New York State CSEA Members

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) for state employees. The NYSHIP program includes the Empire Plan and Health Maintenance Organizations located throughout the State of New York.


 

  • South Nassau Communities Hospital and Empire BlueCross BlueShield Reach Agreement South Nassau Communities Hospital and Empire BlueCross BlueShield (hospital administrator for the Empire Plan) announced that they have reached a contract agreement in which South Nassau Communities Hospital will continue as a participating hospital under the Empire Plan. This is great news considering the difficult negotiations leading up to the new agreement that will run until ... Read more...
  • The Empire Plan Covers Shingrix Vaccine for Prevention of Shingles The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently approved Shingrix as a recommended vaccine for (Shingles) herpes zoster.  The Shingrix vaccine has also been recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the prevention of herpes zoster and related complications for those age 50 and older and is therefore required to be covered as ... Read more...
  • Assignment of Benefits for Non-Network MHSA Services Beacon Health Options (Beacon) is the administrator for The Empire Plan’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program (MHSA).  Until recently, the Empire Plan prohibited claim payments for non-network MHSA from being sent directly to a provider.  All non-network claim payments were paid directly to the member and the member was required to send payment to ... Read more...
  • New Medicare Cards Coming Soon To help protect your identity, Medicare will begin mailing new cards to everyone who receives Medicare benefits.  Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been directed to remove Social Security Numbers (SSN) from all Medicare cards by April 2019.  A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on new ... Read more...
  • Update to Free Identity Protection Services for Empire Plan Enrollees As noted in previous articles in the Workforce, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, the parent company of The Empire Plan Hospital Program administrator, offers free identity protection services to all current Empire Plan enrollees through AllClear ID.    For more information, call 1-855-227-9830 or go to https://anthemcares.allclearid.com. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has also asked Anthem to ... Read more...
  • Empire Plan Enrollees Receive Letter of Explanation Regarding Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Cyber-Attack Anthem (the parent company of Empire BlueCross Blue Shield) is currently in the process of mailing letters of explanation to Empire Plan members whose personal information may have been accessed during a sophisticated cyber-attack, against Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, which was previously reported to media outlets on September 9, 2015. These letters will help to explain Anthem’s ... Read more...