Harlem Hospital

The incredible benefits you have are a result of your colleagues working together to ensure that resident physicians can provide the highest quality care possible and improve their working conditions.
Join CIR now. We’re stronger together.

Open Enrollment: From December 1, 2023 through January 31, 2024 you have the opportunity to add eligible dependents, update your demographic information, as well as make changes to your dental plan. The effective date of your new update(s) will be January 1, 2024. For more details, click here.

Your Benefits:

View your HSBP Benefits-At-A-Glance


Additional Benefits, including Patient Care Trust Fund, Coverage Pay, and Education Loan Debt Benefit.

Your Contract:

  • Professional Education Plan: $750/year
  • Meal Allowance: $3,500/year
  • Childcare Benefit: $3,500/year
  • Continuing Learning Program: $1,500/3 years

Questions about your contract?
Contact: Alphonso Nyenuh
Anyenuh@cirseiu.org | (646) 689-3304

Important Links:

HIPAA Notice of Special Enrollment Rights

Summary Plan Description

CIR Legal Services

Latest Communications:

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+ Mental Health Resources
  • NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314
  • Crisis Text Line: Text GOT5 to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
  • Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
  • Trevor Text: Text START to 678678
  • OMH’s Customer Relations: 1-800-597-8481
  • NY Office of Mental Health Website

+ Personal Information

  • Membership Form
  • Update Form – To add new dependents to your plan. Requests to add dependents must be received within 30 days of qualifying event (birth/adoption or marriage), and you must attach requested documentation (see form).
  • Affidavit – If you cannot locate the marriage certificate or birth certificate(s), you can submit this affidavit in its place. The affidavit must be notarized.
  • Domestic Partnership Application (same-sex and opposite partners eligible) – To add a partner, download an application and return a notarized copy, along with all requested documentation, to the Plan office. You must also complete an Update Form above.
  • Opt-Out Benefits Form – Please fill out this form if you would like to remove yourself and/or your dependent(s) from the CIR Benefits Plan.

Membership Form, Update Form, Domestic Partnership Application, Opt-Out Form

+ Benefits

+ Prescription

ESI benefits:

About this benefit:

This benefit is a supplemental RX coverage that should be used in conjunction with your employer’s primary prescription plan. The Plan highly recommends the member enroll in the employer prescription plan for themselves and their family. Whenever possible use your primary prescription carrier prior to the supplemental debit card. Employees will be mailed two cards per household and informational materials. You may use the cards immediately.

Please note: Employees and their dependents may not be issued a card if a completed enrollment card was not presented to the benefits office. Cards will be issued at $750 per eligible individual in the family. Members can obtain discounts for prescription drugs at any one of ESI’s participating providers nationwide. Cards are presented to the participating pharmacy for eligibility verification. Once eligibility is established, the cost of the prescription will be reduced by a discounted rate. Members will not have to pay any cash/payment upfront. When the balance on the card reaches zero, members can continue to use the cards to fill prescriptions at a discounted price.

In the event the card does not have a sufficient balance to pay for the full prescription, the cost of the purchase will be applied to the card and the remaining balance will be the member’s responsibility.

It is important to note this card does not cover any over the counter drugs or medications. To determine the participating providers, you can logon and register at www.express-scripts.com or call the customer service phone number on the back of your card. ESI’s customer service representatives can also inform you of your card balance.

For additional savings you can use ESI’s mail order program to get a ninety day supply for the cost of two copayments. For replacement of a lost card, please contact ESI @ 1-800-467-2006.

+ Dental

Guardian Dental benefits:

This Benefit is insured through HSBP:

Dental Guard Preferred – DGP

If the employee or eligible dependent is enrolled in the DentalGuard Preferred through Guardian or another carrier, this supplement will pay an additional 20% to the member, of the amount reimbursed by the dental carrier for covered services. This 20% supplement will be calculated based on the total reimbursements received under the Dental Plan during the benefit year.

