Special Issue of Retiree Matters

Posted on this website is a copy of the Retiree Matters newsletter  (FY 2017 Total Compensation Let’s Talk About FINAL) that you should have already received from the City. If you haven’t, please contact the City’s Human Resources Department at (210) 207-8705 to update your contact information. This special edition newsletter provides important retiree benefit information for 2017, including a retiree Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) and retiree medical insurance premiums, which are based on years of service, number of covered dependents, and plan selected. Coverage and other amounts (copays, coinsurance, deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums) for both pre- and post-65 retirees remain essentially unchanged.

 

1)   All retirees that are being paid benefits from TMRS will receive a COLA in their annuity of approximately ½%. The COLA is calculated as 70% of the percentage increase in the annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) and is the maximum rate allowed by TMRS. 

 

2)   The same Delta Dental HMO and Davis Vision benefits will be offered in 2017. Dental premiums remain unchanged, while vision premiums are decreasing. RECOSA will continue to advocate for a dental PPO or similar option that would be more robust and cost effective for retirees.

 

3)   For post-65 retirees, the Medicare supplement insurance premiums increased approximately 7-8% with Humana in 2015, and decreased approximately 20% with Aetna Medicare Advantage (which replaced Humana) in 2016. Premiums are increasing approximately 6% with Aetna for 2017.  In other words, premiums with Aetna are still considerably less than they were with Humana.  The PPO, PPO Plus, and Pharmacy-Only coverage plans remain for 2017.

 

4)   For pre-65 retirees, medical insurance premiums increased approximately 7% with United Healthcare in 2015, and remained the same in 2016.  Next year the Third Party Administrator (TPA) is changing from United Healthcare to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas, and CVS Health will manage pharmacy benefits. (Though CVS Health will manage pharmacy benefits, retirees can still choose from a large network of other pharmacies.) Premiums are increasing approximately 9% in 2017, primarily due to anticipated increases in medical costs. This results in an average annual increase of approximately 5% over the period 2014-2017. The City originally proposed an increase of 13.6% for 2017, but lowered this increase after discussions with RECOSA.  The Consumer Choice and New Value coverage plans remain for 2017.

 

We will continue to work closely with the City to preserve retiree health benefits and to minimize retiree benefit costs.

 

Additional information about health benefits will be provided in future communications.  Stay tuned.

September 13 Next RECOSA Board Meeting

The next regularly scheduled RECOSA Board meeting will take place on September 13, 2016 at the Generations Federal Credit Union branch located in Balcones Heights at 4005 Fredericksburg Road.  The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. The highlights of the Agenda include: – RECOSA Member Survey Results and Analysis – Discussion regarding the City’s new health benefits administrative management providers and RECOSA’s Role – Appointment of a Health Benefit Analysis Committee – RECOSA Annual Meeting – Fundraising Policy All members are welcome to attend the meeting!

 

Brown Bag Social and Meeting

Posted for your information is a copy of the August Brown Bag Postcard FINALsent out to all retirees.  It provides the details for the upcoming Brown Bag presentation on Friday, August 19 in the Central Library Auditorium at 600 Soledad.  Please join us for a social gathering with fellow retirees from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Coffee, juice, fruit and sweet bread will be served.  Then from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., there will be information about the proposed COSA 2017 Annual Budget and we will learn how we can participate in the United Way Charitable Campaign again this year. Also, please bring your completed RECOSA survey enclosed in your recent issue of Retiree Matters.

Board Meeting August 9

The monthly meeting of the RECOSA Board will take place on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 11:30 a.m. at Generations Federal Credit Union, Balcones Heights Branch, 4005 Fredericksburg Rd.

The meeting agenda includes a report on the progress of the member survey and a discussion of the City’s proposed increases to retiree health insurance premiums.

Retirees are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Retiree Matters: June-July-August

The latest copy of  the Retiree Matters quarterly newsletter is being mailed to all retirees.  In it you will find information regarding the City’s Charitable Campaign which begins on August 5. You will also find a list of eligible charitable agencies and a donation form.

