Update from RECOSA July Board Meeting

We hope you are enjoying your Summer! Your RECOSA board met on July 7, 2015 and addressed a number of issues:
• Changes in Board Membership: Immediate Past and Founding Board Chair, Gene Camargo, retired as an active Board Member and is now serving as Ex-Officio Board Member representing RECOSA on the City’s Post-65 Health Insurance Selection Panel. David Casas and Sylvia Glover have retired from the RECOSA Board due to time constraints and family commitments. Three new Board Members have been elected – Rose Rangel as Secretary, Sergio Soto and Charles Pruski
• New RECOSA Webmaster: Nancy Dean has agreed to maintain and refresh our RECOSA Website
• Updates of RECOSA’s By-laws are underway with the intent of posting a draft for review on this website by October 1, 2015
• City’s “ Speak up Sessions” for FY 2016 Budget were attended by RECOSA Board members – RECOSA requested City staff keep us informed of any changes being considered for our health or retirement benefits and a letter was sent to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager requesting that civilian/non-uniform employees not be forgotten in the budget process.
• Brown Bag Session on August 20th, 11:30 a.m., at the Central Library being planned in coordination with Human Resources. IMPORTANT ISSUES TO BE DISCUSSED:
a. Presentation of the City’s Proposed FY2016 Budget and any potential impacts on retirees’ healthcare and retirement benefits   b. Aetna’s recent acquisition of Humana and any possible impacts on post-65 retirees   c. RECOSA’s participation for the first time in the City’s Charitable Campaign – an opportunity to continue giving back to our community.
• AirLIFE helicopter ambulance service sign-up will continue for RECOSA members at the August 20th Brown Bag session or on this website.
• NOTE: Next RECOSA Board Meeting to be held Tuesday, August 4, 11:30 a.m. at the Generations Federal Credit Union (Downtown Branch, 1828 N. St. Mary’s Street. Please join us and bring a friend. Board meetings are open to all civilian retirees.
PLEASE REMEMBER IT IS VERY 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 updated contact information to info.recosa@gmail.com (Note: Contact information will be kept confidential and only used for RECOSA business)

GOOD NEWS FOR VETERANS!

Alamo Call-A-Ride 4 Vets (CARV) Free Transportation for veterans, their immediate family, caregivers and surviving spouses within the 13-county Alamo region. The primary goal of the CARV program is to provide transportation (even just once) to those needing medical care or services first. The program can also be used for:

Doctor Visits (not just to the V.A.)

Grocery Shopping

Government Offices

Trips to senior centers or community agencies

Eligible persons request rides by calling 210-362-5254 or 1-800-960-5201, email vetrides@askasc.org, or may be referred by a social worker, case manager or other advocate. Alamo Area Council of Government (AACOG, the sponsoring agency) staff members assist riders with:

Information needed to provide the rides (no forms to fill out).

Verifying eligibility through proof of military service documents or V.A. ID

Once approved, the rider receives a contact number for a transportation provider nearby or assistance in scheduling a ride.  If eligible, ride is provided FREE of charge. CALL NOW! (210) 362-5254 or 1-800-960-5201

SEEKING SENIOR ARTISTS

The City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department Commander’s House Adult and Senior Center, 622 S. Flores, will host the 4th annual BRAVO FOR ARTABILITYNever Too Old to Create Senior Artists Competition & Exhibition on September 18, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The event hosts five categories of competition:

  • Painting/Drawing
  • Pottery/Ceramics/Sculpture
  • Fibers and Craft
  • Photography
  • Jewelry

Prospectus and Entry-Forms are available upon request.  Telephone 210.207.3011 or email: BRAVOARTABILITY_CREATE@YAHOO.COM

Deadlines:  Registration – July 31, 2015

 Artwork due – September 11, 2015 during 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NEW RECOSA BOARDMEMBER APPOINTMENTS FOR THE JULY 7th MEETING

The next RECOSA Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at the Generations Credit Union (Downtown Branch), 1828 North St. Mary’s Street. RECOSA members and other City of San Antonio civilian retirees are welcome to attend these meetings and to provide input to the board. 
 
The RECOSA Board will consider the following on the Agenda:
 
* Welcome Rose Rangel as the new Board Secretary, elected at our June board meeting
* Accept Gene Camargo resignation and appoint him as an Ex-Officio Board member
* Elect Charles Pruski and Sergio Soto to replace David Casas and Gene Camargo on the Board
* Report from Board Members RE: Speak-up Budget Session held by COSA
 
Retirees,  please join us at the July 7 board meeting and stay informed.  Let’s keep our voices strong as we head into the City’s FY2016 budget session. 

