For Your Benefit Magazine — Spring 2022

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For Your Benefit SPRING 2022

Meet Our Featured Member

Malikah Weston

Malikah Weston counted on her health benefits to help her deal with anxiety during the pandemic—and survive a brain tumor.

PLUS Your Mental Health Matters see page 6

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SPRING 2022

For Your Benefit

CONTENTS HEALTH BENEFITS

13 Citizenship Program Snapshot

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13 Test-Drive Our Updated Website!

A Message from Dr. Van H. Dunn, Chief Medical Officer

13 Check Out Our Improved Provider Directory

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Knowledge Is Power: Know Your Numbers, Protect Your Health

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Get Help or Help Others with Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

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Your Mental Health Matters

14 Training and Employment Funds Help You Advance Your Healthcare Career

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More than Just a Phase: Helping Kids Cope

CHILD AND YOUTH BENEFITS

HEALTHY LIVING 9

Get Long-life Secrets at Our Online Wellness Workshop

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Oh, Baby! Prep for Your Delivery

MEMBER PROFILE 10 Malikah Weston Malikah Weston counted on her health benefits to help her deal with anxiety during the pandemic—and survive a brain tumor. FINANCIAL WELLNESS

TRAINING BENEFITS

15 A Change in Leadership at CCF and CCC

Join Fellow Members on Facebook and Instagram

MEMBERSHIP ADVANTAGES

Our 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds’ Facebook page and Instagram account are helping thousands of members stay up to date on the latest benefit and pension news, online workshops, wellness news and more. If you’re not yet one of them, just visit www.Facebook.com/1199SEIUBenefitFunds and click on “Like.” On Instagram, follow us @1199SEIUBenefitFunds.

13 Attention, Bronx Members: New Fitness Options Where You Live or Work!

And be sure to check out our Training and Employment and Child Care Funds’ pages.

12 Boost Your Financial Health this Spring 12 New for Your Kids: "World of Money” 12 Thinking about Retiring? Start with a Pension Estimate

13 MyAccount Makes Accessing Your Benefits Easy

The National Benefit Fund believes it is a “grandfathered health plan” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Affordable Care Act”). A grandfathered health plan can preserve certain basic health coverage that was already in effect when that law was enacted in 2010. Being a grandfathered health plan means that this plan may not include certain consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act that apply to other plans, for example, the requirement for an external review process for claims appeals. However, grandfathered health plans must comply with certain other consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, for example, the elimination of lifetime limits on benefits. The Wage Class III plan is not a grandfathered health plan. Questions regarding which protections apply and which protections do not apply to a grandfathered health plan can be directed to the Plan Administrator at (646) 473-9200. You may also contact the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor at (866) 444-3272 or www.dol.gov/agencies/ebsa/about-ebsa/ask-a-question/ask-ebsa. This website has a table summarizing which protections do and do not apply to grandfathered health plans.

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Message from the Executive Director Dear 1199SEIU Members, Spring is upon us! I hope it brings breathing space for you—a time to focus on yourself, for a moment. Having given your all on the frontlines of healthcare, you deserve it. This issue of For Your Benefit is designed to support you, with resources and tips for your physical, mental and financial well-being. Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr.Van H. Dunn, has important information to share about the best ways to check in and stay on track. When things get overwhelming for you or your loved ones, know that we are expanding the array of mental health resources available to support you. Taking care of your emotional well-being is as important to your physical health as it is to your mental health. We all may experience stress, anxiety or depression at different times in our lives, and it is well documented in the medical community that these can lead to heart attacks, strokes, chronic conditions and even death.

Stress increases the risk of developing various chronic and other health conditions, including heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke. Mayo Clinic

Spring is upon us! I hope it brings breathing space for you — a time to focus on yourself, for a moment. Having given your all on the frontlines of healthcare, you deserve it.

This issue includes a few guidelines for understanding when help is needed and what resources are available. I encourage you to reach out and get support when you need it. Also in this issue, you’ll hear from member Malikah Weston, who shares her inspiring account of how she coped during the pandemic and survived a major health crisis. In addition, you’ll find tips for staying on top of the health screenings and measures that can help you prevent

or manage common chronic illnesses. And because staying healthy depends on your financial well-being too, we’re providing updates about upcoming webinars that can help you better manage your money. Finally, I’d like to acknowledge an important transition within the Family of Funds.Vivian Fox has retired after 16 years of unparalleled leadership as the Executive Director of the Child Care Funds and President of the 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation. We will miss her dearly, and we are heartened that she is leaving the funds in the expert hands of Rossmery Dais, who was most recently Deputy Executive Director. Please join me in thanking Ms. Fox for her years of leadership and in welcoming Ms. Dais to her new role! Sincerely,

Donna Rey, EdD Executive Director and CEO 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds

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Health Benefits

A Message from

Dr. Van H. Dunn

Stress Relief

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER These past few years have been challenging, taking a toll on the physical and emotional health of all of us. For healthcare workers and their families, it has been especially acute. Now that we have left the harshness of winter behind us and stepped into the sunshine of spring, it is time to renew our commitment to our physical and emotional well-being—one step at a time.

Try deep-breathing exercises, meditation or yoga.

Protect Your Physical Health Catching hidden

During the COVID-19 pandemic, while many conditions early can people got vaccinated against the virus, many missed help you live a routine vaccinations—such as for the flu, HPV, MMR LONGER, (measles, mumps, rubella) and hepatitis—and lifesaving HEALTHEIR cancer screenings. So, if you have not visited your doctor’s office in a while, go ahead and schedule that LIFE appointment. Even if you are feeling great, there could be hidden conditions that your doctor should screen for. Catching these conditions early can keep you on your path to health and help you lead a longer life.

Enjoy the extra daylight and sunshine outdoors by taking a walk.

That is why it is important to have a doctor you can trust, who listens to you and who you feel comfortable talking with. Relationships matter, and so do you.

Reconnect in person with friends and family members.

If you need to find a doctor, visit findadoc.1199SEIUBenefits.org.

Protect Your Emotional Health Reducing stress Many of us have suffered from greater levels of stress and anxiety can during the pandemic. An April 2021 national survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and Washington DECREASE Post showed that almost two-thirds of frontline CHRONIC healthcare workers said that worry related to the CONDITIONS pandemic negatively affected their mental health. Something as simple as deep breathing can help reduce stress. Reducing stress and anxiety can decrease your risk of high blood pressure, obesity, gastrointestinal distress and other chronic conditions. So, start breathing deeply, and if you would like to talk to someone, you can reach out to our Wellness Member Assistance Program social workers to help you find a therapist or you can go directly to our network or Teladoc to find one.

If you need to find a therapist, visit findadoc.1199SEIUBenefits.org. or www.Teladoc.com

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Don’t go it alone: talk to a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist.

For more information on boosting your emotional well-being, see “Your Mental Health Matters,” page 6.


Health Benefits

Get Help or Help Others with Peerto-Peer Mentoring

Knowledge Is Power: Know Your Numbers, Protect Your Health It’s simple: Preventive screenings save lives. Knowing your health stats, like blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, and checking them against health guidelines, can help you better manage ongoing conditions and alert you to any problems that could be brewing. Use the chart for quick reference of healthy ranges and make sure you’re up to date on recommended screenings and check-ups with your primary care provider.

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS

The Benefit Funds’ Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Programs, administered by InquisitHealth, connect members who want support to keep their Type 2 diabetes or hypertension under control from someone like them who is successfully managing their condition. Mentors coach by phone, text message reminders and check-ins—and can earn up to $16 an hour. If you are interested, think about applying and helping a fellow member a few extra hours a week.

Are You Interested in Getting Support from a Mentor? • • •

Members with A1C levels above 8 percent are eligible for the Diabetes Program. Members with blood pressure readings above 140/90 are eligible for the Hypertension Program. Must have a computer with Internet access. For more information, or to find out if you’re eligible to be mentored, call the Wellness Member Assistance Program at (646) 473-6900.

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Members with A1C levels below 8 percent are eligible for the Diabetes Program. Members with blood pressure readings below 140/90 are eligible for the Hypertension Program. Must be bilingual in English and Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Creole or Russian. Must have a computer with Internet access. To find out if you’re eligible to be a peer mentor, complete one or both of the forms below. Diabetes Peer Mentor Application Form 1199SEIUBenefits.org/diabetes Hypertension Peer Mentor Application Form 1199SEIUBenefits.org/hypertension

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Health Benefits

Your Mental Health Matters We may finally be turning the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic, but the impact on our mental and emotional health lingers. Many frontline healthcare workers continue to struggle with stress, depression and burnout. If this sounds familiar, here’s what you need to know to care for yourself.

What to Look For Dramatic mood changes, from high to low and back again Difficulty focusing Restlessness and fatigue Prolonged feelings of sadness, worry or being “on edge” Poor sleep and eating habits Avoiding friends or social activities you used to enjoy Overuse of substances like drugs and alcohol Suicidal thoughts

When to Reach Out It’s okay to not be okay…except when it isn’t.You don’t need to be in crisis before asking for help. If any of the above symptoms are affecting your daily life, reaching out to a medical professional is the first step toward a treatment plan that can put you on the path to feeling better.

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Health Benefits

Find the Support You Need When you are struggling, trying to find help can feel like another task to add to your to-do list. If you are not experiencing a mental health emergency, your primary care physician can be a good place to start.Your doctor can not only address any physical symptoms but can also connect you with a counselor, therapist or psychiatrist. You can check to see if they are in our network at findadoc.1199SEIUBenefits.org. Our Wellness Member Assistance Program’s team of trained social workers and counselors can also help you and your eligible dependents find mental health support.

All information shared is confidential, and multilingual options are available. For more information, contact the Wellness Member Assistance Program at (646) 473-6900. You can also go directly to Teladoc.com to view the profiles of behavioral-health specialists, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals to schedule an appointment via video or phone. You can also call them at (800) TELADOC (835-2362).

There are multiple ways to address well-being. Having a good laugh, eating good meals that include vegetables and fruits, spending time in nature, and forms of exercise like dancing are all very important. Group therapy, individual psychotherapy and in certain cases, medication, can play a vital role in maintaining well-being, too.

Karinn Glover, MD, MPH Attending, Adult Outpatient Psychiatry at Montefiore; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine PHOTO: OREN SIDDO

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Health Benefits

More than Just a Phase: Helping Kids Cope An estimated 1 in 5 children experiences a mental health issue each year, and with dramatic changes to school, social activities and routines caused by the pandemic, more kids are suffering from mental health struggles than ever. If you are a parent who is worried about your child’s emotional well-being, there is help and there is hope. Please contact a mental health professional you can talk with to get support and help you help your child.

What to Look For If you are a parent who is worried about your child’s emotional well-being, there is help and there is hope.

Many kids aren’t comfortable talking about their feelings—especially with their parents—so most symptoms of mental health struggles show up as new or changed behaviors. Some common red flags: Excessive worry or anxiety Changes in school performance Frequent nightmares Breaking rules and aggressive behavior Disinterest in friends and social activities Extreme mood change

Did you know? Mental health isn’t all in your head. Studies show that stress, anxiety and depression can impact your immune system and strain your long-term heart health. Untreated stress can increase your risk for hypertension, heart attack or stroke.

