Health Insurance Changes Effective January 1, 2019

The following information is intended for CSEA represented Executive Branch enrollees – enrollees employed by the State of New York covered by one of the following CSEA collective bargaining agreements; Administrative Services Unit, Institutional Services Unit, Operational Services Unit or the Division of Military and Naval Affairs as well as CSEA Unified Court System

The CSEA Health Benefits Department would like to remind CSEA active New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) Empire Plan enrollees that changes affecting your NYSHIP Empire Plan coverage will take effect on January 1, 2019.

The benefit changes, including: copayment changes, out-of-network deductible and coinsurance amounts and the elimination of the New to You prescription drug requirement are described in the September 2018 Empire Plan Special Report which was previously mailed to enrollees homes and is also available online at, click on Using Your Benefits, then Publications.

If you have any questions regarding your health benefits, please contact the CSEA Health Benefits Department at 518-785-4774 or 1-800-286-5242 (JCHB) or your agency health benefits administrator usually located in the personnel office.