Benefits Update for Employees Enrolled in GHI-CBP/Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

April 2010

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Stellaris Health Network (“SHN”) have been negotiating for the past six months to renew a contract which expired on March 31, 2010. Unfortunately, they have been unable to reach an agreement. Therefore, as of April 1, 2010, SHN is no longer participating in Empire’s hospital network.

SHN is a hospital system in Westchester comprised of Lawrence Hospital Center, Northern Westchester Hospital, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center and White Plains Hospital.

Emergency care and emergency admissions will continue to be covered at any non-participating hospital including the Stellaris Health Network.

Since Empire became a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) on January 1, 2010, members can still use these hospitals but will have out of pocket expenses.  

Click the following links for more information.

Stellaris Contract Termination Letter

Alternative Hospitals and Providers in Stellaris Service Areas

Contract Termination Fact Sheet for Stellaris Health Network

GHI-CBP Empire PPO Plan Change Letter of December 2009