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How to Get Help for Your Child Make an appointment with your primary care physician or mental health professional as soon as possible. They can help you navigate next steps, which could include therapy sessions or medication. If your child is a danger to him- or herself or to others, get emergency treatment right away. You can connect with one of our Wellness Member Assistance Program’s social workers for additional assistance at (646) 473-6900.

Additional Resources • • • • • • • •

National Alliance on Mental Illness: www.nami.org National Institute of Mental Health: www.nimh.nih.gov Mental Health for All: mentalhealthforall.nyc.gov National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: suicidepreventionlifeline.org; (800) 273-TALK (8255) National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities: www.NIMHD.NIH.gov The Steve Fund: www.SteveFund.org Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine: www.AdolescentHealth.org The Jed Foundation: www.JedFoundation.org


Healthy Living

Get Long-life Secrets at Our Online Wellness Workshop

Oh, Baby! Prep for Your Delivery Join us for our Wellness Department’s next online prenatal workshop* on Saturday, June 4, for information you can use to stay healthy during your pregnancy and even after your child is born.You’ll also find out how to prepare for your due date and what to anticipate during labor and delivery. Whether you’re expecting your first, second or third child, you won’t want to miss this chance to learn how to have a healthy pregnancy with fewer complications. As always, partners are welcome!

Want to learn how to stay mentally sharp, physically active and independent as you age? Tune in to our Wellness Department’s online workshop* by visiting the Benefits Channel at www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/videos. Health Educator and Nutritionist Andrea Martinez discusses what you can learn from the lifestyle habits of people in countries with the longest life expectancies. She also leads a cooking demonstration that will empower you to start creating healthy habits in your own kitchen.

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Where

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“Planning a Healthy Pregnancy” and

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Saturday, June 4

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Please visit our website,

“Birthing Baby and Beyond” webinar

10:30 am to 2:30 pm

www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/webinars, for information on how you can join

“Boost Your Longevity with Healthy

the workshop. You can also email

Habits and Foods” online workshop

Wellness@1199Funds.org with your name and the email address where

www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/videos

*Provided by Worksite Medical Services, P.C., and offered in English only.

we can send you the invitation. *Provided by Worksite Medical Services, P.C., and offered in English only.

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Member Profile

Malikah Weston Malikah Weston counted on her health benefits to help her deal with anxiety during the pandemic—and survive a brain tumor. As a Direct Care Counselor at the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, Malikah Weston has cared for people with developmental disabilities for more than 10 years. “I love what I do, knowing the people I care for will be able to do more,” she explains. And when she needed help, she knew she could rely on her Benefit Fund’s health coverage.

I love what I do, knowing the people I care for will be able to do more.

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Member Profile

Struggling Through the Pandemic At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Malikah began to suffer from anxiety and nightly panic attacks that made it hard to sleep or breathe. “Everything was changing so quickly,” she says. “It was very difficult to learn exactly what was going on, or even just to find personal protective equipment.” A short time later, she lost her brother, with whom she had been extremely close, deepening her distress. Malikah knew she needed help and began therapy sessions—first virtually through Teladoc and later in person—that helped her cope and end the anxiety attacks. Then less than two months after her daughter, Serenity, was born last spring, Malikah was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Her doctors told her she needed surgery immediately or would lose sight in at least one eye—and that the situation could be life-threatening. “I was so scared,” Malikah remembers. “It could have been deadly, but my recovery was great. I shocked everyone by being back at work so quickly. I’m extremely grateful for my benefits!”

Nothing can stop you from being who you are destined to be. Especially with your 1199SEIU benefits!

Caring for Herself so She Can Care for Others Since both diabetes and high blood pressure run in her family, Malikah carefully monitors her health. She walks 30 minutes each day in a nearby park and is thinking about taking up jogging again, which she used to do in high school. She’s careful about what she eats, too, avoiding salt, eating salads, swapping out soda for water, and making smoothies with cantaloupe, mango, spinach and kale. Despite all of the challenges she faced, Malikah continued to pursue her dream of one day becoming a case manager or behavioral specialist. Using her training and education benefits, she graduated last June with honors and a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from the New York City College of Technology. Meanwhile, Malikah continues to enjoy helping those she cares for live healthy, productive lives. She admits it was a struggle to overcome her physical and emotional hurdles, but she says with a smile, “Nothing can stop you from being who you are destined to be. Especially with your 1199SEIU benefits!”

WHAT DO YOUR BENEFITS MEAN TO YOU? You count on your health benefits to support you in your efforts to stay healthy, whether it’s by getting regular checkups, keeping a chronic condition under control or just improving your lifestyle in general. But has there ever been a time when your health coverage literally saved your life or the life of a loved one? If so, we’d like to hear from you. To share your story with your fellow members in an upcoming issue of For Your Benefit, please contact the Funds at Communications@1199Funds.org.

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Financial Wellness

Boost Your Financial Health this Spring Worrying about money can affect your mental and physical health. That’s why your Benefit Fund offers “Take Charge of Your Finances,” the popular online series designed specifically for 1199SEIU members. When you register, you’ll get access to online presentations led by financial expert Ryan C. Mack. For your convenience, all classes will now be held on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. Sign up today at www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/TakeCharge.

New for Your Kids: "World of Money” Give your kids a head start learning about money and their finances by signing them up for the World of Money (WOM), a new benefit offered in partnership with the Benefit Funds’ Financial Wellness Program and the Child Care Corporation. The program offers self-guided online courses that provide children age 15 through 17 with a financial education that lets them learn at their own pace. For more information, visit www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/financial-wellness/kids/.

Spring Schedule May 11:

The Importance of Credit: How to Use it, Not Abuse It

May 25:

Recovering from Financial Hardship

June 8:

Working Toward Retirement, Part 1: Building Your Nest Egg

June 29:

Working Toward Retirement, Part 2: Understanding Investments and Financial Terminology

July 13:

Growing Your Money

**NEW!**

Thinking about Retiring? Start with a Pension Estimate A pension estimate gives you an idea of what you can expect your monthly pension payments to be when you retire. Just log in to MyAccount at www.My1199Benefits.org. For more information about retirement, contact Retiree Services at (646) 473-8666.

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Membership Advantages

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Attention, Bronx Members: New Fitness Options Where You Live or Work!

I would recommend the program 100 percent—it provides you with someone who will help you every step of the way!

SBH Health System is offering 1199SEIU members discounted gym membership at its Healthplex Fitness Center at 4507 Third Avenue. For more information, call (718) 960-3730.

MyAccount Makes Accessing Your Benefits Easy Nearly 200,000 of you enjoy having your benefit information at your fingertips through MyAccount, the convenient, easy-to-use resource that allows you to submit and view claims, update your personal information and more—anytime, anywhere. MyAccount can help you: • • • • • • • • • • •

Update personal information Request a new Health Benefits ID card Enroll your eligible dependents Find out the status of a claim Coordinate your spouse’s benefits View Explanation of Benefits statements (EOBs) Enroll in our Prenatal Program Request a pension estimate Apply for your pension Register for benefits offered by the 1199SEIU Child Care Funds Access benefits offered by the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds If you haven’t created an account yet, visit www.My1199Benefits.org today.

Teve Guerra Secretary, Maimonides Medical Center Originally from Estonia, Teve became a U.S. citizen in 2021.

For information on the 1199SEIU Citizenship Program, visit www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/citizenship, call (646) 473-8915 or email 1199SEIUCitizenship.Program@1199Funds.org The 1199SEIU Citizenship Program is jointly administered by the 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds and the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds.

Test-Drive Our Updated Website! Now it’s easier than ever to find what you’re looking for on our website—and we are continually adding more resources for you. Here’s some of what you’ll see: • • •

Easy-to-read, eye-catching pages A searchable “Forms for Members” page at www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/forms Access to more online webinars and videos through the Benefits Channel Visit www.1199SEIUBenefits.org, and tell us what you think.

Check Out Our Improved Provider Directory We’ve updated our Provider Directory to make it easier for you to find a participating provider when you need one, for care in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. New features include: • A modern, mobile-friendly look that’s simple to use, no matter what device you’re using • Google Maps, so you can easily find a provider near where you live or work • Expanded search categories, including gender, language spoken and weekend/ nighttime availability. Visit findadoc.1199SEIUBenefits.org.

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Training Benefits

Members’ Voices TEF's programs were amazing! They helped me upgrade my position. I am now earning more money and can provide a better future for my family.

Training and Employment Funds Help You Advance Your Healthcare Career The Training and Employment Funds (TEF) offer a variety of programs that provide you with the skills you need to further your education and keep your career path on track.

Prep Academy Prep Academy prepares you to return to school at various levels of education, including high school and college. Classes focus on reading comprehension, essay writing, math and science.

College Prep College Prep (the highest level of Prep Academy) prepares you to perform college-level work by attending classes on how to take college entrance exams or by completing three-credit math and English courses at various City University of New York campuses.

Health Careers College Core Curriculum (HC4) Program

Clarelle Karaha, a Certified Nursing Assistant at Brookhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Clarelle enrolled in Prep Academy, passed the licensed practical nurse (LPN) licensing exam and now works at Brookhaven as an LPN.

After two unsuccessful attempts at getting my BSN, TEF helped guide me to a program that finally worked for me. Not only was I able to get my BSN, but I now also have a master's degree! Lamin Jabang, RN Case Manager at Montefiore Medical Center. Lamin was an RN with an associate’s degree before he received his BSN in 2020 and then a master’s degree in case management.

The Health Careers College Core Curriculum (HC4) Program is a supported program for adult learners with little or no experience in higher education who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in various allied health fields. The HC4 Program works with college partners to enable you to take “core” prerequisite courses required to complete your degree.

Nursing Degree Programs TEF provides case management, academic advising and support for members enrolled in registered nurse (RN) degree programs, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing programs, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs (including RN to BSN), and Master of Science in Nursing programs (including for nurse practitioner and other advanced nursing degrees). Financial assistance is available.

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For more information, including how to register, call (844) 833-1199 or email Training@1199Funds.org.


Child and Youth Benefits

A Change in Leadership at CCF and CCC V

ivian Fox, Executive Director of the 1199SEIU Child Care Funds (CCF) and President of the 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation (CCC) has retired, following 16 years of leadership and support for you, our members, and your children. Through her commitment to helping ensure quality child-care opportunities and benefit programs,Vivian modeled selfless service that has helped shape the academic and professional futures of generations of young people.

Vivian modeled selfless service that has helped shape the academic and professional futures of generations of young people.

While we say a fond farewell to Vivian, we are happy to welcome Rossmery Dais, MPA, as the new Executive Director of CCF and CCC President. Rossmery comes to her new role as an accomplished champion of children and families through her work in the nonprofit world for nearly 20 years. Working with CCF and CCC since 2008, she most recently served as Deputy Executive Director, overseeing programs and services provided to over 20,000 families annually. She also served as Co-director of the 1199SEIU/City of New York Education, Child and Eldercare Fund.

Rossmery comes to her new role as an accomplished champion of children and families through her work in the nonprofit world for nearly 20 years.

