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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: New York State Health Benefits Administrators
FROM: Employee Benefits Division
SUBJECT: Empire Plan Certificate for NY Retirees
DATE: May 3, 2017

We are pleased to announce that an updated Empire Plan Certificate for New York State Retirees, Vestees, Dependent Survivors and Preferred List Enrollees is at the printer. The revised Certificate is updated with amendments through January 1, 2014. This revision is part of an effort to consolidate the Certificate and eliminate the number of printed documents new retirees receive in Quick Order packages. This publication will not be mailed to current retirees, but you should send any new retirees a Quick Order package to ensure they get a complete set of retiree benefit information.


For reference, we will send you a supply of 1 percent of your active enrollment (no less than two copies) of the Empire Plan Certificate.

Publications Available on Our Website:

Please check our website for new publications. We generally post publications when we sign off for printing. Go to the Department of Civil Service website at and select Employees, then choose State Government Employees. Under Health Insurance and Other Employee Benefits, click on New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP).

Ordering Publications

You may order additional copies of The Empire Plan Certificate for NY Retirees (NY1216) on HBA Online under Publications & Forms. With this update, you will notice that the fulfillment form has been updated, and if you keep retiree publications in your office, your inventory should mirror the revised NY Retiree publication order form. Please wait until you receive your shipment of the new publication 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.