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The FTA needs to have your most up to date contact information.  Fill out this form and send it to the FTA office via the pony or email. 
FTA Classifieds

Do you own a business? Are you selling/renting a house? Are you looking for something specific?

We are in the process of adding a "classifieds" section to our website, where FTA members can post classified ads. Send us your information to share: business cards, sales, events, things needed, etc.
1253 Worcester Road #102
Framingham, MA 01701
Phone:  508.626.1304
Fax: 508.626.8602
ftassoc@verizon.net
Last updated:
April 14, 2014
What's Happening at Your School?
Let's show our FTA school spirit!

Is there something interesting happening in your classroom or school? You deserve to be recognized for all you do!
Send us your activity, event, or success story along with a picture (if available) and we'll add it to our "School Spirit" page!

Send your information to the Communications Committee so we can show off your hard work!
Health Insurance Changes!







FTA-Provided GIC Informational Sessions:

Monday, April 14th from 2:30-4:00  Cafeteria @ FHS 
Tuesday, April 15th from 3:45-5:45 Desmarais Room @ King
Wednesday, April 30th from 3:15-5:15 Cafeteria @ FHS on Wednesday
Wednesday, April 30th from 1:00-3:00 Blumer Room @ the Memorial Building for Retirees.

VENDOR FAIR: Friday, April 25th from 11:00am-4:00pm

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Are you confused by the HEALTH INSURANCE changes?
Follow these steps for help:


1. Look through this chart. The number of paychecks per year you normally receive will determine which column you should be looking at. Example: teachers who get paid through the summer should look at the "26 WEEKS EMPLOYEE SHARE" column.

2. Decide whether you want to enroll in an HMO plan or a PPO plan. The biggest difference between these two insurance options is that a PPO allows you to visit doctors and hospitals outside your network (most plans cover 80% out-of-network costs through this option). An HMO plan covers you only when you visit an in-network doctor or hospital. If you are not sure which type of plan to pick, it is helpful to look at each provider's in-network list. You can look here for those lists:

                        Fallon Health Direct Care HMO: overview, coverage
                        Fallon Health Select Care HMO: overview, coverage

                        Harvard Pilgrim Independence PPO: overview, coverage
                        Harvard Pilgrim Primary Choice HMO: overview, coverage

                        Health New England HMO: overview, coverage

                        Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) Care HMO: overview, coverage

                        Tufts Health Plan Navigator PPO: overview, coverage
                        Tufts Health Plan Spirit HMO: overview, coverage

                        Unicare State Indemnity Plan Basic with CIC (Comprehensive): overview, coverage
                        Unicare State Indemnity Plan Basic without CIC: overview, coverage
                        Unicare State Indemnity Plan Basic Community Choice PPO: overview, coverage
                        Unicare State Indemnity Plan Plus PPO: overview, coverage

3. After looking through each plan's provider list, you should have a general idea of which type of insurance to choose (PPO or HMO). Remember to double-check that your current doctors are on the covered list for the plan you are thinking of choosing.

Which plan you choose will also determine what your per-paycheck-cost will be once you're enrolled. Example: if a teacher who is a "26 WEEKS EMPLOYEE SHARE" chooses Tufts Health Plan Navigator PPO, the deducted amount for health insurance per paycheck will be $71.52 for an individual and $172.80 for the family plan (again, see this chart to check costs).

4. By now, you will either have made a decision or you will have questions.

---> If you have questions, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE that you attend one of the many informational meetings that have been scheduled (at the top of this page).

---> If you've made a decision, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE that you fill out all the appropriate paperwork right away, along with the GIC cover sheet, and send all required information to gicinfo@framinghamma.gov. REMEMBER: all your paperwork needs to be on-file by May 7th or you will NOT have health coverage after July 1st!


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TO ENROLL IN YOUR CHOICE OF GIC INSURANCE PROVIDER

1. Scan your GIC required documentation now to gicinfo@framinghamma.gov.  Include the Scan Coversheet

2. Questions about GIC? Check out these links for more information:  Town GIC Info or State GIC Info

3. GIC Open Enrollment is April 9th through May 7th.

4. You must enroll in GIC in order to have health insurance after July 1st.

5. Be an informed health care consumer. Find out if your doctor/hospital covered by GIC prior to making a decision. GIC Benefits at a Glance

6. Meet with representatives from all the GIC Plans at Nevins Hall April 25th from 11 am - 4 pm. Other opportunities can be found at State GIC Vendor Fairs

7. GIC health plans will take effect on July 1st, 2014.

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MORE INFO

Memo from the Town of Framingham: CLICK HERE - sent to employees on February 13th, 2014

For new, helpful information regarding the GIC click the following links: GIC Q and A and HERE.

UPDATE (3/30/14): CLICK HERE for the cost comparison chart for the GIC.

UPDATE (4/13/14): NEW EMAIL from FPS regarding the GIC can be seen HERE.

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Read Across America Month
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The Framingham Teachers Association is excited to assist in the coordinating Read Across America visits. The contact person for this month long event is Maria Davis, Public Relations Chair, at Cameron Middle School. If you are interested in participating please send her an email at mdavis1@framingham.k12.ma.us. Please be aware that we may not be able to coordinate visits to every classroom that volunteers. We will certainly try our best to ensure there is a visit in every school. We have limited funds to purchase books so it will be on a first come first serve basis.

Building reps in all building are collecting a donation of $1 per teacher to ensure we can replenish our funds and continue to donate books for Read Across America Month. If you are interested please see your building reps to make a donation.

Thank you!

FTA

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Red Sox vs. Oakland A's
Tickets available!

May 2nd, 2014
Red Sox v. Oakland A's
Bleacher Seats
$35 per ticket













Beginning March 12th at 6:30 a.m. via email, FTA members may order up to a total of two (2) tickets each. We will continue to sell the tickets until they are sold out. If you are interested in buying more than 2 tickets, please put that request in your email. If we do NOT sell out, we will contact you about purchasing more tickets.

E-mail your request to: ftassoc@verizon.net

Please include the following information:
Name/School/home email/phone number

Once notified that your request has been granted, a check for the FULL amount must be received in the FTA Office within two weeks. Payment must be made with a check made out to: Framingham Teachers Association.


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Invitation for teachers to participate in a free PD opportunity from the MTA.

Also, Teach Plus is currently accepting applications and nominations for our Teach Plus Policy Fellows program. The forms are live now: http://www.teachplus.org/page/apply-183.html

http://cm.teachplus.org/t/ViewEmail/r/14A8B535EC00C2012540EF23F30FEDED


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YOU'RE INVITED!







FTA Spring Social
Friday May 16th 2:00 - 5:00

Framingham Beer Works
345 Cochituate Rd.
Framingham, MA 01701

Relax, unwind and catch up with your colleagues from around the district! All FTA members are invited!
There will be a raffle to benefit the FTA scholarship award.

Appetizers provided
Cash Bar