The annual Option Transfer Period—the time to choose the health insurance option you want for 2022—is open through Friday, December 31. The New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) offers employees the choice of the Empire Plan or a NYSHIP-approved health maintenance organization (HMO) serving the area where they live or work.
The Choices booklet explains the available NYSHIP options if you are considering changing your health insurance option for 2022 or wish to review your current option. You can find other option transfer publications at NYSHIP Online. Select your group and plan when prompted, then select Health Benefits and Option Transfer, and choose Rates and Health Plan Choices for the most up-to-date option transfer information.
A limited number of "Choices" booklets is available in the Benefits Office. Rate information will be sent directly to enrollees' homes. Information is also available on the Employee Benefits website.
If you have coverage under another employer-sponsored health insurance program, you may be eligible to opt out of NYSHIP coverage in exchange for an incentive payment. If you are interested in participating in the Opt-Out Program for 2022, please contact the Employee Benefits Office. It is no longer necessary to re-enroll in the Opt-Out Program each year. No action is required for current Opt-Out enrollees who are still eligible and wish to remain in the program for 2022.
Except under limited circumstances, you cannot change options outside the annual Option Transfer Period, which ends on December 31, 2021.
Other changes permitted during the Option Transfer Period without a qualifying event:
To change your health insurance option during the Option Transfer Period, please return the completed and signed Health Insurance Transaction Form to the Employee Benefits Office (Cleveland Hall 403) by Friday, December 31. You may also change your option online using MyNYSHIP. All changes will be effective Thursday, January 6, 2022.
No action is required if you wish to keep your current health insurance option.
The State University of New York (“SUNY”) provides employees with the opportunity to save for their retirement through the SUNY Voluntary 403(b) Savings Plan (the “Plan”). Participation in the SUNY Voluntary Savings Plan is a great way to build your retirement savings through pre-tax and/or post-tax payroll deduction contributions. View the 2022 Universal Availability Notice and please contact the Employee Benefits Office 878-4821 with any questions.
Our campus representative is available to meet with you over the phone to help with anything related to your New York State Deferred Compensation Plan Account, including:
To schedule an appointment, you may do so online via the scheduling tool or call Mark Wallace at 716-903-7253 or 614-854-4397.
To participate in a NYS Deferred Comp online workshop of your choice, enroll here.
Due to social distancing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, NYSTRS will not be holding group Pension & Retirement Education Program (PREP) seminars. However, members can now watch video versions of all PREP seminar modules online at their convenience at the Retirement Planning > Pension & Retirement Education Program.
Additionally, even though they are not holding in-person benefits consultations at this time, members can get all the important information they need in a phone consultation with one of the Retirement System representatives. Members can book an appointment through their MyNYSTRS account or by calling 1-800-348-7298.
The Empire Plan is doing all they can to support its enrollees through this unprecedented time and has introduced a new telehealth benefit to help them access health care services remotely. LiveHealth Online lets enrollees stay home and have a video visit with a board-certified doctor or licensed therapist on their smartphone, tablet or personal computer.
If enrollees are concerned about leaving their homes to receive medical care or their ability to access care, The Empire Plan will cover telehealth visits at no cost. Additional information and step-by-step instructions to register are available. Enrollees who are already registered can login to www.empireblue.com/nys to get a coupon code to cover the full cost of their LiveHealth Online visit. For additional assistance, enrollees are encouraged to call The Empire Plan at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447) and select option 2 for the Hospital Program. Note: A postcard regarding this new benefit will also be mailed to enrollees in the coming week.
In addition, Empire Plan has coronavirus related benefits available for their members:
For additional information regarding any of these benefits, members can contact Empire Plan at 1-877-7-NYSHIP. You can also sign up for State Health Department coronavirus email updates.
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