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Editor: Elizabeth A. Bejoian
The MTA Advantage is published three times a year as
a supplement to MTA Today by MTA Benefits, Inc.
MTA Benefits offers members a wide variety of
discounts. The primary goal of offering such a
diverse selection of benefits is so that you can
save money — and lots of it!
If you’re interested in real deals, look no further
than the Access discount program. Access is an
MTA member benefit providing significant savings
that help offset the cost of your annual dues.
The Access savings network offers a multitude of
exclusive, value-packed, easily redeemable and
convenient savings. Access provides the largest
private discount network of its kind, with more
than 350,000 participating merchants and deals
around the country.
From popular national brands to local favorites,
you can enjoy savings of up to 50 percent at
premier retailers, restaurants, hotels and more.
Access savings can be redeemed three ways —
in stores, online or by phone. Save in stores by
finding the merchant offer you’d like on the
Access/MTA Benefits shopping website. Follow
the specific redemption instructions provided,
Save online by clicking the link from the Access
page to the offer you want to redeem. Many offers
feature hotels, car rentals and online merchants.
Other discount offers are redeemable by phone.
The Access website is intuitive and easy to use,
with features such as keyword search, filters that
help you search for specific discounts, and maps
that show discount locations.
The My Deals Mobile® app is a convenient way to
save right from your smartphone. You can search
more than 300 brands in more than 165,000
locations. Simply show your mobile device at the
point of sale to get your discount. You can also
track your savings each time you redeem an offer.
There’s no computer and no printer — just your
phone. It’s that easy!
Stay in the know about offers! Sign up to receive
exclusive Access e-mail updates to get information
about seasonal discounts, limited-time offers,
newly added merchants and more so that you’ll
never miss an opportunity to save.
MTA favorites such as Walt Disney World,
dressbarn and Dunkin’ Donuts are still featured.
In addition, we are excited to introduce many
new merchants and fantastic new savings. Here
are some discounts to celebrate: The Limited,
Reebok, Fila, Ford and Lincoln motor companies,
Chuck E. Cheese's, Jockey, PPG Paints, Crazy 8,
Talbots, Puma Outlets and PacSun.
What are you waiting for?
Log on to mtabenefits.com to see how you
can save money with Access today!
MTA’s annual disability enrollment gets underway
Beginning in the first week of March, members will see some familiar
faces in their schools. They’re not fellow members — they are our MTA
disability enrollment counselors, who will be conducting on-site enrollment
meetings. Many counselors return each year for open enrollment, bringing
with them a real understanding of our members’ needs. Members trust
the counselors to offer sound guidance and help them understand the
need for short- and long-term disability coverage.
Disability insurance is one of the
most important benefits offered to
MTA members. The need for it is
clear. An illness or accident can
come out of nowhere, leaving
you unable to work and receive
a paycheck. Coverage is inexpensive,
and it provides members with
a source of income when sick pay
and sick banks are not enough
to cover the full period of an injury
During the open-enrollment period through May 13, coverage is
guaranteed. No medical questions are asked. The best time to get this
coverage is before you need it. Benefits of the plan include:
• Benefit payment equaling 60 percent of salary
• Tax-free benefit payment
• Bank draft and payroll-slot options
• Benefit payment not offset by sick pay or sick bank
• Group rates for MTA members
Members in participating districts who aren’t currently covered under
the plan are encouraged to take a few minutes to meet with a disability
enrollment counselor who will show you how the plan’s benefits help.
Locals that don’t currently offer the insurance in their districts can find
out in just a few minutes how easy it is to provide interested members the
opportunity to obtain coverage and protect their families. Call Tom Colbert
at 774.551.0013, ext. 104.
Make 2016 a year of security and peace of mind as well as happiness and