The NYSNA Benefits Fund strives to offer its participants the best health care possible. Below is information about
several enhancements to your medical coverage available through Empire BlueCross BlueShield. If you have any
questions, please contact a Participant Service Representative at (877) RN BENEFITS [762-3633].
Empire's Gym Reimbursement program offers reimbursement of up to $200 for fitness center
dues to Benefits Fund participants who work out at least 50 times in a six-month
period. Covered spouses and dependents over the age of 13 may receive up to $100 reimbursement
per six-month period. In addition to facilities promoting cardiovascular wellness, you may earn
reimbursement for participating in classes ranging from aerobics, swimming, Pilates, and yoga, to
boot camps and weight resistance training. Individuals can combine programs from a variety of
different facilities and fitness classes to reach the required 50 classes and/or visits needed in
each six-month period to receive the maximum reimbursement.
Here’s how the Gym Reimbursement works (for more details see Page 2 of the Gym Reimbursement brochure
by clicking the button below):
- Visit the gym or attend exercise classes a minimum of 50 times per a six-month period.
- Collect paperwork including a copy of your current gym/exercise class bill showing the monthly
cost of your membership, a fitness log with your tracked workouts, and proof of payment (receipt
or credit card statement) for the six-month period you are submitting for reimbursement.
- Complete both the Fitness
Center Member Verification Form and the Gym Reimbursement Form
in this brochure.
- The Fitness Center Member Verification form must be signed by a fitness center representative
and submitted with your first reimbursement request (or once per year).
- Send your two forms, along with proof of payment and fitness logs, within 90 days of the end of
the benefit plan year to firstname.lastname@example.org (use subject line: Gym Reimbursement Request) or mail to Gym Reimbursement ,
P.O. Box 509117, San Diego, CA 92150-9117
The Stronger Together website is
starting point for individuals facing a cancer diagnosis. The site provides digital tools to:
- Make shared treatment decisions
- Prepare for care
- Self-manage symptoms and concerns
- Work on a care plan
- Learn how to get case management help
- Get support resources for caregivers
This program, available through Empire BlueCross BlueShield, is designed to help participants manage
conditions like diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Participants are assigned a nurse care manager
will work with your doctor to help you follow your healthcare plan. You'll receive support, tools,
information to help you care for your condition and feel better, including 24/7 access to a nurse
manager to answer your questions. ConditionCare is free for Benefits Fund participants and their
family members. Connect via live chat on www.empireblue.com or phone at (866) 962-0951.
Emotional Well-being Resources
Emotional Well-being Resources, administered by Empire BlueCross BlueShield's Learn
to Live program, provides support and effective strategies and tips for your emotional well-being
including managing stress, depression, anxiety, substance use, and sleep issues. To access the
Emotional well-being Resources,
- Download or access Empire's Sydney Health app
- Go to "My Health Dashboard"
- Choose "Programs"
- Select "Emotional Well-being Resources"
Congratulations, you're expecting! Empire's maternity management program, Future Moms, is available
to Benefits Fund participants to support and promote a healthy pregnancy every step of the way.
Nurse care managers offer advice and knowledge to help prevent conditions like low birth weight and
discuss your potential pregnancy risks. Each nurse care manager is supported by pharmacists,
registered dieticians, behavioral health specialists, and medical doctors. This program is free for
Fund participants and their covered family members. To get started, call Empire at (800) 828-5891.