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Mental Health Awareness Month Campaign: Individual and Community Fast Facts

As a continued part of the MEND Program's campaign to promote Mental Health Awareness Month, we would like to present some important mental health "fast facts," courtesy of the National Alliance on Mental Illness ("NAMI"). Please use these to encourage discussion with your community, whether through social media or other…
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The MEND Program Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month

During May, the MEND program joins The National Alliance on Mental Illness ("NAMI") as part of the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental…
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MSK Direct: What you need to know about Vaccines and COVID-19

Last month, the NYCDCC Welfare Fund promoted several webinars hosted by our partner, Memorial Sloan Kettering. Of particular interest was a webinar related to COVID-19 vaccinations, which was entitled "What you need to know about Vaccines and COVID-19." This webinar, which featured two of MSK’s vaccines experts, Dr. Ushma Neill…
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Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarship Winners

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the New York City District Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund is pleased to announce that twenty-five (25) students have been awarded the Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. Each student will now receive a $3,500.00 per year scholarship, which…
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Accessing LiveHealth Online for Mental Health or Substance Abuse Assistance

If you or your dependent(s) are seeking outpatient services for mental health or substance use, please know that help is available and accessible from any electronic device with internet access. You can have a confidential virtual visit with a licensed clinician at www.LiveHealthOnline.com. Follow the steps below to access assistance…
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Enhancing your Member Services Experience: Optimal Call Times and Other Options

The mission of our Member Services Department is to provide the highest quality of member-focused customer service, benefit knowledge, and support. As such, we’re always striving for ways to enhance the member experience and accessibility. To that end, we want to make you aware of the best times to call…
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NYCDCC Welfare Fund Partner Memorial Sloan Kettering to Host Vaccine Webinar, Minority Cancer Awareness Month Virtual Events in April

The New York City District Council of Carpenters ("NYCDCC") Welfare Fund would like to draw your attention to several virtual events that will be hosted by its partner, Memorial Sloan Kettering, in April. Please read below to learn more and click the flyers for details.  Memorial Sloan Kettering ("MSK") Virtual Events…
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NYCDCC Welfare Fund: American Rescue Plan Act of 2021- COBRA Subsidies Information and FAQs

On March 11, 2021, the President signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “Rescue Plan”). The Rescue Plan provides a temporary 100% COBRA subsidy for eligible individuals. This means that the New York City District Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund (the “Fund”) will provide eligible individuals with up…
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Fund Office to Begin Accepting Member Walk-ins, By Appointment Only, Effective March 15th

Since state and national restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have begun to relax, Fund Office staff will begin returning to 395 Hudson Street on a staggered basis. As such, the Fund Office will also recommence accepting member walk-ins at 395 Hudson Street, by appointment only, and on a limited basis,…
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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

The NYCDCC Welfare Fund and MSK Direct, a program that offers you guided access to expert cancer care, have once again collaborated to bring you cancer education and awareness. Since March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, we have decided to focus on providing you information concerning this important topic. Please…
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Notice to Members Regarding COVID-19 Related Leaves

The below notice provides information regarding paid benefits available to you if you must take a leave of absence from work for a reason related to COVID-19 and are an eligible participant in the New York City District Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund (“Welfare Fund” or “Fund”). Please note that…
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Quarterly Vacation Payments for March to be Transmitted on or about March 1st

Please be advised that your "March" vacation payments, regardless of whether you are being paid via rapid! PayCard or direct deposit, will be transmitted on or about Monday, March 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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The COVID-19 Vaccine & What You Need to Know

With the recent release of the vaccines, we understand that you may have some questions. As such, we would like to provide you with support and information to help you navigate through this next chapter of the pandemic. The NYCDCC Welfare Fund, through Empire BlueCross BlueShield (“Empire”), Express Scripts, and…
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Protect Yourself Against Unemployment Insurance Fraud During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The New York State Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently announced that it identified over 425,000 fraudulent unemployment benefit claims during the COVID-19 pandemic, totaling $5.5 billion in benefits As a result of this discovery, the DOL has referred over 425,000 fraud cases to federal prosecutors and continues to work with…
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Vacation ACH Information must be Updated by February 12th to Take Effect for March Payments

Please note that if you would like to update the way in which you receive your vacation payment (ACH/direct deposit or rapid! PayCard) or you would like to change your bank account for direct deposits, Friday, February 12th will be the last date to update or change your information on…
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Requests for Copies of Form 1095-B

The Fund Office would like to remind you that you may request a copy of your 2020 Form 1095-B at any time. You may submit these requests to the Fund Office in the following ways: Email: ACA1095B@nyccbf.org  Paper mail: ATTN- NYCDCC Welfare Fund, 395 Hudson Street, 9th Floor, New York,…
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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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