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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: New York State Health Benefits Administrators
FROM: Employee Benefits Division
SUBJECT: PIA Dental and Vision Benefit Enhancements, effective January 1, 2020
DATE: October 16, 2019

The PIA Dental and Vision Benefits brochure is now available online and will soon be mailed to enrollee homes and agencies. This publication describes 2020 benefit changes that will take effect January 1, as a result of the collective bargaining agreement between the State and the Police Investigators Association (PIA).

This publication will mail to enrollees’ homes in October. The mail file was pulled from NYBEAS on October 5, 2019, so any Dental/Vision enrollee who was not on the file on that date should be provided with a copy. We will send you two copies of the publication.

Publications Available on NYSHIP Online:
You can access the brochure on NYSHIP Online under the Other Benefits tab.

Ordering Publications
You may order additional copies of the PIA Dental and Vision Benefits brochure (NY1307) 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.