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January 1, 2016
At A Glance
For Active Employees, Retirees, Vestees and Dependent Survivors, Enrollees covered under Preferred List Provisions, their enrolled Dependents, and for COBRA Enrollees and Young Adult Option Enrollees enrolled through Participating Agencies with Empire Plan benefits This guide briefly describes Empire Plan benefits. It is not a complete description and is subject to change. For a complete description of your benefits and your responsibilities, refer to your Empire Plan Certificate and all Empire Plan Reports and Certificate Amendments. For information regarding your NYSHIP eligibility or enrollment, contact your agency Health Benefits Administrator (HBA). If you have questions regarding specific benefits or claims, contact the appropriate Empire Plan administrator. (See page 23.) New York State Department of Civil Service Employee Benefits Division, Albany, NY 12239https://www.cs.ny.gov WHAT'S NEW
• In-Network Out-of-Pocket Limit –
For 2016, the
maximum out-of-pocket limit for covered, in-network services under The Empire Plan is $6,850 for Individual coverage and $13,700 for Family coverage, split between the Hospital, Medical/Surgical, Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Prescription Drug Programs. See page 3 for more information. • Out-of-Network Referrals – Effective January 1, 2016,
due to provisions of the Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills law, you may request a referral to receive services from an out-of-network provider, if a network provider is not available within a 30-mile radius or a 30-minute travel time from your home address, or if a provider with the appropriate level of training or experience is not accessible to treat your condition. If the request is approved, your out-of-pocket costs will be the same as when you use a network provider. See the insert in this publication for more details.
• The Empire Plan Mental Health and Substance
Abuse Program – Effective January 1, 2016, the
Empire Plan Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Program administrator, formerly known as
ValueOptions, Inc., has rebranded and changed its
name to Beacon Health Options, Inc. Benefits and
provider networks will remain the same.
• 2016 Empire Plan Flexible Formulary Drug List –
The annual update lists the most commonly prescribed generic and brand-name drugs included in the 2016 Empire Plan Flexible Formulary and newly excluded drugs with 2016 Empire Plan Flexible Formulary alternatives.
Please note: Due to the recent recall of Auvi-Q,
the Empire Plan Prescription Drug Program will continue to cover the epinephrine auto-injectors Epi-pen and Epi-pen Jr. for 2016. The List of Excluded Drugs on the 2016 Empire Plan Flexible Formulary has been updated and is available online at https://www.cs.ny.gov.
Quick Reference
The Empire Plan is a comprehensive health insurance
program for New York's public employees and their
families. The Plan has four main parts:

Hospital Program
administered by Empire BlueCross BlueShield
Provides coverage for inpatient and outpatient
services provided by a hospital or skilled nursing
facility and hospice care. Includes the Center of
Excellence for Transplants Program. Also provides
inpatient Benefits Management Program services,
including preadmission certification of hospital
admissions and admission or transfer to a skilled
nursing facility, concurrent reviews, discharge
planning, inpatient Medical Case Management and
the Empire Plan Future Moms Program.
Medical/Surgical Program
administered by UnitedHealthcare
Provides coverage for medical services, such as
office visits, surgery and diagnostic testing under the
Participating Provider, Basic Medical and Basic
Medical Provider Discount Programs. Coverage for
physical therapy and chiropractic care is provided
through the Managed Physical Medicine Program.
Also provides coverage for convenience care clinics,
home care services, durable medical equipment and
certain medical supplies through the Home Care
Advocacy Program (HCAP); the Prosthetics/Orthotics
Network; Center of Excellence Programs for Cancer
and for Infertility; and Benefits Management Program
services including Prospective Procedure Review for
MRI, MRA, CT, PET scan, Nuclear Medicine tests,
Voluntary Specialist Consultant Evaluation services
and outpatient Medical Case Management.
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program
administered by Beacon Health Options, Inc.
Provides coverage for inpatient and outpatient mental
health and substance abuse services. Also provides
preadmission certification of inpatient and certain
outpatient services, concurrent reviews, case
management and discharge planning.
Prescription Drug Program
administered by CVS/caremark
Provides coverage for prescription drugs dispensed
through Empire Plan network pharmacies, the mail
service pharmacy, the specialty pharmacy and non-
network pharmacies.
Please see Contact Information on page 23 for NYSHIP addresses, teletypewriter (TTY) numbers and other important contact information.
Benefits Management Program
The Empire Plan Benefits Management Program helps to protect the enrollee and allows the Plan to continue to cover essential treatment for patients by coordinating care and avoiding unnecessary services. The Benefits Management Program precertifies inpatient medical admissions and certain procedures, assists with discharge planning and provides inpatient and outpatient Medical Case Management. In order to receive maximum benefits under the Plan, following the Benefits Management Program requirements – including obtaining precertification for certain services – is required when The Empire Plan is your primary coverage.
YOU MUST CALL
for preadmission certification

If The Empire Plan is primary for you or your covered dependents, you must call The Empire Plan toll free
at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447) and choose the Hospital Program (administered by Empire BlueCross BlueShield):
• Before a scheduled (nonemergency) hospital admission, skilled nursing facility admission/transfer or transplant surgery.† • Before a maternity hospital admission.† Call as soon as a pregnancy is certain.
• Within 48 hours, or as soon as reasonably possible, after an emergency or urgent hospital admission.† If you do not call and the Hospital Program does not certify the hospitalization, you will be responsible for the entire cost of care determined not to be medically necessary.
† These services are subject to a $200 penalty if the hospitalization is determined to be medically necessary, but not precertified. Other Benefits Management Program services provided by the Hospital Program include: • Concurrent review of hospital inpatient treatment, • Discharge planning for medically necessary services post-hospitalization, • Inpatient Medical Case Management for coordination of covered services for certain catastrophic and complex cases that may require extended care, and • The Empire Plan Future Moms Program for early risk identification.
YOU MUST CALL
for Prospective Procedure Review

