Important information about contract negotiations between Empire BlueCross/BlueShield and Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley

As of June 2, 2016, no agreement has been reached between Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield (the Empire Plan’s hospital administrator) and the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley, a hospital group that includes the following facilities in Ulster and Delaware counties: Health Alliance Hospital’s St. Mary’s Ave. and Broadway campuses in Kingston, and Margaretville Hospital in Margaretville.

Because no agreement has been reached, as of May 31, 2016, Health Alliance hospitals will not be Empire Plan network providers. This means that most services, except in limited circumstances, will be covered on an out-of-network basis. Empire Plan enrollees will be responsible for a coinsurance amount of 10 percent of billed charges for covered services, up to the annual coinsurance maximum.

Please note that the phone number in the letter from Empire BlueCross/BlueShield is no longer open. Enrollees should call the Empire Plan at 1-877-769-7447 for how this change will affect you.