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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: Participating Agency Health Benefits Administrators; Participating Employer Health Benefits Administrators
FROM: Employee Benefits Division
SUBJECT: On the Road with The Empire Plan 2016 Publication
DATE: May 23, 2016

The updated version of On the Road with The Empire Plan (May 2016) for Enrollees and Retirees of NYSHIP Participating Agencies and Participating Employers is now available. This publication includes contact and claims information for Empire Plan programs and administrators that enrollees can use while they are traveling or when
their dependents are away from home. The May 2016 version replaces the February 2015 version. Please recycle any old copies you may have on your shelves.


We will not be mailing this publication to enrollee homes. We will send you two copies for your use. Note that the April 2016 Empire Plan Report referenced the availability of a
new version of this publication so enrollees may request copies from you.


Publications Available on Our Web Site:
Please check our web site for new publications. We generally post publications when we sign off for printing. Publications are available under Using Your Benefits.


Ordering Publications
You may order additional copies of On the Road with The Empire Plan 2016 for PA and PE Actives and Retirees (AL1425) on HBA Online under Publications & Forms. Please
wait until you receive your shipment of the new publications before you place an order.


If you need help accessing HBA Online, e-mail the ITS Enterprise Service Desk at


If you are unsure of how to order publications or have questions about this distribution, please call the EBD Communications Unit at 518-457-7577.