Members Advantage E-Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest special offers from our IEA Member Benefits.

Hot Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

Summer is here and the deals are hot! Here are a few ways to save this summer, including gifts for the Dad or Grad in your life, discounts on GE appliances, and a vacation photo contest. The winner gets $500 in vacation cash!

Don’t Forget the Dads and Grads in Your Life

It’s time to celebrate Dads and grads—and your favorite teachers, too! Get 20% off all orders from the 1800flowers family of brands, including Harry & David, Cheryl’s Gourmet Cookies, the Popcorn Factory, and more. Check out all your choices at www.neamb.com/flowers.

July 4th Sales Event at the GE Appliances Store!

Celebrate and SAVE BIG during our July 4th Sales Event! Enjoy free delivery on orders over $399! Plus, take advantage of our special financing options.

Excludes Monogram®.Offer valid 6/16/20 – 7/8/20.

Already registered? Visit the GE Appliances Store at www.Shop4GE.com for offer details.

Need to register? Visit the Home and Auto Discounts category at www.neamb.com and click the Start Shopping button to register for access to the GE Appliances Store.

*Delivery not available in Alaska, Hawaii and other select ZIP codes within the continental U.S. To verify delivery to your home, enter your deliver-to zip code on the login page of the GE Appliances Store.

Enter the Share Your Vacation Photos Contest

Take a tour through your old photos and submit the best shot from your favorite vacation. NEA members will then have the chance to vote for their favorite image. Starting May 27, enter your photo at http://neamb.com/FaveVacaPic. Voting (yes, you can vote for your own photo) begins June 8. The member whose photo receives the most votes will win $500 in Vacation Cash redeemable toward a trip on NEA Vacations!

What Are Your Travel Plans for 2020 and Beyond?

You want to get back on the road as soon as you feel comfortable doing so, exploring America and the rest of the world. But what does traveling again mean to you? How have your future travel plans been adjusted in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic? Take this brief survey to share your thoughts on what your first foray into traveling again might look like. We’ll share results in the June issue of the NEA Travel Newsletter.

Opt-In Now to NEA Vacations, and Book Later!

Opt-in and receive $500 in Travel Dollars to use like cash later when you book a trip on NEA Vacations. When you’re ready to travel again, NEA Vacations will be there to help you save up to 50% on hotels, resorts, cruises and guided tours.

There’s no obligation, so go to https://www.neamb.com/products/nea-vacations to opt-in today.

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Summer Skip – Just One Way to Save On Your Insurance

We could all use a little more savings these days. While some insurance companies made a splash with payback promotions, California Casualty quietly worked with our customers to provide personalized savings solutions. By following the tips below, you, too, can save on your auto and home insurance – in some cases more than the percentages and dollar figures that made recent headlines.

Here are simple ways you can SAVE MORE on your insurance:

  1. Choose a Summer Skip Payment Option – adjust your payment schedule to EZ Pay and choose two summer months that you wish to skip (June/July or July/Aug or Aug/Sept).  
  • Buy Auto and Home/Renters From the Same Company – take advantage of significant discounts when your home or renters insurance is combined with your automobile insurance. In some cases, the savings “pays for” your renters policy.
  • Increase Your Deductibles – the amount you’ll save each month could add up, especially if you are incident free for a number of years. Just make sure you can cover the higher deductible in the event something happens.
  • Seek Out Additional Discounts – ask about discounts that were not applicable when you purchased your policy, but are now. A quick policy review with Customer Service is usually all that is needed.
  • Quote with California Casualty if You’re With Another Carrier – the member-only rates and educator-specific benefits offered through the NEA Auto and Home Insurance Program could offer significant long-term savings.  

If you’re a NEA Auto and Home Insurance policyholder, please reach out to California Casualty’s Customer Care Team at 1.800.800.9410 and select option 3, or email service@calcas.com . You can also visit our website at www.CalCas.com to chat with an online Customer Service Representative.

California Casualty has been serving the needs of educators since 1951 and is the only auto and home insurance company to earn the trust and endorsement of the National Education Association (NEA). As a result, NEA members qualify for exceptional rates, deductibles waived for vandalism or collisions to your vehicle parked at school, holiday or summer skip payment plans and free Identity Defense protection – exclusive benefits not available to the general public. Learn how to save by getting a quote at www.neamb.com/autohome, or by calling 1.800.800.9410.

