Empire Blue Cross originally had planned to drop the majority of their small health insurance groups in New York on 4/1/2012 regardless of a group’s renewal date. Instead, small group Empire health plans will now terminate beginning 4/12/2012 upon the group’s renewal date.

Although New York employers will have a little more time to move to a different health insurance company (depending on the renewal date), it is still to your advantage to move to a different carrier sooner than later since prices still increase every quarter.

For more information regarding Empire’s small group health plan simplification changes, or to learn about other group health options from Aetna, Emblem, and Oxford, contact a New York insurance broker.