Notification of Death of a Retired Firefighter
Notification of a retired firefighter's death is made to the NYC Fire Department by calling 718-999-2320 or 718-999-2321. Retirees have a life insurance policy in the amount of $6,000 with the FDNY Life Insurance Fund. This is the $9 deduction on your earnings statement listed as Fire Life.
Members who have retired after January 1, 1971 have a death benefit with the Security Benefit Fund (SBF) in the following amounts:
A claim for this benefit will be sent to your beneficiary when we receive notification of death.
Reimbursement for Medicare Part "B"
If you are receiving a City pension check and both you and your spouse are enrolled in a City health plan, you will be reimbursed for your Medicare part 'B" by the City of New York. You should send the following information to Employee Health Benefits. Make a copy of your Medicare card to show that you have both parts "A" and "B" and include the following information:
Send this information to:
If you are in an HMO (Example HIP, AETNA, etc.) you must inform your health carrier that you are going on Medicare due to forms that need to be filled out with your health provider.
Notification of Change in Status
The Security Benefit Fund must be informed of any changes in your status. For example:
To change your address with the NYC Fire Department or to make changes for direct deposit please call pension and payroll at 718-999-2327.
Changing Health Plans
You can change health plans every other year during the even numbered years (2004, 2006, 2008, etc). The normal time to change is in November or December in order to take effect the following January. You may also change plans at anytime if you move out of your health plan service area. A change can occur outside the normal change period "once in a lifetime." If this option is used, you can only change during the allotted change-over period, or if you move out of your service area.
Changing Dental Plans
You may change dental plans each year between October 15th and December 15th. Most plan changes take effect on January 1st. James Dahl is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 4pm. He can be reached at 212-683-4723, Ext. 5977.
Correction: The wallet cards recently sent to retirees incorrectly list General Prescription as the drug carrier. The correct plan is PharmaCare, formerly EHS. They can be reached at 866-832-0563. Additionally, the correct phone number for the SBF is 212-683-4723.