For Employees of New York State Agencies Affected by by ehz13319


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    For Employees of New York State Agencies Affected by Layoff:
                                            Health Insurance Coverage and Related Benefits

           This flyer explains how to continue health insurance and other benefits if you are
           laid off. Requirements and benefits may change. See your agency Health Benefits
           Administrator and read plan materials for a complete description of your rights and

           Health              Coverage under Preferred List Provisions Following Layoff
                               If your name is placed on a New York State Department of
           Insurance           Civil Service Preferred List for re-employment, you may continue
                               your health insurance coverage under Preferred List provisions.
                               You may continue coverage for up to one year from the date your
                               health insurance in active employee status ends or until you are
                               re-employed in a benefits-eligible position by a public or private
                               employer, whichever occurs first.
                               If you are not eligible to have your name placed on a Preferred List
                               for re-employment, you may continue health insurance coverage
                               under Preferred List provisions if:
                                  • You are in the noncompetitive class with tenure under
                                    Section 75 of the Civil Service Law
    Health Insurance
    Benefit Changes,
                                  • Your appointment was permanent. (You are not eligible if your

    Temporary                       appointment was a provisional or temporary appointment.)
    Employment,                If you do not continue health insurance coverage under Preferred
    Medicare                   List or other provisions, your New York State Health Insurance

    page 2                     Program (NYSHIP) coverage will end 28 days following the last day
    Coverage as a Retiree,     of the payroll period in which you received your last payroll
                               deduction for health insurance. Ask your agency Health Benefits

    as a Vestee, under
    COBRA, or                  Administrator for further information.
    Direct-Pay Contract        Your Share of the Cost and How You Pay
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                               You continue to pay only the employee share of the premium for
    Benefits Chart             health insurance coverage under Preferred List provisions.
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                                  If you are in The Empire Plan, the State pays 90 percent of
    Your Other Benefits           the cost for Individual coverage. If you have Family coverage,
    Dental, Vision, COBRA,
                                  the State also pays 75 percent of the additional cost for

    Income Protection Plan,
    Accident and Sickness         dependent coverage.
    Insurance                     If you are enrolled in an HMO, the State’s contribution will
                                  not exceed 100 percent of its dollar contribution toward the

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                                  hospital/medical/mental health and substance abuse
    Life Insurance, Long          components of The Empire Plan premium.
    Term Care Insurance

