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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.

New York State of Opportunity

Acting Commissioner


TO: New York State Health Benefits Administrators
FROM: Employee Benefits Division
SUBJECT: 2017 Back to Work for New York State
DATE: January 20, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the January 2017 publication, Back to Work for New York State will be shipped to agencies soon. This publication replaces the March 2012 version.

Back to Work provides important health insurance information for New York State retirees who are enrolled in NYSHIP and plan to return to work in a benefits eligible position for New York State. 

We will send you a supply of two copies. Please only give this publication to retirees who plan to return to work in a benefits-eligible position with New York State. 

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 Back to Work for New York State (AL1282) 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, contact the ITS Service Desk at 844-891-1786, or via chat 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.