Managed DentalGuard – MDG

If the employee or eligible dependent is enrolled in the Managed DentalGuard, this supplement will pay 20% of what the employee has paid in connection with receipt of covered Managed DentalGuard. With your claim form, you must submit an itemized statement of covered charges from your primary care dentist with the exact date(s), diagnosis and procedure codes for which services were rendered. Only services that are covered by your dental carrier will be reimbursed by the Plan. Scanned copies of your receipts for eligible dental expenses must be submitted to the Benefits Plan Office with the appropriate claim form. The Managed DentalGuard or DentalGuard Preferred reimbursements in combination cannot exceed the maximum supplement per person per benefit year of $1,000.

+ Hearing

+ Supplemental Benefits

  • Mental Health Claim Form – Now available through the Member Portal
  • Major Medical – Supplemental Now available through the Member Portal
  • Obstetrical – Supplemental – Now available through the Member Portal
  • Newborn Benefit Claim Form Now available through the Member Portal
  • Urinalysis Monitoring Now available through the Member Portal

The HSBP Transgender benefit gives those who need the ability to receive medical services such as psychology, hormones and surgery to develop the physical characteristics of the desired gender. Transgender benefit coverage includes: culturally appropriate, knowledgeable primary care and prescription care, access to gender specific care, transition-related care and mental health outpatient care. Read more here

+ Employee Assistance Program

The WorkLife Matters Employee Assistance Program offers services to help promote well-being and enhance the quality of life for you and your family. View details.

Connect to a counselor for free support services: 1-800-386-7055 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Visit ibhworklife.com and login to “For Employees & Members” (password: wlm70101).

Questions? Email: eapcounselor@ibhcorp.com.

Prescription, Vision, Dental, Hearing, Supplemental Benefits & Employee Assistance Program. Supplemental Dental, Hearing, Supplemental Mental Health, Supplemental Major Medical, Supplemental Obstetrical, Newborn Benefit, and Urinalysis Monitoring claim forms now available through the Member Portal.

+ Disability

For purposes of our disability benefits, “disabled” means you can no longer perform the duties of your occupation due to accidental bodily injury, sickness, or a related medical condition, including pregnancy or childbirth. You must also be under the care of a licensed provider as defined by the state in which you work.

  • Disabled Health Premium Reimbursement
  • Short-Term Disability (STD) Benefits Claim Form
    • If this is your first full-time job, you would have to work four consecutive weeks in order to become eligible for short-term disability. If this isn’t your first full-time job, you will be eligible for short-term disability payments on your first day of employment, unless you worked less than four weeks in previous job.
    • Coverage begins on the eighth (8th) day of your disability. The maximum benefit payable is 70% of your weekly salary, up to $875 per week, for up to 26 weeks. See the Summary Plan Description (SPD) for more details.
    • If you are going out on a disability leave, contact your employer as soon as possible.
  • Long-Term Disability (LTD) Benefits Claim Form
    • The LTD plan pays you $3500 per month. LTD benefits typically start if you are still disabled after 26 continuous weeks. For detailed information on Long-Term Disability see the Guardian Certificate.
  • INSMED Portable Disability Coverage – Policies offered to you without any medical underwriting requirements or exams.

+ Life Insurance

  • If you die, a death benefit of $150,000 will be paid to any beneficiary you name. A death benefit of $20,000 will be paid to you if your legal spouse or domestic partner dies from any cause.
  • For instructions on submitting a Group Life Claim, click here.
  • When you terminate employment, you will have the option to continue the life insurance coverage as either group term insurance (this is called “porting” and is similar to how you have been covered during training) or you may convert this benefit to an individual policy, subject to certain conditions.
  • Whether you decide to port or convert, the availability and pricing of this coverage does not depend on any past or current medical conditions.

You have up to 31 days from your date of termination to submit one of these forms directly to Guardian:

For an overview of the differences between porting and converting, click here.