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ossmery’s familiarity with CCF and CCC benefit programs and services has made for a seamless transition, and her passion for supporting you and your children will be invaluable as she continues to strengthen the solid foundation Vivian built.

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PRIMAVERA 2022

Para Su Beneficio

CONTENIDOS BENEFICIOS DE SALUD

27 MyAccount Facilita el Acceso a Sus Beneficios

18 Mensaje del Dr. Van H. Dunn, Director Médico Ejecutivo

27 Instantánea del Programa de Ciudadanía

19 El Conocimiento es Poder: Conozca sus Valores y Proteja Su Salud 19 Obtenga Ayuda, o Ayude a Otros, con la Orientación entre Pares 20 Su Salud Mental es Importante

27 ¡Pruebe Nuestro Sitio Web Actualizado! 27 Conozca Nuestro Directorio de Proveedores Mejorado BENEFICIOS DE LA CAPACITACIÓN 28 Los Fondos de Capacitación y Empleo le Ayudan a Ascender en la Carrera de Enfermería

22 Más que una Etapa: Cómo Ayudar a los Niños a Seguir Adelante

BENEFICIOS PARA NIÑOS Y JÓVENES

VIDA SALUDABLE

29 Programa De Campamento de Estadía Anne Shore: ¡Cree Recuerdos Que Duren Toda La Vida!

23 Descubra los Secretos para Tener una Larga Vida en Nuestro Taller de Bienestar en Línea 23 ¡Ay, Bebe! Prepárese para El Parto PERFIL DEL MIEMBRO 24 Malikah Weston Malikah Weston se amparó en sus beneficios de salud para ayudarla a lidiar con la ansiedad durante la pandemia, y sobrevivir a un tumor cerebral. BIENESTAR FINANCIERO 26 Mejore Su Salud Financiera esta Primavera 26 Novedades para Sus Hijos: “El Mundo del Dinero” 26 ¿Piensa en Jubilarse? Comience con un Cálculo de la Pensión VENTAJAS DE LA MEMBRESÍA 27 Atención a los Miembros del Bronx: ¡Nuevas Opciones de Acondicionamiento Físico donde Vive o Trabaja!

Únase a los Compañeros Miembros en Facebook e Instagram Nuestra página de Facebook y cuenta de Instagram de nuestros Fondos de Beneficios y Pensiones de 1199SEIU están ayudando a miles de miembros a mantenerse al día con las últimas noticias sobre beneficios y pensiones, talleres en línea, noticias de bienestar y más. Si usted todavía no es uno de ellos, simplemente visite www.Facebook.com/1199SEIUBenefitFunds y haga clic en “Me gusta”. En Instagram, síganos en @1199SEIUBenefitFunds. También asegúrese de consultar nuestras páginas de los Fondos de Cuidado Infantil y de Capacitación y Empleo.

El Fondo Nacional de Beneficios considera que es un “plan de salud de derechos adquiridos” en virtud de lo estipulado en la Ley de Medidas de Protección del Paciente y Cuidado de Bajo Costo (la “Ley de Cuidado de Bajo Costo”). Un plan de salud de derechos adquiridos puede preservar cierta cobertura médica básica que ya se encontraba en efecto cuando se aprobó esa ley en 2010. Dicho plan no puede incluir determinadas protecciones al consumidor señaladas en la Ley de Cuidado de Bajo Costo que se aplican a otros planes, por ejemplo, el requisito de un proceso de revisión externa para las apelaciones de las reclamaciones. Sin embargo, los planes de salud de derechos adquiridos deben cumplir con otras protecciones para el consumidor establecidas en la Ley de Cuidado de Bajo Costo, por ejemplo, la eliminación de los límites de por vida de los beneficios. El plan de Salario de Clase III no es un plan de salud de derechos adquiridos. Si tiene preguntas acerca de cuáles protecciones se aplican a un plan de salud de derechos adquiridos y cuáles no, puede comunicarse con el administrador del plan al (646) 473-9200. También puede comunicarse con la Administración para la Seguridad de los Beneficios del Empleado del Departamento de Trabajo de los EE. UU. por teléfono al (866) 444-3272 o visitando el sitio web www.dol.gov/agencies/ebsa/es/ about-ebsa/ask-a-question/hace-una-pregunta. Allí, encontrará una tabla en la que se resumen cuáles protecciones se aplican a los planes de salud de derechos adquiridos y cuáles no.

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Carta de la Directora Ejecutiva Estimados miembros de 1199SEIU: ¡Se acerca la primavera! Espero que les dé un respiro, tiempo para concentrarse en ustedes mismos, por un momento. Se lo merecen después de haber dado todo en la primera línea de atención médica. Esta edición de For Your Benefit está diseñada para ayudarlos, con recursos y consejos para su bienestar físico, mental y financiero. Nuestro director médico ejecutivo, el Dr.Van H. Dunn, tiene información importante para compartir sobre las mejores formas de controlarse y mantenerse al día. Cuando la situación se vuelva abrumadora para ustedes o sus seres queridos, deben saber que estamos ampliando la variedad de recursos de salud mental disponibles para ayudarles. Cuidar de su bienestar emocional es tan importante para su salud física como para su salud mental. Todos podemos experimentar estrés, ansiedad o depresión en diferentes momentos de nuestras vidas, y en la comunidad médica hay mucha evidencia que indica que estos pueden provocar infartos, accidentes cerebrovasculares, afecciones crónicas e, incluso, la muerte.

El estrés aumenta el riesgo de tener diversas afecciones crónicas y otras afecciones de salud, que incluyen enfermedad cardíaca, ataque cardíaco, presión arterial alta y accidente cerebrovascular. Mayo Clinic

¡Se acerca la primavera! Espero que les dé un respiro, tiempo para concentrarse en ustedes mismos, por un momento. Se lo merecen después de haber dado todo en la primera línea de atención médica.

Este número incluye algunas pautas para comprender cuándo es necesario recibir ayuda y qué recursos están disponibles. Les recomiendo que se comuniquen y obtengan apoyo cuando lo necesiten. Además, escucharán a la miembro Malikah Weston, quien comparte su relato inspirador sobre cómo sobrellevó la pandemia y sobrevivió a una importante crisis de salud. Además, encontrarán consejos para mantenerse informados sobre los exámenes médicos y las medidas que pueden ayudarles a prevenir o controlar enfermedades

crónicas frecuentes.Y debido a que mantenerse saludables también depende de su bienestar financiero, ofrecemos novedades sobre los próximos seminarios web que pueden ayudarles a administrar mejor su dinero. Por último, me gustaría reconocer una transición importante dentro de la Familia de Fondos.Vivian Fox se jubiló después de 16 años de liderazgo sin precedentes como directora ejecutiva de los Fondos de Cuidado Infantil y presidenta de la Corporación de Cuidado Infantil de 1199SEIU. La extrañaremos mucho y nos reconforta que deje los fondos en las manos expertas de Rossmery Dais, quien recientemente fue directora ejecutiva adjunta. ¡Únanse a mí para agradecerle a la Sra. Fox por sus años de liderazgo y para darle la bienvenida a la Sra. Dais a su nuevo cargo! Atentamente.

Donna Rey, Doctora en Educación Directora Ejecutiva y Funcionaria Ejecutiva Principal (CEO) Fondos de Beneficios y Pensiones de 1199SEIU

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Beneficios de Salud

Un Mensaje del

Dr. Van H. Dunn

Alivio del Estrés

DIRECTOR MÉDICO EJECUTIVO Estos últimos años han sido difíciles y han afectado la salud física y emocional de todos nosotros. Para los trabajadores de la salud y sus familias, ha sido especialmente complicado. Ahora que hemos dejado atrás la hostilidad del invierno y recibido el sol de la primavera, es hora de renovar, poco a poco, nuestro compromiso con nuestro bienestar físico y emocional.

Proteja Su Salud Física

La detección temprana de afecciones ocultas puede ayudarle a vivir una

Durante la pandemia de la COVID-19, mientras que una gran cantidad de personas se vacunó contra el virus, muchas no recibieron las vacunas de rutina, como VIDA MÁS las de la gripe, el virus del papiloma humano (VPH), la triple viral (sarampión, paperas y rubéola) y la hepatitis, PROLONGADA Y ni se hicieron los exámenes médicos de detección de SALUDABLE cáncer que salvan vidas. Por lo tanto, si no ha visitado el consultorio de su médico durante un tiempo, hágalo y programe esa cita. Incluso si se siente muy bien, podría padecer afecciones ocultas que su médico debería detectar. La detección temprana de estas afecciones puede mantenerle saludable y ayudarle a vivir una vida más prolongada. Por eso es importante tener un médico en el que pueda confiar, que le escuche y con el que se sienta a gusto hablando. Las relaciones importan, y usted también. Si necesita buscar un médico, visite findadoc.1199SEIUBenefits.org.

Pruebe ejercicios de respiración profunda, meditación o yoga.

Disfrute de la luz del día y el sol adicionales al aire libre dando un paseo.

Vuelva a reencontrarse personalmente con amigos y familiares.

Proteja Su Salud Emocional Muchos de nosotros hemos sufrido mayores niveles de estrés durante la pandemia. Una encuesta nacional de Disminuir el estrés y abril de 2021 de Kaiser Family Foundation y Washington la ansiedad puede Post reveló que casi dos tercios de los trabajadores REDUCIR LAS de atención médica de primera línea informaron AFECCIONES que la preocupación que generó la pandemia afectó negativamente su salud mental. Algo tan simple como CRÓNICAS respirar puede ayudar a reducir el estrés. Reducir el estrés y la ansiedad puede disminuir el riesgo de padecer presión arterial alta, obesidad, malestar gastrointestinal y otras afecciones crónicas. Entonces, comience a respirar profundamente, y si desea hablar con alguien, puede comunicarse con nuestros trabajadores sociales del Programa de Bienestar y Asistencia a los Miembros para que le ayuden a encontrar un terapeuta, o bien puede ir directamente a Teladoc o a nuestra red para encontrar uno. Si necesita encontrar un terapeuta, visite findadoc.1199SEIUBenefits.org. o www.Teladoc.com

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No lo haga solo: hable con un terapeuta, psicólogo o psiquiatra.

Para obtener más información sobre cómo mejorar su bienestar emocional, consulte “Su salud mental es importante”, en la página 20.


Beneficios de Salud

Obtenga Ayuda, o Ayude a Otros, con la Orientación entre Pares

El Conocimiento es Poder: Conozca sus Valores y Proteja Su Salud Es simple: los exámenes médicos preventivos salvan vidas. Conocer sus estadísticas de salud, como

la presión arterial, el colesterol y el azúcar en sangre, y compararlas con las pautas de salud, puede ayudarle a controlar mejor las afecciones actuales y alertarle sobre cualquier problema que pueda avecinarse. Use la tabla para tener una referencia rápida de los rangos saludables, y asegúrese de estar al día con los exámenes médicos y los controles recomendados con su proveedor de atención primaria.

