community for over 45 years.
*Dental and Vision Carrier Change*
TO: All Employees Enrolled in Group Dental and Vision
FROM: United Teachers of Island Trees Trust Fund
DATE: July 1, 2017
RE: Change of Dental and Vision Carrier
We are pleased to advise you that we are transferring our Dental and
Vision Plan (ONLY) to Ameritas Life Insurance Corp.
effective July 1, 2017. There will be no change to your current level
of dental and vision benefits. Please continue to mail Dental and
Vision claims incurred PRIOR to July 1, 2017 to Brown & Brown of
New York, Inc. d/b/a Fitzharris & Company for dates of service
prior to July 1, 2017. Fitzharris will continue to process claims for
dates of service prior to July 2017, however, ALL claims must be
submitted to them by September 30, 2017. Claims received on or
after October 1, 2017 will not be processed regardless of date of service.
All claims incurred ON and AFTER July 1, 2017, should be sent
directly to Ameritas at the address listed below:
Group Claims Office
PO Box 82595
Lincoln, NE 68501
To find a list of Dental Participating Network providers access the
website belowand follow the steps:
Select Find a Provider
Select Network Provider
Enter Information to Find Provider
Select the Classic PPO Network
To find a list of Vision Participating Network providers access the
website below and follow the steps:
Select Find a Provider
Select Vision: EyeMed Access Plan Netowrk
Select Access Network Directory
Enter Zip Code
Choose Network Access
There is also the online option to review claims status and history,
review deductible amounts and annual spend, print out EOB
(Explanation of Benefits), print out additional ID cards and
review benefits online. This can be done by creating an account
through Account Access via the Ameritas website.
Ameritas will be mailing identification cards directly to your home.
Should you need assistance or have any questions pertaining to
your new dental/vision carrier please call, Ameritas Life Insurance
Corp of New York Group Service Customer Connections
Department at 1-800-659-5556 after July 1, 2017.
Ameritas Customer Connections Team hours of operation are
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time.
***Dental Coverage Eligibility and Late Enrollment Penalties***
Dental Coverage Eligibility:
Teachers become eligible for dental coverage on the first day of
September of their second year employed in Island Trees SD.
Employment for a full year is not necessary. Only one day of work
is required for eligibility for dental coverage in the second year of employment.
Coverage for you and/or your dependents cannot begin before you enroll.
Appropriate forms and required payments must be submitted by the designated
due date of the employees first year working in ITSD. Members that do not sign up
for dental coverage promptly or didn’t maintain continuous dental coverage can
sign up at any time after becoming eligible, but must understand that late enrollment
has a consequence of limited coverage for the first 24 months of coverage.
Below are the details taken from the dental handbook that outlines the penalties for
not enrolling promptly. The intent of the penalty is to prevent any member from not
paying for dental coverage only to suddenly enroll when a need for coverage arises.
Late Enrollment Limitations and Penalties:
Anyone who enrolls after 31 days after becoming eligible for dental coverage, will
receive NO COVERAGE until YOU or such DEPENDENTS has been covered for:
Six months under Diagnostic and Preventive Services, other than routine oral
examinations and x-rays AND twenty four months with respect to Periodontal, Major
and Orthodontic Services.
***Please enroll promptly!***
************PLEASE ENROLL PROMPTLY**********
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Attention all U.T.I.T. Members!
Protecting Your Social Security Number from Identity Theft
Every year, millions of Americans become victims of identity theft. Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personally identifiable information and pretends to be you. They can use this information to open bank or credit card accounts, file taxes, or make new purchases in your name.
It is important that you take steps to protect your Social Security number from theft. If someone obtains your Social Security number, they can use it to get other personal information about you, including your bank or credit information. Someone can steal your Social Security number by:
- Stealing your wallet, purse, or mail;
- Obtaining personal information you provide to an unsecured site on the Internet;
- Rummaging through your trash; or
- Posing by phone or email as someone who needs information about you.
If someone asks for your number, you should ask why, how it will be used, and what will happen if you refuse. Make sure you give your employer and your financial institution(s) your correct Social Security number, so your records and tax information are accurate.
To minimize the risk of identity theft, keep your Social Security card and any other documents that show your Social Security number in a safe place. Do not carry your Social Security card or other documents with you that display your number unless you need them.
If you suspect someone’s using your Social Security number for work purposes, report the problem to us immediately by contacting the Federal Trade Commission. We will review your earnings with you to ensure our records are accurate. You may also verify your earnings on your Social Security Statement. You can get your Statement online by opening a personal my Social Security account.
If someone misused your Social Security number to create credit or other problems for you, immediately go to http://www.identitytheft.gov and report the identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission. Their website provides detailed information to help you defend against identity theft. You can reach them by phone by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY 1-866-653-4261.
You may also want to contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and file an online complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
Safeguarding your identity and Social Security is of the utmost importance. If you think you’re a victim of identity theft, please act now. For more information, read our publication Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number or visit us online
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