If The Empire Plan is primary for you or your covered dependents, you must call The Empire Plan toll free
at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447) and choose the Medical Program (administered by UnitedHealthcare) before
receiving the following scheduled (nonemergency) diagnostic tests:
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)• Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)• Computerized Tomography (CT)• Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan • Nuclear Medicine test Precertification is required unless you are having the test as an inpatient in a hospital. If you do not call, you will pay a larger part of the cost. If the test or procedure is determined not to be medically necessary, you will be responsible for the entire cost.
Other Benefits Management Program services provided by the Medical Program include: • Coordination of Voluntary Specialist Consultant Evaluation, and• Outpatient Medical Case Management for coordination of covered services for certain catastrophic and complex cases that may require extended care.
Be sure to review the Benefits Management Program section of your Empire Plan Certificate and subsequent Certificate Amendments for complete information on the program's services and requirements.
In-Network Out-of-Pocket Limit
As a result of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions, there is a limit on the amount you will pay out of pocket for in-network services/supplies received during the Plan year. Out-of-Pocket Limit: The amount you pay for network services/supplies is capped at the out-of-pocket limit.
Network expenses include copayments you make to providers, facilities and pharmacies (network expenses
do not include premiums, deductibles or coinsurance). Once the out-of-pocket limit is reached, network
benefits are paid in full.
Beginning January 1, 2016, the out-of-pocket limits for in-network expenses are as follows: • $4,450 for in-network expenses incurred under • $8,900 for in-network expenses incurred under the Hospital Program, Medical/Surgical Program the Hospital Program, Medical/Surgical Program and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program • $2,400 for in-network expenses incurred under • $4,800 for in-network expenses incurred under the Prescription Drug Program* the Prescription Drug Program* * Does not apply to Medicare-primary enrollees or dependents. Refer to your Empire Plan Medicare Rx documents
for information about your out-of-pocket expenses.
Out-of-Network Combined Annual Deductible
The combined annual deductible is $1,000 for the enrollee, $1,000 for the enrolled spouse/domestic partner and $1,000 for all dependent children combined.
The combined annual deductible must be met before Basic Medical Program expenses, non-network expenses under the Home Care Advocacy Program and outpatient non-network expenses under the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program will be considered for reimbursement.
Combined Annual Coinsurance Maximum
The combined annual coinsurance maximum is $3,000 for the enrollee, $3,000 for the enrolled spouse/domestic partner and $3,000 for all dependent children combined.
Coinsurance amounts incurred for non-network Hospital coverage, Basic Medical Program coverage and non-
network Mental Health and Substance Abuse coverage count toward the combined annual coinsurance maximum.
Copayments to Medical/Surgical Program participating providers and to Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Program network practitioners also count toward the combined annual coinsurance maximum. (Note: Copayments
made to network facilities do not count toward the combined annual coinsurance maximum.)
Preventive Care Services
Your coverage is "non-grandfathered," which means that your Empire Plan benefits reflect changes required by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) implementation timetable.
When you meet established criteria (such as age, gender and risk factors) for certain preventive care services, those preventive services are provided to you at no cost when you use an Empire Plan participating provider or network facility. See the 2016 Empire Plan Preventive Care Coverage Chart for examples of covered services. For further information on PPACA preventive care services and criteria to receive preventive care services at no cost, visit www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights/preventive-care.
Center Of Excellence Programs
For further information on any of the programs listed below, refer to your Empire Plan Certificate and the publication Reporting On Centers of Excellence. In some cases, a travel, lodging and meal allowance may be available. If you do not use a Center of Excellence, benefits are provided in accordance with Hospital Program and/or Medical/Surgical Program coverage. YOU MUST CALL The Empire Plan toll free at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447)
and choose the Medical Program or call the Cancer Resources Center toll free
at 1-866-936-6002 and register to participate

Paid-in-full benefits are available for cancer services at a designated Center of Excellence. You will also receive nurse consultations, assistance locating cancer centers and a travel allowance, when applicable.
YOU MUST CALL The Empire Plan toll free at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447)
and choose the Hospital Program for prior authorization

Paid-in-full benefits are available for the following transplant services when authorized by the Hospital Program and received at a designated Center of Excellence: pretransplant evaluation of transplant recipient; inpatient and outpatient hospital and physician services; and up to 12 months of follow-up care. You must call The Empire Plan for preauthorization of the following transplants provided through the Center of Excellence for Transplants Program: bone marrow; cord blood stem cell; heart; heart-lung; kidney; liver; lung; pancreas; pancreas after kidney; peripheral stem cell; and simultaneous kidney/pancreas. When applicable, a travel allowance is available. If you choose to have your transplant in a facility other than a designated Center of Excellence (or if you require
a small bowel or multivisceral transplant) you may still take advantage of the Hospital Program case management
services, in which a nurse will help you through the transplant process, if you enroll in the Center of Excellence
for Transplants Program. If a transplant is authorized but you do not use a designated Center of Excellence,
benefits will be provided in accordance with Hospital and/or Medical/Surgical Program coverage. Note: Transplant
surgery preauthorization is required whether or not you choose to participate in the Center of Excellence for
Transplants Program.
To enroll in the Program and receive these benefits, The Empire Plan must be your primary coverage.
YOU MUST CALL The Empire Plan toll free at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447)
and choose the Medical Program for prior authorization

Paid-in-full benefits are available, subject to the lifetime maximum for Qualified Procedures ($50,000 per covered person) including any applicable travel allowance, when you choose a Center of Excellence for Infertility and receive prior authorization. To request a list of Qualified Procedures, or for preauthorization of infertility benefits, call the Medical/Surgical Program.
Center of Excellence Program Travel Allowance
When you are enrolled in the Center of Excellence Program or use a Center of Excellence for preauthorized infertility services, a travel, lodging and meal expenses benefit is available for travel within the United States. The benefit is available to the patient and one travel companion when the facility is more than 100 miles (200 miles for airfare) from the patient's home. If the patient is a minor child, the benefit will include coverage for up to two companions. Benefits will also be provided for one lodging per day. Reimbursement for lodging and meals will be * Program requirements apply even if Medicare or another health plan is primary to The Empire Plan.
limited to the United States General Services Administration per diem rate. Reimbursement for automobile mileage will be based on the Internal Revenue Service medical rate. Only the following travel expenses are reimbursable: lodging, meals, auto mileage (personal and rental car), economy class airfare and coach train fare. Once you arrive at your lodging and need transportation from your lodging to the Center, certain costs of local travel are also reimbursable, including local subway, taxi or bus fare; shuttle, parking and tolls. Call The Empire Plan at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447)
and press or say 2 to reach the Hospital Program.
The Hospital Program provides benefits for services provided in a network or non-network inpatient or outpatient hospital, skilled nursing facility or hospice setting. Services and supplies must be covered and medically necessary, as defined in the current version of your Empire Plan Certificate or as amended in subsequent Empire Plan Reports. The Medical/Surgical Program provides benefits for certain medical and surgical care when it is not covered by the Hospital Program. Call the Hospital Program for preadmission certification or if you have questions about your benefits, coverage or an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) Statement.
Network coverage applies when you receive emergency or urgent services in a non-network hospital, or when you use a non-network hospital because you do not have access to a network hospital. Call the Hospital Program to determine if you qualify for network coverage at a non-network hospital based on access.
You pay only applicable copayments for services/supplies provided by a hospital, skilled nursing facility or hospice that is part of The Empire Plan network. No deductible or coinsurance applies. Network coverage also applies when The Empire Plan provides coverage that is secondary to other coverage. When you use a facility that is not part of The Empire Plan network and do not qualify for network coverage (see above), your out-of-pocket costs are higher. • You are responsible for a coinsurance amount of 10 percent of billed charges for inpatient facility services until you meet the combined annual coinsurance maximum. • You are responsible for a coinsurance amount of 10 percent of billed charges or a $75 copayment, whichever is greater, for outpatient services until you meet the combined annual coinsurance maximum.
YOU MUST CALL
for preadmission certification. See page 2.