Los programas de orientación entre pares de los Fondos de Beneficios, administrados por InquisitHealth, conectan a los miembros que desean recibir apoyo para mantener bajo control la diabetes tipo 2 o la hipertensión de alguien como ellos que controla con éxito su afección. Los mentores capacitan por teléfono, recordatorios por mensajes de texto y controles, y pueden ganar hasta $16 por hora. Si está interesado, piense en postularse y ayudar a un compañero unas horas adicionales a la semana.

¿Le Interesa Recibir Apoyo de un Mentor? • •

Los miembros con niveles de A1C superiores al 8 por ciento son elegibles para participar en el Programa para Combatir la Diabetes. Los miembros con lecturas de presión arterial superiores a 140/90 son elegibles para participar en el Programa para Combatir la Hipertensión. Debe tener una computadora con acceso a Internet.

Para obtener más información o averiguar si es elegible para recibir orientación, llame al Programa de Bienestar y Asistencia a los Miembros al (646) 473-6900.

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Los miembros con niveles de A1C por debajo del 8 por ciento son elegibles para el Programa para Combatir la Diabetes. Los miembros con lecturas de presión arterial por debajo de 140/90 son elegibles para el Programa para Combatir la Hipertensión. Debe ser bilingüe en inglés y español, mandarín, cantonés, criollo o ruso. Debe tener una computadora con acceso a Internet. Para averiguar si es elegible para ser mentor de pares, complete uno o ambos formularios a continuación.

Formulario de solicitud de mentores de pares para combatir la diabetes 1199SEIUBenefits.org/diabetes Formulario de solicitud de mentores de pares para combatir la hipertensión 1199SEIUBenefits.org/hypertension

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Su Salud Mental es Importante Es posible que finalmente estemos dando un paso definitivo sobre la pandemia de la COVID-19, pero el impacto en nuestra salud mental y emocional persiste. Muchos trabajadores de atención médica de primera línea siguen combatiendo el estrés, la depresión y el agotamiento. Si le suena familiar, esto es lo que necesita saber para cuidarse.

Qué Debe Controlar Cambios de humor notables, de la excitación a la depresión y viceversa. Dificultad para concentrarse. Inquietud y fatiga. Sentimientos prolongados de tristeza, preocupación o nerviosismo. Malos hábitos de sueño y alimentación. Evitar amigos o actividades sociales que solía disfrutar. Consumo excesivo de sustancias, como drogas y alcohol. Pensamientos suicidas.

Cuándo Pedir Ayuda Está bien no estar bien... excepto cuando no lo está. No es necesario estar en crisis antes de pedir ayuda. Si alguno de los síntomas anteriores está afectando su vida diaria, comunicarse con un profesional de la salud es el primer paso hacia un plan de tratamiento que puede ayudarle a sentirse mejor.

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Encuentre el Apoyo que Necesita Cuando tiene dificultades, intentar buscar ayuda puede sentirse como otra tarea para incorporar a su lista de quehaceres. Si no tiene ninguna emergencia de salud mental, su médico primario puede ser un buen lugar para comenzar. Su médico no solo puede abordar cualquier síntoma físico, sino que también puede ponerle en contacto con un consejero, terapeuta o psiquiatra. Puede verificar si están en nuestra red en findadoc.1199SEIUBenefits.org. El equipo de consejeros y trabajadores sociales capacitados de nuestro Programa de Bienestar y Asistencia a los Miembros también puede ayudarlos a usted y a sus

dependientes elegibles a encontrar apoyo relacionado con la salud mental. Toda la información que se comparta es confidencial y hay opciones multilingües disponibles. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con el Programa de Bienestar y Asistencia a los Miembros al (646) 473-6900. También puede dirigirse directamente a Teladoc.com para consultar los perfiles de especialistas en salud conductual, como psiquiatras, psicólogos, trabajadores sociales y otros profesionales de salud mental para programar una cita por video o teléfono. También puede llamarlos al (800) TELADOC (835-2362).

Hay muchas formas de abordar el bienestar. Reír, ingerir buenas comidas que incluyan frutas y verduras, pasar tiempo en la naturaleza y hacer ejercicio, como bailar, son actividades muy importantes. La terapia grupal, la psicoterapia individual y, en ciertos casos, la medicación, también pueden desempeñar un papel vital en la preservación del bienestar.

Karinn Glover, MD, MPH Asistente de Psiquiatría para Pacientes Ambulatorios Adultos en Montefiore; Profesora Asistente de Psiquiatría y Ciencias del Comportamiento, Escuela de Medicina Albert Einstein PHOTO: OREN SIDDO

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Más que una Etapa: Cómo Ayudar a los Niños a Seguir Adelante Se estima que 1 de cada 5 niños experimenta un problema de salud mental cada año, y con los cambios drásticos en la escuela, las actividades sociales y las rutinas a causa de la pandemia, más que nunca sufren problemas de salud mental. Si usted es un padre o una madre que siente preocupación por el bienestar emocional de su hijo, hay ayuda y hay esperanza. Comuníquese con un profesional de salud mental con el que pueda hablar a fin de obtener apoyo y asistencia para ayudar a su hijo.

Qué Debe Controlar

Si usted es un padre o una madre que siente preocupación por el bienestar emocional de su hijo, hay ayuda y hay esperanza.

Muchos niños no se sienten cómodos hablando de sus sentimientos, especialmente con sus padres, por lo que la mayoría de los síntomas de los problemas de salud mental se presentan como comportamientos nuevos o modificados. Estas son algunas señales de alerta frecuentes: Preocupación o ansiedad excesivas Cambios en el desempeño escolar Pesadillas frecuentes Incumplimiento de las normas y comportamiento agresivo Falta de interés por los amigos y las actividades sociales Cambios de humor extremos

¿Lo Sabía? La salud mental no solo involucra la cabeza. Los estudios muestran que el estrés, la ansiedad y la depresión pueden afectar su sistema inmunitario y perjudicar la salud cardíaca a largo plazo. El estrés no tratado puede aumentar su riesgo de padecer hipertensión, infartos o accidentes cerebrovasculares.

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Cómo Obtener Ayuda para Su Hijo Concrete una cita con su médico primario o profesional de salud mental lo antes posible. Pueden ayudarle a explorar los próximos pasos, que podrían incluir sesiones de terapia o medicamentos. Si su hijo representa un peligro para sí mismo o para los demás, obtenga tratamiento de emergencia de manera inmediata. Puede comunicarse al (646) 473-6900 para hablar con uno de los trabajadores sociales de nuestro Programa de Bienestar y Asistencia a los Miembros y obtener asistencia adicional.

Recursos Adicionales • • • • • • • •

Alianza Nacional sobre Enfermedades Mentales: www.nami.org Instituto Nacional de Salud Mental: www.nimh.nih.gov Mental Health for All: mentalhealthforall.nyc.gov Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: suicidepreventionlifeline.org; (800) 273-TALK (8255) Instituto Nacional de Salud y Disparidades Sanitarias de las Minorías: www.NIMHD.NIH.gov The Steve Fund: www.SteveFund.org Sociedad para la Salud y la Medicina Adolescente: www.AdolescentHealth.org The Jed Foundation: www.JedFoundation.org


Vida Saludable

Descubra los Secretos para Tener una Larga Vida en Nuestro Taller de Bienestar en Línea

¡Ay, Bebe! Prepárese para El Parto Participe en el próximo taller prenatal en línea* de nuestro Departamento de Bienestar el sábado 4 de junio y obtenga información sobre cómo mantenerse saludable durante el embarazo y después del nacimiento de su bebé. También obtendrá información sobre cómo prepararse para la fecha de parto, y qué esperar durante el trabajo de parto y el parto. Independientemente de que espere su primer, segundo o tercer hijo, no debe perder esta oportunidad de aprender cómo tener un embarazo saludable con menos complicaciones. Como siempre, ¡las parejas son bienvenidas!

¿Quiere aprender a mantenerse mentalmente ágil, físicamente activo e independiente a medida que envejece? Sintonice el taller en línea de nuestro Departamento de Bienestar* en el Canal de Beneficios en www.1199SEIUBenefits. org/videos. La educadora en salud y nutricionista Andrea Martinez analiza lo que se puede aprender de los hábitos de vida de las personas en los países con mayor esperanza de vida. También dirige una demostración culinaria que le permitirá comenzar a desarrollar hábitos saludables en su propia cocina.

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Visite nuestro sitio web

saludable” y “El parto y más”

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Wellness@1199Funds.org con su nombre y dirección de correo electrónico

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Malikah Weston Malikah Weston se amparó en sus beneficios de salud para ayudarla a lidiar con la ansiedad durante la pandemia, y sobrevivir a un tumor cerebral. Como consejera de Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, Malikah Weston ha atendido a personas con discapacidades del desarrollo durante más de 10 años. “Me encanta lo que hago, y saber que las personas que amo podrán lograr más”, explica. Y cuando ella necesitó ayuda, supo que podía confiar en la cobertura de salud de su Fondo de Beneficios.

Me encanta lo que hago, y saber que las personas que amo podrán lograr más.

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La Lucha Durante la Pandemia En el punto crítico de la pandemia de la COVID-19, Malikah comenzó a sufrir ansiedad y ataques de pánico nocturnos que le dificultaban dormir o respirar. “Todo estaba cambiando tan rápido”, comenta. “Era muy difícil comprender exactamente lo que estaba ocurriendo, o incluso solo encontrar equipo de protección personal”. Poco tiempo después, perdió a su hermano, con quien había sido muy unida, lo que profundizó su angustia. Malikah sabía que necesitaba ayuda y comenzó sesiones de terapia (primero de manera virtual a través de Teladoc y luego en persona) que la ayudaron a sobrellevar y acabar con los ataques de ansiedad. Luego, a menos de dos meses del nacimiento de su hija Serenity la primavera pasada, a Malikah le diagnosticaron un tumor cerebral. Los médicos le dijeron que necesitaba cirugía de inmediato o perdería la visión en al menos un ojo, y que la situación podría poner en peligro su vida. “Estaba tan asustada”, recuerda Malikah. “Pudo haber sido mortal, pero mi recuperación fue maravillosa. Sorprendí a todos al regresar tan rápido al trabajo. ¡Estoy sumamente agradecida por mis beneficios!”.

Nada puede impedir que sea quien está destinado a ser. ¡En especial con sus beneficios de 1199SEIU!

Cuidarse a Sí Misma para Poder Cuidar a los Demás Debido a que la diabetes y la presión arterial alta son hereditarias en su familia, Malikah controla de cerca su salud. Camina 30 minutos todos los días en un parque cercano y está analizando volver a trotar, lo cual solía hacer en la escuela secundaria. También es cuidadosa con lo que come: evita la sal, come ensaladas, cambia las gaseosas por agua y prepara batidos con melón cantalupo, mango, espinaca y col rizada. A pesar de todas las dificultas a las que se enfrentó, Malikah continuó persiguiendo su sueño de algún día convertirse en administradora de casos o especialista en comportamiento. A través de sus beneficios de capacitación y formación, el junio pasado se graduó con honores y obtuvo una licenciatura en Servicios Humanos de la Universidad de Tecnología de la Ciudad de Nueva York. Mientras tanto, Malikah sigue disfrutando de ayudar a que sus seres queridos tengan vidas saludables y productivas. Admite que fue difícil superar sus obstáculos físicos y emocionales, pero comenta con una sonrisa: “Nada puede impedir que sea quien está destinado a ser. ¡En especial con sus beneficios de 1199SEIU!”.

