State employees and retirees may choose The Empire Plan or a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) that has been approved for participation in NYSHIP in the geographic area where the enrollee lives or works. To compare The Empire Plan to local available HMOs please visit:
New employees negotiating with unit 47 have a 42 day wait period upon hire. New employees negotiating with unit 46 have a 56 day wait period upon hire. Employees who transfer from other agencies may not have waiting periods for benefits (contact Tina Lehning, agency health benefits administrator, for determination).
Additionally, employees continue with coverage for 28 days after they terminate or resign from state service.
Yes! Option changes for benefit providers are permitted once a year during the Open Enrollment Period.
There are qualifying events that permit changes outside of the Open Enrollment Period (contact Tina Lehning, agency health benefits administrator, for additional information).
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care (PPAC) Act allows enrollees in the New York State Health Insurance Program to provide continued health insurance coverage for their eligible dependents through the end of the month in which they reach age 26. Your eligible dependents can remain on your plan until they reach age 26, and you do not need to make any changes to continue health insurance coverage. Please note the PPAC Act is for health insurance coverage and does not apply to the dental and vision coverage.
Dependent children who are age 19 or over, but under age 25, are eligible to remain on an enrollee's dental and vision plan as a dependent only if he or she is a full-time student and provides verification of this to the carriers. Student verification forms for Davis Vision and Emblem Health links are found below. The effective date of a child's loss of eligibility for coverage as a student dependent varies based on the reasons for the loss.
If you have you had any personal changes in your life, don’t forget to update your information with Human Resources. MNHS should have up to date Current Information Forms and Emergency Contact Forms for each employee. It is the responsibility of each employee to provide changes in address, telephone number, marital status and dependents to the Human Resources Office.
Also remember to update your beneficiaries for your death benefit payout, pension and deferred compensation with the retirement system.