HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS

COVID, WORKERS’ COMPENSATION and SHORT-TERM DISABILITY

January 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS DC 37 members who believe they have contracted coronavirus in the line of duty can apply for New York State Workers’ Compensation. A member has 30 days to file a Workers’ Comp claim for coronavirus and must submit medical documentation for their illness or injury. DC 37 members, especially those classified as essential workers, frontline workers, and healthcare workers, diagnosed with novel coronavirus — COVID-19 — must notify their agency. If a member tests positive for COVID-19, their employer may ask for medical documentation.  Your agency/ employer may cover an absence due to a medical diagnosis of COVID-19. Please check with your agency/employer for Time and Leave policy and guidance. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has extended the window to file a claim by an additional 30 days from [More...]

Union’s Private Sector Locals’ Virtual Fair a Success

December 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE Members of the union’s Non-Profit and Private Sector Division attended the Health, Housing and Resource Fair to learn more about the services DC 37 provides for members.  The Division, formerly District Council 1707, unified with DC 37 in Sept. 2019, bringing in Locals 95, 107, 205, 215, 253, and 389, representing 20,000 home health care, day care, non-profit workers and other titles. Despite being unable to have an in-person event due to the pandemic, key union leaders and staffers, put together a multifaceted set of speakers, presentations, and a variety of workshops to educate members on opportunities for education, health benefits, housing, and legal planning. The first-ever Dec. 12 Virtual Fair, held in two online sessions, featured DC 37 leaders and staff. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido welcomed those who attended. Division staffers also played a vital role [More...]

Upcoming October DC 37 Events

October 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

POLITICAL ACTION VOTER INFO: Election Day is Nov. 3. Out of an abundance of caution during this COVID-19 pandemic, DC 37 urges you to vote by mail-in ballot. A full list of union-endorsed candidates is in the most recent issue of PEPTalk and www.dc37.net. Absentee ballot request deadline is Oct. 27. You must request a ballot by Oct. 27 and return it by mail, postmarked by Nov. 3, or in person on Nov. 3 by 9:00 p.m. Early voting starts Oct. 24 – Nov. 1. Can you volunteer to join DC 37’s phonebank team to make calls to the battleground state of Pennsylvania in support of the Biden/Harris ticket? Click here to sign up! ### DISABILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETS OCT. 13 The DC 37 Disability Advisory Committee will meet Oct. 13, at 6 pm. Guest speaker Deborah Williams, director of the DC 37 Safety and Health Unit, will share the latest information on PPE, ventilation, training and [More...]

Important Information About Your DC 37 Health & Security Plan Benefits During COVID-19

March 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

**IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ BELOW ** DC 37 Health & Security Plan Services Impacted by COVID-19 MELS (Municipal Employees Legal Services) During this time, MELS and its attorneys are continuing to provide legal assistance to our DC 37 participants. Please call the MELS Intake Telephone Line at 212-815-1111 with any questions about pending legal matters or for assistance with any new COVID-19 related legal matters. Personal Services Unit (PSU) – Telephone Counseling Available PSU will continue to provide short term telephone counseling for personal issues, work-related concerns, and provide referrals as needed. Social workers are also available to provide stress management techniques and assist members coping with the emotional stress related to COVID-19. Please call the PSU Screening hotline at 212-815-1250. DC 37 Dental Centers Closed Given our concern for your well-being and [More...]

DC 37 Contact Numbers

March 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

IMPORTANT: DC 37 COVID-19 INFORMATION DC 37 contact numbers DC 37 Hotline 212.815.7555 DC 37 Safety and Health 212.815.1685 Health and Security Plan Inquiry Unit 212.815.1234 H&S TTY (Teletypewriter) 212.815.1266 H&S Info for Retirees Toll-Free 1.877.323.7738 outside of NY/NJ/CT Personal Service Unit 212-815-1250  Education Fund 212.815.1700 Municipal Employees Legal Services 212.815.1111   DC 37 Divisions DC 37 Non-Profit and Private Sector Division 212.219.0022 DC 37 Blue Collar Division 212.815.1010 DC 37 Clerical-Administrative Division 212.815.1020 DC 37 Hospitals and Healthcare Professionals Division 212.815.1030 DC 37 Professional Division 212.815.1040 DC 37 Schools Division 212.815.1050 DC 37 White Collar Division 212.815.1060 Retirees Association 212.815.1781 DC 37 Locals Local 95 Head Start Employees 212.219.0022 Local 107 National Membership and Fundraising [More...]

