- Your webmaster's
makes it easy to contact your representatives.
directions and other information about restaurants in the
Clearwater area. Great help for making it easy to drive to our
health insurance and other benefits
- Empire Plan
Participating Provider Directory for N.Y. State Health Insurance
- Empire Plan Participating Labs -- as
of January 1, 2007, no longer Quest.
- See information about United Health Care's switch
to LabCorp. In pdf
- To locate a LabCorp
lab closest to you -- go to the bottom of the LapCorp page
to click on the clink-link provided in the sentence "To
locate the Patient Service Center closest to you ...."
- Can also get information on an authorized United Health
Care lab here.
Plan pharmaceutical program. Need information
on drug benefits? MEDCO is now handling the
prescription benefits for the Empire plan.You'll need a password
and your email address
get into this site. To get a password, be prepared to have
available your Empire Plan ID card, and then call MEDCO at
800-922-1557. For a list
of approved medications as of January
1, 2009.To get prescription information by phone, call The
Empire Plan toll free at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447). 3/19/09
Here you can sign up with NYSUT to receive
email messages updating you on benefits available to NYSUT members.
- Medicare. Official
government site for people with Medicare. If you are over
eligible for Medicare and without a "credible plan"
or letters from former employers for drug benefits, you may
find it helpful to go to www.medicare.gov
for guidance. You can also get information by calling Medicare
at 1-800-medicare. You may be especially
interested in Frequently
Asked Questions FAQ. Note there are several answer pages,
and that you have to click the right triangle to go to the
page. Look for this graphic at the middle right side of the
York State Health Insurance Program for State and Local
Government for retired enrollees
services. Includes 61 page booklet on NYSUT Wellness
and Healthcare Directory.
Services through NYSUT.
A NYSUT member, including retirees, can get confidential
and free help with personal or family problems. You can use
the website or
ext. 6202. 4/1/09
For information on finding network providers for Empire Plan
United Health Care mental health care. You will need an access
code. Go to this
site to get the access code or call Optum
Health 1-866-894-5795. Or to use a phone number to see if a
mental health professional is an OptumHealth network provider,
call 1-866-763-0464. 4/8/09
United Health Care. If
you are a retired New York State teacher having the Empire plan
administered by United Health Care, here you can find out information
about your coverage, including the names of network physicians.
You can also chat online with a nurse to get guidance about
your medical concerns. Be prepared to register for an ID and
password before you can access much of the information available.
You can also find out network providers
here without using an ID and password.
providers -- find out the physicians in your area that
are medicare providers.
- Medicare counselor is a special version of this Medicare
help site that is a special version for NYSUT members.
Making your views known
to your political representatives and the media
- Our union
NYSUT makes it easy for us to identify our political
representatives, current issue of concern to us, and to
fax them our views.
You can fax your views from this site even though you
are not using a fax machine. This NYSUT site allows you
to send faxes from your computer as easily as you would
be able to send email messages. 6/21/08
- Send email message to New York State Governor Governor David
- AARP makes
it easy to express your views on political issues. Be prepared
to register with AARP by giving them your name, address and
email address. When I chose to write my congressman about giving
the Federal government the right to negotiate drug prices with
pharmaceutical companies involved in Medicare's new prescription
plan, AARP gave me a form letter than I could easily modify
and send off from the AARP site to Congressman Gus Bilirakis
- Finding the e-mail addresses of members of the U.S.
House of Representatives
- Congressional Org. Wealth
of political information including ways to contact easily
political leaders. If you reside at zip
code 34684 in Palm Harbor, Florida, from this site you can identify and email
all your political representatives, including the Presidents,
senators and congressman.
- Another source for contacting
- Contacting U.S. President
- Governor Charlie Crist of Florida. email@example.com
The Governor's website.
See what Governor has to say about insurance
and property tax reform.
Florida State legislators and other Florida political officials
State site of the Florida State Legislature. Here you can
look up information on a bill if you have its number.
- To use the following chart (Your Political
Voice Portal), you only need to put in the first five numbers
of your zip code in the first entry box, leaving the second
box blank. My complete zip code, for example, is 34684-2236,
but when I used just 34684 in the first entry box and left the
second blank, I got just the information I needed. Be sure to
click on .
The new browser window that opens up will probably only take
up a fraction of your screen. To make it take up your full screen
for easier viewing, click on the maximize button at the top
of the right hand corner of your screen. The maximize button
looks like the one bordered here in red.
