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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: Health Benefits Administrators of Participating Agencies with the Excelsior Plan
FROM: Employee Benefits Division
SUBJECT: January 2019 At A Glance
DATE: November 29, 2018

We are pleased to announce the publication of the January 2019 At A Glance. The At A Glance is a summary guide to Empire Plan benefits. Encourage employees to use this guide together with their Empire Plan Reports.

The 2019 Excelsior Plan Drug List is included with the At A Glance that will be mailed to enrollee homes. The 2019 Empire Plan Preventive Care Coverage Chart, a summary of current federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) coverage requirements, is included. Inserts containing information on Out-of-Network Reimbursement Disclosures related to the Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills law and a required Nondiscrimination Notice are also enclosed in the version mailed to enrollees.

We will mail the At A Glance to enrollee homes in early December. The file for this mailing was pulled from NYBEAS on November 20, 2018, so any enrollee not on NYBEAS as of this date should be provided with a copy. We will send a supply equal to one percent of your agency enrollment to you for new employees or retirees. See below for specific ordering information. We will send a separate shipment of the Preventive Care Coverage Chart, Out-of-Network Reimbursements Disclosures and the Excelsior Plan Drug List. Note: The Nondiscrimination Notice will not be shipped to agencies, nor will it be available to order.

Publications Available on Our Website:
Please check our website 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 the At A Glance and the other At A Glance inserts on HBA Online under Publications & Forms. This publication is included in the Quick Order packages, which are only available to order on HBA Online. (They can be mailed directly to the enrollee’s home.) 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.