Terms of Use

Healthcare Association of New York State, Inc. (“HANYS®”) HANYS Website Terms of Use

Please Read These Terms of Use Carefully Before Using This Website

HANYS and/or one of its subsidiaries and affiliates, including Healthcare Community Securities Corp (HCSC),1 dba HANYS Benefit Services (HBS) and dba Strategic Benefit Services (SBS) (collectively referred to as “HANYS”) provides this website to you.  By using this website you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use (“Terms”) and all terms and conditions incorporated by reference. If you do not agree with these Terms, then you should not use our Website.  

These Terms apply to the HANYS website and include all HANYS owned and/or operated websites that link to these Terms of Use, as well as all website-related services (collectively referred to as the (”Website”) provided by HANYS.  HANYS may also publish additional terms of use that apply to certain website-related services.  

Notice of Privacy

The Healthcare Community Securities Corp. Notice of Privacy, as it may change from time to time, governs the use of information that is collected from or provided by you and is made a part of these Terms by this reference.

Ownership of content

Any and all intellectual property rights (“Intellectual Property”) associated with the Website and its contents are the sole property of HANYS or third parties. The Website and its content are protected by copyright, trade dress, trade mark, trade secret, unfair competition and other laws and may not be copied, reproduced, modified, leased or imitated in whole or in part. You may not create derivative works or distribute any of the Intellectual Property of the Website and its contents in any way without HANYS or the appropriate third party’s prior written permission. However, you may link to current publicly viewable content on the Website.

User, account, password and security

Some areas of the Website may require you to open an account by registering with HANYS and obtaining a user ID and password. When you register, you agree to provide accurate, current and complete information, and promptly update your information as required (including your email address). In addition, you represent and warrant that you have obtained all necessary consents and authorizations from any individual, personal or business, for you to provide information to HANYS on the Website on their behalf.

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, including your user name and password.  You are prohibited from using another individual’s username or password or giving your username or password to someone else.  You agree to notify HANYS immediately of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security.  You will be responsible for any activity that occurs under your account.

Links to third party websites

The Website contains links to third party sites and resources (collectively, "Third Party Sites") as a convenience to you. The content of such Third Party Sites is not controlled or endorsed by HANYS. If you decide to access a Third Party Site, you do so at your own risk. HANYS makes no representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy, performance or quality of any content, software, service or application found at any Third Party Site. HANYS will have no liability arising out of or related to your use of such Third Party Sites.

Acceptable use

In using the Website, you agree you will abide by all applicable laws and regulations with respect to your use of the Website and that you will not interfere with the use of the Website by other users or with HANYS’ management and operation of the Website.  You also agree to the following:

  • You will not send or otherwise post unauthorized communications on the Website.
  • You will not collect other users’ content or information or otherwise access the Website using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders or scrapers).
  • You will not upload viruses or other malicious code.
  • You will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.
  • You will not do anything that could overburden or impair the proper working of the Website.
  • You will not post content or take any action on the Website that infringes or violates someone else‘s rights or otherwise violates the law, including anyone’s identification, protected health information or sensitive financial information.

Conditions and restrictions on use

HANYS, in its sole discretion, may terminate or suspend the use of your account at any time and for any reason, even if access and use continues to be allowed to others. Such termination may occur without prior notice, or any notice.  Upon such termination or suspension, you must discontinue use of the Website. HANYS shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination or suspension of your access to the Website.

No warranty

To the extent permitted by applicable law, the information, materials, content and services contained in this Website, including text, graphics, links or other items, are provided “as is,” “as available.” HANYS does not warrant the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of the information and materials and expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in the information and materials. No warranty of any kind, implied or statutory, including warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and freedom from computer virus, is given in conjunction with the content, features, information, services and materials. You assume all risk and responsibility for any loss or damage whatsoever to your computer system, data and business arising out of your use of the Website.

Limitation of liability and time for filing

To the extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall HANYS be liable to users for any damages, including without limitation, direct or indirect, special, incidental, exemplary, punitive or consequential damages, lost profits, losses, expenses or damages resulting from lost data or breach of data or business interruption resulting from the use of or inability to use the Website arising in connection with any failure or performance, error, omission, interruption, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, or system failure whether based on warranty, contract, tort or other legal theory, and whether or not HANYS is advised of the possibility of such damages, losses or expenses. You specifically acknowledge that HANYS shall not be liable for user content, content produced by third parties and displayed on or through the services or the defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of any third party and that the risk of harm or damage from the foregoing rests entirely with you.

In no event shall the collective, aggregate liability (including without limitation, contract, negligence and tort liability) of HANYS to you under this agreement exceed the amount paid by you to HANYS in the twelve (12) month period preceding the date the claim arose.  Nothing in these terms removes or limits HANYS from any liability for fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation or personal injury caused by its negligence, and, if required by applicable law, gross negligence.

You agree that any claim against HANYS must be commenced by filing an action within one (1) year after the date the party asserting the claim first knows or reasonably should know of the act, omission or default giving rise to the claim; and there shall be no right to any remedy for any claim not asserted within that time period.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify and hold HANYS and each of their directors, officers and employees harmless from and against any claims and demands, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party arising from or relating to your access and use of the Website and any content that you submit, transmit or make available through the Website and or your violations of the terms. Your indemnification obligation shall survive the termination of your use of the Website.

Change in terms

HANYS reserves the right at any time to change these terms and any other content, feature, information, product and or service contained on this Website for any reason and without notice to you. The latest terms will be posted on the Website. You agree to review the terms each time you use the Website. Your continued use of the Website following any changes will be considered your conclusive acceptance of such changes. 

Governing law

Your use of the Website and these terms shall be governed by the laws of the state of New York, without regard to its choice of law or conflict of law provisions. All legal actions in connection with the use of the Website and these terms shall be brought in the state courts located in Albany, New York

Miscellaneous terms

If a provision of these terms is found to be unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms and shall not affect any remaining provisions.

These Terms, the Notice of Privacy, and any other legal notices published by HANYS in the Website is the entire agreement relating to the use of the Website. These Terms do not modify or affect any existing or future agreement between you and HANYS including, but not limited to, terms that apply to a specific website-related service.

No agency, partnership, joint venture or employment is created as a result of these Terms and you do not have any authority of any kind, individually or on behalf of a member, to bind HANYS in any respect whatsoever.

Contact information

If you have any questions or comments about these Terms of Use, please send an email to privacy@hanys.org

1 HCSC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Group Insurance Agency, Inc. (“GIA”), which itself is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HANYS.

Effective: December 2020