What is the Health and Fitness Reimbursement Program? View the Answer
This program will reimburse Management Benefits Fund (MBF) active and retired members for membership fees for a six-month continous period at an MBF-approved Health Club or other physical fitness program.
The member's spouse/domestic partner is also eligible for this benefit, after having completed six months of exercise. Other dependents are not eligible for this benefit.
What is the purpose of the program?View the Answer
The goal is to promote the life-long benefits of exercise.
When am I eligible to receive reimbursement?View the Answer
You qualify for reimbursement after exercising a minimum of five times a month for six consecutive months.
How do I receive reimbursement?View the Answer
You and/or your spouse/domestic partner must complete and submit an MBF Member Health and Fitness Reimbursement Program Claim Form and proof of payment from the health club every six months for which you would like to receive reimbursement. Send both to:
New York City Management Benefits Fund
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 707
New York, NY 10274
Is there a time limitation for submitting claims? View the Answer
In order to be considered for payment, claims must be submitted within 24 months of the claim period ending date.
What is considered "proof of payment?"View the Answer
Proof of payment includes:
How do I obtain a claim form?View the Answer
You can download a claim form here or call the Fund's Administrative Office at (212) 306-7290.
How much is the benefit?View the Answer
After each six-month period, reimbursement up to $250 will be issued to the member or both the member and the member’s spouse/domestic partner (if participating).
Is the benefit taxable?View the Answer
Yes. The benefit is considered taxable income to the MBF member only in the year in which it is received. The benefit amount will be added only to the MBF member's Form W-2, regardless of whether the spouse/domestic participates in the program.
What type of facillity must I belong to in order to receive reimbursement?View the Answer
Your health club must meet the MBF definition of an approved Health Club. Please see the MBF booklet Section for more information. Also, prior to participating, MBF recommends that you consult with your own physician, who will help you decide on an appropriate exercise program for you.
What type of exercises are needed to become physically fit?View the Answer
The American College of Sports Medicine identifies three areas of importance in a successful exercise program - aerobic activity, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility.