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UTIT Celebrates 50Years!


Important Dates:

April 15: Resignation notice due to the District for teachers on

leave, in order to qualify for terminal pay.

May 15: Notice of medical insurance opt out, due to the District.

June 15: Notice of building assignments for the following

school year, due to teachers.

July 15: Notice due of probable teaching assignments, for

the following school year, due to teachers.

August 1: Resignation notice due to the District to qualify for termination pay

(except for verifiable sudden serious illness or injury).


Tax Time!

Union Dues for 2017- $1,005 for Full Time Teachers


Thining ahead

UTIT End of Year Party June 7, 2018

Sal's Place

1495 Hicksville Rd # 1,

Massapequa, NY 11758

(516) 731-3417


Important information about Dental Benefits:

Brown n Brown
Brown & Brown of New York, Inc.
DBA Fitzharris & Company     

333 Earle Ovington Blvd
                            Suite 215
                            Uniondale, NY 11553                                                                                                                     
                            Phone: 516-944-3823
Date of Letter:  November 28, 2017

U.T.I.T. WELFARE TRUST                                                


This letter is to inform you that Brown & Brown of NY Inc. d/b/a Fitzharris & Company

is finalizing your account as of December 31, 2017. 

What this means to you: 

      • As of: 12/31/2017 no future check runs for Self-Funded Dental/Vision


      • As of: 12/31/2017 we will finalize all paperwork, checks, banking,

      month/year end process.

      • As of: 01/01/2018 we will prepare Capital One bank closing which is;

      plus review anything that may be outstanding.

PLEASE NOTE: Any outstanding checks on account will be voided & stopped with

Capital One bank, if applicable.  There will be NO reissues of checks or stop payment

as of: 01/01/2018.
If there are any claims received on or after December 31st 2017 they will be denied in

our system with a notification.

We thank you for your continued support and appreciate your business.

Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns.


Administrative Dept.
Brown & Brown of NY Inc.



Thank-you for voting "NO". The Constitutional Convention was easily defeated

with 82% of the vote a strong "NO".


All members should have received new Ameritas

Dental and Vision Insurance Cards. See details of our new carrier below:

 *Dental and Vision Carrier Change*

 TO:           All Employees Enrolled in Group Dental and Vision
FROM:     United Teachers of Island Trees Trust Fund
DATE:      July 1, 2017
RE:      Change of Dental and Vision Carrier

We are pleased to advise you that we are transferring our Dental and

Vision Plan (ONLY) to Ameritas Life Insurance Corp.

effective July 1, 2017.  There will be no change to your current level

of dental and vision benefits.  Please continue to mail Dental and

Vision claims incurred PRIOR to July 1, 2017 to Brown & Brown of

New York, Inc.  d/b/a Fitzharris & Company for dates of service

prior to July 1, 2017.   Fitzharris will continue to process claims for

dates of service prior to July 2017, however, ALL claims must be

submitted to them by September 30, 2017.  Claims received on or

after October 1, 2017 will not be processed regardless of date of service.  

All claims incurred ON and AFTER July 1, 2017, should be sent

directly to Ameritas at the address listed below:

Group Claims Office
PO Box 82595
Lincoln, NE 68501
Fax (402)467-7336

To find a list of Dental Participating Network providers access the

website belowand follow the steps:

Select Providers
Select Find a Provider
Select Dental
Select Network Provider
Enter Information to Find Provider
Select the Classic PPO Network  

To find a list of Vision Participating Network providers access the

website below and follow the steps:

Select Providers
Select Find a Provider
Select Vision: EyeMed Access Plan Netowrk
Select Access Network Directory
Enter Zip Code
Choose Network Access

There is also the online option to review claims status and history,

review deductible amounts and annual spend, print out EOB

(Explanation of Benefits), print out additional ID cards and

review benefits online. This can be done by creating an account

through Account Access via the Ameritas website.

Ameritas will be mailing identification cards directly to your home.

Should you need assistance or have any questions pertaining to

your new dental/vision carrier please call, Ameritas Life Insurance

Corp of New York Group Service Customer Connections

Department at 1-800-659-5556 after July 1, 2017.

Ameritas Customer Connections Team hours of operation are

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Eastern Standard Time and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Eastern Standard Time.


***Dental Coverage Eligibility and Late Enrollment Penalties***

Dental Coverage Eligibility:  

Teachers become eligible for dental coverage on the first day of

September of their second year employed in Island Trees SD. 

Employment for a full year is not necessary.  Only one day of work

is required for eligibility for dental coverage in the second year of employment.

Coverage for you and/or your dependents cannot begin before you enroll.

Appropriate forms and required payments must be submitted by the designated

due date of the employees first year working in ITSD.  Members that do not sign up

for dental coverage promptly or didn’t maintain continuous dental coverage can

sign up at any time after becoming eligible, but must understand that late enrollment

has a consequence of limited coverage for the first 24 months of coverage.