¿QUÉ SIGNIFICAN SUS BENEFICIOS PARA USTED? Usted cuenta con beneficios de salud para ayudarlo en sus esfuerzos por mantenerse saludable, ya sea mediante controles regulares, al mantener bajo control una condición crónica o simplemente al mejorar su estilo de vida en general. Pero, ¿ha habido un momento en que su cobertura de salud literalmente salvó su vida o la de un ser querido? Si es así, nos gustaría saber su opinión. Para compartir su historia con otros miembros en un número futuro de Para su Beneficio, contacte al Fondos en: Communications@1199Funds. org.

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Bienestar Financiero

Mejore Su Salud Financiera esta Primavera Preocuparse por el dinero puede afectar su salud física y mental. Es por eso que su Fondo de Beneficios ofrece la famosa serie en línea “Tome el control de sus finanzas”, diseñada específicamente para miembros de 1199SEIU. Cuando se registre, obtendrá acceso a presentaciones en línea dirigidas por el experto en finanzas Ryan C. Mack. Para su comodidad, ahora todas las clases se dictarán los miércoles a las 6:00 pm.

Programa de Primavera 11 de mayo:

La importancia del crédito: Cómo usarlo y no abusar de él

25 de mayo:

Recuperarse de una dificultad económica

Inscríbanse hoy en www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/TakeCharge.

8 de junio:

Trabajar para obtener la jubilación, parte 1: Cómo ahorrar

Novedades para Sus Hijos: “El Mundo del Dinero”

29 de junio:

Trabajar para obtener la jubilación, parte 2: Comprender las inversiones y la terminología financiera

13 de julio:

Cómo incrementar los ingresos **¡NUEVO!**

Ofrézcales a sus hijos una ventaja para aprender sobre el dinero y sus finanzas inscribiéndolos en El Mundo del Dinero (World of Money, WOM, por sus siglas en inglés), un nuevo beneficio que se ofrece en asociación con el Programa de Bienestar Financiero del Fondo de Beneficios y la Corporación de Cuidado Infantil. El programa ofrece cursos en línea autoguiados que proporcionan a los adolescentes de 15 a 17 años una educación financiera que les permite aprender a su propio ritmo. Para obtener más información, visite www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/financial-wellness/kids/.

¿Piensa en Jubilarse? Comience con un Cálculo de la Pensión Una estimación de la pensión le da una idea de lo que puede esperar que sean sus pagos mensuales cuando se jubile. Inicie sesión en MyAccount en www.My1199Benefits.org. Para obtener más información sobre la jubilación, comuníquese con Servicios para Jubilados al (646) 473-8666.

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Ventajas de la Membresía nea Instantá a de ram del Prog nía Ciudada

Atención a los Miembros del Bronx: ¡Nuevas Opciones de Acondicionamiento Físico donde Vive o Trabaja!

Recomendaría el programa al 100%: ¡le ofrece a alguien que le ayudará en cada paso del camino!

SBH Health System ofrece membresía de gimnasios con descuento a los miembros de 1199SEIU en su centro de acondicionamiento físico Healthplex en 4507 Third Avenue. Si desea obtener más información, llame al (718) 960-3730.

MyAccount Facilita el Acceso a Sus Beneficios Casi 200,000 de ustedes disfrutan de tener la información de sus beneficios al alcance de la mano a través de MyAccount, el recurso práctico y fácil de usar que les permite enviar y ver reclamaciones, actualizar su información personal y más, en cualquier momento y en cualquier lugar. MyAccount puede ayudarle con lo siguiente: • Actualizar información personal • Solicitar una nueva tarjeta de identificación de beneficios de salud • Inscribir a sus dependientes elegibles • Averiguar el estado de una reclamación • Coordinar los beneficios de su cónyuge • Consultar los estados de cuenta de su Explicación de Beneficios (Explanation of Benefits, EOB, por sus siglas en inglés) • Inscribirse en nuestro Programa Prenatal • Solicitar un cálculo de la pensión • Solicitar su pensión • Inscribirse para obtener los beneficios ofrecidos por los Fondos de Cuidado Infantil de 1199SEIU • Acceder a los beneficios ofrecidos por los Fondos de Capacitación y Empleo de 1199SEIU Si todavía no creó una cuenta, visite hoy www.My1199Benefits.org.

Teve Guerra Secretaria, Maimonides Medical Center Oriunda de Estonia, Teve se convirtió en ciudadana estadounidense en 2021.

Para obtener información sobre el Programa de Ciudadanía de 1199SEIU, visite www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/citizenship, llame al (646) 473-8915 o envíe un correo electrónico a 1199SEIUCitizenship.Program@1199Funds.org El Programa de Ciudadanía de 1199SEIU es administrado conjuntamente por los Fondos de Beneficios y Pensiones de 1199SEIU y los Fondos de Empleo y Capacitación de 1199SEIU.

¡Pruebe Nuestro Sitio Web Actualizado! Ahora es más fácil que nunca encontrar lo que busca en nuestro sitio web, y agregamos permanentemente más recursos para usted. Le adelantamos un poco lo que verá: • • •

Páginas llamativas y fáciles de leer Una página de búsqueda de “Formularios para miembros” ent www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/forms Acceso a más seminarios web y videos en línea a través del Benefits Channel Visite www.1199SEIUBenefits.org, y cuéntenos qué opina.

Conozca Nuestro Directorio de Proveedores Mejorado Hemos actualizado nuestro Directorio de Proveedores para que le sea más fácil encontrar un proveedor participante cuando lo necesite, para obtener atención en la ciudad de Nueva York, Long Island y Westchester. Las nuevas funciones incluyen lo siguiente: • Una imagen moderna y compatible con dispositivos móviles que es fácil de usar, sin importar qué dispositivo utilice. • Google Maps, para que pueda encontrar fácilmente un proveedor cerca de donde vive o trabaja. • Categorías de búsqueda ampliadas, que incluyen género, idioma hablado y disponibilidad los fines de semana/por la noche. Visite findadoc.1199SEIUBenefits.org.

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Beneficios de la Capacitación

La Opinión de los Miembros

Los Fondos de Capacitación y Empleo le Ayudan a Avanzar en Su Carrera de Atención Médica Los Fondos de Capacitación y Empleo (Training and Employment Funds, TEF, por sus siglas en inglés) ofrecen una variedad de programas que le brindan las habilidades que necesita para continuar su formación y mantener encaminada su carrera profesional.

Academia de Preparación La Academia de Preparación le ofrece formación para regresar a la escuela en varios niveles de educación, incluida la escuela secundaria y la universidad. Las clases se centran en la comprensión lectora, redacción de ensayos, matemáticas y ciencias.

Preparación Universitaria La Preparación Universitaria (el nivel más alto de la Academia de Preparación) le capacita para realizar trabajos de nivel universitario al asistir a clases sobre cómo tomar los exámenes de ingreso a la universidad o al completar cursos de matemáticas e inglés de tres créditos en diversos campus de la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

Programa del Plan de Estudios Universitario de Carreras del Área de la Salud (HC4) El Programa del plan de estudios universitario de carreras del área de la salud (Health Careers College Core Curriculum, HC4, por sus siglas en inglés) es un programa respaldado para estudiantes adultos con poca o ninguna experiencia en educación superior que buscan títulos universitarios en diversas áreas relacionadas con la salud. El Programa HC4 trabaja con socios universitarios para permitirle realizar cursos de requisitos previos “básicos” necesarios para obtener su título.

¡Los programas de los TEF fueron increíbles! Me ayudaron a mejorar mi cargo. Ahora gano más dinero y puedo brindarle un mejor futuro a mi familia. Clarelle Karaha, asistente de enfermería certificada en Brookhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Clarelle se inscribió en la Academia de Preparación, aprobó el examen de acreditación de enfermero practicante con licencia (licensed practical nurse, LPN, por sus siglas en inglés) y ahora trabaja en Brookhaven como LPN.

Después de dos intentos fallidos para obtener mi BSN, los TEF me ayudaron a orientarme a un programa que finalmente funcionó para mí. ¡No solo pude obtener mi BSN, sino que ahora también tengo una maestría! Lamin Jabang, , RN administrador de casos en Montefiore Medical Center. Lamin era un RN con un título de asociado antes de recibir su BSN en 2020 y luego una maestría en administración de casos.

Programas de Títulos de Enfermería Los TEF ofrecen administración de casos, asesoramiento académico y apoyo para miembros inscritos en programas de grado de enfermero registrado (registered nurse, RN, por sus siglas en inglés), asociado de ciencias aplicadas en programas de enfermería, programas de licenciatura de ciencias en enfermería (bachelor of science in nursing, BSN, por sus siglas en inglés), que incluyen desde RN hasta BSN, y maestría en ciencias en programas de enfermería (incluso para enfermeros practicantes y otros títulos avanzados de enfermería). Dispone de asistencia financiera.

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Para obtener más información, incluido cómo inscribirse, llame al (844) 833-1199 o envíe un correo electrónico a Training@1199Funds.org.


Beneficios para Niños y Jóvenes

Un Cambio de Liderazgo en los Fondos de Cuidado Infantil y la Corporación de Cuidado Infantil

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ivian Fox, directora ejecutiva de los Fondos de Cuidado Infantil (Child Care Funds, CCF, por sus siglas en inglés) y presidenta de la Corporación de Cuidado Infantil (Child Care Corporation, CCC, por sus siglas en inglés) de 1199SEIU, se jubiló después de 16 años de liderazgo y apoyo para usted, nuestros miembros y sus hijos. A través de su compromiso de ayudar a garantizar oportunidades de cuidado infantil y programas de beneficios de calidad,Vivian demostró el servicio desinteresado que ha ayudado a dar forma al futuro académico y profesional de generaciones de jóvenes.

Vivian demostró el servicio desinteresado que ha ayudado a dar forma al futuro académico y profesional de generaciones de jóvenes.

Mientras nos despedimos con cariño de Vivian, nos complace darle la bienvenida a Rossmery Dais, MPA, como nueva directora ejecutiva de CCF y presidenta de CCC. Rossmery llega a su nueva función como defensora consumada de niños y familias a través de su trabajo en el área sin fines de lucro durante casi 20 años. A través de su trabajo con CCF y CCC desde 2008, recientemente se desempeñó como directora ejecutiva adjunta, supervisando programas y servicios proporcionados a más de 20,000 familias al año. También se desempeñó como codirectora de 1199SEIU/el Fondo para la Educación, la Niñez y la Atención de los Mayores de la ciudad de Nueva York.

Rossmery llega a su nueva función como defensora consumada de niños y familias a través de su trabajo en el área sin fines de lucro durante casi 20 años.

El conocimiento que tiene Rossmery sobre los programas de beneficios y servicios de CCF y CCC ha logrado que la transición sea perfecta, y su pasión por ayudarlos a usted y a sus hijos será invaluable a medida que continúe fortaleciendo la base sólida que construyó Vivian.

