NYSHIP: Who provides which service?


The New York State Employee Insurance Plan (NYSHIP) is the overall health insurance plan under which you’re covered as an adjunct, graduate assistant, or other kind of graduate student employee. The specific NYSHIP plan you’re included in is the Student Employee Health Plan (SEHP).

NYSHIP SEHP (hereafter just NYSHIP) is just the umbrella for all the medical services you’re eligible to receive as a member of this plan. The different kinds of benefits (hospital care, surgery, dentistry, etc.) are administered by a number of different service providers, all of which are listed below. (All of your benefits, except for vision and dental, are administered by the Empire Plan, who in turn sub-contracts specific services out to various providers.)

General NYSHIP information

For all NYSHIP links, you will need to select the Graduate Student option—I am a Graduate Student Enrolled in the Student Employee Health Plan (SEHP)—on your first visit each session. To get to the correct NYSHIP page, close that tab/window in which you just selected the SEHP option, and click the link you chose on this page a second time.

  • Summary of benefits for all NYSHIP services (check this very carefully to ensure you use only covered services)
  • Exclusions to NYSHIP benefits can be found on p. 24 of the 2016 Benefits Summary
  • Guide to using your various NYSHIP benefits: benefits, contact details, forms, and other details
  • Claim forms for the various insurance companies
  • 2016 Empire Plan Preventive Care Coverage Chart: NYSHIP SEHP lost grandfathered status under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which includes provisions for expanded coverage of preventive health care services. These charts summarize preventive services covered with no copayment when received from an Empire Plan participating provider.

Medical benefits (excluding vision and dental)—administered by
the Empire Plan

All of your health benefits, except for vision and dental, are administered by the Empire Plan. However, Empire sub-contract the different types of benefits out to various different service providers, as detailed below.


Hospital benefits service provider: Empire BlueCross BlueShield
Empire BlueCross BlueShield logo

Empire BlueCross BlueShield logo

  • Benefits summary for hospital benefits on pages 5-7
  • Hospitals, hospital-based ambulatory surgical centers, hospice care, and skilled nursing facilities provider directory


Medical/Surgical benefits service provider: UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare, A UnitedHealth Group Company

UnitedHealthcare logo


Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program service provider: ValueOptions
Beacon Health Options logo

Beacon Health Options logo

  • Benefits summary for mental health and substance abuse on pages 14-15
  • Use ValueOptions (now Beacon Health) MemberConnect to check benefits & coverage and to find a provider (You must create a ValueOptions account.  List New York State as your employer)
  • Group code: NYS023


Prescription Drug Program service providers: CVS Caremark
Caremark logo

CVS Caremark logo

  • Benefits summary for prescription drugs on pages 16-19
  • Flexible Formulary
  • Plan website
  • The first time you fill a prescription at your drugstore, give these numbers to the pharmacist:
    • RxBIN: 004336
    • RxPCN: ADV
    • RxGRP: RX6027
    • Issuer (80840): 9151014609


Dental benefits: GHI


Vision benefits: David Vision (new provider, which has replaced EyeMed)
Davis Vision logo

Davis Vision logo


NYSHIP presentation for the joint DSC Health & Wellness / Adjunct Project NYSHIP Student-led Workshop

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