This Summary Program Description (SPD) provides you with a summary of your health benefits under the New York City Health Benefits Program. It includes general program information concerning your benefits and responsibilities as well as important details that you must know about eligibility, enrollment and health plans available to employees and retirees.
You can print the entire Summary Program Description Booklet or a specific section you are interested in.
Cyber-Attack Impacting Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem, Inc., the parent company of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, one of the City’s health insurance providers, was the victim of a highly-sophisticated cyber-attack. Anthem has informed us that its member data was accessed, and could include that of City employees. Anthem has created a website – www.anthemfacts.com, and a hotline, 1-877-263-7995, for its members to call for more information about the cyber-attack.
Important Notice to Retirees
If you made a change in your health coverage during the Fall Transfer Period in November 2014, although your new health plan went into effect as of January 1, 2015, the correct premium was not deducted from your January pension check. Your February pension check should have reflected the correct deduction amount. If you are owed a refund due to the error, or if you owe money as a result, the adjustment will be made in a future pension check, no later than May 31, 2015.Below are links to other important information related to your health benefits.
Attention IRMAA recipients: Your 2013 IRMAA reimbursement will be issued in April 2015.