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NEW NEMBER BENEFIT: Office Depot/Office Max Discount Program

NEA Member Benefits is providing a new opportunity to save money for members.  Just launched is the Office Depot/Office Max Discount Program.

This program provides exclusive NEA savings. You can purchase thousands of discounted products from officedepot.com‘s regular prices.  You can order online and pick up in one hour.  You also get free delivery on qualifying orders of $50 or more. Save on office supplies including:  copy paper and toner; office essential and cleaning supplies; folders, labels and binders.  CHECK IT OUT.

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Member Assistance Program Resources and Services

NEA Member Benefits has sent the message below to NEA members. The NEA MB Member Assistance Program webpage referenced in the message provides information on financial accommodations being offered by NEA MB’s major business partners to NEA MB program participants. NEA MB will continue to monitor developments and seek ways to support members and state & local affiliates during this unprecedented and challenging time.  With NEA Member Benefits, “it’s all about the member.”

Dear NEA Member,

We understand the current outbreak of COVID-19 is having a big impact on your students and on your life – both personally and professionally. We know educators like you are being asked to adapt to extraordinary circumstances at work while managing disruption and other challenges at home.

We remain committed to serving you. Our staff and many of our partners are working remotely to continue to assist you. We understand that many members’ incomes may be disrupted, and we would like to remind you to please visit our Member Assistance Program for more information at https://www.neamb.com/pages/coronavirus-assistance.

In addition to visiting our website at www.neamb.com, please don’t hesitate to call our Member Advocacy Center at (800) 637-4636, or email us at ask-us@neamb.com, with questions about our products or services. The Member Advocacy Center is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to1:00 p.m., EDT.

We wish you and your family safety, wellness and calm during these challenging times.

Please take care,


NEA Member Benefits team

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Beware of Tax Time ID Theft

Just when you thought that you’ve done all that was needed to file your taxes this year…you get an URGENT email from the IRS that something is wrong and you must reply right away. Don’t!

Phishing emails and text messages are the preferred forms of communication for a variety of recent tax time scams. While they may appear to come from the IRS, they are actually designed by scammers to:

  • Lure you into clicking on malicious links that install malware capable of stealing the personal information on your computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Have you provide “missing” personal information, such as your social security number
  • Pay them via a wire transfer or preloaded debit card with a threat of arrest if you do not comply

Scammers and thieves know that we have been “trained” to fear the IRS and they prey on our emotions. Over the years, many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials – in person, over the telephone and via email.

What you should know…the IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media about a tax bill/refund or to request personal or financial information.This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.In fact, the IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail or “notices” delivered by the United States Postal Service.

  • Forward an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or an IRS-related component like the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.
  • Report phone scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

While the IRS has instituted new programs and resources to try and prevent tax ID theft, they warn that crooks continue to find new, more sophisticated ways to capitalize on our money. That’s why they have a comprehensive list of information about tax-time identity theft and helpful links at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection.

California Casualty has been serving the needs of educators since 1951 and is the only auto and home insurance company to earn the trust and endorsement of the National Education Association (NEA). As a result, NEA members qualify for exceptional rates, deductibles waived for vandalism or collisions to your vehicle parked at school, holiday or summer skip payment plans and free Identity Defense protection – exclusive benefits not available to the general public. Learn how to save by getting a quote at www.neamb.com/autohome, or by calling 1.800.800.9410.

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California Casualty’s Response to COVID-19

California Casualty is dedicated to preserving the health and safety of IEA Members and our employees. We are monitoring this ever-changing public health situation by the hour. This is an unprecedented time for everyone – a time that, for many, is filled with uncertainty. Our hearts and thoughts go out to each and every one of you.

Our primary focus is to minimize disruptions to our policyholders as we respond to concerns about the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). California Casualty remains committed to doing everything we can to serve your members, while keeping our employees safe.   

IEA Members can expect to continue to receive excellent service from California Casualty. The best ways to reach us include:

  • Contacting us by phone at 1.800.800.9410. You can make a payment, file a claim, manage your account balance or ask a question.
  • Managing your policies online through the “Manage Your Policy” section of www.calcas.com website. You can pay your insurance bill, manage your policies, file a claim, or connect with us.
  • New Accounts Representatives are available for purchasing a policy or requesting a quote, you may call 1.866.680.5142, please select option 2.
  • Online “Click-to-Chat” option is also available for service.

