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Monthly Program Updates

EAP, DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Planning, and Child Care resources

Monthly Program Updates

 Pre-Retirement Planning Information

New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP)

How can I continue hearing aid coverage after retirement?

If you are an Empire Plan enrollee, a hearing aid benefit is part of the retiree Empire Plan benefits package. If you are enrolled in a NYSHIP HMO, check whether hearing care coverage is part of your current benefit package. If your current NYSHIP HMO coverage includes a hearing benefit, you continue to be eligible for it as a retiree. Confirm with your NYSHIP HMO if this benefit changes upon eligibility for primary Medicare coverage.

If I am enrolled in the State’s long-term care program, can I continue it after retirement?

The New York State Public Employee and Retiree Long Term Care Insurance Plan (NYPERL) expired on April 30, 2016. If you purchased long term care insurance through NYPERL prior to this date, your long-term care insurance will continue without interruption after retirement and without any change in benefits as long as you pay your premium and have not exhausted your lifetime benefit amount. If you have questions, contact NYPERL, toll free at 1-866-474-5824.

For more information, go to the Department of Civil Service web site at  or call the Employee Benefits Division at (800) 833-4344.

For additional NYSHIP information, go to the Self-Help Guide to Pre-Retirement Planning, Chapter 10 at: Self-Help Guide.

For Pre-Retirement Planning information, go to: DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Planning Information.


NYS Network Child Care Center Highlight

This month we are spotlighting Care 4 Me Child Care Center.

Care 4 Me is located at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, and began offering child care in 1995. The Center serves children and families of State employees, and the community at large. All State employees receive priority enrollment. Care 4 Me offers programs for infants, toddlers, and preschool children, as well as programs for school-age children (before-school, after-school, holiday, snow day, and summer programs).

Some quick facts about the Care 4 Me Child Care Center:

  • The Center is open year-around, Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • The Center has a licensed capacity of 66 children.
  • The Center provides infants (six weeks to 12 months) with formula, baby cereal, and baby food. Children 12-months and older are provided breakfast, lunch, and snack.

For additional information

For a full list of the NYS Network Child Care Centers and additional child care information, go to: NYS Network Child Care Centers.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. According to, about one in five American adults experienced a mental health issue and about one in six young people experienced a depressive episode in 2020. Two websites that provide resources to assist people experiencing mental health challenges are and, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, offers information about mental health myths and facts, recovery, and types of mental health conditions (e.g., anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, eating disorders, etc.).The website also offers suggestions on how parents, caregivers, friends, educators, community members, and faith leaders can help people with mental health problems, including assisting children. In addition, the website provides resources on how to get immediate help to assist service members and their families. provides a confidential and anonymous database for seeking treatment facilities for mental and substance use disorders in the United States and its territories.

For additional resources related to mental health or any other issue, contact your EAP coordinator using the coordinator listing or call 1-800-822-0244.