The NY44 Health Trust

  • is a federal tax exempt  Article 44 Trust  created in 2003 by Erie 1 BOCES' management and labor organizations in a cooperative effort. Today the Trust is jointly run by 10 trustees, five appointed by the labor organizations involved and five appointed by the Erie 1 BOCES superintendent.

  • is a plan overseen by the New York Insurance Department.

  • is a cooperative venture with both union and management having equal say in benefits offered to the members and contributions for coverage charged to the employer.

  • features a Plan Administrator to oversee the operations of the Trust.

  • achieved self-funding status in 2008.

  • underwent a name change July 2010 to NY44 Health Benefits Plan Trust.

  • features coverage from Nova / Independent Health for residents in Allegany*, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

  • features coverage from MVP for residents of the majority of counties in New York State; the exceptions are the counties of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming, metro NYC and Long Island.

  • has approximately 15,000 enrollees in 55 schools, districts, BOCES and community colleges representing more than 197 bargaining units.

  • offers $0 co-payment for routine office visits.

  • offers $0/ prescription co-payments on Tier 1 generics, Tier 1 & 2 diabetic medication, Tier 2 inhaled corticosteriods, and diabetic supplies such as insulin needles, syringes, lancets and test strips.

  • provides an extensive array of online wellness information for enrollees.

  • features a wellness program that rewards enrollees for receiving an annual physical exam and offers reimbursements for gym/fitness center membership fees.
    *Allegany County providers are determined by the school district's location.