The Empire Plan is a unique health insurance plan designed especially for public employees in New York State. Empire Plan benefits include inpatient and outpatient hospital coverage, medical/surgical coverage, Centers of Excellence for transplants, infertility and cancer, home care services, equipment and supplies, mental health and substance abuse coverage and prescription drug coverage.
Compute monthly premiums and annual cost for your agency. The Empire Plan's managed care features and copayments help keep costs down. View recent Empire Plan Quarterly Experience Reports.
Empire Plan Quarterly Experience Reports are mailed to Participating Agency employers. The reports provide comprehensive projections of Empire Plan experience for the remainder of the current year based on claims paid through the previous quarter and the projected premium rates for the following year. The reports explain the basis for the projections.
The Empire Plan has an extensive network of providers, as well as access to non-participating providers worldwide.
At home, at work, on vacation, in college or in retirement, The Empire Plan is with enrollees throughout life.
The Empire Plan offers employers and enrollees superior customer service.
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Empire Plan Providers, Pharmacies and Services


Hospital Program

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The Empire Plan Hospital Benefits Program has two levels of benefits - network and non-network. Network benefits apply when you use hospitals, hospices and skilled nursing facilities that participate in the BlueCross and BlueShield Association's network. This is currently the largest hospital network available in the United States. Over 90 percent of hospitals nationwide are network hospitals.

Hospital Based Ambulatory Surgical Centers
Hospice Care
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Hospital Owned Urgent Care Centers - January 2014


Medical/Surgical Program

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The Empire Plan is designed to provide enrollees with comprehensive medical care coverage. Using participating providers helps keep the cost to you and The Empire Plan at a reasonable level. UnitedHealthcare is the program administrator for this coverage.

The following Directory also includes Medical/Surgical Providers, Laboratories, Outpatient Surgical locations, Cardiac Rehabilitation Centers, Urgent Care Centers and Orthotic/Prosthetic Devices Networks. The directory is updated weekly.

Find and Locate: The Empire Plan Medical/Surgical Provider Directory
The Empire Plan has a customized web site, MyUHC, for enrollees to access information about program which is administered by UnitedHealthcare. Enrollees can track their Plan’s medical/surgical claims and history, print explanations of benefits (EOBs), create personalized provider directories and much more.

EPIC Hearing Healthcare Hearing Service Plan (HSP). Call toll-free 1-866-956-5400 to locate the nearest hearing aid service center and to access your Empire Plan benefit through the EPIC Hearing Service Plan.

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Basic Medical Provider Discount Program Providers


Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program

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The Empire Plan Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program, administered by ValueOptions, provides coverage for medically necessary inpatient and outpatient care through a network of participating providers; medically necessary non-network services are also covered. To ensure you receive the highest level of benefits, you should call ValueOptions before you seek mental health or substance abuse care, including treatment for alcoholism, even when a doctor refers you to the facility. Guaranteed access to network level of benefits is available if arranged through ValueOptions.

The Empire Plan customized Achieve Solutions website provides confidential online access to educational and screening materials, disease management programs, provider/facility directories, and claims and coverage information.


Prescription Drug Program

You can order mail service prescriptions online, reducing the prescription cost for you and The Empire Plan. Also, information about The Empire Plan pharmacy locations and 24-hour service pharmacies is available here. CVS Caremark administers The Empire Plan Prescription Drug Program for retail pharmacy network and mail pharmacy services.

Empire Plan Prescription Drug Program Web Site

Empire Plan Prescription Drug Mail Service Order Form

Download and photocopy CVS Caremark Mail Service Order Form as needed
Mail prescriptions to:

CVS Caremark
P.O. Box 2100
Pittsburgh, PA 15230-2110

Empire Plan Drugs that Require Prior Authorization

When taking a medication that is part of the Specialty Pharmacy Program, enrollees receive enhanced services that include disease and drug education, compliance management, side-effect management and safety management. Also included in this Program are expedited, scheduled delivery of your medications at no additional charge, refill reminder calls, and all necessary supplies such as needles and syringes applicable to the medication.

Specialty Pharmacy Program View a complete list of specialty medications included in the Program. Each of these drugs can be ordered through the Specialty Pharmacy Program using the CVS Caremark Mail Service Order Form.