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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: Health Benefits Administrators of Participating Employers and Participating Agencies with the Empire Plan or Excelsior Plan
FROM: Employee Benefits Division
SUBJECT: September 2017 Empire Plan Reports
DATE: September 27, 2017

The September 2017 Empire Plan Reports and Excelsior Plan Report will soon be posted online and mailed to enrollee homes and agencies. These Reports explain Plan changes and have important reminders for enrollees, including information on substance use treatment coverage, pre-implantation genetic testing, mammogram coverage and Empire Plan Participating Provider Directory changes.

These publications will begin to mail to enrollees’ homes in late September. The mail file for these mailings was pulled from NYBEAS on September 16, 2017. We will send you two copies of each publication that pertains to your agency’s enrollment.

Publications Available on NYSHIP Online:
You can also access the Reports online under Using Your Benefits from the NYSHIP Online home page.

Ordering Publications
You may order additional copies of the Reports on HBA Online under Publications & Forms. Please do not order copies until you have received your shipment. 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.