To Our Fellow Fire Officers
The Executive Board has been receiving many inquiries regarding whether a COVID vaccination will be provided by the Department. The UFOA has been working closely with the Department and advocating for our retired members. The protocol/priority for persons receiving the vaccine is dictated by the NYS. Dr Prezant has been in communication with NYS Department of Health. In discussion with the Department this morning it is anticipated that the Department will receive approval from the state to administer COVID vaccinations to retiree’s by the end of the week. More details to follow once they become available.
UFOA Executive Board
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NY State has announced that we are now allowed to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include retirees ages 65 and over.
Please use the link [www.fdnycampus.org]www.fdnycampus.org to schedule an appointment at one of our 4 POD locations for the Moderna vaccine.
The instructions for making this appointment are attached. If you have any questions, please call either number below:
Please note that all appointments are dependent on vaccine shipments meeting demand.
Eligibility is determined by the New York State Department of Health; the state creates the priority tiers and FDNY is required to comply. FDNY will notify retirees under age 65 when NY State determines their eligibility.
Getting vaccinated is critical to protecting yourself, your loved ones, our FDNY family, and those we serve. This vaccine is 94% effective in preventing the COVID-19 infection after both doses. Even if you have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies, you still need the vaccine to prevent re-infection. We have now vaccinated over 6,000 active FDNY Firefighters and EMS workers without any serious side effects.
You can find more information here about the COVID-19 vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
On behalf of the staff at the FDNY WTC Health Program and the Bureau of Health Services, thank you for your continued participation in the WTC Health Program. Your commitment helps support our efforts to improve our medical monitoring/treatment services and meet the health needs of all rescue/recovery workers and their families.
Please do not reply to this email, this inbox is not monitored. If you have questions and/or need assistance regarding the WTC Health Program, please use the phone number below or visit our webpage for more information: https://www.fdnywtcprogram.org/
FDNY - WTC Health Program, 9 MetroTech Center,Brooklyn, NY 11201
Here's more INFO about the Vaccine:
The FDNY IMT Vaccination Administration Program is receiving notifications from our inoculation sites regarding the arrival of our retired members. Several are arriving without a scheduled appointment.
Please advise retirees that each member who meets the requirements to receive a vaccine, must have an appointment. Appointments must be generated in the Learning Management System (LMS).
We understand retirees are eager to receive the vaccine. Appointments are mandatory, as vaccination sites receive the exact number of doses as registration slots represented in the LMS system.
If retired members need assistance in the navigation of the LMS, please have them contact:
WTC Health Program Help Desk (718-999-1365)
FDNY Help Desk (718-999-2611)
As vaccines become more widely available, it's important to keep taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Once the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to you,
here's what you should know:
Visit CDC.gov for additional trustworthy information on the COVID-19 vaccines.
The Medicare Team
I have written to you many times over the course of my 12 year tenure serving the membership as a trustee then president of the UFOA. This letter is written with mixed emotions as I consider the course I am about to take. My time as your union President has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. The trust you have given me allowed me to make decisions on your behalf with great clarity. I am asking for your trust and support once again. Following serious consideration and discussion with the UFOA Board, I have decided to run for the position of General Secretary Treasurer of the IAFF. Many of you are aware that our current IAFF President has chosen not to seek another term. The current GST is now running for the Presidency. These circumstances leave the GST position open, creating an opportunity to bring the benefit of my experience as your President to the position of GST.
The importance of a strong union at the local, state and international levels cannot be overstated. Operating independently, but yet in unison, where the mission is to fight and protect our wages, benefits and pensions, while keeping the health and safety of all members at the forefront. The IAFF has been built on a good foundation. However, recent events have put our Union in harm's way. A lack of transparency and financial responsibility by some in leadership has left our members exposed and our organization in need of reform. Having someone as General Secretary Treasurer from the outside, who can partner with our district VP’s and our General President, is what we need now to strengthen the IAFF foundation we all depend on. This belief has led me to this decision. I will continue in my role as UFOA President until after the IAFF elections which are scheduled to be held in January. The results of the election will determine if I complete my final year. I would like to thank the entire membership for the support you have shown throughout the years.
We wish Jake, Good Luck in his endeavor to become the GST of the IAFF.
TO DONATE TO JAKE'S FUND CLICK HERE: https://jakeforgst.org/
“I want to provide an update to people who receive benefits from the Social Security Administration-
The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced on April 1 that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment. The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 to generate $1,200 economic impact payments to Social Security beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019."
For more information, please visit https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/.
The Secure Act increased the required minimum distribution (RMD) age from 70 1/2 to 72, marking the first change to the RMD age since first becoming law in 1986. The age increase will only apply to anyone born on or after July 1, 1949. Now that some taxpayers will be able to defer distributions from retirement accounts until age 72, should they? It turns out, tax-deferred growth isn’t always a no-brainer.
First, as a practical matter, many retirees can’t actually afford to hold off on using their retirement savings until they’re 72. Even for those who can wait until they reach RMD age, it might not make sense to. The ‘right’ withdrawal strategy will depend on multiple factors, which change over time along with the laws, tax code, and the individual’s personal financial situation.