California Casualty is following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), taking advantage of technology and making operational modifications as this situation evolves. We have cancelled all non-essential business travel, meetings and conferences for all employees, including our local field representatives. Our service centers are utilizing social distancing, undergoing deep cleaning, along with deploying telecommuting options for employees who may need to work from home to help ensure their health and safety and that of their family members. We are encouraging company communication with clients via virtual meetings through teleconference calls and video conferences.

Thank you for your patience as we all pull together in support of our communities, customers and employees. 

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MEMBER BENEFITS ADJUSTS TO DEAL WITH COVID-19

You have seen from other communications from the IEA that the state office in Boise is closed due to the virus.  As a consequence, the two staff members of IEA Member Benefits have had to vacate the building.  However, at the state level and the national level, adjustments have been made to insure that all of our members continue to receive the valuable benefits that come with their membership.  Those two IEA Member Benefits staff are working remotely from their homes and can continue to provide assistance if necessary.

Director Dick Chilcote can be reached at email:  dchilcote@idahoea.org; Member Benefits Associate Collette Elton can be reached at celton@idahoea.org.  They have had to abandon their office phones to work from home so if you have a specific question that needs some further explanation by phone, in your email please include your phone contact.  The NEA Member Benefits staffer, David Glenn, who works with Idaho can be reached by phone at 1-800-360-1296.  All three can assist if you have questions. 

And…there are several online references to inform you about your benefits:

NEA Member Benefits: www.neamb.com

IEA Member Benefits: ieamemberbenefits.org

One of the most popular benefits for members is the Educator Access Discount Program.  With this benefit you can get discounts on hundreds of thousands of purchases locally, nationally, and online.  We have been informed that you can continue to receive those discounts uninterrupted (if you can find a discount at a location that is open 🙂).  This benefit continued unabated even through the recent earthquake in Salt Lake City where the benefit is headquartered.

You will find other stories in this month’s newsletter about how your benefits are being modified to insure that your membership remains valuable.

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IEA MEMBER BENEFITS CHANGES LOGO

You may have noticed that the logo of the Idaho Education Association has been changed.  Through consultation with the IEA’s Director of Digital Communication and Technology, the IEA Board of Directors has adopted the new logo.

In order for members and others to more easily recognize the relationship between the IEA and IEA Member Benefits, the IEA Member Benefits Board of Directors has adopted the new look.

The logo can come in various colors.  Be watching for the change and be prepared to take advantage of the many benefits the logo represents.

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STUDENTS’ SAFE DRIVING MESSAGES CAN STEER THEM TO $15,000 AVAILABLE IN SPRING “CREATE REAL IMPACT CONTEST”

There’s a great opportunity for educators who know of a budding artist, musician, writer or filmmaker. Impact Teen Drivers and California Casualty are once again challenging students to develop artistic ideas to combat reckless and distracted driving. Their creative solutions could net them part of $15,000 in educational grants available in the 2020 Spring Create Real Impact contest.

The 2020 Spring Create Real Impact Contest will provide $1,500 grand prizes in the following categories:

  • Video
  • Music
  • Art
  • Creative writing
  • Spanish Language
  • Sports team video

There will also be awards for the works receiving the most online votes.

Administrators, teachers and education support professionals are urged to motivate students to enter the contest. Three schools with the most entries will each be awarded a $1,000 educational grant.

Students, ages 14-22, can enter their works at www.createrealimpact.com.

The Create Real Impact contest was initiated in 2009 as a proactive solution to the deadly epidemic of inattentive driving by teens. Research shows distraction is a key factor in almost 60 percent of crashes involving drivers ages 16 to 19. Empowering messages from young people urging their peers to adopt safer driving attitudes and avoid the tragic result of bad choices behind-the-wheel can save lives.

“I have confidence teens can change the culture of driving to one that is distraction free – much like earlier generations did with seat belts,” said Kelly Browning, Ph.D., Executive Director, Impact Teen Drivers. “The Create Real Impact Contest provides an opportunity for teens to join the conversation and do something about the problem.” 

Students across the nation, aged 14-22, can enter and find motivation from past winners at www.createrealimpact.com. The deadline for submissions is March 19 at 6 p.m. (PDT).

Online voting will take place March 20-26, with judges determining grand prize awards and notifying winners around April 1, in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Educators wanting to bring the powerful Impact Teen Drivers curriculum to their schools can visit www.impactteendrivers.org or email info@impactteendrivers.org.