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    Questions and
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                                                              Health Insurance continued on page 2
    More Information
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                                State of New York Department of Civil Service, Employee Benefits Division
                      While you are in Preferred List status, your        Temporary employment does not extend your
                      health insurance premium will be billed             eligibility beyond the one year from the date
                      on a monthly basis instead of the biweekly          your coverage as an employee ended. You must
                      premium that was deducted from your                 notify the Employee Benefits Division Preferred
                      paycheck. Ask your agency Health Benefits           List Unit (see page 8) when you begin and end
                      Administrator for Preferred List health             temporary employment to protect your health
                      insurance monthly premium rates.                    insurance coverage.
                      The New York State Department of Civil Service      If Medicare Eligible, Medicare Is Primary
                      Employee Benefits Division will automatically       While you have NYSHIP coverage under
                      bill you each month for your share of the           Preferred List provisions, Medicare does not
                      premium. The first bill will be sent four to six    consider you an active employee. Therefore,
                      weeks after your last day on the payroll and will   Medicare becomes primary for you and your
                      include retroactive premiums. Be prepared for       covered dependents eligible for Medicare
                      this expense.                                       because of age (65 or over) or disability.
                      Benefit Changes                                     Different rules apply for Medicare primacy
                      Under Preferred List provisions, you receive the    when your diagnosis is end-stage renal disease.
                      same benefits as unrepresented employees.           Please see your agency Health Benefits
                      Empire Plan enrollees: Some benefits may            Administrator for additional information.
                      differ from your coverage as an active              NYSHIP will no longer be primary beginning
                      employee, as shown in the chart on page 4.          the first day of the month following a “runout”
                      HMO enrollees: If neither you nor any covered       of 28 days after the last day of the last payroll
                      dependents are eligible for Medicare, there         period for which you were paid. NYSHIP
                      should be no changes in benefits.                   automatically becomes secondary to Medicare
                                                                          at that time, even if you or a dependent fail to
                      If you or your covered dependents are               enroll in Medicare.
                      enrolled in an HMO that offers a Medicare
                      Advantage plan, there may be significant            If you or a dependent are eligible for Medicare,
                      changes in coverage.                                you must have Medicare Parts A and B in effect
                                                                          when first eligible for primary Medicare
                      Your Identification Card                            coverage, or there will be a drastic reduction in
                      Empire Plan enrollees: If benefit changes           your health insurance coverage. The New York
                      require a new card, you will receive a new          State Health Insurance Program will not provide
                      NYSHIP Empire Plan benefit card. Otherwise,         any benefits for coverage available under
                      continue to use your current NYSHIP Empire          Medicare. If you or a dependent is eligible for
                      Plan benefit card. Your agency Health Benefits      primary Medicare coverage because of age,
                      Administrator will update your enrollment to        disability, end-stage renal disease or amyotrophic
                      reflect any changes in your health insurance        lateral sclerosis (ALS), but do not enroll, you will
                      benefits and give you publications to explain       be responsible for the full cost of medical
                      any changes.                                        services that Medicare would have covered.
                      HMO enrollees: Check with your HMO if you           When you are eligible for primary coverage
                      are Medicare eligible.                              from Medicare for you and/or your dependent,
                      Temporary Employment                                the State will reimburse you for the usual cost of
                                                                          Medicare Part B ($96.40 a month in 2009; rates
                      If you are temporarily employed by the State or