If you decide to return to this links page and try another Political
Voice Portal search, be sure to first click on your browser's
Refresh or Reload button before making a new search so that
your previous search choice will be removed from your computer's
memory. RG 2/4/02
Your Political Voice Portal
.Most of the millions of
websites on the Internet are not picked up by the popular
Google and Yahoo. But you can go beyond these search tools
and get to the Deep Web -- where you can find valuable
that the typical computer user could never find with typical
resources for students taking a basic computer course including
Good manners when sending email messages. It's considered
poor etiquette to write in all capitals, reveal private email
addresses when sending a message to many people at once, omit
including a subject -- and lots more. Find out how to come
across as a sophisticated computer user. Be sure to look at
Setting up a free
account so that you can access your e-mail while
on using your computer. From PC Magazine.
Of general interest to retired teachers
- AFT blog. AFT
discusses the challenges of the No Child Left Behind ACT.
- AFT Plus.
Benefits for teachers belonging to AFT. (NYSUT is affiliated
with AFT -- so if you are a NYSUT member, you also belong to
Links to thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the
Federation of Teachers main website.
- Both home and cell phone users can sign up for the Do
Not Call List to block a telemarketer from calling them
on their cell phones.
- Driving directions to our meetings. Try Mapquest
or Maps-on-Us. If you
are an AAA member, be sure to check out driving directions on
the AAA site.
Click on the blue Go to Internet Triptik button. Be
prepared to give your membership number.
- Elder Web -- links to subjects
of interest to seniors
- Fight Fraud in Florida.
Includes Scam Alert, and how to file a complaint.
How we can prepare.
- Florida's Department
Elder Affairs. This Florida State sponsored website offers
valuable advice to seniors including such topics as how to report
elder abuse, end of life choices, updates on State legislature
affecting the elderly.
- Florida's Public
Library System. If you have a library card from any library
in the state of Florida, you can use the barcode number on your
card to get access to all kinds of information not available
to the general public by using a search engine like Google or
frauds. This site will help you check out all kinds of deception.
Watch out especially for chain letters requesting that you forward
the message to all your friends. Also check out Hoaxbusters.
theft. Hackers can even send out messages that appear to
be coming from your email address to fool your friends, relatives
- National Council on Aging.
Helps determine what benefits are available for people over
- New York State Teachers'
Retirement System Click the link Secure
Area for a summary of System membership information such
as original benefit, previous colas, deductions, retirement
date, tier. First time you use this secure area, you must register
to get a password.
- New York State United Teachers
retirees' benefit programs
of the New York State Comptroller. Includes information
on state and local retirement systems.
reduction in 1915. In 1915, when
New York City was in financial difficulties, retired teachers
faced the prospect of a 42 percent reduction in their pension.
You'll need Adobe on your computer to read this New York Times
article published September 19, 1915.
If you are a retired New York State teacher or administrator,
anyone knowing about this site can find out
what your retirement pension is. Just insert the name of the
teacher or administrator in the search slot at the top right
hand side of the screen, under NYS Teacher Retirement System. 5/16/09
- Retirement Spots
-- Help in choosing the best place to retire to.
- RTC website -- what this site looked like at various dates
December 28, 2001.
- Ruth Eckerd Hall
- Searching for a long lost friend or relative. Try The
Ultimates. Click the link on White Pages. More sources
for people or businesses.
Victim Advocate Program.Help for "victims of domestic
violence, elder abuse, burglary, assault and battery, victims
of financial exploitation, fraud or economic crime." A
program sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. Includes Aging
and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc.
which "has been designated to serve as one of three Aging
and Disability Resource Centers in the State of Florida as of
August 1, 2005."
- Social Security Administration
- Speaker-sources for our meetings.
- St. Petersburg College
Information on its new Leepa-Rattner
Museum of Art. on its Tarpon Springs campus.
- Telemarketers annoying you by their unwelcomed calls on your
home phone and even on your cell phone? Register your home and
cell phone numbers on a National
Do Not Call Registry to put telemarketers on notice that
you do not want their unsolicited phone calls. Also, check out
Federal Trade Commission's
site where you can also register your phone numbers. This site,
by the way, makes this statement: "You may have received
an email telling you that your cell phone is about to be assaulted
by telemarketing calls as a result of a new cell phone number
database; however, that is not the case. Federal Communications
Commission regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated
dialers to call cell phone numbers." Questions
and Answers about the Do Not Call Registry.
Department of Homeland Security provides information especially
geared to seniors.