Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation
The inpatient Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation benefits are administered by Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield for inpatient rehabilitation. If you utilize a participating facility for these services it will be covered in full. If you utilize a non-participating facility for services you will be responsible for any deductible and co-insurance and you can be balance billed for charges in excess of the negotiated rate paid by Empire.
If you wish to utilize this benefit, you must call Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield at 1-800-553-9603 prior to being admitted to a rehabilitation facility. If you do not call this number before entering a facility, you may not be eligible to receive this benefit.
Find a Network Provider
To find a network provider in your area, visit Empire’s website at www.empireblue.com.
For more information on how your substance abuse and rehabilitation benefits work and what the Empire BlueCross BlueShield Plan covers, please contact the Fund Office.
Membership Assistance Program (MAP)
The Membership Assistance Program (MAP) is comprised of Union members who provide support and intervention in regards to Substance Abuse and Alcohol Abuse. This support group meets at 4:00 pm at 331 West 44th (Training Fund entrance) every second Wednesday of the month. If you would like further assistance about this Program please call 212-331-1848.
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I recently married. How do I add my spouse to my coverage?
You must provide a copy of your marriage certificate within 90 days of marriage to enroll your new spouse with the applicable date (date of marriage). If you fail to do so, within the applicable 90-day period, dependent coverage will not be available under the Plan for your new spouse until the first of the month following the date in which you provide the Fund Office with the required documentation or any other verifying information requested. A Coordination of Benefits Form (COB) must be completed if your spouse has other coverage. You should also visit the Life Events page on this site to see what you need to do for your other benefits.