New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED: 7/20/2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA ADVISORY ADDENDUM

DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL HEALTH COVERAGE OPTIONS FOR EMPLOYEES OF EMPIRE STEEL DUNKIRK

            In addition to Univera Health Plans and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, the New York State Insurance Department has identified Independent Health Association as an option for immediate replacement coverage for retirees of Empire Specialty Steel of Dunkirk. Independent Health Association will offer Medicare HMO coverage to retirees who lost coverage as a result of Empire Specialty Steel's bankruptcy. Medicare eligible retirees can purchase the Encompass 65, and coverage will become effective August 1, 2001 for applications received by the plan on or before July 31, 2001. Please contact Independent Health at (800) 453-1910.

            Former employees who are not Medicare eligible can purchase a direct pay HMO or HMO/Point of Service coverage from Independent Health by calling the same phone number listed above.

            Former employees are advised to visit the Department’s Web site at www.ins.state.ny.us for information on Medicare supplement insurance and HMO coverage available in the area, or call the Buffalo office at (716) 847-7619 or our toll-free number at (800) 342-3736.


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