+ Education

  • Continuing Learning Program (CLP) Claim Form – Now available through the Member Portal allows reimbursement for medical conferences, board review courses, and online courses. You can still attend conferences or take online courses up to six months after graduation, if you pay for them while on your hospital’s payroll. See the Summary Plan Description (SPD) for more details.
  • Professional Educational Plan (PEP) Claim Form – Now available through the Member Portal – reimburses costs associated with books, board exams, medical licensure fees, dues, subscription, journals and mobile electronic medical devices. See the Summary Plan Description (SPD) for more details.
  • QI Benefit – Participants are eligible for up to $3,000 in reimbursement per plan year (July 1-June 30) to cover expenses related to attend a U.S. patient safety event. You must submit at least 6 weeks prior to the conference date.
  • Rosetta Stone – opportunity to learn a new language with Rosetta Stone.

Continuing Learning Program (CLP) and Professional Education Plan (PEP) claim forms now available through the Member Portal.

+ Childcare

Are you a resident or fellow in need of childcare? You’re in luck!

Housestaff with children 13-years-old or younger are eligible for reimbursement of up to $3,500 per calendar year as of July 1, 2019 for childcare expenses.

To qualify:

  • You must be a resident or fellow at a New York Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H) facility
  • Your child or children must be 13-years- old or younger
  • Your expenses must qualify as tax- exempt per IRS Publication 503
  • Submit a reimbursement form with paid receipt and other required documentation

You can fill out a reimbursement form and find more info below:

Childcare Reimbursement claim form now available through the Member Portal.


What is COBRA continuation coverage?

COBRA continuation coverage allows you to choose to continue and pay for group health benefits provided by CIR for up to 18 months after your termination date.

Who is eligible?

You and your dependents covered under the Plan on the day before you terminated from your employer.
You will receive a COBRA notice mailed to the address we have on file. This notice has important information about your rights related to continued health care coverage in the House Staff Benefits Plan.

COBRA Election forms:

To apply for COBRA, you will need to complete the Election form that corresponds to the Dental Plan you had prior to termination. If you don’t remember which Dental Plan you have, look at your Dental ID card. Here is a sample of what the Managed Dental Guard ID card looks like:

Your Cobra Election includes the following benefits: RX, Supplemental Reimbursements (Major Medical, Dental, Mental Health,Obstetrical and Newborn) Hearing Aid, Vision, Urinalysis Monitoring, Hospitals Detox & Rehab.

The only difference in the benefits is the Dental option you had prior to termination. Please select the Election form (also includes the COBRA Credit Card Authorization Form) that applies to you:

DentalGuard Preferred (DGP)

Managed DentalGuard Preferred (MDG)

You have up to 31 days from your date of termination to submit one of these forms directly to Guardian:

COBRA Continuation Coverage and election forms.

+ Appeal & Claim Reprocess

  • Appeal Claim Form – Complete this form if your claim was denied in whole or any part or if you disagree with the decision that was made.
  • Claim Reprocess Form – Complete this form if your claim was denied and you are able to provide additional information.

Member Portal

Now accepting claims for the Continuing Learning Program (CLP), the Professional Educational Plan (PEP), Supplemental Dental, Hearing, Supplemental Mental Health, Supplemental Major Medical, Supplemental Obstetrical, Newborn Nursery, Urinalysis Monitoring, and Childcare Reimbursement, with more benefits coming soon.

Please stay tuned, as paper checks are still being issued until the ACH has been implemented.

+ First Time Users

Click the REGISTER button above to get started.

User Details – Enter the following criterions to register:

  • Enter Member ID (starting with 900/901) or Last 4 of SSN
  • Enter First Name, then Last Name
  • Enter Date of Birth (slashes not necessary)
  • Click Next
  • System navigates to Create Your Password step
  • Create New Password and Confirm Password
  • Select terms and accept the terms and conditions
    • Terms and Conditions box will appear
    • Click Submit
    • Click Next
  • Click Send Authorization code button
    • Sent to user registered primary email ID
    • Enter code (did not receive code, check box to skip email verification)
    • Click Finish

System will display confirmation message and navigate to login page. You will receive a welcome email to the registered email address on file.

