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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.

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TO: Student Employee Health Plan (SEHP) Health Benefits Administrators
FROM: Employee Benefits Division
SUBJECT: COBRA notices for Dependent Spouses/ DomesticPartners
DATE: January 28, 2016

A required COBRA notice was mailed standard class to all Spouses and Domestic Partners of current NYSHIP enrollees on January 19, 2016. The file was pulled from NYBEAS on January 13, 2016.

The notice is a ‘catch-up’ to be sure that all spouses/domestic partners know their COBRA rights.

Enrollees receive COBRA information with their health insurance materials. COBRA information can be found in the Mandated Package. This catch-up mailing and scheduled monthly mailings establish a procedure to provide dependents with mandated COBRA information.

Beginning on January 20, 2016, a separate COBRA notice will be mailed to Spouses and Domestic Partners of enrollees who receive a Mandated Package.

The Mandated Package is an envelope of required notices including the HIPAA and COBRA notices. The Mandated Package is automatically mailed to the home of a new hire

If you have questions about the catch-up COBRA mailing or the mandated packages, contact the EBD Communications Unit at 518-457-7577.