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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
FROM: Employee Benefits Division
SUBJECT: Reporting On Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program
DATE: October 22, 2019

We are pleased to announce a new publication in our popular Reporting On series:

Reporting On Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program (AL1709, October 2019)

The Reporting On series of publications describe some of the unique programs and benefits available under The Empire Plan. They are informational handouts for new employees or enrollees who may be considering changing plans during the annual Option Transfer Period. The newest addition to the series, Reporting On Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program, describes the benefits of choosing to receive mental health and substance use care from a network provider or at a network facility.

We will include Reporting On Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program as an insert in the October 2019 Empire Plan Reports, which will be mailed to enrollees’ homes. We will also send agencies two copies of the publication as a separate shipment.

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 Reporting On Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program on HBA Online under Publications & Forms. Please wait until you receive your shipment to order additional copies. 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.