This is a follow-up to my two emails yesterday regarding Colonial Life and MJ Consulting Groups. We have now confirmed that these two entities are coming into our schools under false pretenses. Originally, they were supposed to work with employees to help them transition from the SEHBP to the new Paterson Self-Insurance Plan. At no point did the Union have any foreknowledge that these entities also intended to sell to our members life and disability insurance.
We strongly recommend that you DO NOT purchase any of these products or services from either Colonial Life or MJ Consulting. Neither of these groups is an approved PEA or NJEA vendor. We work hard to vet any potential group that would have access to your personal and financial information to ensure that they will treat you with dignity and respect. AFLAC and Prudential are approved vendors because they have been vetted with these standards. We can not vouch for the financial integrity of either Colonial Life or MJ Consulting.
As you know, with any untrusted organization that possesses your social security number, home address, and dependent information this could cause HAVOC for you and your family. Do NOT place yourself in any unnecessary risk by purchasing life insurance, disability insurance, or any other product with Colonial Life or MJ Consulting. While we do NOT recommend that you meet with these groups, if you must, please limit your conversation solely to the topic of health benefits.
Since it is our understanding that these entities were invited here by the Business Administrator, Mr. Richard Mathews, we also request that you contact him first since he is so interested in the welfare of our employees and our families well being. His phone number is listed below in yellow along with other employees that have the trust and experience to handle health benefit issues (and currently work for the Paterson Public Schools).
1. Richard Matthews 973-321-0772
2. Richard Talerico 973-321-0628
3. Maria Gonzalez 973-321-2409
John McEntee, Jr.