Resource Center for NYSHIP Participating Agencies (PAs)
and Participating Employers (PEs)

The New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) was established in 1957 for State employees. The next year, NYSHIP opened to local governments and school districts. Now, more than 50 years later, NYSHIP is one of the largest public employer health insurance programs in the country. NYSHIP protects over 1.2 million State and local government employees, retirees and their families.

PA/PE Webinars, October 2016

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PA Webinar Powerpoint(pdf632KB)

PA Webinar FAQ's(pdf45KB)

 

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PE Webinar Powerpoint(pdf433KB)

 

Employer Mandate and Reporting Requirements for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Employers may be subject to penalties if they do not comply with the “employer mandate” and reporting requirements included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) has issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document(pdf76KB) to provide guidance for Participating Agencies and Participating Employers who offer NYSHIP benefits.

The FAQ document discusses certain employer requirements of PPACA. Please note that the State of New York cannot and will not accept these responsibilities for NYSHIP Participating Agencies and Participating Employers. IRS publications make it clear that these are employer responsibilities. Employers should begin to act immediately to comply with these requirements if they have not already done so. NYSHIP Participating Agencies and Participating Employers should consult with their legal counsel and benefits experts to ensure compliance with all aspects of PPACA.

Update: In early December, UnitedHealthcare, the administrator for The Empire Plan’s Medical/Surgical Program, mailed a letter to 58,000 Empire Plan enrollees in error regarding missing Social Security numbers on their enrollment records. A follow up letter(pdf109KB) is being mailed to clarify that no action in response to this request is necessary.

As noted above, NYSHIP employers may have previously requested this information from enrollees in order to comply with provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


New York State/SUNY GASB 45 Valuation – Participating Agency Actuarial Assumption Reports

Under the Government Accounting Standard Board’s (GASB) Statement 45, government employers need to value their obligations for other postemployment benefits (OPEB). OPEB refers to the benefits, other than pensions, that a state or local government employee receives as part of his or her package of retirement benefits.

To assist Participating Agencies (PAs) of the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) value their OPEB obligation under GASB 45, the New York State Department of Civil Service has made available Actuarial Assumption Reports that present assumptions and rationale used in the development of New York State and SUNY GASB 45 Valuations.

2016 Participating Agency – Assumption Report(pdf435KB)

2014 Participating Agency – Assumption Report(pdf416KB)


New York State/SUNY GASB 45 Valuation – Participating Employer Actuarial Assumption Reports

Under the Government Accounting Standard Board’s (GASB) Statement 45, government employers need to value their obligations for other postemployment benefits (OPEB). OPEB refers to the benefits, other than pensions, that a state or local government employee receives as part of his or her package of retirement benefits.
To assist Participating Employers (PEs) of the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) value their OPEB obligation under GASB 45, the New York State Department of Civil Service has made available Actuarial Assumption Reports that present assumptions and rationale used in the development of New York State and SUNY GASB 45 Valuations.

2016 Participating Employer – Assumption Report(pdf458KB)

2014 Participating Employer – Assumption Report(pdf433KB)