• COVID-19 at-home test guidance

    COVID-19 at-home test guidance

    Under direction from the federal government, all private insurance companies and health plans will cover claims for FDA-authorized COVID-19 at-home, over-the-counter diagnostic tests.  This includes all HMO plans along with The Empire Plan. 

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  • PEF statement on the proposed executive budget

    PEF statement on the proposed executive budget

    PEF President Wayne Spence issued the following statement on Jan. 18, 2022, following the release of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s executive budget proposal: “In her first budget address, Governor Hochul clearly reflected the priorities of PEF members and all New Yorkers, especially around the need to provide additional resources and staff so our depleted state agencies...

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  • MLK fought for workers’ rights, bridging the labor movement with the civil rights movement

    MLK fought for workers’ rights, bridging the labor movement with the civil rights movement

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as a leader in the fight for civil rights – but when he was killed in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, King was actually in the city to support a union strike. King was in Memphis to support African American garbage workers, who, carrying signs blazoned with...

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  • At home COVID tests covered by The Empire Plan or HMO

    At home COVID tests covered by The Empire Plan or HMO

    Effective today — Jan. 15, 2022 — members who are enrolled in The Empire Plan or HMO may obtain FDA-authorized COVID-19 at-home, over-the-counter diagnostic tests. Please click Read More for the memo from Contract Administration outlining the benefit.

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  • Extraordinary circumstances FAQ

    Extraordinary circumstances FAQ

    With a snowstorm forecast to impact much of New York State starting Sun., Jan. 16, and throughout Mon., Jan. 17, PEF Contract Administration has issued a memo answering Frequently Asked Questions about your rights during a declared State of Emergency.

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  • PEF statement on COVID surge, telecommuting, booster mandates

    PEF statement on COVID surge, telecommuting, booster mandates

    PEF President Wayne Spence issued the following statement on Jan. 11 in response to to New York’s COVID surge, booster mandates, and the lack of sufficient telecommuting: “New York State is inexplicably insisting on a mad dash to force workers into the workplace during the worst winter surge of the COVID pandemic.  By the State’s...

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  • PEF member in need after Bronx apartment fire

    PEF member in need after Bronx apartment fire

    Lynn Johnson, a Senior Parole Officer who works in Region 9, was injured over the weekend in the tragic apartment fire that killed at least 17 people in the Bronx.  (Read the latest coverage from WABC in New York, here.)  Lynn was taken to the hospital with injuries, but her prognosis is good.

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  • Fund Our Future Petition – Sign Now!

    Fund Our Future Petition – Sign Now!

    With the NYS Legislative session underway, we have launched a petition demanding that lawmakers and the governor save and bolster the vital public services PEF members provide. It’s time to Fund Our Future so all New Yorkers can thrive! Read and sign our petition here: www.PEF.org/FundOurFuture

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  • PEF ready to work with Gov. Hochul to reward, protect healthcare heroes

    PEF ready to work with Gov. Hochul to reward, protect healthcare heroes

    Albany, N.Y. – The Public Employees Federation, the Communications Workers of America, and the New York State Nurses Association issued the following statement on Jan. 5, 2022, in response to Governor Hochul’s State of the State address: “We applaud Governor Hochul for recognizing that our frontline healthcare workers are in desperate need of additional resources...

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