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NYC HBP Medicare Advantage FAQs

The City and the Municipal Labor Committee selected an alliance between Empire BlueCross BlueShield and Emblem Health to provide the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan to retirees and their eligible dependents. 

The Plan will replace the current Senior Care program, which is a supplement to traditional Medicare, as the program that is free to all retirees. Retirees will automatically be enrolled with an effective date of January 1, 2022. Retirees will have the ability to opt-out of the NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan and buy up to another plan including the Senior Care program and HIP VIP in September and October before the program start date.

Checklist: How to Enroll or Opt Out of the Alliance Medicare Advantage Plus Program

Didn't get any mailings about the Medicare Advantage Plan? All the info & opt-out forms are on the NYC Health Benefits Program website.

***The PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund Silverscript Medicare Part D Prescription Plan will not be affected by your decision to accept the Medicare Advantage Plus plan or to opt out & keep your current coverage***

NEW View the FAQs from the NYC Office of Labor Relations, updated on Oct. 18. 

See the Medicare Advantage Plus Info Brochure for Providers

Enrollment Guide: The City has published an enrollment guide online "intended for retirees currently on the GHI/Empire BlueCross BlueShield Senior Care plan. Additional versions of the enrollment guide will be mailed to all City of New York retirees, and will be posted on the NYC Health Benefits Program website closer to the time of the mailings.

See Retiree Chapter Meeting 9/13/21---General Answers to Questions Raised in Chat

View the Zoom Video of the PSC Retirees Chapter Mtg, Sept. 13

View the PSC Video of the August 30th Zoom Information Session on Retiree Healthcare

View the Welfare Fund FAQs compiled from PSC Retiree Chapter meetings.

View the Plan Comparison Chart

For additional information, you can call the special call center at 1-833-325-1190, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

If you have a question about the Medicare Advantage plan not addressed by the links or contacts above, send it to


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