Important Information About Your Prescription Drug Benefits UPDATED

March 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

IMPORTANT IN FORMATION REGARDING YOUR OPTUMRx PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT! All Active and Non-Medicare Eligible Participants COVID-19 Response Policy Effective immediately, in consideration of the escalating COVID-19 situation and to ensure that we meet the needs of our Participants during this crisis, the DC 37 Health & Security Plan requested and OptumRx has agreed to immediately lift the “Refill Too Soon” restriction on covered drugs until further notice. IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR AETNA PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT OFFERED BY SILVERSCRIPT! Medicare Eligible Retirees COVID-19 Response Policy Effective immediately, in consideration of the escalating COVID-19 situation and to ensure that we meet the needs of our retirees during this crisis the DC 37 Health & Security Plan requested and Silverscript has agreed to lift all restrictions on covered drugs for the [More...]

MELS Highlights Income Tax Changes

February 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

MELS, the DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services, held a tax workshop in January providing advice for members and retirees about significant changes in the tax law. These changes will impact those filing their 2019 tax returns, due on April 15. Here are the highlights: The standard deduction has increased. For those filing Single, and Married Filing Separately, the deduction is $12,200, while for couples filing Married, Jointly, the deduction is $24,400, and for those filing as Head of Household, the deduction is $18,350. For divorces after Dec. 31, 2018, alimony received is not taxable, nor is it deductible by the person paying. The child tax credit for dependent children under 17 has been increased from $1,000 to $2,000 per child. There is a new form, 1040 SR, for seniors over 65. The penalty for not having health insurance has been abolished. Also new for 2018 and 2019, the maximum [More...]

New Hep C Treatment Program Available at NYC Health + Hospitals

December 4, 2019 // 1 Comment

By GREGORY N. HEIRES DC 37 members suffering with Hepatitis C are now eligible to participate in a pilot program designed to effectively treat the disease and reduce the exorbitant cost of current prescription medications. The new treatment regimen, devised by NYC Health+Hospitals in collaboration with the DC 37 Health & Security Plan, is available to members and dependents under 65 who are covered by the union’s prescription drug benefit, which is administered by OptumRx. The NYC Health+Hospitals program, which typically lasts between 8-to-24 weeks, is designed to encourage patients to stick with its regimen of medication and other parts of the treatment. Participants are assigned Patient Navigators to guide them through the process. To date, 15 members have signed up for the program. The latest Hepatitis C drugs have a 90% percent cure rate of the illness, but are outrageously [More...]

Welcome to DC 37

November 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

At Meetings Around the City, Public Service Workers Are Signing Up With the Union By GREGORY N, HEIRES DC 37 continues to sign up new members under our Leading the Way campaign to promote the benefits of union membership and encourage rank-and-file participation. Last month, DC 37 held five meetings with mid-level city employees whose misclassified job titles had kept them out of the union during the Bloomberg administration but are now eligible to join or re-join. A sixth meeting was also held in November for City University of New York employees, who recently won a new contract. Union Offers Job Security Many workers who signed union membership cards at the meetings indicated that job security was their top reason for joining. Monifa Thomas, a 20-year city employee who is now a senior project manager at the Administration for Children’s Services, described job security as “an [More...]

DC 37 Welcomes Members In New Union-Represented Titles (Open House on Nov. 8)

October 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE Recently, DC 37 and the city agreed that the union will represent more than 900 public workers serving in positions categorized as managerial and not covered by the New York City collective bargaining Law. If you are one of the 900 workers whose job was reclassified as a new administrative title represented by the union, please join DC 37 for an open house. A meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the New York City Dept. of Small Business Services, on the 7th floor, 110 Williams St., in Lower Manhattan. You will learn about the benefit of being part of our union family and find out how DC 37 helps our members at the bargaining table and lobbying at City Hall and in Albany for adequate funding for public services for those most vulnerable in our communities. Find out how our union negotiates for decent wages, paid family leave, overtime, union [More...]