The Hospital Program covers you for a combined maximum of up to 365 days per spell of illness for inpatient diagnostic and therapeutic services or surgical care provided by a network and/or non-network hospital. Inpatient hospital coverage is provided under the Medical/Surgical Program's Basic Medical Program after Hospital Program benefits end.
Inpatient stays in a network hospital are paid in full. Inpatient stays in a non-network hospital are subject to a coinsurance amount of 10 percent of billed charges, until you meet the combined annual coinsurance maximum. See page 3. Network coverage is provided once the combined annual coinsurance maximum is satisfied.
You pay one $70 copayment per visit to an Network coverage applies to emergency services Emergency Department, including use of the received in a non-network hospital.
facility for emergency care, services of the attending physician, services of providers who administer or interpret laboratory tests and electrocardiogram services. Other physician charges are covered under the Medical/Surgical Program. See page 7.
The copayment is waived if you are admitted as an inpatient directly from the Emergency Department.
Outpatient Department or Hospital Extension Clinic
The hospital outpatient services covered under the Program are the same whether received in a network or
non-network hospital outpatient department or in a network or non-network hospital extension clinic. The following
benefits apply to services received in the outpatient department of a hospital or a hospital extension clinic.
Outpatient surgery is subject to a $60 copayment. You are responsible for a coinsurance amount of You pay one $40 copayment per visit for diagnostic 10 percent of billed charges or a $75 copayment radiology, diagnostic laboratory tests and/or administration (whichever is greater) per visit, until you meet the of Desferal for Cooley's Anemia. combined annual coinsurance maximum. See page 3. Network coverage is provided once the combined You have paid-in-full benefits for: annual coinsurance maximum is satisfied.
• preadmission and/or presurgical testing prior to an inpatient admission • chemotherapy• radiation therapy• anesthesiology• pathology• dialysis The following services are paid in full when designated preventive according to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: • bone mineral density tests• colonoscopies• mammograms• pap smears• proctosigmoidoscopy screenings• sigmoidoscopy screenings Physical therapy following a related hospitalization or related inpatient or outpatient surgery is subject to a $20 copayment per visit. Physical therapy must start within six months from your discharge from the hospital or the date of your outpatient surgery and be completed within 365 days from the date of hospital discharge or outpatient surgery.
Medically necessary physical therapy is covered under the Managed Physical Medicine Program when not covered under the Hospital Program. See page 12. Skilled Nursing Facility Care
YOU MUST CALL
for preadmission certification. See page 2.

Benefits are subject to the requirements of the Empire Plan Benefits Management Program if The Empire Plan
provides your primary health coverage. The Empire Plan does not provide Skilled Nursing Facility benefits,
even for short-term rehabilitative care, for Retirees, Vestees, and Dependent Survivors or their dependents
who are eligible for primary benefits from Medicare.