Below are the details taken from the dental handbook that outlines the penalties for

not enrolling promptly.  The intent of the penalty is to prevent any member from not

paying for dental coverage only to suddenly enroll when a need for coverage arises.

Late Enrollment Limitations and Penalties:

Anyone who enrolls after 31 days after becoming eligible for dental coverage, will

receive NO COVERAGE until YOU or such DEPENDENTS has been covered for:

Six months under Diagnostic and Preventive Services, other than routine oral

examinations and x-rays AND twenty four months with respect to Periodontal, Major

and Orthodontic Services.

***Please enroll promptly!***

************PLEASE ENROLL PROMPTLY**********


Attention all U.T.I.T. Members!

As of September 1, 2016, our Vision Care mirrors our Dental Coverage.

Dependents will be covered up to their 26th birthday.

This enhancement mirrors the Obamacare coverage. Participants will need to

fill out a Dental Enrollment form to add their dependents who may have aged out in the past. 

In addition, Brown and Brown will send all benefit checks directly to providers in and out

of network.

See the Benefits Page for updated Dental and Vision Plan Summaries of Benefits.



For NYSUT Member Benefit Information visit the link below:

Visit: http://www.nysut.org/memberbenefits/mbRedirect.html


NYSUT-supported Homework Hotline back on the air

Source: NYSUT Communications
Homework Hotline

Students returning to the classroom in the fall will find a familiar and helpful friend available if they are faced with a particularly challenging homework assignment this year.

Homework Hotline returns to public broadcasting stations across New York State on Sept. 12, offering homework help on the air and online to students in grades four through 12.

The award-winning program, which is beginning its 27th season, is funded in part by NYSUT, one of the original underwriters, and produced by WXXI in Rochester. Teachers from Dial-A-Teacher – members of the Rochester Teachers Association -- take students’ calls and send them to the studio, where the hosts -- also RTA members and experts in subjects across the curriculum -- assist the students work through their homework assignments live on television. Students not making it on the TV program are still helped by the Dial-A-Teacher volunteer.

This season, the show will air live Monday through Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m., an hour earlier than in past years. Alison Zero Jones, WXXI’s director of sales and marketing, explained that the PBS affiliates requested the earlier timeslot, saying the program could be even more useful if it was broadcast closer to the time students return home from school.

Meanwhile, a live webcast at homeworkhotline.org means anyone who needs help can see the show from his or her computer or phone. Past shows are also available on the website.

In addition to the homework help, Homework Hotline video segments explore careers, animals, New York State history and the arts. Special guests show up for live performances and students can win prizes with “Math Mazes” and “Science Challenges.”

Six master teachers host the series; all are RTA members. They include math teachers Laura Drake, Ed Hathaway, Donna Mineo and ;Samuel Simpson, and science teachers Craig Zaremba and Joe Zuniga.

Homework Hotline’s website features video segments that are searchable by subject, plus access to interactive games, homework help tips and a list of educational links. Homework Hotline is also on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, where it shares homework tips, behind-the-scenes work on the show and entertaining educational facts.


Protecting Your Social Security Number from Identity Theft

indentity theftEvery year, millions of Americans become victims of identity theft. Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personally identifiable information and pretends to be you. They can use this information to open bank or credit card accounts, file taxes, or make new purchases in your name.  

It is important that you take steps to protect your Social Security number from theft. If someone obtains your Social Security number, they can use it to get other personal information about you, including your bank or credit information. Someone can steal your Social Security number by:

  • Stealing your wallet, purse, or mail;
  • Obtaining personal information you provide to an unsecured site on the Internet;
  • Rummaging through your trash; or
  • Posing by phone or email as someone who needs information about you.

If someone asks for your number, you should ask why, how it will be used, and what will happen if you refuse. Make sure you give your employer and your financial institution(s) your correct Social Security number, so your records and tax information are accurate.

To minimize the risk of identity theft, keep your Social Security card and any other documents that show your Social Security number in a safe place. Do not carry your Social Security card or other documents with you that display your number unless you need them.

If you suspect someone’s using your Social Security number for work purposes, report the problem to us immediately by contacting the Federal Trade Commission. We will review your earnings with you to ensure our records are accurate. You may also verify your earnings on your Social Security Statement. You can get your Statement online by opening a personal my Social Security account.

If someone misused your Social Security number to create credit or other problems for you, immediately go to http://www.identitytheft.gov and report the identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission. Their website provides detailed information to help you defend against identity theft. You can reach them by phone by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY 1-866-653-4261.

You may also want to contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and file an online complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Safeguarding your identity and Social Security is of the utmost importance. If you think you’re a victim of identity theft, please act now. For more information, read our publication Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number or visit us online


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