                                                                          usually change yearly). Reimbursement is made
                      another employer and are eligible for health
                                                                          as a credit that reduces your monthly NYSHIP
                      insurance, your Preferred List health insurance
                                                                          bill. The State will also reimburse you for any
                      coverage ends. You may reinstate your coverage
                                                                          Income-Related Medicare Adjustment Amount
                      when your temporary job ends if the end date
                                                                          (IRMAA) you must pay. Reimbursement of
                      of your one year of eligibility has not passed.
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IRMAA is done annually upon your request             Continuing Health Insurance Coverage
after submission of required proofs.                 as a Retiree
You are not required to enroll in Medicare           If you will be laid off, but meet the requirements
Part D for prescription drug coverage unless you     for continuing health insurance in retirement,
are enrolled in a NYSHIP Medicare Advantage          you may continue NYSHIP coverage under
plan. If you choose to enroll in a Medicare          retiree provisions rather than Preferred List
Part D plan outside of NYSHIP, the State will        provisions, even if you do not draw your pension.
not reimburse you for the Part D premium.            If you have sick leave credits, continuing your
* A health insurance plan provides “primary”         health insurance under retiree provisions will
  coverage when it is responsible for paying         reduce your premium cost.
  health benefits before any other group health      If you meet the requirements, you may choose
  insurance.                                         health insurance coverage as a retiree at the
If You Are Not Eligible Under                        time you are laid off or during the one-year
Preferred List Provisions or                         period that you have health insurance under
When Preferred List Coverage Ends                    Preferred List provisions or at the time your
                                                     Preferred List health insurance ends. However,
If you are not eligible for Preferred List health    time on a Preferred List does not count toward
insurance coverage or if your year of coverage       the service time required for continuing health
under Preferred List provisions ends, you may        insurance in retirement.
be eligible to continue coverage:
                                                     As a retiree, you will pay an amount equal to the
   • as a retiree                                    employee share of the premium. However,
   • as a vestee                                     retirees may convert the value of unused sick
   • temporarily under COBRA (federal                leave, up to 200 days (165 days for PBA and PIA),
     continuation of coverage law) or                into a monthly credit. This credit is applied
   • under a direct-pay conversion contract          toward your health insurance premium.
See your NYSHIP General Information Book for         There are three eligibility requirements to
information on continuing health insurance           continue health insurance as a retiree:
in any of these categories. There are deadlines
and other requirements.                                 • completion of a minimum service period
                                                        • eligibility for a pension from a New York State
Be sure to talk with your agency Health                   publicly administered retirement system
Benefits Administrator about continuing                 • enrollment in NYSHIP
your health insurance.
                                                     For more details on these three requirements,
If you still have questions, call the                you can request a copy of the Planning for
Employee Benefits Division at 518-457-5754           Retirement booklet from your agency Health
(Albany area), or 1-800-833-4344 (U.S.,              Benefits Administrator, or visit the NYSHIP
Canada, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands).                Online web site at Click on
                                                     Benefit Programs, then NYSHIP Online. Choose
 If you will be leaving the payroll, plan for        your group, if prompted, and then click on
 your health insurance payments.                     Planning to Retire?
 If you leave the payroll, the Employee
 Benefits Division will bill you each month for
 your health insurance. Your first bill will cover
 a retroactive payment (beginning with the
 period your employment status changed)
 and an advance payment for the next month.
 Please be prepared for this larger than
 usual bill.
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                                                             Empire Plan Benefits Under Preferred List Provisions – January 1, 2009                                                                           (Amounts may change yearly.)

