Health Benefits Department

 

This Department is responsible for the coordination and oversight of all negotiated health benefit arrangements. Primary objectives include the development, enhancement and expansion of all health related benefits provided to our members.

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.

The CSEA Health Benefits Department can be reached at 518-785-4774 or 1-800-286-5242(JCHB) or by E-mail: healthben@cseainc.org.

New York State CSEA Members

Local Government CSEA Members

CSEA’s Strategic Benefit Trust will work with all employers who are looking for a health care solution.  The Trust is committed to deliver cost efficient benefit packages that meet the needs of our members.

  • 2018 NYSHIP State Premium Rates Please be advised that the NYS Division of Budget has approved the Empire Plan’s premium rates for the year 2018.  The approval of these rates signals the beginning of the option transfer period for the New York State Health Insurance Program. The Option Transfer Period and the Opt-Out enrollment period for State employees will run until ... Read more...
  • Plans to Help Save on 2018 Health Insurance Expenses Enrollees should start thinking about their expenses for next year.  Do you currently participate in the Flex Spending Account?  Do you currently participate in the Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP)?   If you don’t, now is the ideal time to obtain additional information about these cost-saving benefits as enrollment begins October 2, 2017. The Flex Spending Account is ... Read more...
  • Choosing Your Health Insurance Option for 2018 New York State Active Employees:  It’s that time of year to start thinking about your 2018 health insurance options. New York State typically mails the Planning for Option Transfer flyers to enrollees in late September.  The flyer describes the requirements and enrollment procedures for several benefits and programs, including NYSHIP health benefits, the Pre-Tax Contribution Program ... Read more...
  • Obtaining Access to the Empire Plan Participating Provider Directory The Empire Plan Participating Provider Program offers a network of over 275,000 physicians, laboratories and other providers located throughout New York and in many other states. Each year the Empire Plan sends postcards to all Empire Plan enrollees across the United States and Puerto Rico so that the enrollee may elect to have a printed directory ... Read more...
  • Tentative Agreement Reached HealthAlliance of Hudson Valley and Empire BlueCross BlueShield Westchester Medical Center and Empire BlueCross BlueShield announced today that Empire BlueCross BlueShield has reached a tentative multi-year agreement with the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, which operates the hospitals on Broadway and Mary’s Avenue in midtown Kingston. It is expected that HealthAlliance will rejoin Empire’s networks as a participating provider starting September 1, 2017.  Covered ... Read more...
  • Empire Plan to Cover 3D Mammograms Effective February 20, 2017, the Empire Plan carriers, United HealthCare and Empire BlueCross, will cover services for 3D mammograms. Until recently, 3D mammogram tomography has been considered an unproven technology by many insurance plans, including the Empire Plan. Consistent with a recent Circular Letter by the NYS Department of Financial Services, the Empire Plan will ... Read more...
  • IMPORTANT RECALL INFORMATION On March 31, 2017, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a notice regarding a voluntary recall of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr as a result of a potential defect that could make the device difficult to activate in an emergency.  While the incidence of defect is extremely rare; the recall was expanded as ... Read more...