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Save the Date: NYCDCC Training Center- 52nd Annual Graduating Apprentice Exhibits and Open House

The New York City District Council of Carpenters Training Center will be holding its 52nd Annual Graduating Apprentice Exhibits and Open House on Wednesday, April 5th, 2023, from 8AM - 4PM. The graduating apprentices will participate in building projects for the trades of General Carpentry, Interior Systems, Dock Builder, Timbermen,…
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NYCDCC Welfare Fund’s Telehealth Provider Has Changed from LiveHealth Online to MDLIVE

As part of the transition from Empire BlueCross BlueShield to Independence Administrators, effective January 1, 2023, the NYCDCC Welfare Fund also switched telehealth providers from LiveHealth Online to MDLIVE. (*This does not apply to retirees who are covered through UnitedHealthcare).  We recommend that you set up your MDLIVE account as…
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January is National Eye Care Month

Practicing good eye care and visiting the eye doctor regularly are essential to healthy lives for people of all ages. While nearly 100 million Americans are at high risk for vision loss, only half have visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months. Learning more about eye care, eye…
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Preventing the Human Papillomavirus (“HPV”) and Cervical Cancers

Human papillomavirus ("HPV") and the cancers caused by the virus are everyone’s concern. Each year, more than 34,000 people in the US will develop cancers linked to HPV, but the majority of these cases can be prevented with vaccination before exposure. We encourage you to watch this short video to…
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REMINDER: Independence Administrators ID Cards to Arrive Before New Year for January 1, 2023 Effective Date

Just a reminder that, in preparation for the NYCDCC Welfare Fund's third-party administrator change from Empire BlueCross BlueShield ("Empire") to Independence Administrators ("IA"), your new ID cards have already been mailed and should arrive at your respective homes prior to the new year. Please remember that effective January 1, 2023…
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January 2023 Pension Payments to be Transmitted January 3rd Due to Bank Holiday

Due to New Year's Day (Sunday, January 1, 2023) falling on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on Monday, January 2, 2023. As such, monthly pension payments will not be transmitted by the bank until the business day following the official holiday observation (Tuesday, January 3, 2023). We apologize…
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NYCDCC Annuity Fund Participants to Receive Pro Rata Disbursement to Individual Accounts

The Board of Trustees of the New York City District Council of Carpenters Annuity Plan is pleased to announce a disbursement of assets from the Plan’s administrative account to its participants. Thanks to cost savings and investment gains, the administrative account of the Annuity Plan has grown so that excess…
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A Guide to Your Benefits Transition from Empire to Independence Administrators

As the Benefit Funds recently reported, effective January 1, 2023, the NYCDCC Welfare Fund's third-party administrator for Medical/Hospital coverage will be transitioning from Empire BlueCross BlueShield to Independence Administrators ("IA"). To help you further understand this transition, the Fund Office has put together a short video containing the main details…
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The Holidays and Your Wellness

The holiday season typically is a time of joyful celebrations with family and friends. Many people look forward to gathering, exchanging gifts, and celebrating traditions. A few things to keep in mind during this holiday season… - 1 in 3 Americans feel sad or lonely during the holidays. It’s normal…
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Be Sure to Update your Coordination of Benefits with Independence Administrators if you or an Eligible Dependent are Covered under Multiple Health Plans

If you or an eligible dependent are covered under multiple health plans, be sure to submit a Coordination of Benefits (“COB”) form to Independence Administrators (“IA”) so that your health insurance claims are processed properly. To submit or update your COB, you can: Call IA’s Customer Service Center at 1…
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December is Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month

WHAT IS SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. In most cases, SAD symptoms begin in the late fall and early winter as the days become shorter. As days become shorter, the lower levels of sunlight may affect your…
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Caregiving and the Holidays: From Stress to Success!

As we celebrate the upcoming holidays, take a moment to thank a caregiver. 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 demanding and…
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Effective January 1, 2023: NYCDCC Welfare Fund’s Third-Party Administrator for Medical/Hospital Coverage to Change from Empire BCBS to Independence Administrators

Currently, the third-party administrator for the medical/hospital coverage provided by the New York City District Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund (the “Fund”) is Empire BlueCross BlueShield (“Empire”). Please be advised that, effective January 1, 2023, Independence Administrators (“IA”), a BlueCross/BlueShield Affiliate, will become the third-party administrator for the Fund’s medical/hospital…
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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the United States? It develops when abnormal cells grow in either the lungs or the bronchi (the air tubes that lead to the lungs). Knowing your risk for getting lung cancer will…
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Be Sure to Check that your Vacation Bank Account Information is Correct in the Fund Office’s System prior to November 15th

Please be advised that, if you receive your vacation payments via direct deposit, you must make sure that your bank account information is correct in the Fund Office's system. In particular, if you want to ensure that you receive your "December" vacation payment without delay or interruption, you must make…
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UnitedHealthcare (“UHC”) to Offer Lifeline® Personal Emergency Response System (“PERS”) at No Cost to Covered Medicare-Eligible Retirees

We have great news for Medicare-Eligible NYCDCC Welfare Fund participants who are covered under UnitedHealthcare (“UHC”)! Effective January 1, 2023, UHC will offer Lifeline Personal Emergency Response System (“PERS”) at no cost to covered participants who wish to utilize the service. PERS is a system that allows users to ask…
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

DID YOU KNOW? Mammograms have helped lower the number of people who died from breast cancer in the United States by 40%! Early detection saves lives! That’s why The New York City District Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund (the “Welfare Fund”) has partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering, a world-leading cancer…
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The 21st Century Cures Act: Immediate Release of Medical Test Results

You may have recently noticed that you are receiving medical test results (via email, smartphone, medical chart applications, etc.) before your provider/doctor has had a chance to see or review them. This is due to a federal law called the 21st Century Cures Act (the “Cures Act”) which requires that…
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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

The New York City District Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund (the “Welfare Fund”) is concerned about your and your family’s health and wants to ensure you and your family have the resources to navigate cancer at any age, including childhood.  Our partner, Memorial Sloan Kettering ("MSK"), has the largest pediatric…
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Next Scheduled Vacation Payments to be Issued 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 issued on or about Thursday, 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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