Valuable Extras

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 fitness@exerciserewards.com (use subject line: Gym Reimbursement Request) or mail to Gym Reimbursement , P.O. Box 509117, San Diego, CA 92150-9117

Empire Gym Reimbursement

Stronger Together

The Stronger Together website is a great 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

ConditionCare

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 who will work with your doctor to help you follow your healthcare plan. You'll receive support, tools, and information to help you care for your condition and feel better, including 24/7 access to a nurse care manager to answer your questions. ConditionCare is free for Benefits Fund participants and their covered 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"

Future Moms

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.