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Q. What is The Empire Plan?


A. The Empire Plan is NYSHIP's unique health insurance plan designed exclusively for New York State's public employees and employers. The Empire Plan pays for covered hospital services, physicians' bills, prescription drugs and other covered medical expenses. Enrollees have the freedom to choose participating providers and pay only a copayment or choose non-participating providers and pay a higher share of the cost.