Here are some of the important considerations to discuss with your financial and tax advisor as you draft a retirement income strategy.
Especially for investors who have already retired, tax planning can really pay off. If you’ve already retired and don’t need income from retirement accounts before age 72, you could be living off funds from a taxable brokerage account and perhaps Social Security, too. Depending on your finances, this could land you in some of the lowest tax brackets.
In 2020, married couples filing jointly are in the 12% marginal tax bracket until $80,250 of taxable income before progressing into the 22% rate on the next dollar of income. For couples with less than $80,000 in taxable income, they may pay no tax at all on long-term capital gains!
In this type of situation, it could be advantageous for taxpayers to consider accelerating the realization of income to ensure they’re able to take full advantage of a favorable tax bracket. With some planning, you could calculate how much to take from tax-deferred accounts to stay under the next marginal tax bracket increase (or whatever metric makes sense for your tax and financial situation).
The Fire Department Pension fund has relocated from headquarters to its new location in Manhattan.
The address is 1 Battery Park Plaza, 9th Floor NY , NY 10004-1405
Phone number : 929 436 0099
Please see the attachment for further details. (CLICK ON "FIND OUT MORE")
TO WATCH A VIDEO ABOUT THE REIMBURSEMENT,
PLEASE READ THEN SCROLL DOWN TO FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW
To all Retirees,
The following notice is to inform retirees on Medicare that your 2019 Standard Part B reimbursement from OLR (Office of Labor Relations) may not have been for the full amount you and/or spouse paid. This applies ONLY to those who were enrolled in Medicare PRIOR TO 2016. If you enrolled in Medicare in 2016 or later, the reimbursement amount
should have been accurate.
If affected, you will be required to fill out a Medicare Differential Form found in a link with this e mail. The reimbursement is scheduled for some time in the 1st quarter of 2021. Follow the instructions and return with the supporting paperwork stated in Section III of the form.
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ALSO those recipients and/or spouse who are subject to IRMAA and were enrolled in Medicare prior to 2016 may not have received the full reimbursement for their standard Part B. IRMAA recipients do not need to file for the differential as long as they have submitted the IRMAA reimbursement form. When the IRMAA reimbursement is paid, (October 2020) the differential for the Standard Part B will be included. The form for IRMAA reimbursement is in the link below.
Note that if you had not filed for IRMAA reimbursement in the past but had paid IRMAA you can submit for 2018 and 2017 using the form below.
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An explanation has been provided by OLR regarding this issue: As Part B premiums have increased, the amount of the increase has, at times, been more than what the social security COLA increase provided to some recipients. Had the full increase of the Part B premium been applied to all, a social security recipient could have had a net reduction in their monthly benefit.
Because of Medicare's "hold harmless” provision, the monthly increase to an individual's Part B premium could vary in order to avoid a reduction in that person's monthly Social Security benefit. This results in variable amounts being paid for Part B premiums that are specifically unique to each individual. The increase in Part B premiums could vary from $1 to $318 per person. Since, the City has no way of verifying what each person pays for their Medicare Part B premium, documentation of what an individual actually paid in Part B premiums is needed.
Medicare Part B reimbursements were issued for the calendar year 2019 for Medicare-eligible retirees and
Medicare-eligible dependents in April 2020.
Any retirees who were Medicare eligible on or after calendar year 2016 are eligible for $134.00 per month
(12 months= $1,608 per each eligible person).
They receive this amount automatically.
Any retirees who were Medicare eligible prior to the calendar year 2016 must complete the Medicare Part B differential Form (see below link) and provide SSA-1099 for the calendar year 2019. Those retirees who submit this form may receive an additional amount up to $300 under the Medicare Part B differential.
This payment will be issued in Spring 2021
IF YOU CANNOT SEND THE FORM ELECTRONICALLY AS IT REQUESTS, THEN SEND IT VIA US MAIL TO:
THE OFFICE OF LABOR RELATIONS
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS PROGRAM
22 CORTLANDT STREET (12th FLOOR)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10007
(If you are receiving Social Security Benefits,
include a copy of your 2019 Form SSA-1099)
SEND IT CERTIFIED MAIL, RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
On July 29, 2019, the President signed into law The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The VCF Permanent Authorization Act extends the VCF’s claim filing deadline from December 18, 2020, to October 1, 2090, and appropriates such funds as may be necessary to pay all approved claims. The VCF recognizes that claimants will have many questions about) the impact of the legislation on their claims. The VCF is committed to processing claims without interruption and issuing full payments to those who received a reduced award. Additional details about the VCF Permanent Authorization Act can be found here.
Please check this website frequently for updates.
We are Retired NYC Firefighters of all ranks. We meet five times per year at two locations; 901 Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park and 3051 Nostrand Ave in Brooklyn, NY. Through our Newsletter and this website we hope to keep you informed about your pensions.
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RETIRED MEMBER'S ASSOCIATION, INC
Fire Department City of New York
ORGANIZED JANUARY 1ST, 1946
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We offer three types of Membership.
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Once you have decided on
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and send via US Mail to:
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