This will take you to an external website for the New York State Department of Civil Service/Employee Benefits Division which includes comprehensive information about the health insurance/prescription/vision & dental available to employees of Binghamton University.
This will take you to an external website for the New York State Health Insurance Program with information for Empire Plan/United Healthcare enrollees
Option Transfer Period
The annual option transfer period is the time in which you can make certain limited changes to your NYSHIP health insurance options. Any changes that are made during this period will be effective with the following calendar year.
The types of changes that are allowed during this option transfer period are:
- change from one NYSHIP plan to another - for example, The Empire Plan to a NYSHIP approved HMO or vice versa
- Voluntarily cancel your insurance without a qualifying event, and
- remove otherwise eligible dependents from your plan without a qualifying event, resulting in a change from family to individual coverage
No action is required to keep your current health insurance option.
Under the pre-tax contribution program (PTCP), your share of the health insurance premium may be deducted from your wages before taxes are withheld, which may lower your taxes.
You are automatically enrolled in PTCP when you became eligible for health insurance, unless you declined. Your paycheck shows whether or not you are enrolled in PTCP.
- If you are enrolled, your paycheck stub shows Regular Before Tax Health in the Before Tax Deductions column.
- If you are NOT enrolled in PTCP, your paycheck stub shows Regular After Tax Health in the After Tax Deductions column. Your health insurance premium is deducted from your wages after taxes are withheld.
Under the IRS rules, if you are enrolled in PTCP, you may change your health insurance deduction during the tax year only with timely notification (within 30 days) of a designated qualifying event.
You may change your pre-tax selection annually between November 1 and November 30.
No action is required to keep your current pre-tax status.
- A change in family status (e.g., marriage, birth, death, legal separation, divorce, only dependent child attains the maximum age for coverage)
- You no longer live or work within your HMO's NYSHIP service area and therefore you choose another NYSHIP HMO or the Empire Plan.
- Your spouse loses coverage due to termination of employment and you apply for coverage for your spouse under NYSHIP.
- Your spouse has a change in employment status, which results in acquiring or losing eligibility for health insurance coverage.
- You first become eligible for health insurance coverage after the beginning of the tax year.
- Your employment with the State terminates or you retire.
- You become legally separated and are required by court order to provide health insurance coverage for your eligible dependent children and/or legally separated spouse.
- There is significant change in your or your spouse's health coverage, due to employment status.