Skilled nursing facility care is paid in full when provided Skilled nursing facility care is covered when provided in place of hospitalization. Limitations apply; refer to in place of hospitalization. You will be responsible for a your Empire Plan Certificate regarding conditions coinsurance amount of 10 percent of billed charges, up of coverage.
to the combined annual coinsurance maximum. Network coverage is provided once the combined annual coinsurance maximum is satisfied. See page 3.
Hospice Care
Care provided by a licensed hospice program is paid You will be responsible for a coinsurance amount in full. Refer to your Empire Plan Certificate regarding of 10 percent of billed charges, up to the combined conditions of coverage.
annual coinsurance maximum, for care provided by a licensed hospice program. Network coverage is provided once the combined annual coinsurance maximum is satisfied. See page 3.
Medical/Surgical Program Benefits for Physician/Provider Services Received in a
Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient Setting, Skilled Nursing Facility or Hospice Setting
When you receive covered services from a physician or other provider in a hospital, skilled nursing facility
or hospice setting and those services are billed by the provider (not the facility), the following Medical/
Surgical benefits apply:
Participating Provider Program
Basic Medical Program
Covered services are paid in full when the provider Covered radiology, anesthesiology and pathology participates in The Empire Plan network. services received in a network facility are paid in full when the provider does not participate in The Empire Plan network and The Empire Plan is your primary coverage. Services provided by other nonparticipating providers are subject to deductible and coinsurance. Emergency care in a hospital Emergency Department is covered as follows:
• an attending Emergency Department physician is paid in full• evaluation and management emergency care billed by an attending Emergency Department physician • participating or nonparticipating providers who administer or interpret radiological exams, laboratory tests, electrocardiogram exams and/or pathology are paid in full • other participating providers are paid in full • other nonparticipating providers (e.g. surgeons) are considered under the Basic Medical Program and are not subject to deductible and coinsurance New Patient Protections – The Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills law provides additional
protections to limit out-of-pocket expenses for patients who receive services from nonparticipating (non-network) providers without their knowledge. Contact the Medical Program for more information. Call The Empire Plan at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447)
and press or say 1 to reach the Medical/Surgical Program.
The Medical/Surgical Program covers services received from a physician or other practitioner licensed to provide medical/surgical services. It also covers services received from facilities not covered under the Hospital Program, such as outpatient surgical centers, imaging centers, laboratories, cardiac rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and convenience care clinics. Services and supplies must be covered and medically necessary, as defined in the current version of your Empire Plan Certificate or as amended in subsequent Empire Plan Reports. Call the Medical/Surgical Program if you have questions about coverage, benefits or the status of a provider. Participating Provider Program
The Participating Provider Program provides medical/surgical benefits for services/supplies received from a provider that participates in The Empire Plan network.
When you receive covered services from a participating provider, you pay only applicable copayments. Women's health care services, many preventive care services and certain other covered services are paid in full. See pages 9-11.
The Plan does not guarantee that participating providers are available in all specialties or geographic locations. Basic Medical Program
The Basic Medical Program provides benefits for services/supplies received from a provider that does not participate in The Empire Plan network. Your out-of-pocket costs are higher when you use a provider that does not participate in The Empire Plan network. Combined Annual Deductible: The combined annual deductible must be satisfied before The Empire Plan
pays benefits. See page 3.
Coinsurance: The Empire Plan pays 80 percent of the usual and customary rate for covered services after you
meet the combined annual deductible. You are responsible for the balance.
Combined Annual Coinsurance Maximum: After the combined annual coinsurance maximum is reached,
The Empire Plan pays 100 percent of the usual and customary rate for covered services. See page 3.
Usual and Customary Rate (formerly known as Reasonable and Customary Charge): The lowest of the actual
charge, the provider's usual charge or the usual charge within the same geographic area. The Empire Plan
generally utilizes FAIR Health rates at the 90th percentile to determine the allowable amount. You can estimate
the anticipated out-of-pocket cost for out-of-network services by contacting your provider for the amount that will
be charged, or by visiting www.fairhealthconsumer.org to determine the usual and customary rate for these
services in your geographic area or zip code.
Basic Medical Provider Discount Program
If The Empire Plan is your primary insurance coverage and you use a nonparticipating provider who is part of
The Empire Plan MultiPlan group, your out-of-pocket expense will, in most cases, be reduced. Your share of the
cost will be based on the lesser of The Empire Plan MultiPlan fee schedule or the usual and customary rate.
The Empire Plan MultiPlan provider will submit bills to and receive payments directly from UnitedHealthcare. You are only responsible for the applicable deductible and coinsurance amounts. To find a provider, call the Medical Program or visit https://www.cs.ny.gov.
Office Visit/Office Surgery; Laboratory/Radiology; Contraceptives
Participating Provider Program
Basic Medical Program
Office visits, including office surgery, may be subject to Covered services provided by or received from a non- a single $20 copayment per visit. A single, separate participating provider are subject to Basic Medical $20 copayment may apply to laboratory services, Program benefits, including deductible and coinsurance. radiology services and/or certain immunizations provided during the office visit. Certain contraceptives may be subject to a separate $20 copayment.
Certain visits and laboratory/radiology services are not subject to copayment, including well-child care, prenatal care and visits for preventive care and women's health care.
Routine Health Exams
Participating Provider Program
Basic Medical Program
Preventive routine health exams are paid in full.
Routine health exams are covered for active employees Other covered services received during a routine age 50 or older and for an active employee's spouse/ health exam may be subject to copayment(s).
domestic partner age 50 or older. This benefit is not subject to deductible or coinsurance. Covered services, such as laboratory tests and screenings provided during a routine exam that fall outside the scope of a routine exam, are subject to deductible and coinsurance. For further information, contact the Medical Program. Participating Provider Program
Basic Medical Program
The following adult immunizations are paid in full based on recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other immunizations may have a $20 copayment.
• Influenza (flu)*• Pneumococcal (pneumonia)*• Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)• Varicella (chickenpox)• Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Td/Tdap)• Hepatitis A• Hepatitis B• Human Papillomavirus (HPV), if the recipient is age 19 through 26 • Meningococcal (meningitis)* • Herpes Zoster (Shingles),* if the recipient is age 60 or older (Note: this immunization is covered for
enrollees age 55 to 59, subject to a $20 copayment.)
* Vaccines indicated with an asterisk are also paid in full under the Prescription Drug Program at pharmacies that participate in CVS/caremark's national vaccine network. Other vaccines are not covered when received in a pharmacy setting. Refer to page 18 for information. Routine Pediatric Care • Up to age 19
Participating Provider Program
Basic Medical Program
Routine well-child care is a paid-in-full benefit. This Routine Newborn Child Care: Provider services for
includes examinations, immunizations and the cost of routine care of a newborn child are covered and not oral and injectable substances (including the influenza subject to deductible or coinsurance.
vaccine) when administered according to pediatric Routine Pediatric Care: Routine pediatric care rendered
immunization guidelines. by a nonparticipating provider is subject to Basic Medical Program benefits, including deductible and coinsurance. Outpatient Surgical Locations
Participating Provider Program
Basic Medical Program
A $30 copayment covers facility, same-day on-site Covered services provided by a nonparticipating testing, laboratory services provided on-site and outpatient surgical center are subject to Basic Medical anesthesiology charges for covered services at a Program benefits, including deductible and coinsurance. participating surgical center. The allowed amount will be a facility rate based on information provided by a third-party vendor. This allowable generally equates to 232 percent of FAIR Health Usual and Customary facility rates.* Hospital and hospital-based Outpatient Surgical Locations are covered under the Hospital Program. See Outpatient Department or Hospital Extension Clinic, page 6.
* Legislatively, the Department of Financial Services for the State of New York defines the term "Usual and Customary Rate (UCR)" as the 80th percentile of the FAIR Health rates.
Diabetes Education Centers
Participating Provider Program
Basic Medical Program
Visits to a Diabetes Education Center are subject to Visits to a nonparticipating Diabetes Education Center a $20 copayment. are subject to Basic Medical Program benefits, including To find an Empire Plan-participating Diabetes Education deductible and coinsurance.
Center, call the Medical Program or visit our web site at https://www.cs.ny.gov. Select Find a Provider and then The Empire Plan Medical/Surgical Provider Directory.
Prostheses and Orthotic Devices
Participating Provider Program
Basic Medical Program
Prostheses/orthotic devices that meet the individual's Prostheses/orthotic devices that meet the individual's functional needs are paid in full when obtained from a functional needs are subject to Basic Medical Program benefits, including deductible and coinsurance. Hearing Aids
Basic Medical Program
Hearing aid evaluation, fitting and purchase of hearing aids is covered under the Basic Medical Program, up to a maximum reimbursement of $1,500 per hearing aid, per ear, once every four years. Children age 12 and under are covered up to $1,500 per hearing aid, per ear, once every two years if the existing hearing aid can no longer compensate for the child's hearing loss. This benefit applies whether you use a participating or nonparticipating provider and is not subject to deductible or coinsurance.
Basic Medical Program
Wigs are covered under the Basic Medical Program benefit, up to a $1,500 lifetime maximum, when hair loss is due to a chronic or acute medical condition. This benefit applies whether you use a participating or nonparticipating provider and is not subject to deductible or coinsurance.
External Mastectomy Prostheses
Basic Medical Program
One single or double external mastectomy prosthesis is covered under the Basic Medical Program, once per calendar year. This benefit applies whether you use a participating or nonparticipating provider and is not subject to deductible or coinsurance.
You must call the Medical Program and select the Benefits Management Program for precertification of any single prosthesis costing $1,000 or more. For a prosthesis requiring prior approval, benefits will be available for the most cost-effective prosthesis that meets an individual's functional needs. Emergency Ambulance Service
Basic Medical Program
Local commercial ambulance charges are covered except the first $35. When the enrollee has no obligation to pay, donations up to $50 for trips of fewer than 50 miles and up to $75 for trips over 50 miles will be reimbursed for voluntary ambulance services. This benefit applies whether you use an ambulance service that is a participating provider or a nonparticipating provider and is not subject to deductible or coinsurance.
Managed Physical Medicine Program
Administered by Managed Physical Network (MPN) Chiropractic Treatment, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
Network Coverage (when you use MPN)
Non-network Coverage (when you don't use MPN)
Each office visit to an MPN provider is subject to Annual Deductible: $250 enrollee; $250 enrolled
a $20 copayment. Related radiology and diagnostic spouse/domestic partner; $250 all dependent children laboratory services billed by the MPN provider are combined. This deductible is separate from the combined subject to a separate $20 copayment. No more than annual deductible.
two copayments per visit will be assessed.
Coinsurance: The Empire Plan pays up to 50 percent
MPN guarantees access to network benefits. If there are of the network allowance after you meet the annual no network providers in your area, you must contact MPN deductible. There is no coinsurance maximum. Coinsurance prior to receiving services to arrange for network benefits. under the Managed Physical Medicine Program does not contribute to and is separate from the combined annual coinsurance maximum. The network allowance generally equates to 12 percent of FAIR Health Usual and Customary professional rates.* Home Care Advocacy Program (HCAP)
Home Care Services, Skilled Nursing Services and Durable Medical Equipment/Supplies
YOU MUST CALL
for prior authorization

