Health Benefits Department
The CSEA Health Benefits Department coordinates and oversees all of the union’s negotiated health benefits. The primary goal of the department is to enhance and expand health benefits while containing costs to employers and our members. In addition, the department works to educate our membership in the efficient use of their health care benefits.
The Health Benefits Department acts as a resource for all divisions of CSEA (State, Local Government and Private Sector) by providing direct assistance and support to region and headquarters staff, local and unit officers, and the rank & file membership.
The CSEA-NYS Joint Committee on Health Benefits, pursuant to Article 9 of the State Contract, is primarily responsible for the oversight and administration of the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP). The NYSHIP program includes the Empire Plan and Health Maintenance Organizations located throughout the State of New York.
Health Benefits Department Staff
Joint Committee on Health Benefits (State) Staff:
Deputy Director: Dawn Dugan
Health Benefits Specialist: James Carroll
Health Benefits Communications Associate: Suzanne Carter
Local Government and Private Sector Staff:
Deputy Director: Scott Futia
Health Benefits Specialists: Chuck Guild, Phil Lupe and Matt Patrizio
The CSEA Health Benefits Department can be reached at 518-785-4774 or 1-800-286-5242(JCHB) or by email at email@example.com.
Visit NYSHIP online
Empire Plan General Information Book
NYSHIP Claims and Administrative Forms
Work for a local government agency or private sector employer?
The CSEA Employee Benefit Fund administers dental, vision and other benefits to CSEA members working in state government, Unified Court System, and some local government bargaining units.