                                                                                          CSEA                C-821               DC-37            NYSCOPBA                 PBA                 PBA                  PIA                  PEF                  UUP                 M/C
                                                                                                                                                                           SUPER.            TROOPERS

                                                                    Active                $225                 $363                $281                $363                 $363                 $363               $363                 $363                 $363                $363
                        Basic Medical

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                        Annual Deductible*
                                                                    Pref List             $363                 $363                $363                $363                 $363                 $363               $363                 $363                 $363                $363

                                                                    Active               $500*                $1,345             $600**               $1,345                $800                 $800               $800                $1,000               $1,000              $1,000
                        Basic Medical
                        Coinsurance Maximum*
                                                                    Pref List            $1,000               $1,000              $1,000              $1,000               $1,000              $1,000              $1,000               $1,000               $1,000              $1,000

                                                                    Active                  yes                 yes                 yes                  yes                 yes                  yes                yes                   yes                  yes                yes
                        Basic Medical
                        Routine Health Exams
                                                                    Pref List               no                   no                  no                  no                   no                   no                 no                   no                   no                  no

                                                                    Active                 $122              $15/18                 $183                $18                  $183                $183               $183                  $183                 $183                $183
                        Participating Provider
                                                                    Pref List              $183                $183                 $183                $183                 $183                $183               $183                  $183                 $183                $183

                                                                    Active                 $122              $15/18                 $183                $18                  $183                $183               $183                  $183                 $183                $183
                        Managed Physical Network
                                                                    Pref List              $183                $183                 $183                $183                 $183                $183               $183                  $183                 $183                $183

                                                                    Active               $30/50              $35/50/              $35/60              $35/60               $35/60              $35/60              $35/60               $35/60               $35/60              $35/60
                        Hospital Outpatient Copayment/                                                       $35/60
                        Emergency Room Copayment
                                                                    Pref List            $35/60              $35/60               $35/60              $35/60               $35/60              $35/60              $35/60               $35/60               $35/60              $35/60

                        Mental Health/                              Active                 $122              $15/18                 $183                $18                  $183                $183               $183                  $183                 $183                $183
                        Substance Abuse
                        Treatment Copayment                         Pref List              $183                $183                 $183                $183                 $183                $183               $183                  $183                 $183                $183

                                                                    Active                 ***                  ***                 ***                 ***                  ***                  ***                ***                  ***                  ***                 ***
                        Prescription Drug Copayment
                                                                    Pref List              ***                  ***                 ***                 ***                  ***                  ***                ***                  ***                  ***                 ***
                                                                       * Each program’s deductible, coinsurance and maximum coinsurance amount is separate and not combined with any other deductible, coinsurance or maximum coinsurance amount.
                                                                      ** The coinsurance maximum expense is reduced to $300 for calendar year 2009 for employees in (or equated to) salary grade 6 or below on January 1, 2009. Newly eligible employees who meet these
                                                                         requirements become eligible for the reduced coinsurance maximum on the later of January 1, 2009 or the date their coverage begins.
                                                                     ***Prescription Drug Copayment is based on whether the drug is generic, preferred brand-name, non-preferred brand-name, the supply dispensed, and whether the prescription is filled at a retail or the mail service
                                                                         pharmacy. See your Empire Plan Report and Empire Plan Certificate. Mandatory generic substitution. For a brand-name drug with a generic equivalent, you pay the copayment plus the difference in cost
                                                                         between the brand and generic drug. Prior authorization is required for certain drugs.

