• At home COVID tests covered by The Empire Plan or HMO

    At home COVID tests covered by The Empire Plan or HMO

    Effective today — Jan. 15, 2022 — members who are enrolled in The Empire Plan or HMO may obtain FDA-authorized COVID-19 at-home, over-the-counter diagnostic tests. Please click Read More for the memo from Contract Administration outlining the benefit.

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  • Dependent Care Advantage Account carryover for 2022

    Dependent Care Advantage Account carryover for 2022

    We are pleased to inform members who have a Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA) that PEF has negotiated an agreement with the State that will allow you to use any remaining balance in your account to pay for eligible expenses incurred in 2022. Read more for the memo from PEF Contract Administration.

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  • Health Care Spending Account carryover for 2022

    Health Care Spending Account carryover for 2022

    Good news for PEF members who haven’t spent all the funds in their Health Care Savings Account this year! $550 of that account may now be rolled over into 2022. That money must be spent in 2022, but the last day to submit claims for it will be March 31, 2023. Read More for details.

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  • PEP enrollment starts today!

    PEP enrollment starts today!

    Nov. 1 marks the start of the enrollment period for the 2022 Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP).  Nov. 26 is the final day of enrollment.

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  • New Empire Plan ID cards coming in December!

    New Empire Plan ID cards coming in December!

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act requires insurers to provide new ID cards to enrollees for use as of Jan. 1, 2022.  The new ID cards will show co-pays for all services.  We have been notified that new cards for members enrolled in The Empire Plan will be mailed out in December 2021.  The Empire Plan ID...

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  • 2021 PEP Enrollment

    2021 PEP Enrollment

    Enrollment for the 2021 Productivity Enhancement Program is now open.  PEP is pro-rated for this year from July 1, 2021, to the end of the year. October 1 is the last day you may enroll. Here is the form as a fillable PDF that you can fill...

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  • Employer contributions to Dependent Care accounts coming soon!

    Employer contributions to Dependent Care accounts coming soon!

    We have been notified by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations that the employer contribution to Dependent Care Advantage Accounts (DCAA) will be applied retroactively to January 1, 2021, in current participant accounts. The employer contribution will also be applied to future DCAA participants throughout the remainder of the 2021 plan year, based on enrollment...

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  • Don’t miss out on the benefits of a Dependent Care Advantage Account!

    Don’t miss out on the benefits of a Dependent Care Advantage Account!

    PEF members: Pursuant to the PS&T contract that you ratified in July, New York will resume making the negotiated Employer contributions to DCAA accounts soon for 2021.  Employer annual contributions are from $300 to $800 depending on the employee’s gross annual salary. (Please see Article 10.4 on page 36 of this document for specifics.) Here are the important...

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  • PEF webinar provides updates on COVID vaccines; telecommuting and workplace health and safety

    PEF webinar provides updates on COVID vaccines; telecommuting and workplace health and safety

    With continuing concern among PEF members about COVID vaccines, telecommuting and workplace safety protocols, PEF Health and Safety and Field Services staff offered a webinar May 12 to share information and advice on those topics and more. Health and Safety Director Geraldine Stella briefed members on the status of the virus in New York, noting...

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