Network Coverage (when you use HCAP)
Non-network Coverage (when you don't use HCAP)
To receive a paid-in-full benefit, you must call The Empire The first 48 hours of nursing care are not covered. After Plan toll free at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447) and you meet the combined annual deductible (see page 3), choose the Medical Program, then Benefits Management The Empire Plan pays up to 50 percent of the HCAP Program, to precertify and help make arrangements for network allowance for covered services, durable medical covered services, durable medical equipment and equipment and supplies. There is no coinsurance supplies, including one pair of diabetic shoes per year, maximum. You are also covered for one pair of diabetic insulin pumps, Medijectors and enteral formulas. Diabetic shoes per year that are paid up to 75 percent of the shoes have an annual maximum benefit of $500.
HCAP network allowance with a $500 annual maximum. Exceptions: For diabetic supplies (except insulin pumps The network allowance generally equates to 43 percent and Medijectors), call The Empire Plan Diabetic Supplies of FAIR Health Usual and Customary professional rates.* Pharmacy at 1-888-306-7337. For ostomy supplies, call Byram Healthcare Centers at 1-800-354-4054.
Important: If Medicare is your primary coverage, and you do not use a Medicare contract provider, your benefits
will be reduced. If Medicare is your primary coverage and you live in an area or need supplies while visiting an
area that participates in the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics and Orthotics Supply (DMEPOS)
Competitive Bidding Program, you must use a Medicare-approved supplier. All of New York State is affected
by DMEPOS. To locate a Medicare contract supplier, visit www.medicare.gov/supplierdirectory or contact
The Empire Plan toll free at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447) and choose the Medical Program, then Benefits
Management Program/Home Care Advocacy Program.
* Legislatively, the Department of Financial Services for the State of New York defines the term "Usual and Customary Rate (UCR)" as the 80th percentile of the FAIR Health rates.
Mental Health And Substance Abuse Program
For the highest level of benefits, call The Empire Plan at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447)
and press or say 3 to reach the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program.
Call the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program before seeking certain services from a mental health or substance abuse provider, including treatment for alcoholism. The Clinical Referral Line is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You will receive the highest level of benefits when you follow the Program requirements for network coverage. You have guaranteed access to network benefits if you contact the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program before you receive services. In an emergency, go to the nearest hospital Emergency Department. You or your designee should call the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program within 48 hours of an admission for emergency care or as soon as reasonably possible. You pay only applicable copayments for covered services provided by a provider or facility that is in The Empire Plan network. No deductible or coinsurance applies.
When you use a provider or facility that is not in The Empire Plan network, your out-of-pocket costs are higher, as described in this section.
You should call before an admission to a Mental Health or Substance Abuse facility to ensure that benefits are available. In the case of an emergency admission, certification should be requested as soon as possible. Network facilities are responsible for obtaining precertification. If you use a non-network facility, you may be required to pay the full cost of any stay determined not to be medically necessary.
Inpatient stays in an approved network facility are paid You will be responsible for a coinsurance amount of 10 percent of billed charges, up to the combined annual coinsurance maximum. See page 3. When the combined annual coinsurance maximum is met, you will receive network benefits. Practitioner Treatment or Consultation: Covered
Practitioner Treatment or Consultation: Covered
treatment or consultation services that you receive while treatment or consultation services that you receive you are an inpatient that are billed by a practitioner – not while you are an inpatient that are billed by a practitioner the facility – are paid in full.
– not the facility – are subject to deductible and coinsurance as described under Office Visits and other Outpatient Services, page 14. Ambulance service to a facility where you will be receiving mental health or substance abuse care is covered when medically necessary.
Hospital Emergency Department
You pay one $70 copayment per visit to an Emergency Network coverage applies to Emergency Department Department. The copayment is waived if you are admitted visits at a non-network hospital. as an inpatient directly from the Emergency Department.
Office Visits and other Outpatient Services
Office visits and other outpatient services, such as Combined Annual Deductible: The combined annual
outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation programs, deductible must be satisfied before The Empire Plan psychological testing/evaluation, electroconvulsive pays benefits. See page 3.
therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services, Coinsurance: The Empire Plan pays 80 percent of the
may be subject to a $20 copayment per visit. usual and customary rate for covered services after Up to three visits per crisis are paid in full for mental you meet the combined annual deductible. You are health treatment. After the third visit, the $20 copayment responsible for the balance.
per visit applies.
Combined Annual Coinsurance Maximum: After the
combined annual coinsurance maximum is reached,
The Empire Plan pays benefits for covered services at
100 percent of the usual and customary rate. See page 3.
Usual and Customary Rate (formerly known as
Reasonable and Customary Charge):
The lowest
of the actual charge, the provider's usual charge or
the usual charge within the same geographic area.
The Empire Plan generally utilizes FAIR Health
rates at the 90th percentile to determine the
allowable amount. You can estimate the anticipated
out-of-pocket cost for out-of-network services by
contacting your provider for the amount that will be
charged, or by visiting www.fairhealthconsumer.org
to determine the usual and customary rate for
these services in your geographic area or zip code.
YOU MUST CALL
for precertification

Psychological Testing or Evaluation,
Electroconvulsive Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis Services
Precertification to confirm medical necessity is required before beginning psychological testing or evaluations,
electroconvulsive therapy or Applied Behavior Analysis for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder.
Neuropsychological Testing
Neuropsychological testing and evaluations for mental health or substance abuse diagnosis in a network or non-network
setting will be reviewed for medical necessity. Only medically necessary services are covered, therefore, precertification
by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program is recommended before testing or evaluation begins.
Notes: Neuropsychological testing with a medical diagnosis is also covered under the Medical Program. These
services will be reviewed by UnitedHealthcare for medical necessity. Precertification by UnitedHealthcare is
recommended before testing or evaluation begins.
Prescription Drug Program
Call The Empire Plan at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447)
and press or say 4 to reach the Prescription Drug Program.
This section DOES NOT APPLY if you are enrolled in Empire Plan Medicare Rx, the Medicare Part D prescription
drug program. (See page 19.)