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1199SEIU BENEFIT FUNDS SUMMARY OF MATERIAL MODIFICATIONS This Summary of Material Modifications describes changes that affect your welfare benefit plan and updates the Summary Plan Description (“SPD”) that was previously distributed to you. You should keep this summary with your current SPD and SBC until the changes discussed herein expire. Effective on or about January 1, 2022, the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees, 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Rochester Area Members, and 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund SBCs and SPDs shall be amended to comply with certain provisions of the No Surprises Act of the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act as follows: I.

II. III.

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Independent External Review is available to determine whether the plan’s adverse determination was correct with respect to the following types of claims: (a) medical bills for Emergency Services received from Non-Participating Providers, (b) medical bills for a Non-Participating Provider’s treatment at a Participating facility, and (c) air ambulance services by Non-Participating Providers. If this organization decides to overturn our decision, we will provide coverage or payment for your healthcare item or service. Any reference to a time limit for visiting the Emergency Department following a medical accident, injury, or onset of a serious illness shall be omitted. The following notice shall be added to each SPD: “You are protected from balance billing by a medical provider if you have an Emergency Condition and receive Emergency Services from a Non-Participating provider or facility. You are also protected from balance billing for certain services rendered by a Non-Participating Provider while receiving care at a Participating hospital or ambulatory surgical center, including emergency medicine, anesthesia, pathology, radiology, laboratory, neonatology, assistant surgeon, hospitalist or intensivist services. These providers cannot balance bill you and may not ask you to give up your protections not to be balance billed.” The following bolded underlined language shall be added to, and the strikethrough language shall be omitted from, Sections II and IX of each SPD:

SECTION II.A If you are undergoing a course of treatment or care, or are scheduled for surgery or childbirth, when your Provider stops participating with the Fund, in some cases you will be notified of the contract termination and that you are allowed up to 90 days of continued coverage from the provider or facility at in-network cost-sharing. SECTION II.B EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS ARE FOR EMERGENCIES A hospital Emergency Department should be used only in the case of a legitimate medical Emergency Condition. For Emergency Services to be covered by the Plan To be considered an Emergency, your Emergency Department visit must meet the definition of Emergency Condition (see Section IX) SECTION II. C HOSPITAL If you require services from a surgeon or an anesthesiologist, check to make sure they are a Participating Provider. Even when you go to a Participating Hospital, the doctors and anesthesiologists that provide services in the facility may not be Participating and may charge above the Benefit Fund’s allowance. In these cases, the most those providers may bill you is your in-network cost-sharing amount. This applies to emergency medicine, anesthesia, pathology, radiology, laboratory, neonatology, assistant surgeon, hospitalist, or intensivist services. It also applies to certain services provided by Non-participating providers when there is no Participating Provider at the Participating Hospital who can provide that service. These providers cannot balance bill you and may not ask you to give up your protections not to be balance billed. If you receive other services at Participating Hospitals or other Participating facilities, Non-Participating Providers cannot balance bill you unless you give written consent and give up your protections. You’re never required to give up your protections from balance billing. SECTION II. F Even when you go to a Participating Hospital or other Participating facility, the surgeons and anesthesiologists that provide services in the facility may not be Participating and may charge above the Benefit Fund’s allowance. In these cases, the most those providers may bill you is your in-network cost-

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sharing amount. This applies to emergency medicine, anesthesia, pathology, radiology, laboratory, neonatology, assistant surgeon, hospitalist, or intensivist services. These providers cannot balance bill you and may not ask you to give up your protections not to be balance billed. If you receive other services at Participating Hospitals or other Participating facilities, Non-Participating Providers cannot balance bill you unless you give written consent and give up your protections. You’re never required to give up your protections from balance billing. For the names of Participating Surgeons and Anesthesiologists in your area, call the Benefit Fund’s Member Services Department... SECTION IX – Definitions Emergency Condition “Emergency Condition” (or “Emergency”) means a medical or behavioral condition, the onset of which is sudden, that manifests itself by symptoms of sufficient severity, including severe pain, that a prudent layperson, possessing an average knowledge of medicine and health, could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in: (i) placing the health of the person afflicted with such condition in serious jeopardy, or in the case of a behavioral condition, placing the health of such person or others in serious jeopardy; (ii) serious impairment to bodily functions; (iii) serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part of such person; or (iv) serious disfigurement of such person. Emergency care includes healthcare procedures, treatments or services, including psychiatric stabilization and medical detoxification from drugs or alcohol that are provided for an Emergency Condition. Emergency Services Services provided in connection with an “Emergency Condition,” including screening and examination services provided to a member or his or her eligible dependent who requests medical treatment to determine if an Emergency Condition exists, as well as such further medical examination and treatment as may be required for stabilization. Emergency care may also include post-stabilization services provided in connection with the Emergency Services visit. Emergency care includes healthcare procedures, treatments or services, including psychiatric stabilization and medical detoxification from drugs or alcohol, that are provided for an Emergency Condition. ________________________________________________________________

This summary highlights the key changes made to the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees, the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Rochester Area Members, and 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund. Summaries of material modifications together with the Summary Plan Description make up your official plan descriptions; please keep them together and refer to them as necessary. If you would like to review the Plan Document or have any questions, please contact the Fund’s Member Services Representatives at (646) 473-9200. The 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees and 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Rochester Area Members believes they are a “grandfathered health plan” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Affordable Care Act”). A grandfathered health plan can preserve certain basic health coverage that was already in effect when that law was enacted in 2010. Being a grandfathered health plan means that this plan may not include certain consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act that apply to other plans, for example, the requirement for an external review process for claims appeals. However, grandfathered health plans must comply with certain other consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, for example, the elimination of lifetime limits on benefits. Questions regarding which protections apply and which protections do not apply to a grandfathered health plan can be directed to the Plan Administrator at (646) 473-9200. You may also contact the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor at (866) 444-3272 or www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform. This website has a table summarizing which protections do and do not apply to grandfathered health plans. The Plan Sponsors reserve the right to amend or terminate the Fund, or any part of it, at any time. If you would like to review the Plan Document or have any questions, please visit www.1199SEIUbenefits.org.


ANNUAL FUNDING NOTICE for the 1199SEIU Health Care Employees Pension Plan Introduction This notice includes important information about the funding status of your multiemployer pension plan (the “Plan”). It also includes general information about the benefit payments guaranteed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”), a federal insurance agency. All traditional pension plans, called “defined benefit pension plans,” are required by federal law to provide this notice every year, regardless of their funding status. This notice does not mean that the Plan is terminating. It is provided for informational purposes, and you are not required to respond in any way. This notice is for the plan year beginning January 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2021 (“Plan Year”). Funded Percentage The funded percentage of a plan is a measure of how well that plan is funded. This percentage is obtained by dividing the actuarial value of the plan’s assets by its liabilities on the valuation date for the plan year. In general, the higher the percentage, the betterfunded the plan. The Plan’s funded percentage for the Plan Year and each of the two preceding plan years is set forth in the chart below, along with a statement of the actuarial value of the Plan’s assets and liabilities for the same period. Valuation Date Funded Percentage Value of Assets Value of Liabilities

2021 Plan Year January 1, 2021 84.5% $13,182,462,259 $15,604,252,668

2020 Plan Year January 1, 2020 82.3% $12,292,322,894 $14,940,286,260

2019 Plan Year January 1, 2019 83.6% $11,644,315,562 $13,926,951,720

Year-end Fair Market Value of Assets The asset values in the chart above are based on actuarial values measured as of the valuation date. Actuarial values differ from market values in that they do not fluctuate daily based on changes in the stock (or other) markets. Actuarial values smooth out those fluctuations and can allow for more predictable levels of future contributions. Despite the fluctuations, market values tend to show a clearer picture of a plan’s funded status at a given point in time. The asset values in the chart below are based on market values measured on the last day of the Plan Year. The chart also includes the year-end market value of the Plan’s assets for each of the two preceding plan years.

Fair Market Value of Assets

December 31, 2021 December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019 $16,031,086,047* $14,052,062,993 $12,425,636,533

*This asset value is preliminary, and subject to confirmation when the yearly financial audit of the Plan is finalized. Participant Information The total number of participants in the Plan as of the Plan’s valuation date was 273,634. Of this number, 109,111 were active participants, 81,700 were retired or separated from service and receiving benefits, and 82,823 were retired or separated from service and entitled to future benefits. Funding and Investment Policies Every pension plan must have a procedure for establishing a funding policy to carry out the plan objectives. A funding policy relates to the level of assets needed to pay for benefits promised under the plan currently and over the years. The Plan is funded by contributions made by employers pursuant to collective bargaining agreements with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, and other written agreements. Once money is contributed to the Plan, the money is invested by Plan fiduciaries. Specific investments are made in accordance with the Plan’s investment policy. Generally speaking, an investment policy is a written statement that provides the fiduciaries, who are responsible for Plan investments, with guidelines or general instructions concerning investment management decisions. The investment policy of the Plan is to ensure the solvency of the Plan over time and to meet the Plan’s pension obligations as required. To meet this goal, the Plan has established a target allocation among asset classes and acceptable ranges around that target.

Under the Plan’s investment policy, the Plan’s assets were allocated among the following categories of investments, as of the end of the Plan Year. These allocations are percentages of total assets: Asset Allocations 1. Interest-bearing cash 2. U.S. government securities 3. Corporate debt instruments (other than employer securities): Preferred All other 4. Corporate stocks (other than employer securities): Preferred Common 5. Partnership/Joint venture interests 6. Real estate (other than employer real property) 7. Loans (other than to participants) 8. Participant loans 9. Value of interest in common/collective trusts 10. Value of interest in pooled separate accounts 11. Value of interest in master trust investment accounts 12. Value of interest in 103-12 investment entities 13. Value of interest in registered investment companies (e.g., mutual funds) 14. Value of funds held in insurance co. general account (unallocated contracts) 15. Employer-related investments: Employer securities Employer real property 16. Buildings and other property used in Plan operation 17. Other (derivatives/securities lending cash collateral + pending trades)

Percentage* 4.26% 7.03% 9.62%

0.25% 31.88% 30.48% 10.84% 5.52%

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*The asset values are preliminary, and subject to confirmation when the yearly financial audit of the Plan is finalized For information about the Plan’s investment in common/collective trusts, contact Michael Kaiser, Chief Pension Officer, at (646) 473-9200 [retirees can call (646) 473-8666], or write to: 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds, 498 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10018-0009. Critical or Endangered Status Under federal pension law, a plan generally will be considered to be in “endangered” status if, at the beginning of the plan year, the funded percentage of the plan is less than 80 percent or in “critical” status if the percentage is less than 65 percent (other factors may also apply). If a pension plan enters endangered status, the trustees of the plan are required to adopt a funding improvement plan. Similarly, if a pension plan enters critical status, the trustees of the plan are required to adopt a rehabilitation plan. Rehabilitation and funding improvement plans establish steps and benchmarks for pension plans to improve their funding status over a specified period of time. The Plan was not in endangered or critical status in the Plan Year. Right to Request a Copy of the Annual Report A pension plan is required to file with the U.S. Department of Labor an annual report (called the “Form 5500”) containing financial and other information about the plan. Copies of the annual report are available from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration’s Public Disclosure Room at 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N-1515, Washington, DC 20210, or by calling (202) 693-8673. For 2009 and subsequent plan years, you may obtain an electronic copy of the Plan’s annual report by going to www.efast.dol.gov and using the Form 5500 search function. Or you may obtain a copy of the Plan’s annual report by making a written request to the Plan administrator. The Plan’s annual report for the 2021 Plan Year will not be available until mid-October 2022. Annual reports do not contain personal information, such as the amount of your accrued benefit. You may contact your Plan administrator if you want information about your accrued benefits. Your Plan administrator is identified below under “Where to Get More Information.”

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Summary of Rules Governing Plans in Reorganization and Insolvent Plans Federal law has a number of special rules that apply to financially troubled multiemployer plans that become insolvent, either as ongoing plans or plans terminated by mass withdrawal. The Plan administrator is required by law to include a summary of these rules in the annual funding notice. A plan is insolvent for a plan year if its available financial resources are not sufficient to pay benefits when due for that plan year. An insolvent plan must reduce benefit payments to the highest level that can be paid from the plan’s available resources. If such resources are not enough to pay benefits at the level specified by law (see “Benefit Payments Guaranteed by the PBGC,” below), the plan must apply to the PBGC for financial assistance. The PBGC will loan the plan the amount necessary to pay benefits at the guaranteed level. Reduced benefits may be restored if the plan’s financial condition improves. A plan that becomes insolvent must provide prompt notice of its status to participants and beneficiaries, contributing employers, labor unions representing participants and the PBGC. In addition, participants and beneficiaries must receive information regarding whether, and how, their benefits will be reduced or affected, including loss of a lump-sum option. This information will be provided for each year the plan is insolvent. Benefit Payments Guaranteed by the PBGC The maximum benefit that the PBGC guarantees is set by law. Only vested benefits are guaranteed. Specifically, the PBGC guarantees a monthly benefit payment equal to 100 percent of the first $11 of the plan’s monthly benefit accrual rate, plus 75 percent of the next $33 of the accrual rate, multiplied by each year of credited service. The PBGC’s maximum guarantee, therefore, is $35.75 per month, multiplied by a participant’s years of credited service.

Example 1: If a participant with 10 years of credited service has an accrued monthly benefit of $500, the accrual rate for purposes of determining the PBGC guarantee would be determined by dividing the monthly benefit by the participant’s years of service ($500/10), which equals $50. The guaranteed amount for a $50 monthly accrual rate is equal to the sum of $11 plus $24.75 (.75 x $33), or $35.75. Thus, the participant’s guaranteed monthly benefit is $357.50 ($35.75 x 10).

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Example 2: If the participant in Example 1 has an accrued monthly benefit of $200, the accrual rate for purposes of determining the PBGC guarantee would be $20 (or $200/10). The guaranteed amount for a $20 monthly accrual rate is equal to the sum of $11 plus $6.75 (.75 x $9), or $17.75. Thus, the participant’s guaranteed monthly benefit would be $177.50 ($17.75 x 10). The PBGC guarantees pension benefits payable at Normal Retirement Age and some early retirement benefits. In calculating a person’s monthly payment, the PBGC will disregard any benefit increases that were made under the plan within 60 months before the earlier of the plan’s termination or insolvency (or benefits that were in effect for less than 60 months at the time of termination or insolvency). Similarly, the PBGC does not guarantee: pre-retirement death benefits to a spouse or beneficiary (e.g., a qualified pre-retirement survivor annuity) if the participant dies after the plan terminates; benefits above the normal retirement benefit; disability benefits not in pay status; or non-pension benefits, such as health insurance, life insurance, death benefits, vacation pay or severance pay. For additional information about the PBGC and the pension insurance program guarantees, go to the Multiemployer page on PBGC’s website at www.pbgc.gov/about/factsheets/page/ multi-facts. Please contact your employer or Plan administrator for specific information about your pension plan or pension benefit, as PBGC does not have that information. See “Where to Get More Information,” below. Where to Get More Information For more information about this notice, contact Michael Kaiser, Chief Pension Officer, at (646) 473-9200 [retirees can call (646) 473-8666], or write to: 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds, 498 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10018-0009. For identification purposes, the official Plan number is 001 and the Plan sponsor’s employer identification number, or “EIN,” is 13-3604862. For more information about the PBGC and benefit guarantees, go to the PBGC website, www.pbgc.gov, or call the PBGC toll-free at (800) 400-7242. TTY/TDD users may call the federal relay service toll-free at (800) 8778339, and ask to be connected to (800) 400-7242.


ANNUAL FUNDING NOTICE for the 1199SEIU Greater New York Pension Plan Introduction

Asset Allocations 1. Interest-bearing cash 2. U.S. government securities 3. Corporate debt instruments (other than employer securities): Preferred All other 4. Corporate stocks (other than employer securities): Preferred Common 5. Partnership/Joint venture interests 6. Real estate (other than employer real property) 7. Loans (other than to participants) 8. Participant loans 9. Value of interest in common/collective trusts 10. Value of interest in pooled separate accounts 11. Value of interest in master trust investment accounts 12. Value of interest in 103-12 investment entities 13. Value of interest in registered investment companies (e.g., mutual funds) 14. Value of funds held in insurance co. general account (unallocated contracts) 15. Employer-related investments: Employer securities Employer real property 16. Buildings and other property used in Plan operation 17. Other (derivatives/securities lending cash collateral + pending trades)

This notice includes important information about the funding status of your multiemployer pension plan (the “Plan”). It also includes general information about the benefit payments guaranteed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”), a federal insurance agency. All traditional pension plans, called “defined benefit pension plans,” are required by federal law to provide this notice every year, regardless of their funding status. This notice does not mean that the Plan is terminating. It is provided for informational purposes, and you are not required to respond in any way. This notice is for the plan year beginning January 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2021 (“Plan Year”). Funded Percentage The funded percentage of a plan is a measure of how well that plan is funded. This percentage is obtained by dividing the actuarial value of the plan’s assets by its liabilities on the valuation date for the plan year. In general, the higher the percentage, the betterfunded the plan. The Plan’s funded percentage for the Plan Year and each of the two preceding plan years is set forth in the chart below, along with a statement of the actuarial value of the Plan’s assets and liabilities for the same period. Valuation Date Funded Percentage Value of Assets Value of Liabilities

2021 Plan Year January 1, 2021 67.7% $871,607,801 $1,286,662,856

2020 Plan Year January 1, 2020 65.3% $786,960,089 $1,205,262,533

2019 Plan Year January 1, 2019 62.5% $732,643,701 $1,172,413,966

Year-end Fair Market Value of Assets The asset values in the chart above are based on actuarial values measured as of the valuation date. Actuarial values differ from market values in that they do not fluctuate daily based on changes in the stock (or other) markets. Actuarial values smooth out those fluctuations and can allow for more predictable levels of future contributions. Despite the fluctuations, market values tend to show a clearer picture of a plan’s funded status at a given point in time. The asset values in the chart below are based on market values measured on the last day of the Plan Year. The chart also includes the year-end market value of the Plan’s assets for each of the two preceding plan years. Fair Market Value of Assets

December 31, 2021 December 31, 2020 December 31, 2019 $1,062,136,864* $938,359,205 $820,726,627

*This asset value is preliminary, and subject to confirmation when the yearly financial audit of the Plan is finalized. Participant Information The total number of participants in the Plan as of the Plan’s valuation date was 41,919. Of this number, 16,625 were active participants, 13,292 were retired or separated from service and receiving benefits, and 12,002 were retired or separated from service and entitled to future benefits. Funding and Investment Policies Every pension plan must have a procedure for establishing a funding policy to carry out the plan objectives. A funding policy relates to the level of assets needed to pay for benefits promised under the plan currently and over the years. The Plan is funded by contributions made by employers pursuant to collective bargaining agreements with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, and other written agreements. Once money is contributed to the Plan, the money is invested by Plan fiduciaries. Specific investments are made in accordance with the Plan’s investment policy. Generally speaking, an investment policy is a written statement that provides the fiduciaries, who are responsible for Plan investments, with guidelines or general instructions concerning investment management decisions. The investment policy of the Plan is to ensure the solvency of the Plan over time and to meet the Plan’s pension obligations as required. To meet this goal, the Plan has established a target allocation among asset classes and acceptable ranges around that target. Under the Plan’s investment policy, the Plan’s assets were allocated among the following categories of investments, as of the end of the Plan Year. These allocations are percentages of total assets:

Percentage* 2.40% 3.81% 3.57%

0.15% 20.74% 34.05% 9.59% 25.48%

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*The asset values are preliminary, and subject to confirmation when the yearly financial audit of the Plan is finalized. For information about the Plan’s investment in common/collective trusts, contact Michael Kaiser, Chief Pension Officer, at (646) 473-9200 [retirees can call (646) 473-8666], or write to: 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds, 498 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10018-0009. Critical or Endangered Status Under federal pension law, a plan generally will be considered to be in “endangered” status if, at the beginning of the plan year, the funded percentage of the plan is less than 80 percent or in “critical” status if the percentage is less than 65 percent (other factors may also apply). If a pension plan enters endangered status, the trustees of the plan are required to adopt a funding improvement plan. Similarly, if a pension plan enters critical status, the trustees of the plan are required to adopt a rehabilitation plan. Rehabilitation and funding improvement plans establish steps and benchmarks for pension plans to improve their funding status over a specified period of time. The Plan was certified by its actuary to be in critical status in 2009. The Plan continued to be in critical status in subsequent years because the Plan had accumulated funding deficiencies in each subsequent year. In an effort to improve the Plan’s funding situation, the Trustees adopted a rehabilitation plan on May 31, 2009. The rehabilitation period began on January 1, 2012 and is projected to last for 18 years. The rehabilitation plan provides two alternative schedules, the Preferred Schedule and the Default Schedule, that require changes in Plan benefits and contribution rates. Employers that have not adopted either schedule must pay surcharges. Generally, the rate at which an employer contributes to the Plan will determine which Schedule of Benefits applies to its employees. Please refer to the rehabilitation plan for further details and for the meaning of certain capitalized terms not defined below. 1.

Preferred Schedule: The Preferred Schedule applies to an employer and its employees when that employer contributes at the applicable rate provided in the Preferred Schedule.

Contribution Rate: The contribution rate for employers adopting the Preferred Schedule was 9.1% of gross payroll, effective September 1, 2014, and increased to 11.%7 of gross payroll, effective July 1, 2015. Consistent with a collective bargaining agreement, effective from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018 (the “2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement”), employer contributions to the Plan were further increased by $18 million in 2018, in lieu of increasing the rate of contribution. Effective with a new collective bargaining agreement, the contribution rate remained at 11.7% until September 30, 2019, and pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement that was made effective as of October 1, 2018 (the “2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement”), the contribution rate increased to 12.9%, effective October 1, 2019. Pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement effective

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October 1, 2021, the contribution rate decreased to 11.1%. For employers that were subject to the 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement or a collective bargaining agreement containing the same terms as the 2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement regarding contributions to the Plan, the Preferred Schedule Contribution Rate was 11.7% for the period from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2019, and, pursuant to the 2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, effective October 1, 2019, the rate increased to 12.9%. For employers not subject to the 2018 collective bargaining agreement or a collective bargaining agreement containing the same terms as the 2018 collective bargaining agreement regarding contributions to the Plan, the Preferred Schedule Contribution Rate increased from 11.7% to 12.9%, effective January 1, 2018.

