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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: Student Employee Health Plan (SEHP) Health Benefits Administrators
FROM: Employee Benefits Division
SUBJECT: 2019-2020 SEHP Benefit Card Distribution
DATE: July 12, 2019

The 2019-2020 SEHP benefit cards will be mailed to all enrollees and dependents on July 18, 2019. This is the annual distribution to all SEHP enrollees and their dependents. The expiration date on the cards is August 31, 2020. Please remind enrollees to destroy the existing card when changing to the newly issued one.

The card shows the current copayments and the back includes reminders about what services require precertification. The language for services under the Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MHSA) Program has been changed this year to direct enrollees to review the At A Glance for those requiring precertification. Note: Only the online version of the 2019 At A Glance includes the list of precertification services on page 15. The January 1, 2020 version that will be mailed to enrollees in December 2019 will also include this information.

The card file was pulled from NYBEAS on July 10, 2019. Any enrollee added to NYBEAS after that date will receive a card in the normal weekly card mailing for new SEHP enrollees.

If you have any questions about this SEHP card distribution, please contact EBD Communications at (518) 457-7577. If you have any questions about SEHP benefits, please call the HBA helpline at (518) 474-2780.