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7/18/17 Liberty Medical is Now Edgepark

Empire Plan enrollees who obtain diabetic and/or associated medical supplies through the Home Care Advocacy Program (HCAP) may have used Liberty Medical in the past. Effective July 10, 2017 those supplies will be made available through Edgepark Medical Supplies. Edgepark has enrollees’ previous information that was on file with Liberty to ensure a smooth transition process.
Enrollees who had obtained supplies through Liberty Medical will receive the attached letter explaining the transition, along with contact numbers for any additional questions they may have. Edgepark is working with FedEx and regional carriers to offer Saturday shipping at no cost to enrollees.

For additional information contact Edgepark at 1-888-306-7337.

6/15/17 On the Road with The Empire Plan

You’re taking your family on a trip this summer…Your child is going off to college this fall… You’ve finally retired and plan to spend winters in Florida… It’s good to know that The Empire Plan is there wherever you or your family goes. Before you go, however, plan ahead. Do you have your doctors’ phone numbers and your benefit card? Do you have enough of your maintenance medications? If you are Medicare primary, do you also have your Empire Plan Medicare Rx Card? And, don’t forget to pack On the Road with The Empire Plan. This informative booklet has important phone numbers and information you or a family member may need while away from home.

Empire Plan coverage is available worldwide and not just for emergencies. Most parts of The Empire Plan have two levels of benefits known as Network and Non-network. If you use an Empire Plan participating (or network) provider, you will receive medically necessary covered services and supplies at little or no cost and have no claim forms to fill out. If you use a nonparticipating (or non-network) provider, medically necessary services and/or supplies are covered, but deductibles, coinsurance and benefit limits may apply.

The Empire Plan Medical/Surgical Program has network providers in many states, and the Hospital Program, Prescription Drug Program and Medicare Rx have nationwide networks. The Empire Plan Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program, the Home Care Advocacy Program (HCAP) and the Managed Physical Medicine Program guarantee access to network benefits nationwide if you call to make the necessary arrangements before you receive services.

In the event you or a family member needs medical care while away from home, be prepared. Request the booklet On the Road with The Empire Plan from your agency health benefits administrator, usually located in your Personnel Office or the Business Services Center. If you are a retiree, contact the Employee Benefits Division of the NYS Department of Civil Service at (518)457-5754 or 1-800-833-4344. It can also be found online at www.cs.ny.gov/employee-benefits.. Select your group and plan to get to the NYSHIP Online homepage. Click Using Your Benefits and then Publications.

6/6/17 Birth Control Pills Recalled

Lupin Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Mibelas 24 Fe oral contraceptive tablets, has announced a voluntary recall of one lot due to a packaging error. The recalled product has Lot #L600518 with an expiration date of 5/31/2018 and is packaged as a wallet of 28 tablets or a carton of 3 wallets. The tablets are supplied as blister packs containing 24 active tablets and 4 inert tablets.

A report showed that the blister was turned 180 degrees within the wallet, reversing the weekly tablet arrangement. This would provide the first 4 days of therapy with 4 non-hormonal placebo tablets vs. the active tablets. The lot number and expiration date were also no longer visible as result of the rotated blister.

Oral contraceptive tablets that are taken in the wrong order may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy. The reversed order may not be obvious to first-time users or previous users, which may further increase the risk of taking the pills out of sequence.

Please call your doctor right away for advice if you are using the affected product, or if you do not know whether or not you used affected product. Your doctor is familiar with your medical history and can suggest the best treatment option for you. If you need a prescription for a different medicine, please call your doctor.

For more information call Lupin Pharmaceuticals (800) 399-2561 or visit www.FDA.gov.

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