As Empire BlueCross BlueShield (Empire) plan participants that receive services from New York Presbyterian Health System (NY Presbyterian) are aware, NY Presbyterian has been in negations with Empire regarding the provisions of their in-network contract.
Empire is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with NY Presbyterian and a new contract goes into effect on 1 January 2019. As a result of this contract, NY Presbyterian facilities, doctors and other medical providers affiliated with the health system will continue to be in-network providers of Empire. United Nations staff members enrolled in the Empire plan may continue receiving medical services from NY Presbyterian in 2019.
For your information, insurance carriers such as Empire and medical providers such as NY Presbyterian often negotiate new contracts and both may communicate directly with plan participants regarding the contract negotiations. In addition, please remember that our insurance plan with Empire is self-funded. Therefore, medical providers expenses are paid for by each of us and the organization.