California Casualty has been serving the needs of educators since 1951 and is the only auto and home insurance company to earn the trust and endorsement of the NEA. As a result, NEA members qualify for exceptional rates, deductibles waived for vandalism or collisions to your vehicle parked at school, holiday or summer skip payment plans and free Identity Defense protection – exclusive benefits not available to the general public. Learn how to save by getting a quote at www.neamb.com/autohome, or by calling 1.800.800.9410.

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NEA Limited Time Offers (LTOs)

NEA Limited Time Offers is the new online discount buying platform for NEA members. Check out these featured LTOs and more at www.neamb.com/LTOs!

  • TurboTax:Get your taxes done right and save up to $20 on TurboTax online federal products.
  • H&R Block:Make tax time easier and less expensive. Save 40% on H&R Block online products. Plus, new clients filing a 2019 personal return could save up to $25 on in-store tax preparation!

While you are on the site, here are examples of other LTOs:  Merrell (footwear); ReallyGoodStuff (teacher created classroom solutions); BooksAMillion; Walgreens; JCPenney; HelloFresh (instructions and ingredients for cooking.)

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Featured on the NEA Member Benefits Web Site – Beginning January 1, 2020

The New Year is here and that means it’s time for Resolutions—taking time to reflect on where you are and where you want to be in the future. Even though you just got back from Winter Break and are already stressed about lesson planning, grading, writing college recommendation letters and dealing with the way Snow Days are messing up your schedule, you are just about half way through the year and need to start thinking about Spring Break and your plans for the summer. No matter what you’re trying to figure out, NEAMB.com has you covered.

  • The Holidays mean shopping—shopping for gifts, for meals when entertaining, and for travel. The problem is, now you have to pay the bills. Are you trying to figure out whether you should pay off your debt or invest in your savings? Or maybe you aren’t sure of the best way to consolidate your debt. We have resources, calculators and everything you need to know at www.neamb.com/finance.
  • Did you make a New Year’s resolution to travel more? Not only do we have deals on cruises and other beach vacations, but our website has a quiz to help you find your dream trip for 2020. After you take the quiz, you can enter to win our Dream Vacation Sweepstakes! Learn more at www.neamb.com/travel.
  • Did you graduate last spring and now you’re worried about your student loan payments kicking in? We can help you learn how to lower your monthly payments and even how to qualify for student loan forgiveness—just go to www.neamb.com/studentloans
  • Protecting yourself and your family is so important that we have a new section of our website dedicated to helping you figure out how. Learn more through articles such as Moments that Matter and Five Money Mistakes to Avoid. Don’t forget to make sure your life insurance beneficiary information is up-to-date at www.neamb.com/protect.
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NEA Members Who “Keep on Course” Can Win a Vehicle

NEA members who make a pledge to “Keep on Course” can enter to win a new Jeep® Compass* from California Casualty.

Educators lead extremely busy lives, but the worst time to multi-task or let the mind wander is when they are behind the wheel. From smartphones to navigation devices, new technology is a dangerous temptation for drivers to take their eyes off the road. Tending to passengers, eating or drinking or checking one’s appearance are also risks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns that 3,100 people each year lose their life in a motor vehicle crash involving distracted driving.

NEA MB and the NEA Auto & Home Insurance Program provider, California Casualty, are working hard to end dangerous habits behind the wheel. California Casualty is rewarding NEA members who make a promise to drive safely with the chance to win a new Jeep® Compass. All it takes is a visit to www.WinAJeepCompass.com/NEA before October 4, 2020.

“Your safety is important to us,” said California Casualty Sr. Vice President Mike McCormick. “We appreciate everything you do and we know that your commitment extends beyond school to your home and family.”

Life is hectic enough without the after-effect of a car crash. K-12 educators that are NEA members can join the drive to “Keep on Course” and be entered to win at www.WinAJeepCompass.com/NEA. The campaign will run from January 1, 2020 through October 4, 2020. The winner will be announced in October or November.

Educators can take the safe driving effort into their classrooms with the free evidence-based materials from Impact Teen Drivers at www.impactteendrivers.org.

California Casualty has been serving the needs of educators since 1951 (since 1988 with the IEA) and is the only auto and home insurance company to earn the trust and endorsement of the NEA. As a result, NEA members qualify for exceptional rates, deductibles waived for vandalism or collisions to your vehicle parked at school, holiday or summer skip payment plans and free Identity Defense protection – exclusive benefits not available to the general public. Learn how to save by getting a quote at www.neamb.com/autohome, or by calling 1.800.800.9410.

*Jeep is not a participating partner in or sponsor of this contest.

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