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Welcome to the Retiree Division

Welcome to the Retiree Division section of Local 1180's new website. More than just a drop-in center, the Retiree Division provides retirees of CWA Local 1180 with a venue to pursue their social, intellectual, and educational interests throughout their retirement. Through thoughtful and creative planning, the staff of the Retiree Division prepares a monthly calendar representing a compilation of some of the greatest activities in the area at any given moment. Broadway shows, trips, speakers, lunches, and interactive workshops allow retirees to socialize with peers, have fun, and learn a little along the way.

We can only begin to tell you about how glad our retirees are to have a one-stop-shopping experience that offers so many ways to keep busy, engaged, and active. We hope that you make the decision to join in on some of the fun. Read the monthly calendar to see what events are coming up, and then call to reserve your space. Remember that we are providing programs for more than 4,000 retirees in the New York City area, so space may be limited.

We have a special welcome gift for all 'newbie' retirees. Or, if you are an existing retiree, stop by the office just to say hello. We can't wait to greet you all.

 

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Suzanne E. Beatty, LMSW

Retiree Division Director

Biography

Director's Message

Welcome to 2020! Did anyone besides me think that by the time the calendar read 2020 we would have flying cars and mind-reading devices? Well, cars don’t fly, but they are almost self-driving and the eerily accurate Google that follows me around the internet reminding me of everything I looked at in the past three days is kind of like a mind reader. Anyway, good wishes for the start of what I hope to be a prosperous, fun and successful year for each of you and your families. 

In order to help you accomplish this, I am offering a complete overview of the benefits you get as a retiree through Local 1180. Oftentimes, retirees only use the benefits they are familiar with and omit others that they are eligible for simply due to the fact they lack knowledge of those benefits — and because no one really wants to read a huge benefit book. Keep this list handy so you and/or your registered dependents can make appropriate choices in the moment a benefit need or question arises.

General Medical Benefit:
Reimbursement up to $1,200 per family per calendar year for out-of-pocket expenses such as deductibles and copayments. Medicare premiums and deductibles are expected to increase in 2020, so this is important to use.

Prescription Drug Benefit: Reimbursement up to $1,500 per family per calendar year for expenses related to covered prescription and optional drug riders.
Dental Coverage: Up to $2,000 per individual per calendar year for dental, with four plans to choose from.
Optical Benefit: Up to $125 per pair of prescription glasses; maximum one pair per year per eligible member.
Mental Health Benefit: Up to $300 a year per person for individual counseling/out-of-hospital psychiatric and mental health treatment.

Hearing Aid Benefit
: Up to $600 per person every two years.


Podiatry Benefit:
Up to $10 a visit for four visits per year.


Legal Services Benefit:
Comprehensive legal services up to $1,000 per year.

Individual Benefit Counseling Service & Referral: Meet with 1180 benefit representative to better understand benefits; directs you to appropriate agencies as needed/required.

Retiree Division:
Comprehensive benefit and recreational program that offers retirees discounted events, benefit meetings, luncheons, and trips.

Additionally... 

New Medicare deductibles are in place beginning January and will be increased to $198. The City of New York Health Benefits Program reimburses Medicare-eligible retirees and their Medicare-eligible dependents for any Medicare Part B premiums (excluding any penalties) paid during the calendar year.


NYS Department of Taxation offers seniors school tax exemptions and property tax relief. Check with your local assessor’s office for the forms. Get in on this at the beginning of the year for the most benefit.

As I stated last month, now is also the time to take a look at your dental and prescription drug utilization from last year for you and your dependents and determine what you think you might expect for 2020. No one can see the future, but speak with your doctors and make requests for generic drugs and to develop treatment plans for the health and wellness conditions that you do know about. If you have any questions understanding these benefits come by the Retiree Division during one of the Retiree Benefit Overviews, Retiree Benefit Coffee Circle or any benefit workshop and we’ll be sure to help you. Wishing you a wonderful new year!

 

Join Ret BD Club

 

UPDATE YOUR RETIREE CONTACT FORM

 

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Any retiree with Congratulations they want to share, should email the information to: 
retireedivision@cwa1180.org

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Congratulations to retiree Eddie Barrett, who reported that she is just returned from Tennessee where she attended the graduation ceremonies of both her great-grand daughter from college and her grand-son from High School!! That’s a lot to celebrate Eddie!! Congratulations!!

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Congratulations to awesome grandma/retiree Helena Crump whose grandson Tyliek Williams graduated from Buffalo State College with honors! 
She’s waiting on the college acceptance letter for her granddaughter now!

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Great news for retiree (can’t say her name due to confidentiality) who went to OLR to state that her Medicare reimbursement was incorrect and found out that the incorrect amount was for her husband and that OLR didn’t have her information at all and she is now eligible for 3 years retroactive Medicare reimbursement in addition to the $300 differential!! Way to go empowered 1180 retiree!!

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Any retiree with Condolences they want to share, should email the information to:
 retireedivision@cwa1180.org

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Condolences to George Cuevas on the passing of his mother Emily Boria on March 25, 2019, at Arnold Walter Nursing. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing at 8:31 p.m.

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Condolences to family and friends of Sonja Bentley.  She left us peacefully on May 9, 2019. Sonja worked for the Dept. of Buildings for 33 years! That’s a lot of service. 

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Meet the Retiree Division Staff

Lynda Hogan

Lynda Hogan
Assistant to the Director
Retiree Benefits

Biography

Dianne Mason-Smith

Dianne Mason-Smith
Assistant to the Director
Retiree Programs & Events

Biography

Amber Mathis

Amber Mathis
Administrative
Assistant

Biography

Indra Subryan

Indra Subryan
Benefit Assistant

Biography

 

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Local 1180 Retiree Division History

In 1996, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to offer a new benefit to retirees that would assist them in transitioning from a worker to a retiree. The age wave was producing a new group of retirees that had shown a greater interest in remaining active. The Retiree Division was born that year and began offering recreational programming, workshops, educational classes all within a new center housed 97 Hudson Street, on the lower level of the building occupied by Local 1180. The Division continues to reach out to retired members and provide an opportunity that promotes their physical and emotional well-being as they remain active educationally, culturally, and socially. The Retiree Division engages retirees in activities that support a long and healthy retirement with dignity and respect.

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Retiree Division Contact Information


CWA Local 1180 Retiree Division

97 Hudson Street   |   New York, NY 10013
212.226.5800   |   800.801.2882 (out-of-area)
retireedivision@cwa1180.org


Mailing Address

CWA Local 1180 Retiree Division
6 Harrison Street, New York, NY 10013

 

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