Coba Alert

Health Insurance Plan Changes Occurring During This Year's Open Enrollment (Followup)

November 29, 2021

Following up on last weeks COBA Blast concerning "Important Health Insurance Plan Changes", we wanted to inform the membership how certain changes in Health Insurance Plans will effect certain COBA Members.

First, the current AETNA (OAMC) plan (which is only available to COBA Members who were hired on or after June 1, 2014) will no longer be available. This plan is being replaced by the Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCCS) Blue Access PPO.  This plan is a comparable plan to The Empire Plan/NYSHIP with one notable exception, this plan does not accept the Stony Brook Network as In-Network Providers (Except for Emergency Hospital Visits, which is covered under NYS Law). Under the current contract provisions, this plan will be a "no-cost option" for COBA Members hired on or after June 1, 2014.  If you do consider enrolling in the new plan, we recommend that you contact your treating physician(s) and see if they participate in the plan.

COBA Members hired on or after 6/1/2014 still have the option of enrolling in The Empire Plan/NYSHIP at a cost of 15% of the plan premium. (Currently: $ 2,153.01-Individual & $4,974.73-Family, which is broken down in 24 equal payroll deductions annually).

As always, this payroll deduction is deducted on a pre-tax basis.

If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call.


Dennis Maurus, COBA 4th VP


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