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June 2021 Benefit Info

MPTA Benefit Fund for Active and Retired Members Summer 2021

June 2021 Summary Schedule of Benefits

Vision News— Raymond Opticians offers a spare pair of eyeglasses along with our plan of one pair of eyeglasses for employees and one for dependents. The spare pair can be transferred to any family member. Our plan year runs from July 1 to June 30. If you use another optician, you file your claim with Davis Vision.

Davis Vision Claim Form

Legal News — Chris Harold and his associates will provide legal services to our extended family members (parents, in-laws) at a discounted rate.They will draw up a simple will, living will, medical care proxy and a general power of attorney for $500 for our family members. Chris can be reached at 914-683-2500.

Retirement Benefits — we are happy to offer vision, legal, dental and health advocate to our retirees. The cost will be $1015 for single and $1745 for family memberships. Information was recently sent to retirees via email. Retirees must notify Ellen if their email changes.

Enrollment Changes – If you change your address, add a dependent, etc... you need to fill out a new enrollment form. Please see the attached form and send it to Ellen. Dependents - They will be covered for dental and vision up to the age of 26. You will no longer need to provide documentation that they are in college.

Enrollment Change Form

Dental - As of July 1, 2021, we will be adding Anthem Dental PPO Network to our dental program.You will be receiving dental cards in the mail in case you want to use Anthem Dental. All our existing dental programs stay the same. More information is attached.

NEW - Anthem Dental Form

Zenith Dental Claim Form

COBRA – If your employment has been terminated (resigned or temporary leave) or your child is no longer eligible, you are entitled to continue dental and vision coverage for 18 months. Please see the attached forms for more info.

Health Advocate Program— Contact them at or 1-866-695-8622.This program is available to you and your family including parents.They will help answer medical issues and billing problems.

Employee Assistance Program – For more information, please visit their website –

Stacey Braun Financial Services - Free annual financial consultations. Call 1-888-949-1925

Zenith American Solutions – If you have an issue with a claim, please contact Zenith American Solutions at P.O. Box 5817, Wallingford, Ct 06492 or 1-800-446-8646 ext. 3222 for Shauna. Zenith American Portal Registration - you can logon to and set up an account to see your claims and get forms for dental and vision along with a list of PPO for dental. When setting up the account select “Participant Edge” and complete the questions. **There is a $30.00 charge for stopped checks/replacement checks.

Trustee News - This year we are losing two valuable members to retirement! Lauren and Kerri have been active members for countless years and have helped add benefits to our plan over the years. (Last year Suzanne Ketchum retired too) Thankfully Kristen Talusan (CES) and Terre Barbuto (WHS) have volunteered to fill these positions. Please remember, the Benefit Fund is part of our MPTA contract. We negotiate a sum of money from the district, but WE decide how to allocate the money. It is very important that members volunteer for this committee.

Have a Happy and Healthy Summer!

MPTA Benefit Fund Co – Chairs: Ellen Igo and Kerri DeCrenza or

Trustees: Mary Cunningham (retiree), Lauren Cherchia, Terre Barbuto, Kristen Talusan,Virginia Campbell and Erika O’Byrne