The Prescription Drug Program provides coverage for prescriptions for covered drugs, up to a 90-day supply, when filled at network, mail service, specialty or non-network pharmacies. Copayments
You have the following copayments for covered drugs purchased from a Network Pharmacy, the Mail Service
Pharmacy or a Specialty Pharmacy.
Up to a 30-day supply from
31- to 90-day supply from
31- to 90-day supply from
a Network Pharmacy, the
a Network Pharmacy
the Mail Service Pharmacy
Mail Service Pharmacy, or
or Specialty Pharmacy
Specialty Pharmacy
Level 1 Drugs or for most Level 1 Drugs or for most Level 1 Drugs or for most Level 2, Preferred Drugs
Level 2, Preferred Drugs
Level 2, Preferred Drugs
or Compound Drugs . $25 or Compound Drugs . $50 or Compound Drugs . $50 Non-preferred Drugs .$45
Non-preferred Drugs . $90
Non-preferred Drugs .$90
Drugs not Subject to Copayment
Certain covered drugs do not require a copayment when using a Network Pharmacy:
• oral chemotherapy drugs, when prescribed for the treatment of cancer• generic oral contraceptive drugs and devices or brand-name contraceptive drugs/devices without a generic equivalent (single-source brand-name drugs/devices)* • Tamoxifen and Raloxifene, when prescribed for the primary prevention of breast cancer* • Certain preventive adult vaccines when administered by a licensed pharmacist * Copayment waivers for these drugs only will be provided if the drug is filled at a Network Pharmacy.
Brand-Name Drugs with Generic Equivalent
If you choose to purchase a covered brand-name drug that has a generic
Ancillary Charge: The difference
equivalent, you will pay the Level 3 Non-preferred drug copayment plus in cost between the brand-name the ancillary charge, not to exceed the full retail cost of the covered drug.
drug and the generic equivalent.
• If the brand-name drug has been placed on Level 1 of The Empire Plan Flexible Formulary, you will pay the Level 1 copayment.
• You pay only the applicable copayment for the following Level 3 brand-name drugs with generic equivalents: Coumadin, Dilantin, Lanoxin, Levothroid, Mysoline, Premarin, Synthroid, Tegretol and Tegretol XR. One copayment covers up to a 90-day supply.
New to You Prescriptions Program: Certain maintenance medications require at least two 30-day supplies to be
filled using your Empire Plan Prescription Drug Program benefits before a supply for greater than 30 days will
be covered. If you attempt to fill a prescription for a maintenance medication for more than a 30-day supply at a
Network or Mail Service Pharmacy, the last 180 days of your prescription history will be reviewed to determine
whether at least 60 days' worth of the drug has been previously dispensed. If not, only a 30-day fill will be approved.
Note: If your drug is pre-packed in a 28-day supply, you will need to have at least two 28-day supplies in the past
180 days in order to meet the New to You requirement.
Flexible Formulary Drug List
The Empire Plan Prescription Drug Program has a Flexible Formulary drug list for prescription drugs. The Empire Plan Flexible Formulary is designed to provide enrollees and the Plan with the best value in prescription drug spending.
This is accomplished by: • Excluding coverage for certain brand-name or generic drugs if the drug has no clinical advantage over other covered medications in the same therapeutic class. • Placing a brand-name drug on Level 1 or excluding or placing a generic drug on Level 3, subject to the appropriate copayment. These placements may be revised mid-year when such changes are advantageous to The Empire Plan. Enrollees will be notified in advance of such changes.
• Applying the highest copayment to non-preferred drugs that provide no clinical advantage over two or more Level 1 drug alternatives in the same therapeutic class. This may result in no Level 2 brand-name drugs.
Prior Authorization Required
You must have prior authorization for the following drugs, including generic equivalents:

• deferoxamine • Lupaneta Pack • Epogen/Procrit • Tobi Podhaler Certain medications that require prior authorization based on age, gender or quantity limit specifications are
not listed here. Compound Drugs that have a claim cost to the Program that exceeds $200 will also require
prior authorization. The previous list of drugs is subject to change as drugs are approved by the Food and Drug
Administration, introduced into the market or approved for additional indications.
For information about prior
authorization requirements, or the current list of drugs requiring authorization, call the Prescription Drug Program.
Or, visit our web site, and select Using Your Benefits and then Drugs that Require Prior Authorization.
Excluded Drugs
Certain brand-name and generic drugs are excluded from The Empire Plan Flexible Formulary if they have no
clinical advantage over other covered medications in the same therapeutic class. The 2016 Empire Plan Flexible
Formulary drug list includes drugs that are excluded in 2016, along with suggested alternatives.
New prescription
drugs may be subject to exclusion when they first become available on the market. Check the web site for current
information regarding exclusions of newly launched prescription drugs.
Newly Excluded Drugs for 2016
• Proair Respiclick • Proventil HFA Medical Exception Process for Excluded Drugs
A medical exception process* is available for non-formulary drugs that are excluded from coverage. To request a medical exception, you and your physician must first evaluate whether covered drugs on the Flexible Formulary are appropriate alternatives for your treatment. After an appropriate trial of formulary alternatives, your physician may submit a letter of medical necessity to CVS/caremark that details the formulary alternative trials and any other clinical documentation supporting medical necessity. The physician can fax the exception request to CVS/caremark at 1-888-487-9257. If an exception is approved, the Level 1 copayment will apply for generic drugs and the Level 3 copayment (and ancillary charge, if applicable) will apply for brand-name drugs.
Note: Drugs that are only FDA approved for cosmetic indications are excluded from the Plan and are not eligible
for a medical exception.
* If you are Medicare primary, refer to your Empire Plan Medicare Rx plan materials for information regarding your appeal rights and the process to follow. Types of Pharmacies
Network Pharmacy
A Network Pharmacy is a retail pharmacy that participates in the CVS/caremark network. When you visit a
Network Pharmacy to fill a prescription, you pay a copayment (and ancillary charge, if applicable). To find
a retail Network Pharmacy location that participates in the CVS/caremark network, call the Prescription
Drug Program or visit our web site and select Find a Provider.
CVS/caremark National Vaccine Network Pharmacy
Select preventive vaccines are covered without copayment when administered at a pharmacy that participates
in the CVS/caremark national vaccine network. Vaccines available in a pharmacy are:
• Influenza (flu) • Meningococcal (meningitis) • Pneumococcal (pneumonia) • Herpes Zoster (shingles)* – requires prescription To find out if a pharmacy participates in the CVS/caremark national vaccine network, call the Prescription Drug Program or visit EmpirePlanRxProgram.com and select CVS/caremark, then Locate a Pharmacy and Pharmacy locator. Be sure to select "Vaccine network" under "Advanced Search." Only certain pharmacies are part of the CVS/caremark national vaccine network. New York State law restricts pharmacists to administering vaccines to patients age 18 or older. Similar laws may be in place in other states.
* The Herpes Zoster vaccine is only preventive (no copayment) for individuals age 60 and older. (Note: this immunization is covered for enrollees age 55 through 59, subject to a $5 copayment.) Call the pharmacy in advance to verify availability of the vaccine.
Mail Service Pharmacy
You may fill your prescription by mail through the CVS/caremark Mail Service Pharmacy by using the mail order
form. For forms and refill orders, call the Prescription Drug Program. To refill a prescription on file with the mail
service pharmacy, you may order by phone or download forms at https://www.cs.ny.gov. Choose your group and
plan, if prompted. Click on Forms on the homepage and scroll down to the CVS/caremark Mail Service Order Form.
Specialty Pharmacy Program
The Empire Plan Specialty Pharmacy Program offers individuals using specialty drugs enhanced services including:
• refill reminder calls • disease education • expedited, scheduled delivery of your medications • drug education at no additional charge • compliance management • all necessary supplies, such as needles and syringes • side-effect management applicable to the medication • safety management Prior authorization is required for some specialty medications. Specialty medications must be ordered through the Specialty Pharmacy Program using the CVS/caremark Mail Service Order Form. To request mail order forms or refills, or to speak to a specialty-trained pharmacist or nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week regarding the Specialty Pharmacy Program, call the Prescription Drug Program and ask to speak with Specialty Customer Care.
A complete list of specialty medications included in the Specialty Pharmacy Program is available at https://www.cs.ny.gov. Choose your group and plan (if prompted) and, from the homepage, click on Using Your Benefits, then Specialty Pharmacy Drug List. Non-Network Pharmacy
If you do not use a Network Pharmacy, or if you do not use your Empire Plan benefit card at a Network Pharmacy,
you must submit a claim for reimbursement to:
The Empire Plan Prescription Drug Program c/o CVS/caremark P.O. Box 52136 Phoenix, AZ 85072-2136 In most cases, you will not be reimbursed the total amount you paid for the prescription. • If your prescription was filled with a generic drug or a covered brand-name drug with no generic equivalent, you will be reimbursed up to the amount the Program would reimburse a network pharmacy for that prescription. • If your prescription was filled with a covered brand-name drug that has a generic equivalent, you will be reimbursed up to the amount the program would reimburse a network pharmacy for filling the prescription with that drug's generic equivalent, unless the brand-name drug has been placed on Level 1 of The Empire Plan Flexible Formulary.
Empire Plan Medicare Rx Prescription Drug Program
PRESS
OR SAY 4

