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Sept. 9, 2016 // This Week’s Notebook: MSY Member in Need


Member in Need: Alan Gunnels (MSY)
Consider helping New Orleans Moisant ATCT (MSY) member Alan Gunnels. MSY member Brandi Nesladek started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Al’s family as he battles Hodgkin’s Lymphoma a second time through a different treatment plan. This plan includes three cycles of chemo, followed by a stem cell transplant, which will require an approximate two-month stay in Houston, at or near the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Of those two months, 30 days will be spent in the hospital. Al’s wife will travel between New Orleans and Houston during this time to care for their children as well as care for and support Al through his treatment. After this treatment, Al will require recovery time at home. The length of this time at home depends on how well he is doing. If you are able, please consider donating.


NATCA Store Item Of The Week: Briefcase
Black denier nylon briefcase with the NATCA logo embroidered on the front. The fabric has top-performing durability and is abrasion-resistant. Other features include a molded rubber top carry handle, removable padded inserts, quick release flap buckle, and adjustable and detachable shoulder strap. Briefcase also features a real zip-close pocket and multiple inside pockets.

Dimensions: 17″x12″x3.50″
Price: $43
Made in USA

To see the item and how to order: Select USPS or UPS as your shipping preference on your orders. To check on stock availability or for further assistance, call 800-266-0895 or email [email protected].

Member Portal
Have you moved recently and need to update your mailing address? No problem! Simply log in at the Member Portal and update your contact information. Those registering for the first time must have your NATCA member number ready as it is needed when you register. For further assistance, contact Customer Service at 800-266-0895 or email [email protected].

Benefits Spotlight: GEICO + NATCA = A Win For You!
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If you answered, “Gecko Everywhere In Central Orifices,” then you are totally wrong! Now, if you answered Government Employees Insurance Company, then you get a gold star and a chance to save money on your insurance needs! Let’s face it, we have stuff, and stuff sometimes breaks and when stuff breaks, you have to fix it. So, insurance to the rescue! We insure our stuff, so we can have someone else pay the big money to fix our big stuff! But insurance costs money too right? Well, relax fellow NATCA member, your membership in NATCA can save you money on your “Stuff Insurance”!

It all starts with a click here.

Cambridge Corner: 2016 FEGLI Open Season
OPM will hold the 2016 FEGLI open season from Sept. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2016. During this time, federal employees who are eligible can elect or increase their FEGLI life insurance by submitting an election to their human resources office. Eligible employees may elect changes by electronic means where this option is available through their employing agency.

OPM noted that subject to FEGLI law and regulation, including applicable pay and duty status requirements, the effective date for changes to FEGLI coverage under an open season election will be delayed one full year to the beginning of the first full pay period on or after Oct. 1, 2017.

Outside of an open season, eligible employees can enroll or increase their coverage by taking a physical exam or with a Qualifying Life Event (retirees can never increase their FEGLI coverage, even during a FEGLI open season). FEGLI life events are marriage, divorce, death of spouse, or acquisition of an eligible child. With a life event, employees can enroll or increase coverage in Basic, Option A, up to five multiples of Option B, and/or up to five multiples of Option C. Employees must submit form SF 2817 to the human resources office within 60 days after the life event.

OPM reminded participants that federal employees and federal retirees can reduce or cancel FEGLI at any time. Enrollees who are satisfied with their current FEGLI coverage do not need to make any elections during the 2016 FEGLI open season.

Call 888-900-4690 or click here for more information on how Cambridge Financial Partners can help you.

Upcoming Retirement Seminars Provided By 4 Square:


Standard seminar for members with more than 15 years of service held from 3 to 9 p.m. local time.

Register by signing on to the NATCA Portal. Please verify the personal information listed for you including email and cell phone number. If any information is incorrect or missing, please correct or add it under the “My Profile” tab.

To register for a seminar, click the “Events” tab, followed by “2016 Retirement Seminars”. Complete the requested information and click “Next”. When you come to the screen listing the seminars, select the one you wish to attend, hit “Next”, verify your requested seminar information and then click “Done”. You will receive a confirmation email that your registration was complete.

A second email will be sent two to three weeks prior to the seminar giving you the logistical information for the seminar. Also included in this email will be instructions on how to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

Spouses and significant others are also invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest. Please try to register three weeks prior to the seminar. Walk-ins are permitted to attend as long as they can provide their membership ID number. However, you will be unable to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact Grace Colby, NATCA Executive Administrative Assistant: (202) 220-9829, [email protected].

We are now offering Career Optimization and Retirement Education (C.O.R.E.) Seminars in many cities! These seminars are geared towards employees with zero to 15 years of service who want to maximize their retirement benefits and plan for financial stability in retirement. Log in to the Portal today to see which cities are offering this great new program.

NATCA EDGE – Designed exclusively for NATCA members!
Can’t get to an in-person retirement seminar? We’ll bring the seminar to you!

Presenting an all-new, flexible access, web-based session of our popular retirement benefits seminar:


To register for a session, visit the NATCA Portal. Click “Events” on the menu bar on the home page, then select the “2016 NATCA Edge Online Retirement Webinar” link. Follow the questions and directions from there.

Personalized benefit estimate for participants paid for is an exclusive benefit for NATCA members. You will never be solicited or sold anything, ever!

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact Grace Colby, NATCA Executive Administrative Assistant: (202) 220-9829, [email protected].

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