New York State Thruway Authority
New York State Canal Corporation
Eligibility for Health Insurance Coverage
The New York State Thruway Authority maintains New York’s superhighway system, and its subsidiary, the New York State Canal Corporation, maintains the State’s canal system. The Authority participates in the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), which provides health insurance coverage to active and retired State and local government employees and their dependents. We examined the Authority’s practices for enrolling individuals and their dependents in NYSHIP, and found that the Authority was only enrolling people who met the eligibility requirements. However, we determined that the Authority was not always obtaining sufficient documentation from its employees to demonstrate that individuals being enrolled as dependents qualified for this coverage under State rules. We recommended that the Authority obtain and maintain such documentation.
We also found that the Authority was inappropriately paying health insurance premiums for its uncompensated Board members. We recommended that the Authority discontinue this practice.
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