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Benefit Funds Launches New Educational Video Library for Members

As a major part of our continued efforts to communicate your benefits to you in more easily understood mediums, the Benefit Funds has created a new educational video library meant to assist you in better comprehending your welfare, pension, and annuity benefits, as well as provide you important information and…
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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

More than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase. Glaucoma is called "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much…
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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Update for Members who Wish to Visit the Fund Office or Carpenters Training Center

Effective December 27, 2021, in order to enter the Benefit Funds Office or the Carpenters Training Center, members must provide proof that they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Those members who have received only one dose of a two-dose vaccine series by December 27, 2021…
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Empire BlueCross BlueShield to Mail New ID Cards in Early 2022

Beginning in early 2022, Empire BlueCross BlueShield will be sending out new ID cards to Active participants/dependents and Non-Medicare Eligible Retiree participants/dependents in the New York City District Council of Carpenters (“NYCDCC”) Welfare Fund. These ID cards are being generated and mailed as a result of new federal transparency regulations…
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Happy Holidays from the Benefit Funds!

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The Holidays and your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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 continues to add stress and uncertainty to these normally happy occasions. Here are some things to keep in mind…
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MSK Virtual Event: Holidays During the Era of COVID-19

Please join the Abyssinian Baptist Church and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for a free online educational event. Hear from a panel of MSK experts who will discuss the unique mental toll that the pandemic has taken on all of us. The panel will provide guidance on staying mentally and…
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Tips for Staying Healthy During the Winter

The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, to celebrate life, to be grateful, and to reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate – and safeguard – the gift of health. “The holiday season is a time to reflect on family…
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Understanding Your Short-Term Disability Benefits

How Short-Term Disability Works The NYCDCC Welfare Fund’s Short-Term Disability Plan pays a weekly short-term disability benefit to Active Employees who become disabled and unable to work as the result of an injury or illness that is not work-related. Retirees who work in Covered Employment and become disabled are also…
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Quarterly Vacation Payments for December were Transmitted Today, December 1st

Please be advised that your "December" vacation payments, regardless of whether you are being paid via rapid! PayCard or direct deposit, were transmitted today, December 1st. You should check your balance by end-of-day today to confirm receipt of your payment. You can do so in the following ways: rapid! PayCard-…
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National Handwashing Awareness Week: December 1-7, 2021

The first week of December (1-7) is National Handwashing Awareness Week. This week promotes both individual cleanliness and healthy living from where it starts: our hands. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), keeping hands clean is one of the best steps against illness and the spread of…
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Monitoring Vision and Dental Health is Vital to your Well-being

We’re well acquainted with the importance of eating healthy, exercising, and having regular checkups with our doctor. In fact, these are all crucial to maintain good health. However, many people seem to forget about two increasingly important aspects of their health: Vision and dental health. According to the Centers for…
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MSK Direct- Early Detection Saves Lives

The NYCDCC Welfare Fund partners with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), through MSK Direct, a program that provides you special access to world-class cancer care. What You Get with MSK Direct As a NYCDCC Welfare Fund participant, you and your family have dedicated access to MSK’s exceptional cancer care…
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November is National Family Caregiver Month

For over 20 years, presidents have designated November as National Family Caregivers Month to honor the more than 40 million caregivers across the country who support aging parents, ill loved ones, or those with disabilities who remain at home.  Many of us will identify with the role of caregiver at…
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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is officially recognized as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death globally, with a survival rate of only 15%. It is the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States, and the CDC estimates that over 2.2 million…
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Be Aware of Requests for Zoom Meetings Received Via Phone or Text Message from Non-Benefit Funds or Local Union-Related Numbers

The Benefit Funds has recently received reports from some members stating that they have been contacted by a person (or persons) posing as representatives of the Fund Office or one of the Local Unions. In these contacts, members have asserted that the representative has requested to meet with them via…
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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day- October 23rd, 2021

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is supported by the Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") and addresses a crucial public health and safety issue: misuse of prescription drugs. According to the 2020 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ("SAMHSA"), approximately 11 million people misused prescription pain relievers in 2020.…
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Benefits of Repaying Your Coronavirus-Related Distribution (“CRD”) through Prudential

Participants who took a Coronavirus-Related Distribution (“CRD”) from their New York City District Council of Carpenters Annuity Fund account through Prudential in 2020 under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act may repay any amount back to their account. Your repayment is considered a tax-free rollover as long…
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REMINDER: Importance of Submitting Changes in Addresses to the Fund Office

During the course of a given year, the Fund Office, along with various providers such as Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Express Scripts, ASO/SIDS, and Prudential, among others, send paper mailings to your homes. Although advances in modern technology have somewhat reduced the necessity of paper mailings, such mailings are often still…
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Prudential Now Offering Virtual One-on-One Retirement Consultations

Did you know that you now have access to virtual one-on-one retirement consultations at no cost to you? Through Prudential, you can schedule a time that works for you and then join your secure meeting space from wherever you are. During these consultations, you can review your account and retirement…
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