Call The Empire Plan at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447)
and press or say 4 to reach the Prescription Drug Program.

This section ONLY applies to Medicare-primary enrollees and dependents enrolled in Empire Plan Medicare Rx.
Empire Plan Medicare Rx is a Medicare Part D plan with expanded coverage designed specifically for Medicare-primary Empire Plan enrollees and dependents. Eligible individuals are automatically enrolled in Empire Plan Medicare Rx. Prior to enrollment, affected enrollees and dependents receive important information from SilverScript. Each Medicare-primary enrollee and Medicare-primary dependent will receive a unique Empire Plan Medicare Rx ID card from SilverScript to use at Network pharmacies.
If you have questions, call the Prescription Drug Program or visit http://www.EmpirePlanRxProgram.com.
You have coverage for prescriptions for covered drugs, up to a 90-day supply, when filled at network, non-network or mail service pharmacies. You have the following copayments for drugs purchased from a Network Pharmacy or through the Mail Service Pharmacy or designated Specialty Pharmacy.
Up to a 30-day (one month) supply
31- to 90-day supply of a covered
31- to 90-day supply of a covered
of a covered drug from a Network
drug from a Network Pharmacy
drug through the Mail Service
Pharmacy, the Mail Service
Pharmacy or Specialty Pharmacy
Pharmacy, or Specialty Pharmacy
Tier 1 Drugs. Includes Tier 1 Drugs. Includes Tier 1 Drugs. Includes most Generic Drugs .$5
most Generic Drugs .$10
most Generic Drugs .$5
Tier 2. Includes Tier 2. Includes Tier 2. Includes Preferred Brand Drugs . $25
Preferred Brand Drugs . $50
Preferred Brand Drugs . $50
Tier 3. Includes Non-preferred
Tier 3. Includes Non-preferred
Tier 3. Includes Non-preferred
Brand Name Drugs .$45 Brand Name Drugs . $90 Brand Name Drugs .$90 Drugs not Subject to Copayment
Certain covered drugs do not require a copayment:
• oral chemotherapy drugs, when prescribed for the treatment of cancer• generic oral contraceptive drugs and devices or brand-name contraceptive drugs/devices without a generic equivalent (single-source brand-name drugs/devices)* • Tamoxifen and Raloxifene, when prescribed for the primary prevention of breast cancer* *Copayment waivers for these drugs only will be provided if the drug is filled at a Network Pharmacy.


