Retiree Optional Rider checks to be mailed in February
PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 3, 2011
UFT President Michael Mulgrew, who chairs the union’s Welfare Fund
Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce that retirees will be
receiving their Optional Rider Reimbursement at the end of February.
This year’s reimbursement continues at the rate of up to $720 for
retirees whose optional rider or health plan deduction was in effect
for all of 2010. Retirees whose rider or health plan was in effect for
less than 12 months will receive reimbursement at the rate of $60 per
month. If the monthly deduction was not greater than $60, the Fund will
cover the full monthly amount.
Checks are mailed to most retirees automatically. An eligible member
who retired in 2010 and does not receive a reimbursement check by April
1 may need to download [go to www.uftwf.org] or call the Fund Hotline
at 1-212-539-0539 for a 2010 Rider Claim Form. Retirees submitting this
form should allow at least four weeks for their benefit check to be
Effective January 2006, retirees may be eligible for the optional rider
benefit even if their health coverage is not from a New York City
health plan. This benefit is available whether the retiree maintains
the health plan or is covered under his or her spouse or domestic
partner. The retiree must submit a completed Rider Claim Form each year
along with documentation showing direct payments or deductions for the
health insurance plan. Different claim forms are required depending on
whether the reimbursement is for a New York City health plan or for a
non-New York City health plan. Both claim forms can be downloaded from
the UFT Welfare Fund’s Web site at www.uftwf.org or obtained by calling
the Fund Hotline at 1-212-539-0539.
Retirees who returned to work in positions that provide in-service
prescription drug benefits and use this benefit will have their
optional rider reimbursement reduced by the cost of the prescription
drugs paid by the Fund, calculated on a month-by-month basis.