the New York State PFL law became effective on January 1, 2018. The Fund’s PFL has been provided on an insured basis through Wesco Insurance Company. The…
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Fund Office at 395 Hudson Street Will Revert to Remote Operations Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Beginning November 30, 2020

-Office Will Operate Remotely and Continue to Service Membership Until it is Deemed Safe to Return -The Health of our Members and Employees is our Number One Priority   Due to renewed concerns regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the United States, and particularly New York City, the…
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Quarterly Vacation Payments for December to be Transmitted on or about December 1st

Please be advised that your "December" vacation payments, regardless of whether you are being paid via rapid! PayCard or direct deposit, will be transmitted on or about Tuesday, December 1st. You should check your balance by end-of-day on the 1st to confirm receipt of your payment. You can do so…
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MSK Direct Webinar: Lung Cancer Awareness Month Events

In honor of November’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month,  please join Memorial Sloan Kettering’s multidisciplinary team of experts on November 19th & 20th, as they discuss a variety of topics related to lung cancer screening and care. Please click this link to register and refer to the attached event flier for…
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Family Violence and Child Abuse During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in incidences of family violence and child abuse across the globe. Fear, frustration, uncertainty, economic hardship, increased stress levels, and barriers to resources are all contributing factors to this increase. In addition, support systems such as extended family, religious institutions, schools,…
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: How to Pay your NYCDCC Annuity Fund Loans through Prudential without going into Default

Each year, the NYCDCC Benefit Funds is notified of a group of participants who default on their Annuity Fund loans through Prudential. Below are some tips for avoiding default and associated tax consequences. To ensure that you do not default on your NYCDCC Annuity Fund loan through Prudential: Be sure…
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November is National Caregivers Month

*The below information was provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering. Working and Caregiving Around the Clock Most of us will identify with the role of caregiver at some point. Whether it is caring for a child, an ill loved one, or an aging family member, the reality of caregiving is often…
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Preferred Diabetic Supply Program for NYCDCC Medicare-Eligible Retirees Covered under UnitedHealthcare

For Medicare-Eligible Retirees covered under the NYCDCC Welfare Fund, UnitedHealthcare (“UHC”) is providing coverage for diabetes glucose meters and testing strips under the Preferred Diabetic Supply Program. Effective January 1, 2021, the program will provide the following OneTouch® and Accu-Chek® items at a $0 cost share to Medicare-Eligible Retirees: Glucose…
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October 10th is World Mental Health Day

Mental Health Facts Fact -1 in 5 of the world’s children and adolescents have mental health disorders. Approximately half of mental health disorders begin before the age of 14. Fact -Mental health and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide. About 23% of lost time because of…
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Early detection saves lives! That’s why the NYCDCC Welfare Fund has partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering, the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Northeast, to make it easier for you and your family to be aware of the actions you can take to reduce your risk of cancer or identify it…
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New York City District Council of Carpenters (“NYCDCC”) Welfare Fund Coverage for Medicare-Eligible Retirees: Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”)

The Welfare Fund covers Medicare-Eligible Retirees who qualify for the Fund’s retiree coverage through UnitedHealthcare (“UHC”) and Non-Medicare-Eligible Retirees who qualify for the Fund’s retiree coverage through Empire BlueCross BlueShield (“Empire”). For UHC coverage, you and your Medicare-Eligible dependents must (1) notify the Welfare Fund that you and/or your dependents…
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9/11 Benefits Through the World Trade Center Health Program

For NYCDCC members who were at Ground Zero and are in search of assistance, the Benefit Funds would like to offer you information regarding the World Trade Center ("WTC") Health Program. The WTC Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment for emergency responders, recovery, and cleanup workers, and volunteers who…
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The Importance of Regular Eye Exams in the Early Diagnosis of Conditions Leading to Blindness and Other Chronic Diseases

While many people recognize the importance of routine annual physicals, the significance of yearly eye examinations is sometimes overlooked. An annual eye examination can not only lead to an early diagnosis of conditions that can potentially cause blindness, but they can also provide an early indicator of hidden chronic diseases…
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Board of Trustees Announces Retirement of Dave Stewart as Executive Director of NYCDCC Benefit Funds, Appointment of Kristin O’Brien as Successor

The Board of Trustees of the New York City District Council of Carpenters (“NYCDCC”) Benefit Funds has announced the retirement of current Executive Director Dave Stewart, and the appointment of current Director of Administrative Services, Kristin O’Brien, as Mr. Stewart’s successor, effective September 8, 2020. Mr. Stewart will be staying…
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Quarterly Vacation Payments for September to be Transmitted on or about 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 transmitted on or about Tuesday, September 1st. You should check your balance by end-of-day on the 1st to confirm receipt of your payment. You can do so…
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