The newsletter also contains:

  • ReCOSA Survey to help us serve you better
  • Message from Liz Garcia, ReCOSA Chair
  • Brown Bag Session scheduled for August 19

Add don’t forget the ReCOSA Social at 11 AM on August 19,  just before the Brown Bag Session.  See you there.

2016 RECOSA Survey

Dear RECOSA Member,
In an effort to provide better services to our members, the RECOSA Board has developed a brief survey that is being disseminated through this website, the Retiree Matters Newsletter and emailed to members that have provided us with their email address. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and send it back to us:  2016 RECOSA Survey Final 
To complete the attached survey, simply download it to your computer, print it, fill it out, scan it to your files and email your completed survey to us at:
or you can mail your completed document to:
RECOSA
P.O. Box 12973
San Antonio, TX 78212-0973

If you have any trouble downloading the survey, no worries. Simply fill out the copy provided in your Retiree Matters newsletter and mail it to us.  We will compile all the surveys that we receive and report back to our members as soon as we can.
We would like to have all the surveys submitted by August 31 so we can incorporate some of the ideas into our plans for the fall and next year.

Thanks for you attention to this matter.  Your input will help provide direction to RECOSA for future efforts.
Your RECOSA Board

Welcome to our Newest Board Member

 

Kevin Burton retired from the City of San Antonio with 20 ½ years of service. Former Fiscal Operations Manager with the Convention & Sports Facilities Dept., Management Analyst with the Development Services Dept., and Housing & Community Development Analyst with the Office of Budget & Management (Grants kevinManagement Div.). Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Science in Urban Administration from Trinity University. Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). Member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of the International Assn. of Venue Managers (IAVM). Member of the Texas City Management Assn. (TCMA), National Contract Management Assn. (NCMA), Project Management Institute (PMI), and the San Antonio Theatre Coalition (SATCO).

 

 

 

Board Meeting July 12

The monthly meeting of the RECOSA Board will take place on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 11:30 a.m. at Generations Federal Credit Union, Balcones Heights Branch, 4005 Fredericksburg Rd.

The meeting agenda includes appointment of a nominating committee chair, consideration of and appointment to a vacant board position, and discussion of the fundraising policy.

Retirees are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Board Vacancy

The Retired Employees of the City of San Antonio (RECOSA) Board Secretary received written notice of resignation from Board Member Sergio Soto effective May 31, 2016.  In accordance with the By Laws, the Board may fill the Board vacancy by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining Board members and the elected member shall serve the unexpired term of the previous Board member.  Mr. Soto’s term expires in November of 2017.  At this time, it is the decision of the Board to seek persons interested in applying for the Board vacancy.
 
If you are a RECOSA member interested in serving on the Board, please submit a brief statement of your experience, interests, availability, and/or reasons why you would like to serve on the RECOSA Board.  Board members are expected to attend monthly Board meetings, bi-monthly meetings with the City’s Department of Human Resources, and quarterly Brown Bag events for retirees, serve on Board committees and prepare reports as required.
 
Other duties and responsibilities of board members include providing guidance and overseeing assigned committees such as membership, fundraising, health benefits, and financial development.
 
The deadline to submit your interest in serving on the board is Friday July 8, 2016 with the expected appointment decision to occur on July 12, 2016 during the monthly Board meeting.   Please submit to info.recosa@gmail.com or mail to: RECOSA, P.O. Box 12973, San Antonio, Texas  78212.
 
RECOSA is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization since 2011.  

BOARD MEETING SCHEDULED JUNE 14TH

The monthly meeting of the RECOSA Board will take place on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 11:30 a.m. at Generations Federal Credit Union, Balcones Heights Branch, 4005 Fredericksburg Rd.

The meeting agenda includes discussion of the fundraising policy, a report on our meeting with Human Resources staff on June 9, and planning for a social event this summer.

Retirees are welcome and encouraged to attend.