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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
FROM: Employee Benefits Division
SUBJECT: Medicare & NYSHIP for PA Retirees, May 2019
DATE: May 30, 2019

The newly revised Medicare & NYSHIP for PA Retirees publication is now available online. This publication provides important information about Medicare enrollment and NYSHIP rules, the consequences of enrolling in more than one Medicare product at a time, Part B reimbursement, Medicare and NYSHIP claims coordination and Empire Plan Medicare Rx.

The May 2019 version [PA0215] replaces the February 2017 version [PA0202]. Please recycle any copies you may have of the old version.

We will send you two copies for your use. This publication is included as part of the monthly 65th Birthday mailing, which reminds retirees to enroll in Medicare three months before they turn 65, as well as the Quick Order packets for PA retirees.

Publications Available on NYSHIP Online:
You can access the publication online under Using Your Benefits under Publications and on the Medicare page (Retirees only).

Ordering Publications
You may order additional copies of this publication 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.