Empire Plan Medicare Rx uses a formulary of Medicare Part D covered drugs and a secondary list of additional (non-Part D) covered drugs. Since Medicare Part D plans do not cover all types of drugs, the secondary list enhances the Medicare Part D covered drugs so that the coverage closely mirrors the drugs covered under The Empire Plan Flexible Formulary for non-Medicare enrollees.
The 2016 Empire Plan Medicare Rx Abridged Formulary is sent to all current members on an annual basis and is included in an enrollment kit that Medicare-primary Empire Plan enrollees and dependents receive from SilverScript prior to enrolling in Empire Plan Medicare Rx. The 2016 Empire Plan Medicare Rx Comprehensive Formulary, a complete list of covered drugs, is also available online at http://www.EmpirePlanRxProgram.com. If you have questions regarding the prescription drugs covered under Empire Plan Medicare Rx, call the Prescription Drug Program.
Note: Certain drugs are covered under Medicare Part B or Medicare Part D depending upon the circumstances
for use. Additional information may be needed from the prescribing physician describing the use and setting of
the drug to determine coverage under Medicare Part B or Medicare Part D. Prescription medications covered
under Medicare Part B that are dispensed by a Network Pharmacy are subject to 20 percent coinsurance under
Medicare and automatically crossed over to the Empire Plan Medical/Surgical Program for reimbursement. Please
allow 4-6 weeks for reimbursement.
Empire Plan Medicare Rx ID Cards
Every Medicare-primary Empire Plan enrollee and every Medicare-primary dependent enrolled in Empire Plan Medicare Rx receives a separate, individualized prescription drug ID card from SilverScript. Each card provides a new unique ID number to be used at a Network pharmacy when filling your prescription medications. If you have questions, call the Prescription Drug Program.
Sample Empire Plan Medicare Rx ID card:
Sample Empire Plan card:
Continue to use your Empire Plan card for all other Empire Plan benefits including hospital services, medical/surgical services, mental health and substance abuse services and prescriptions covered under Medicare Part B. Enrollees and dependents who are not Medicare-primary will continue to use this card for their prescription drugs.
Prior Authorization Program
Certain medications require prior authorization based on diagnosis, clinical condition or quantity limit specifications. For information about prior authorization requirements, or the current list of drugs requiring authorization, call the Prescription Drug Program.
Types of Pharmacies
Network Pharmacy
A Network Pharmacy is a retail pharmacy that participates in the CVS/caremark network. When you visit a Network
Pharmacy to fill a prescription, you pay a copayment (and ancillary charge, if applicable). To find
a retail Network Pharmacy location that participates in the CVS/caremark network, call the Prescription Drug Program or visit our web site and select Find a Provider.
Mail Service Pharmacy
You may fill your prescription by mail through the CVS/caremark Mail Service Pharmacy by using the mail order
form. For forms and refill orders, call the Prescription Drug Program. To refill a prescription on file with the mail
service pharmacy, you may order by phone or download forms online at http://www.EmpirePlanRxProgram.com.
Specialty Pharmacy Program
The Empire Plan Specialty Pharmacy Program offers enhanced services including:
• refill reminder calls • disease education • expedited, scheduled delivery of your medications • drug education at no additional charge • compliance management • all necessary supplies, such as needles and syringes • side-effect management applicable to the medication • safety management For a complete list of specialty medications included in the Specialty Pharmacy Program, visit http://www.EmpirePlanRxProgram.com. Prior authorization is required for some specialty medications.
Specialty drugs can be ordered through the Specialty Pharmacy Program using the CVS/caremark Mail Service Order Form. To request mail order forms, refills or to speak to a specialty-trained pharmacist or nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week regarding the Specialty Pharmacy Program, call the Prescription Drug Program and ask to speak with Specialty Customer Care. Non-Network Pharmacy
If you do not use a Network Pharmacy, or if you do not use your Empire Plan Medicare Rx benefit card at a Network
Pharmacy, you must submit a claim for reimbursement to:
The Empire Plan Medicare Rx Prescription Drug Program c/o CVS/caremark P.O. Box 52066 Phoenix, AZ 85072-2066 In most cases, you will not be reimbursed the total amount you paid for the prescription.
• If your prescription was filled with a generic drug or a covered brand-name drug with no generic equivalent, you will be reimbursed up to the amount the Program would reimburse a network pharmacy for that prescription.
• If your prescription was filled with a covered brand-name drug that has a generic equivalent, you will be reimbursed up to the amount the program would reimburse a network pharmacy for filling the prescription with that drug's generic equivalent, unless the brand-name drug has been placed on Tier 1 of The Empire Plan Medicare Rx Formulary.
Benefits On The Web
NYSHIP Online is a complete resource for your health insurance benefits, including: • Current publications describing your benefits and plan,• Announcements,• An event calendar,• Prescription drug information,• Contact information, and• Links to each Empire Plan program administrator web site, which each include a current list of providers.
To find the most up-to-date information about your health insurance coverage, visit NYSHIP Online at https://www.cs.ny.gov. Choose your group and plan to get to the NYSHIP Online homepage. You can bookmark this page to bypass the login screen. Call The Empire Plan toll free at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447) and select the appropriate program.
Medical/Surgical Program: Administered by UnitedHealthcare
Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.
TTY: 1-888-697-9054 P.O. Box 1600, Kingston, NY 12402-1600Claims submission fax: 845-336-7716 Hospital Program: Administered by Empire BlueCross BlueShield
Administrative services are provided by Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., a licensee of the
BlueCross and BlueShield Association, an association of independent BlueCross and BlueShield plans. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.
TTY: 1-800-241-6894New York State Service Center, P.O. Box 1407, Church Street Station, New York, NY 10008-1407Claims submission fax: 888-367-9788 online: www.empireblue.com Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program: Administered by Beacon Health Options, Inc.
Representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
TTY: 1-855-643-1476 P.O. Box 1800, Latham, NY 12110 Claims submission fax: 855-378-8309 online: https://ets.valueoptions.com/OnlineClaimSubmission Prescription Drug Program: Administered by CVS/caremark
Representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
TTY: 1-800-863-5488 Customer Care Correspondence, P.O. Box 6590, Lee's Summit, MO 64064-6590 Medicare Rx Prescription Drug Program
TTY: 711
SilverScript Insurance Company, P.O. Box 52067, Phoenix, AZ 85072-2067
Empire Plan NurseLineSM: Administered by UnitedHealthcare
Registered nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer health-related questions.
For recorded messages on more than 1,000 topics in the Health Information Library, enter PIN number 335, then say one or two words about the information you are looking for or enter a four-digit topic code from The Empire Plan NurseLine brochure. If you do not have your brochure, ask the NurseLine to send you one.
This document provides a brief look at Empire Plan benefits for Participating Agency enrollees. Use it with your NYSHIP General Information Book & Empire Plan Certificate, Empire Plan Reports and Certificate Amendments. If you have questions, call 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447) and choose the program you need.
New York State Department of Civil Service Employee Benefits Division, Albany, New York 12239 518-457-5754 or 1-800-833-4344 (U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands) https://www.cs.ny.gov The Empire Plan At A Glance is published by the Employee Benefits Division of the New York State Department of Civil Service. The Employee Benefits Division administers the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP). NYSHIP provides your health insurance benefits through The Empire Plan.


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Department of Civil Service Employee Benefits Division P.O. Box 1068 Schenectady, New York 12301-1068 https://www.cs.ny.gov Information for the Enrollee, Enrolled Spouse/ Domestic Partner and Other Enrolled Dependents Participating Agencies At A Glance – January 2016 !Please do not send mail or
correspondence to the return
address above. See boxed
address page 23.

It is the policy of the New York State Department of Civil Service to provide reasonable accommodation to ensure effective communication of information in benefits publications to individuals with disabilities. These publications are also available on NYSHIP Online at https://www.cs.ny.gov. Visit NYSHIP Online for timely information that meets universal accessibility standards adopted by New York State for NYS agency web sites. If you need an auxiliary aid or service to make benefits information available to you, please contact your Health Benefits Administrator. COBRA Enrollees: Contact the Employee Benefits Division at 518-457-5754 or 1-800-833-4344 (U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands).
This document was printed using recycled paper and environmentally sensitive inks. The Empire Plan Copayments At A Glance
The listed copayments apply when services are received under the Participating Provider Program or network coverage. Preventive care services under PPACA, women's health care services and certain other covered services are not subject to copayment.
$20 Copayment – Office Visit, Office Surgery, Radiology (including Diagnostic Mammography), Diagnostic Laboratory Tests, Freestanding Cardiac Rehabilitation Center Visit, Urgent Care Center Visit, Convenience Care Clinic Visit $30 Copayment – Non-hospital Outpatient Surgical Locations $35 Copayment – Professional Ambulance Transportation
Chiropractic Treatment or Physical Therapy Services (Managed Physical Medicine Program)
$20 Copayment – Office Visit, Radiology, Diagnostic Laboratory Tests
$20 Copayment – Outpatient Physical Therapy$40 Copayment – Outpatient Services for Diagnostic Radiology, Diagnostic Laboratory Tests, Diagnostic Mammography Screening or Administration of Desferal for Cooley's Anemia in a Network Hospital or Hospital Extension Clinic $60 Copayment – Outpatient Surgery$70 Copayment – Emergency Department Visit Mental Health
$20 Copayment – Visit to Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program and Substance
$20 Copayment – Visit to Mental Health Professional $70 Copayment – Emergency Department Visit Up to a 90-day supply from a Network Pharmacy, Mail Service Pharmacy or the Specialty Pharmacy (see The Empire Plan Prescription Drug Program copayment chart on page 15 or the Drug Program
Empire Plan Medicare Rx Program copayment chart on page 19).

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