Washington, DC 20210, or by calling (202) 693-8673. For 2009 and subsequent plan years, you may obtain an electronic copy of the Plan’s annual report by going to www.efast. dol.gov and using the Form 5500 search function. Or you may obtain a copy of the Plan’s annual report by making a written request to the Plan administrator. The Plan’s annual report for the 2021 Plan Year will not be available until mid-October 2022.

No Change in Benefit Accruals Except for New Plan Participants: For employees that participated in the Plan prior to August 1, 2009, to which the Preferred Schedule applies, there is generally no change in the basic benefit structure that existed before the Plan entered critical status. For employees that became Plan participants on or after August 1, 2009, the monthly benefit accrual rate (payable as a single-life annuity at Normal Retirement Age) that applies to all pension credits earned on or after January 1, 2010, is $19 per year of credited service, effective January 1, 2010, with a maximum of 27 years of credited service, effective January 1, 2011.

Summary of Rules Governing Plans in Reorganization and Insolvent Plans

Effective July 1, 2015, for new Plan participants hired as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) or registered nursed (RNs) on or after August 1, 2009, the monthly benefit accrual rate (payable as a single-life annuity at Normal Retirement Age) that applies to all pension credits earned on or after August 1, 2009, is $30. The rate is increased to $37 retroactive to the date of hire for each LPN and RN who acquires 10 pension credits. 2.

Default Schedule: The Default Schedule applies to an employer and its employees if an employer contributes at the applicable rate provided in the Default Schedule. The effective date of the Default Schedule for a given employer is referred to as the “Default Schedule Effective Date.”

Contribution Rate: Contributions required under the Default Schedule increased from 9.9% to 10.9%, effective January 1, 2018. Reduction in Benefit Accruals: The monthly benefit accrual rate that applies to all pension credits of participants that left covered employment before January 1, 2004, is not changed. The monthly benefit accrual rate (payable as a single-life annuity at Normal Retirement Age) that applies to all pension credits earned before the Default Schedule Effective Date, if the participant left covered employment after January 1, 2004, is reduced to the accrual rate that was in effect as of January 1, 2004, (i.e., $35 if your employer was obligated to contribute at the “prevailing rate,” as defined in the Plan document, and $26 if your employer was not). The monthly benefit accrual rate that will be applied to all pension credits earned on or after the Default Schedule Effective Date is $19. The maximum number of pension credits that can be earned under the Default Schedule is 25. In calculating monthly pension payments, the Plan will first count the pension credits to which the highest monthly benefit accrual rate applies. Notwithstanding the foregoing, there will be no accruals for the 2008 and 2009 plan years. Reduction and/or Elimination of Adjustable Benefits: The Default Schedule requires the reduction and/or elimination of the following “adjustable benefits”: • Subsidies provided under the Early Retirement Pension; • The Disability Pension; • The 60-month benefit guarantee; • The $1,000 lump-sum death benefit; and • Other similar benefits, rights or features under the Plan. These reductions will only apply to participants whose benefit commencement date is on or after April 30, 2009, and will only take effect on a prospective basis beginning on a participant’s Default Schedule Effective Date. The normal retirement benefit (i.e., the “Regular Pension,” as defined in the Plan) payable at Normal Retirement Age is not an adjustable benefit and will not be reduced or eliminated.

Federal law has a number of special rules that apply to financially troubled multiemployer plans that become insolvent, either as ongoing plans or plans terminated by mass withdrawal. The Plan administrator is required by law to include a summary of these rules in the annual funding notice. A plan is insolvent for a plan year if its available financial resources are not sufficient to pay benefits when due for that plan year. An insolvent plan must reduce benefit payments to the highest level that can be paid from the plan’s available resources. If such resources are not enough to pay benefits at the level specified by law (see “Benefit Payments Guaranteed by the PBGC,” below), the plan must apply to the PBGC for financial assistance. The PBGC will loan the plan the amount necessary to pay benefits at the guaranteed level. Reduced benefits may be restored if the plan’s financial condition improves. A plan that becomes insolvent must provide prompt notice of its status to participants and beneficiaries, contributing employers, labor unions representing participants and the PBGC. In addition, participants and beneficiaries must receive information regarding whether, and how, their benefits will be reduced or affected, including loss of a lump-sum option. This information will be provided for each year the plan is insolvent. Benefit Payments Guaranteed by the PBGC The maximum benefit that the PBGC guarantees is set by law. Only vested benefits are guaranteed. Specifically, the PBGC guarantees a monthly benefit payment equal to 100 percent of the first $11 of the plan’s monthly benefit accrual rate, plus 75 percent of the next $33 of the accrual rate, multiplied by each year of credited service. The PBGC’s maximum guarantee, therefore, is $35.75 per month, multiplied by a participant’s years of credited service.

Example 1: If a participant with 10 years of credited service has an accrued monthly benefit of $500, the accrual rate for purposes of determining the PBGC guarantee would be determined by dividing the monthly benefit by the participant’s years of service ($500/10), which equals $50. The guaranteed amount for a $50 monthly accrual rate is equal to the sum of $11 plus $24.75 (.75 x $33), or $35.75. Thus, the participant’s guaranteed monthly benefit is $357.50 ($35.75 x 10). Example 2: If the participant in Example 1 has an accrued monthly benefit of $200, the accrual rate for purposes of determining the PBGC guarantee would be $20 (or $200/10). The guaranteed amount for a $20 monthly accrual rate is equal to the sum of $11 plus $6.75 (.75 x $9), or $17.75. Thus, the participant’s guaranteed monthly benefit would be $177.50 ($17.75 x 10). The PBGC guarantees pension benefits payable at Normal Retirement Age and some early retirement benefits. In calculating a person’s monthly payment, the PBGC will disregard any benefit increases that were made under the plan within 60 months before the earlier of the plan’s termination or insolvency (or benefits that were in effect for less than 60 months at the time of termination or insolvency). Similarly, the PBGC does not guarantee: pre-retirement death benefits to a spouse or beneficiary (e.g., a qualified pre-retirement survivor annuity) if the participant dies after the plan terminates; benefits above the normal retirement benefit; disability benefits not in pay status; or non-pension benefits, such as health insurance, life insurance, death benefits, vacation pay or severance pay.

This is not a complete summary of the benefits or other provisions under the rehabilitation plan. Please refer to the rehabilitation plan for more detailed information. You may obtain a copy of the Plan’s rehabilitation plan, any update to such plan, and the actuarial and financial data that demonstrate any action taken by the Plan toward fiscal improvement by contacting the Plan administrator. Contact Michael Kaiser, Chief Pension Officer, at (646) 473-9200 [retirees can call (646) 473-8666], or write to: 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds, 498 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10018-0009.

For additional information about the PBGC and the pension insurance program guarantees, go to the Multiemployer page on PBGC’s website at www.pbgc.gov/about/factsheets/page/ multi-facts. Please contact your employer or Plan administrator for specific information about your pension plan or pension benefit, as PBGC does not have that information. See “Where to Get More Information,” below.

Because the Plan is in critical status for the Plan Year ending December 31, 2021 separate notice of that status will be provided.

For more information about this notice, contact Michael Kaiser, Chief Pension Officer, at (646) 473-9200 [retirees can call (646) 473-8666], or write to: 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds, 498 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10018-0009.

Right to Request a Copy of the Annual Report A pension plan is required to file with the U.S. Department of Labor an annual report (called the “Form 5500”) containing financial and other information about the plan. Copies of the annual report are available from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration’s Public Disclosure Room at 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N-1515,

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Annual reports do not contain personal information, such as the amount of your accrued benefit. You may contact your Plan administrator if you want information about your accrued benefits. Your Plan administrator is identified below under “Where to Get More Information.”

www.1199SEIUBenefits.org

Where to Get More Information

For identification purposes, the official Plan number is 001 and the Plan sponsor’s employer identification number, or “EIN,” is 13-6601940. For more information about the PBGC and benefit guarantees, go to the PBGC website, www.pbgc.gov, or call the PBGC toll-free at (800) 400-7242. TTY/TDD users may call the federal relay service toll-free at (800) 8778339, and ask to be connected to (800) 400-7242.


Notice of Critical Status for the 1199SEIU Greater New York Pension Plan This is to inform you that on March 30, 2022, the Plan actuary certified to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and to the Plan sponsor that the Plan is in critical status for the Plan Year beginning January 1, 2022. Federal law requires that you receive this notice. Critical Status The Plan is considered to be in critical status because it has funding problems. More specifically, the Plan’s actuary determined that the Plan has an accumulated funding deficiency for the current Plan Year. Rehabilitation Plan Federal law requires pension plans in critical status to adopt a rehabilitation plan aimed at restoring the financial health of the plan. This is the thirteenth year the Plan has been in critical status. The law permits pension plans to reduce, or even eliminate, benefits called “adjustable benefits” (described below) as part of a rehabilitation plan. On May 31, 2009, the Trustees adopted a rehabilitation plan that includes two schedules, a Preferred Schedule and a Default Schedule. Under the Default Schedule, the Plan reduced or eliminated adjustable benefits. The Plan is not permitted to pay lump-sum benefits (or any other payment in excess of the monthly amount paid under a single-life annuity) while it is in critical status. If the Trustees of the Plan determine that further benefit reductions are necessary, you will receive a separate notice in the future identifying and explaining the effect of those reductions. Any reduction of adjustable benefits (other than a repeal of a recent benefit increase, as described below) will not reduce the level of a participant’s basic benefit payable at Normal Retirement Age. Adjustable Benefits The adjustable benefits that were reduced or eliminated under the Default Schedule include the following: • Subsidies provided under the Early Retirement Pension; • The Disability Pension; • The 60-month benefit guarantee; • The $1,000 lump-sum death benefit; and • Other similar benefits, rights or features under the Plan. Employer Surcharge The law requires all contributing employers that do not have collective bargaining agreements incorporating either the Preferred or Default Schedule to pay to the Plan a surcharge to help correct the Plan’s financial situation. The amount of the surcharge is equal to a percentage of the amount an employer is otherwise required to contribute to the Plan under the applicable collective bargaining agreement. With some exceptions, a 5 percent surcharge is applicable in the initial critical year and a 10 percent surcharge is applicable for each succeeding Plan Year thereafter, in which the Plan is in critical status. As noted, the surcharge ends for an employer once its collective bargaining agreement incorporates one of the schedules of the rehabilitation plan. Where to Get More Information For more information about this notice, or to obtain a copy of the rehabilitation plan, contact Michael Kaiser, Chief Pension Officer, at (646) 473-9200 [retirees can call (646) 473-8666], or write to: 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds, 498 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10018-0009.

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