                      1 Where two amounts appear, they represent C-82 Represented/C-82 Contract Affected, respectively.                  2 $15 effective 7/1/09           3 $20 effective 7/1/09

                      This chart highlights some benefit differences. There are other differences. For a complete description of benefits and an explanation of terms used in this flyer, read your Empire Plan Certificate and Empire Plan Reports or ask
                      your agency Health Benefits Administrator. If you are enrolled in an HMO, ask your HMO about changes in your coverage when you leave the payroll.
Your       Dental, Vision and COBRA Coverage          from the date you are notified of your
           To continue dental and vision coverage:    eligibility for continuation of coverage,
Other        • CSEA, UUP and DC-37: If you            whichever is later.
Benefits       receive these benefits through a       If you do not continue coverage
               union Employee Benefit Fund, you       under COBRA, your dental and vision
               may be eligible to continue dental     coverage will end 28 days after the last
               and vision coverage temporarily        day of the payroll period in which your
               under COBRA. Contact your union        last day on the payroll occurs.
               Employee Benefit Fund for              You are no longer eligible for COBRA
               information.                           coverage when you become entitled to
             • M/C, PEF, Council 82, ALESU,           Medicare benefits during the COBRA
               NYSCOPBA, PBA and PIA: If you          continuation period.
               are enrolled in NYSHIP, you will       To Continue Dental Coverage
               automatically receive information      If You Retire
               on continuing State dental and         Regardless of your negotiating unit,
               vision coverage temporarily under      if you retire, you may choose retiree
               COBRA. If you are not enrolled in      dental coverage through the Group
               NYSHIP, but you receive dental and     Health Inc. (GHI) Preferred Dental
               vision benefits through the State      Plan. Within 15 days after your coverage
               and want to continue coverage, you     ends, you should receive written notice
               must write to the Employee Benefits    of conversion rights from GHI. You
               Division for a COBRA application.      must apply for conversion coverage
               Send your name, your identification    within 45 days of this notice. If you do
               number, address, telephone number      not receive notice of your conversion
               with area code and reason for          rights, contact GHI. You will have 90
               requesting the application to:         days from the date your coverage ends
               COBRA Unit                             to apply for conversion coverage.
               Employee Benefits Division
               State of New York                      Income Protection Plan
               Department of Civil Service            (M/C, DC-37 and Legislature)
               Albany, NY 12239                       Your coverage under the Income
               In 2009, the COBRA monthly             Protection Plan ends when you are
               premium rate for State dental          laid off, retire or vest. Coverage ends
               coverage is $28.89 for Individual      on your last day on the payroll as an
               coverage or $75.72 for Family          active employee.
               coverage. The COBRA monthly rate       Group Life Insurance and
               for State vision care coverage is      Accident and Sickness Insurance
               $3.66 for Individual coverage or       If your position is assigned to a
               $9.81 for Family coverage. The         negotiating unit that provides Life/
               vision rates do not apply to certain   Accident and Sickness Insurance
               groups of Council 82 and ALESU.        through a union Employee Benefit
               Rates may change yearly.               Fund and you have coverage under that
           COBRA deadlines: You must request          program, contact your union Employee
           continuation coverage under COBRA no       Benefit Fund for information about your
           later than 60 days after your coverage     rights to continue that insurance after
           would otherwise end or within 60 days      you are separated from State service.
                                                      Your Other Benefits continued on page 6
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                      If you are a Management/Confidential                   If you meet the requirements to continue
                      employee with Accident and Sickness                    M/C Life Insurance as a retiree, your
                      Insurance, there are no conversion privileges          benefits will automatically continue unless
                      for this coverage, and you may not continue it         you request in writing that your benefits be
                      when you retire, vest or are covered under             canceled. Ask your agency Health Benefits
                      Preferred List provisions.                             Administrator for a PS-932, Transition to
                      Continuing M/C Life Insurance Coverage                 Retirement Form, and indicate on the
                                                                             form whether you want to continue your
                      If you are enrolled in the M/C Life Insurance          benefits, convert to an individual policy
                      Program, you may continue Program coverage             or cancel your life insurance benefits.
                      under the following provisions:                        You will pay your premium directly to the
                         • If you transfer, either temporarily or            Employee Benefits Division or through
                           permanently, to a position not designated         pension deductions if you choose to
                           Management/Confidential, you will be              continue your coverage under this Plan.
                           permitted to continue life insurance              If you choose to convert to an individual
                           coverage under the M/C Program for up             policy, you must obtain a Conversion of
                           to six months to provide time to obtain           Group Life Benefits to an Individual
                           other coverage.                                   Policy form from your agency Health
                           To continue your M/C Life Insurance for           Benefits Administrator. You must call
                           up to 13 biweekly payroll periods after the       the insurance carrier at the telephone
                           date of transfer, you must make your              number on the form to discuss
                           request in writing to the Employee                conversion. If you convert to an individual
                           Benefits Division. Premiums will be               policy, payments would be made directly
                           deducted from your payroll check.                 to the insurance carrier.
                         • If you retire, or if you are eligible to      When coverage ends: If you are no longer
                           retire as a member of a New York State        eligible to continue participation in the M/C
                           retirement system, and are an enrollee        Life Insurance Program, your life insurance
                           in the group life insurance program for       will terminate on the last day of the coverage
                           Management/Confidential employees,            period for which a contribution was made. At
                           you may choose to continue in the             that time, you may be eligible to convert to a
                           program or convert to a direct-pay policy.    standard direct-pay policy with the carrier. See
                           If you choose to remain in the program,       your agency Health Benefits Administrator for
                           you may continue both personal and            conversion information.
                           dependent life insurance in retirement
                           subject to the age-related life insurance     Long Term Care Insurance
                           reductions or you may choose to               If you purchased long term care insurance
                           convert to a standard direct-pay policy       through NYPERL, the New York State
                           with the carrier.                             Public Employee and Retiree Long Term
                         • If you are not a member of a retirement       Care Insurance Plan, your long term care
                           system administered by New York State,        insurance will continue without interruption
                           but you meet the age and service              and without any change in benefits as long
                           requirements of the Employees’                as you pay your premium and have not
                           Retirement System tier in effect at           exhausted your lifetime benefit amount.
                           the time you would have joined                If you pay your long term care premium
                           when you were first employed, you             through payroll deduction, you will need
                           can be considered a retiree for life          to change your method of payment. If you
                           insurance purposes.                           have questions, contact the NYPERL insurer
                                                                         toll free at 1-866-474-5824.

