Department of Civil Service

New York State Health Insurance Program: Coordination of Medicare Coverage for Medical and Surgical Services in 2003

In the New York State Health Insurance Program, the Department of Civil Service administers health insurance programs for active and retired State and local government employees and their dependents. The primary such program is the Empire Plan, which provides services costing more than $2.9 billion a year. When Empire Plan enrollees become eligible for Medicare, their medical expenses should generally be paid by Medicare. We examined the major medical claims paid during the year 2003 by the Empire Plan on behalf of people who were eligible for Medicare and estimated that as much as $1.4 million of these claims should have been paid by Medicare. We recommended that these payments be investigated, all overpayments recovered, and improvements made in the Empire Plan's procedures for identifying enrollees who are eligible for Medicare.

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