+ Already Registered

Click the SUBMIT CLAIM button above to open the Member Portal. Then:

  • Click on the Login (top right) -> The Member Portal Login section appears
  • Enter User Name and Password (created during registration)
    • Verification email will appear if skipped during registration
    • Click send Authentication code
  • Click “I already have a code”
    • Enter code sent via registered email address
      • No code, request new code
    • Click Submit

Communications details will appear if first time logging into Member Portal:

  • Update address/contact information if required.
  • Click Submit
  • System updates address information on member record

To submit for reimbursements, please see steps below

  • Top menu Click Benefits
  • Select Reimbursement Type and Employer
  • Read the claim submission rules and instructions then Click Continue
  • System will display the Claim Form
  • Enter all required information and attach proofs (supporting documents) as required
  • Click Submit
  • Reimbursement claim will be submitted to the Benefit Funds Office
  • You will receive an email confirmation of your submission
  • Claims are processed between 7 to 10 business days
+ Advantages
  1. You will be able to easily update contact information as needed.
  2. The Member Portal streamlines the application process by automatically linking to your member and employer details so that you won’t have to enter them on each application. Based on the login information provided, the system will automatically load the applicable reimbursement claim forms.
  3. The proof needed for each expense submitted will be tied to the expense line itself. This will reduce the number of denials from the Fund Office for lack of proof-of-submission and decrease wait time for payments.
  4. The claims processing time will decrease. Checks will be mailed out faster than they have been under the old system.
  5. The rules and guidelines for the reimbursement type are listed on the form’s first page to help you understand what’s allowed and required.
  6. You will be able to easily submit claims through the browser on your desktop computer, cell phone, or tablet.
  7. You can take a picture from your device and upload it for proof of payment.
  8. Coming soon: “View Balance” – view payment information for your individual benefits.
  9. Coming soon: “My Messages” – communicate with the Benefits Office directly through the Member Portal.

Please note: the “View EOB” (Explanation of Benefits) option will be hidden for claims that were processed prior to going live with Member Portal registration.

Regional Vice Presidents:

  • Dina Jaber, Internal Medicine
    Kings County Health Care Center
  • Shane Solger, Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine Kings County Hospital Center
  • Jim Yang, Emergency Medicine
    Jacobi Medical Center


  • Priscilla Lopez, Internal Medicine
  • Shamon Gumbs, General Surgery
  • Kelania Jimenez, Psychiatry
  • Chazine Francis, Pediatrics (alternate)
  • Andre Sapp, Emergency Medicine (alternate)

Additional Benefits

Identity Theft Monitoring & Protection

Enroll in identity theft protection through IdentityForce. This benefit is portable after graduation.

Post Residency Contract Review

CIR dues paying members at HSBP hospitals are now eligible for a  review of their post-residency employment contract at a substantially discounted rate of $200. Click here for details.

Patient Care Trust Fund

As part of our mission to improve patient care and safety, the PCTF provides multiple grants to CIR members for research, equipment, educational materials, and more. Click here to learn more and to apply for PCTF grants.

Extra Expenses Incurred Reimbursement

Effective 6/17/22, H+H paid residents are eligible for reimbursements for extra expenses incurred when on mandatory outside rotations. FAQ for Extra Expenses incurred Reimbursement.

Education Loan Debt Benefit

You are eligible for an individual education loan consultation at a 60% discounted rate! Click here for details.

On-Call Coverage Pool

On-call Coverage Pool form and
FAQ for On-call Coverage Pool, with changes to reflect the new contract changes on 3/26/2020.

Holiday Pilot & Coverage Pay

FAQ for Holiday Pilot and Juneteenth holiday letter dated 4/25/2022. Coverage Pay Form (critical care, on call coverage, holiday, etc.)

Member Discount Program

CIR Members are entitled to a number of discounts on services. Learn more.

Attention: In compliance with HIPAA regulations, we are moving to a new, secure email portal. Please use benefits@cirbenefitfunds.org to send secure emails to the Benefits Office.