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Questions   Q: My job is being abolished. It is not a
               job that falls under the Civil Service
                                                          Q: I may retire during the year that I have
                                                             health insurance under Preferred List
and            Law or negotiated agreements                  provisions. May I use the value of my
Answers        related to layoffs and Preferred List         unused sick leave to reduce the cost of
               rights. Am I eligible to continue my          my retiree health insurance?
               health insurance?                          A: Yes, if you retire from Preferred List
            A: If your appointment to your position          status, you may use the value of your
               was a permanent appointment, you              sick leave credit to reduce The Empire
               are eligible to continue health               Plan or NYSHIP HMO premium.
               insurance under Preferred List
               provisions. If your appointment was a         You may use the value of your sick
               temporary appointment, you are not            leave credit whether you retire at the
               eligible to continue under Preferred          time you are laid off, during the year
               List provisions. Be sure to discuss your      of your Preferred List coverage or at
               eligibility with your agency Health           the end of your coverage under
               Benefits Administrator.                       Preferred List provisions. When
                                                             you leave the payroll, ask your agency
            Q: I am in a job that falls under Civil          to complete form PS-410 listing your
               Service Law and negotiated                    sick leave accruals, negotiating unit
               agreements related to layoffs and             and salary. Keep this form in a safe
               Preferred List. I’m provisional in the        place. When you are ready to retire,
               job and will not be eligible to be on         you will need the PS-410.
               a Civil Service Preferred List. Am I          You may not use the value of your
               eligible for health insurance under           sick leave credit to reduce the cost of
               Preferred List provisions?                    your health insurance while you are
            A: You are not eligible for health               covered under Preferred List
               insurance under Preferred List                provisions or under vestee provisions
               provisions. Ask your agency Health            or in COBRA status.
               Benefits Administrator if you are
               eligible under retiree or vestee           Q: I am eligible for health insurance
               provisions. If not, ask about                 under Preferred List provisions.
               COBRA provisions and direct-pay               May I change coverage during this
               conversion contracts.                         period? May I change options?
                                                          A: You may change coverage—you may
            Q: When will my health insurance                 add or remove dependents from your
               coverage as an active employee end?           coverage or change to Individual or
               Will there be a gap in coverage               Family coverage. You may change
               before my coverage under Preferred            options (plans) once at any time
               List Provisions begins?                       during a 12-month period. In general,
            A: If you are laid off, you will not have        you may change options more than
               a gap in your health insurance                once in a 12-month period only if you
               coverage. Your health insurance in            move, and then only under certain
               active employee status ends 28 days           circumstances described in your
               after the last day of the payroll period      NYSHIP General Information Book (for
               in which your last day on the payroll         example, if you no longer live or work
               occurs. Your coverage under                   in your HMO’s NYSHIP service area).
               Preferred List provisions will begin on
               the 29th day.
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                               More                              Talk with Your Agency Health
                                                                 Benefits Administrator
                                                                                                                                             Visit our web site at
                                                                                                                                             The Department of Civil Service web site
                               Information                         • Ask if you are eligible to continue                                     has NYSHIP publications and information
                               for Employees                         health insurance in one of the                                          on your health insurance and other
                               of New York                           following five ways:                                                    benefits. Go to
                               State Agencies                        • under Preferred List provisions                                       For Group-Specific Questions
                               Affected by                           • as a retiree                                                          CSEA
                               Layoff                                • as a vestee
                                                                                                                                               Employee Benefit Fund (dental, vision)
                                                                     • under COBRA (federal                                            
                                                                       continuation of coverage law) or                                          518-782-1500.....................Albany area
                                                                     • by converting to a direct-pay policy                            
                                                                     Also, ask about continuing                                                Pearl Carroll & Associates
                                                                     related benefits, such as dental                                          (Accident and sickness, home, auto and
                                                                     and vision care.                                                          renters insurance)
                                                                   • If you are changing to another                                    
                                                                     negotiating unit because of layoffs, ask                                  Group Life Insurance
                                                                     if your health insurance and other                                
                                                                     benefits will change. Ask for a copy of                                     518-257-1000.....................Albany area
                                                                     the NYSHIP General Information Book                                     DC-37
                                                                     for your new negotiating unit. If you                                     Health and Security Plan (dental, vision)
                                                                     are enrolled in The Empire Plan, be                                         212-815-1234
                                                                     sure to ask for an Empire Plan                                    
                                                                     Certificate of Insurance for your new                                   Council 82, NYSCOPBA, PEF, PBA and PIA
                                                                     negotiating unit. Also ask for all                                        GHI Dental ......................1-800-947-0101
                                                                     materials updating those publications                                     EyeMed Vision Care
                                                                     for your new negotiating unit. Read                               
                                                                     these materials carefully.                                              M/C
                                                                   • Get answers to any questions you still                                    Pearl Carroll & Associates
                                                                     have after reading this flyer.                                            (home, auto, renters)
                                                                 If You Have More Questions,                                                   GHI Dental ......................1-800-947-0101
                                                                 Call the Employee Benefits Division
                                                                                                                                               EyeMed Vision Care
                                                                 Please call the Employee Benefits Division                            
                                                                 Preferred List Unit at 518-457-5754                                         UUP
                                                                 (Albany area) or 1-800-833-4344 (U.S.,                                        Benefit Trust Fund
                                                                 Canada, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands)                                  
                                                                 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Eastern time                                
                                                                 weekdays. Once you have health                                                CIGNA Dental.....................1-800-481-1213
                                                                 insurance coverage under Preferred List                               
                                                                 provisions, or as a retiree, vestee or                                        EyeMed Vision Care
                                                                 COBRA enrollee, the Employee Benefits                                 
                                                                 Division serves as your personnel office.                                   PEF
                                                                                                                                               Group Life Insurance
                                                                                                                                                 518-785-1900, Extension 243
It is the policy of the State of New York 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 the Department of Civil Service web site ( Check the web site 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 agency Health Benefits Administrator. Preferred List and COBRA enrollees
may call the Employee Benefits Division at (518) 457-5754 (Albany area) or 1-800-833-4344 (U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands.)

      This flyer was printed using recycled paper and environmentally sensitive inks.                                                                      Layoff Flyer 1-09 AL0789
State of New York Department of Civil Service, Employee Benefits Division, Albany, New York 12239                                                                         
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