65th Birthday Letter for Active Employees and their Dependents: As of August 2016 NYS Department of Civil Service administrators of NYSHIP will be mailing out 65th Birthday Letter to active employees, and dependents of active employees. The 65th birthday mailing provides general guidance regarding Medicare and NYSHIP rules while working, and reminds enrollees of their responsibility to enroll in Medicare when they are planning to retire. The mailing includes a personalized letter (see sample attached), and the Medicare & NYSHIP booklet with DVD, which provides more detailed information.
Empire Blue Cross Update: Effective 1/1/2020 Empire Blue Cross HMO will no longer be offered as an option - it was discontinued by Empire Blue Cross. If you are enrolled in this plan you will be required to make an option change to one of the existing plans.
PATIENT PROTECTION and AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (PPACA)
If you experience loss of coverage due to separation from County employment, loss of eligibility or are a surviving dependent of a deceased County employee and is entitled to continue benefits through COBRA. You may qualify for a special enrollment opportunity for another group health plan through the Marketplace if you request enrollment within 30 days.For more information please see the PPACA Notice below. For tax credit eligibility and/or premium estimates, visit the Official Health Plan Market Place at www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov.