Important Message: Change in Post-65 Healthcare/Rx Insurance Provider

We wanted to let you know that an item has been posted on the City Council Agenda for next Thursday, October 1st, to select Aetna Insurance as the new provider for City retirees’ Post-65 health and pharmacy coverage.  The City went through a competitive process to review the proposals submitted for this contract.  RECOSA was pleased to have a retiree representative on the selection panel.  Ultimately, Aetna Insurance was the vendor selected to provide these services.  City staff will be presenting the Aetna contract to the City Council for approval at next Thursday’s meeting at 9:00 a.m.  The October 1st City Council agenda, memorandum to Council on this item, and draft ordinance are available for review on
Premiums are not yet available as Human Resources is “still developing the actual rate sheets broken out by the various categories.”  We have been told “that about 90% of our post-65 retirees will have the option of the exact PPO plan with a larger network at a reduced cost.”
Human Resources has provided us with the following highlights of the Aetna Insurance coverage: 
    Option 1 - Fully insured PPO health plan with pharmacy (Part D) and plan provisions identical to current plan with a larger network at a     reduced cost
  •  Currently, almost 90% of post-65 retirees/dependents are enrolled in the PPO plan
    Option 2 - Fully insured Hybrid PPO health plan with pharmacy (Part D) and plan provisions identical to current HMO plan
  •  New Feature – expanded network (larger network with greater flexibility)        
  •   No traditional HMO offered, however, the PPO ESA (Expanded Service Area) mirrors a traditional HMO without limiting the    member to a Primary Care Physician (PCP) selection            
  Both Plans include:
  • Popular Silver Sneakers program        
  • Continuation of wellness features which include free flu shots, preventative screening, and dental cleaning
  •  Value added services – Healthy Home Visits, vision discounts, dental discounts and weight management program    
For the first time ever, there is an option to enroll in just a Part D plan for pharmacy ONLY without enrolling in the health plan.
     Human Resources has assured RECOSA that the change to Aetna should have minimum disruption to post-65 retirees and that expanded communication efforts will be in place, to include:
  •  Announcement letter and postcard
  • Group information meeting sessions
  • One-on-one meeting with retirees
  • Dedicated toll free number
  • New ID cards scheduled for distribution in December
     More information will be forthcoming to you from Human Resources in informational materials and educational sessions.  We are hopeful that this will, indeed, be a relatively seamless transition and result in improved coverage at reduced costs.  As we learn additional information, we will share that with you as soon as possible.  Please check our website for the latest news:

ReCOSA Board Meeting

The next RECOSA Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th, 11:30 a.m., at the Generations Federal Credit Union Downtown Branch, 1828 North St. Mary’s Street. RECOSA members and other City of San Antonio civilian retirees are invited and encouraged to attend the monthly board meetings.

At the October board meeting, the Board will be discussing plans for the upcoming Annual Membership Meeting to be be held at the Central Library on November 12, 11:00 a.m.  The agenda for the Annual Meeting will include an election for four board positions as well as a vote on RECOSA’s revised bylaws that were approved unanimously by the board at the September 1st meeting.  As usual, great door prizes, food and beverages will be provided.  If you would like to volunteer to assist with organizing the annual meeting, please contact us at


Please make note of the upcoming membership meeting of Retired Employees of the City of San Antonio.  We will be meeting at the Central Library on Thursday, November 12, 2015, 11 a.m.  The annual election of board members will be on the agenda as well as a vote by the membership on revised bylaws for RECOSA.


Board Positions 6 – 9 will be elected at the November 12, 2015, meeting.  These individuals will serve two-year terms beginning January 1, 2016.  The following board members currently occupy those positions:

Position 6 – Charles Pruski (replaced Gene Camargo, who retired from the board but continues to serve as an ex officio member)

Position 7 – Morris Chase

Position 8 – Paulette McClure

Position 9 – Sergio Soto (replaced David Casas, who resigned from the board)

All of these members, except for Morris Chase, have indicated their continued interest in serving on the board.  Morris, who has been an outstanding board member since RECOSA’s inception, will be retiring from the board at the end of this year.

The Nominating Committee is currently soliciting names from the RECOSA membership to run for Board Positions 6 – 9.  Gene Camargo, Founding Board Chair and ex officio member, is chairing the Nominating Committee. Nomination inquiries may be sent to Gene at  If you have any questions, you may call Gene at (210) 346-1054.  The Nominating Committee will review qualified applicants regarding their interest and availability to serve on the RECOSA Board and then select from those applicants a slate of candidates, one person per open board position, to be nominated and placed on the ballot.

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the November 12 annual meeting.  All candidates nominated from the floor must be members in good standing, present at the meeting, and able to express their qualifications and interests in serving as well as their availability and willingness to attend meetings and carry out the duties and responsibilities of a RECOSA Board member.

The candidates with the most votes will fill the vacant positions. Numbers will be drawn by the elected individuals to determine the positions they will fill.  The Nominating Committee will announce the voting results at the conclusion of the annual membership Meeting.


We will also be asking the RECOSA membership to vote on revised organizational bylaws at the November 12th annual meeting.  Liz Garcia, RECOSA Treasurer, has chaired the committee that has been working diligently to update our bylaws.  The bylaws have been rewritten to be more easily understood as well as streamlined to eliminate some excess verbiage.  We have added a mission statement, strengthened and clarified our objectives, and made the bylaws more reflective of our Certificate of Formation. No substantive changes have been introduced in the new bylaws.  The revised bylaws is available for your review on RECOSA’s website at BylawslRevised2015.  If you have comments or questions on the revised bylaws, please email us at  A limited number of hard copies will be available for review at the annual meeting.


Please consider applying to serve on the RECOSA board, review the revised bylaws, and plan on joining us at the Annual Membership Meeting on November 12, 2015.  We look forward to seeing you soon! Continue reading


The next RECOSA Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1st, 11:30 a.m., at the Generations Federal Credit Union Downtown Branch, 1828 North St. Mary’s Street. RECOSA members and other City of San Antonio civilian retirees are invited to attend the monthly board meetings.

At this meeting, the Board will be discussing proposed changes to RECOSA’s Bylaws. A special committee has been diligently reviewing and updating the current Bylaws over the last several months.  If approved by the Board, the revised Bylaws will be presented to the RECOSA membership for a vote at the Annual Membership Meeting.

In addition to consideration of the revised Bylaws, RECOSA will have its annual board election on November 12th.  Please save the date and we will provide more information soon.  If you would like to volunteer to assist with organizing the annual meeting, please contact us at

GOOD NEWS:  No Premium Increases for Pre-65 UHC Health Insurance for FY 2016

At last week’s Brown Bag Session, Chad Tustison, Asst. Director, Office of Management and Budget, made this presentation (FY 2016 RECOSA ppt) regarding the proposed budget for FY2016.  Of particular interest to retirees, there will be no increase in premiums for pre-65 retirees’ United Healthcare coverage this next calendar year.  A special edition of RETIREE MATTERS  (FY 2016 Total Compensation Let’s Talk About FINAL) provides additional information.  We appreciate the City’s willingness to hold the line on non-Medicare premiums for next year.
As for post-65 healthcare coverage, premiums are not yet known as the City is going through a process currently to determine which provider will be selected to provide that coverage.  RECOSA board members are working with the review committee to evaluate the proposals and make a recommendation.  This process should be completed so that information will be available to retirees prior to open enrollment scheduled for October 12 – November 6.  
The proposed budget also includes an ad hoc cost of living adjustment increase of 0.53% for retirees.  This amount is calculated by Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) and is based on the change (+0.76%) in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  The City’s adjustment  of +0.53% is 70% of the change in CPI, the maximum allowed.



We are pleased to announce that City retirees will be able to participate for the first time in the City’s annual United Way Charitable Campaign.  Many of you participated in the campaign as active employees and would like to have the opportunity to continue to do so.  You may select up to four organizations to support with your contribution.  (List of agencies can be found on the link below.) Please complete a pledge form and mail it to the Human Resources Department, or you may contribute online via credit card at the following link:


Please plan to attend a very important Retiree Brown Bag session at the Central Library Auditorium on August 20, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The City’s Chief Financial Officer will be presenting the proposed budget and how it impacts retirees.  You will also learn how retirees can participate in the City’s United Way Charitable Campaign.   This will be the first time this opportunity is available to retirees and we hope many of you will be able to participate.

Also, if you missed signing up for the very affordable ($10/yr/household) AirLIFE medical transport service at the last Brown Bag session, you will be able to do so at this August 20th session.  You may also enroll by clicking on this form AirLife Online Enrollment Form  completing it and  mailing it to RECOSA, P.O. Box 12973, San Antonio, Texas  78212.

Remember to reserve your seat for the session.  At RECOSA’s request, Human Resources has added a new retiree RSVP line, (210) 207-7000, so that you may leave your RSVP message 24 hours a day.  You may also email your reservation to

Hope to see you there!


We hope you have received your Retiree Matters quarterly news letter in the mail from the City of San Antonio.  The newsletter includes the following important information:  
  • Retiree Brown Bag Series scheduled for August 20th at the Central Library
  • City Manager Appoints Lori Steward as Permanent Human Resources Director
  • RECOSA Participation with City’s United Way Charitable Campaign
  • Humana 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line
  • List of Recent Retirees
  • S.A. Airport Travel Tips
  • Men’s Health and Well-Being Information

Click below to see Retiree Matters Issue No. 23:

    JulAugSept FINAL


RECOSA Board Meeting Set for August 4th

The next RECOSA Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4th at 11:30 a.m. at the Generations Federal Credit Union Downtown Branch, 1828 North St. Mary’s Street. RECOSA members and other City of San Antonio civilian retirees are invited to attend the monthly board meetings.

The Board will be discussing proposed changes to RECOSA’s Bylaws. There will also be a report to the full board on the July 29th meeting with Human Resources regarding the following items:

 Discussion of COSA Charitable Campaign

 August 20th Brown Bag Session Agenda Items

 FY 2016 Budget Discussion

 Dental PPO update

 Post 65 RFP update

Note: It is important that we have your current EMAIL ADDRESS in our RECOSA database so that we may quickly contact you, if needed. We do not have the funds to send out mass mailings so we greatly rely on email communication. Please send your email address and any other update contact information to Contact information will be kept confidential and only used for RECOSA business.