Notice: Effective 7/16/22, the Department will follow updated Covid-19 Screening Procedures for In-Person Exams. For more information, click here.

Q. What is NYSHIP?


A. NYSHIP is the New York State Health Insurance Program - a comprehensive health insurance program for New York State employees and retirees comprising The Empire Plan and NYSHIP-approved Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). The New York State Department of Civil Service administers NYSHIP. The Empire Plan also is available to other New York State public employers, such as quasi State agencies, municipalities and school districts, that elect to participate in NYSHIP.

For information about NYSHIP benefits available to other public employers see the Interested in Joining NYSHIP?section on our web site.