What you need to know if you are traveling outside the US.

Are you planning to travel outside the US? Then you should be aware of how your health insurance works during foreign travel.

Empire Plan coverage is available worldwide, primarily in the form of reimbursement. If Medicare is your primary insurance, you should be aware that Medicare does not provide coverage outside the United States (with a few exceptions).

If you require medical care while abroad, the American Embassy can usually provide names of reliable, English-speaking doctors. After receiving medical services, ask for copies of your medical records in English, if possible. Keep a receipt when you pay your bill. When you get home, submit the records to the appropriate Empire Plan administrator. The Plan administrators will reimburse you directly for covered expenses. If you are Medicare primary, remember that Medicare does not provide coverage outside the United States. If no other coverage is in effect, The Empire Plan is primary until you return.

The above paragraph was excerpted from the publication, On the Road with the Empire Plan. The publication  is a must read for all New York State retirees who travel out of New York, both in the United States and internationally.

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Thanks to member Ed Nostrand for sharing the information about Medicare and foreign travel.

Congratulations to the New UTN Officers

The United Teachers of Northport will have a new slate of officers as of July 1. The R-UTN members send our congratulations and solidarity!

President Stacey Weisberg
Executive VP Carol Taylor
Elementary VP Pam DeFord
Secondary VP Kelly Lange
Secretary Allison Galofaro
Treasurer  Tammy Walsh
Secondary Teaching Assistance Annette Giglio
Elementary Teaching Assistant Linda Bogdanowich

R-UTN Scholarship Awards

Each year the Retired-United Teachers of Northport award scholarships to deserving Northport High School seniors. This year two scholarships were awarded at the Senior Awards Presentation on June 6 — Ryan Dee received the Memorial Scholarship for Academic Achievement and Alexa Molnar was awarded the Scholarship for Studies in Education. Two additional scholarships were awarded to Daniel Polay and Hannah Slagle, children of current in-service UTN members, at the United Teachers of Northport Retirement Party on June 8.

Ryan Dee, recipient of the Memorial Scholarship for Academic Achievement, is a talented musician and outstanding student leader. He is president of the Marching Band, a member of the Symphony Orchestra, the National Honor Society and is an IB and AP Outstanding student. Ryan plans to attend Syracuse University next fall.

Alexa Molnar was awarded the Scholarship for Studies in Education. All through high school Alexa has taken electives in the Early Education Program, working with children in the in-house nursery and pre-school programs. She is a member of the Future Educators of America (FEA) and the Bubby Club, which pairs members with special needs students. Alexa plans to attend The State University of New York at Oneonta next fall. 

Daniel Polay, a senior at Harborfields High School, is the son of Norwood Avenue teacher Jane Pastorelli-Capobianco. During his high school career he has received numerous academic honors, including a Gold Key Award, Scholar Athlete Award and underclass Business Award. He took part in the New York State DECA Competition and was DECA Suffolk County Finalist. He is both a student athlete and an artist. He has played several varsity sports, and is a member of the National Art Honor Society. Daniel plans to attend Elon University next fall.

Hannah Slagle a senior at Kings Park High School , is the daughter of Northport High School social studies teacher William Slagle. Her academic honors include National Honor Society, AP Scholar Award and the American Scholastic Press Association’s First Place Award.  She is also a member of the Marching Band, Kaleidescope Magazine, Student Environmental Action Society, and Unity Club. Hannah will be attending Suffolk County Community College in the fall.