net for laid-off members
Important facts about Health & Security
Plan benefits for members affected by layoff
Health Insurance Coverage
the Federal COBRA law, your employer must give you the opportunity to continue
your health insurance coverage (hospital and medical) by making direct payments.
Contact the personnel
office at your agency to get a COBRA package. There are other coverage options for you and your family. You will be able to buy coverage through the Health Insurance marketplace at
may not be a good idea to remove your member contributions from the pension system.
Reach out and get advice from a DC 37 pension counselor at the Health and Pension
Services Unit at 212-815-1200 or visit the unit at 125 Barclay St. room 314, Monday
through Friday, 9am to 5pm.
DC 37 Annuity Benefit
You may choose
to leave your annuity benefit in the DC 37 Annuity Fund or you can withdraw your
money and close your account. Call the Annuity Unit at 212-815-1888 to request
a disbursement application. You must submit a copy of your termination notice
with your completed disbursement application. Please note that withdrawal of your
annuity benefit may be taxable to you and you should consult your tax advisor.
Health and Security Plan Benefits
The following listing provides
details about benefit end dates and limited extensions. Members can continue certain
Health & Security Benefits by purchasing them under COBRA. See the Health & Security
Plan COBRA information below for full details.
Prescription Drug Benefits
Prescription drug benefits will end as of your termination date.
The Health & Security Plan and the Plan's Dental Centers
will continue coverage for 60 days to complete the following procedures started
prior to termination date, orthodontics, prosthetics and root canal therapy.
Optical services must be obtained and completed by termination
Audiology Benefit (member only)
No appointments can be
scheduled after termination date.
Podiatry Benefit (member only)
appointments can be scheduled after termination date.
Claims documenting the onset of disability prior to employment
termination date will be eligible to receive a disability benefit based on the
Plan's rules and regulations.
Eligibility for a
death benefit will be in effect for 60 days from the member's employment termination
The Survivor benefit package will be available
to eligible dependents if the date of death is prior to the member's employment
Personal Services Unit
The Personal Services
Unit will be available to provide information and referral services only:
contact the Personal Services Unit at 212-815-1260, Monday through Friday, 9am
to 1pm or in person between 9am and noon at 125 Barclay Street in Room 301.
Employees Legal Services
If you are currently being represented by a MELS
lawyer, your coverage for that matter may continue for a limited period; please
consult your lawyer or call MELS at 212-815-1111.
Health and Security
Under the COBRA law, coverage for certain
Health & Security Plan benefits may be purchased for up to a maximum of 36
months. You will be responsible for making monthly payments directly
to the Plan.
The Health and Security Plan COBRA application
and rate schedule contains more details, restrictions, and obligations as well
as the form necessary to establish eligibility. To request one, please call the
Inquiry Unit at 212-815-1234 or fax a request to Inquiry at 212-815-1321. You may also download the COBRA information from our website.