Important FY 2016 City Budget News

Dear Retirees:  RECOSA (Retired Employees of the City of San Antonio) would like to make you aware of the process the City of San Antonio will be following in preparation for next year’s FY 2016 budget.  As always, the RECOSA Board will be closely monitoring any proposed changes that might negatively impact retirees.  We will work closely with the City to make them aware of any concerns we have on behalf of retirees.
You, too, can participate in this process and we strongly encourage you to do so.  Please consider attending one of the “Speak-Up” sessions that will be held at seven different locations throughout the city.  A list of these locations is attached and the first one is TONIGHT, June 8th.  Also attached is a questionnaire you will be asked to complete at the Speak-Up sessions.  A brief presentation will be made at these sessions, questions will be taken as time allows, and then attendees will have time to complete the form.  These meetings are expected to last only about one hour.  We hope to have good representation from the retirees of the City of San Antonio.  City Council members who represent the districts in which the sessions will be in attendance.
Feel free to tell other attendees that you are a proud City of San Antonio retiree and that you are concerned about civilian retiree benefits.  Much attention has been paid to the benefit packages for retired police officers and fire fighters.  We need others to know that, like average citizens, civilian retirees are struggling to keep up with rising health care costs with modest pensions and very low cost of living increases.  It is important that civilian retirees not be forgotten in this process.  Of course, you will also be able to express your opinions about other parts of the budget as well.
Please share this information with your family, friends, and neighbors.  If you can’t attend one of the sessions, you will still be able to complete the form.  You may print it, fill it out, and mail to:
City of San Antonio
Office of Management and Budget
114 W. Commerce, Ste. 301
San Antonio, TX  78205
You also may take photos of the completed form with a cell phone and email to:  Guadalupe.Curiel@sanantonio.gov

You may also share your ideas on the City’s budget at the direct link:  http://www.saspeakup.com/

All comments will be compiled in a document to be provided to the City Council at the Budget Goal Setting Session scheduled for June 25.  Thank you in advance for your input to this important process!

RECOSA BOARD SET TO MEET ON JUNE 2, 2015

RECOSA MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL BENEFIT

RECOSA (Retirees of the City of San Antonio) is pleased to present to its retired members an opportunity to enroll in the Guardian Angel membership program that covers the out of pocket expenses a patient may incur for AirLIFE air transport services at a significant discount cost.

· What is AirLIFE?
AirLIFE serves a 150-mile radius around San Antonio with air medical transport.

· What is Guardian Angel?
Guardian Angel is a membership program that covers the out of pocket expenses a patient may incur for AirLIFE air transport services.

· What costs are covered?
Guardian Angel covers any out-of-pocket remaining costs not covered by your insurance (co-pay or deductibles may apply). If you are uninsured, you will receive a 50% discount off your AirLIFE bill. Medicaid recipients are ineligible to participate.

· How do I benefit as a RECOSA Member?
RECOSA members may enroll into Guardian Angel membership program for $10 per year! Normal cost for a one year Guardian Angel membership is $49. Everyone in the RECOSA member’s household will also be covered under this program if included in the member’s enrollment form!

· Can I enroll if I missed the May 21st Brown Bag Series?
Yes, you can still enroll by filling out the AirLife Online Enrollment Form and mailing it along with payment to RECOSA, 303 El Paso, Ste. 202, San Antonio, Texas 78207.

BROWN BAG SERIES MAY 21st – YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!

Be sure to join fellow retirees on May 21, 2015 for the next Brown Bag Series at the Central Public Library Auditorium, 600 Soledad. The session topics are San Antonio AirLIFE and the City’s Five-Year Forecast.

You will hear a presentation from an AirLIFE representative. AirLIFE serves a 150-mile radius around San Antonio with air medical transport. RECOSA members have been offered a discount enrollment in the Guardian Angel membership program of only $10 per year for the entire household. Guardian Angel covers the out of pocket expenses a patient may incur for AirLIFE air transport services (Medicaid recipients are ineligible). Once enrolled, if you or a member of your household ever requires AirLIFE services, Guardian Angel covers any remaining costs not covered by your insurance (co-pay or deductibles may apply). If you are uninsured, you will receive a 50% discount off your AirLIFE bill. Learn more about this program by attending this session. On-site enrollment for this program and RECOSA will be available.

You will also hear about the City’s five-year financial forecast from the Management and Budget staff. Ask the important questions about the City’s financial future.

RSVP your attendance by calling Human Resources Customer Service at (210) 207-8705. Free parking in the Central Library Garage is available. Light snacks will be served, but please feel free to bring a bag lunch.
AirLife Online Enrollment Form

RECOSA Online Registration Form

RECOSA BOARD MEETING SET FOR MAY 5, 2015! PLEASE JOIN US

The next RECOSA Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5th at 11:30 a.m. at the Generations Credit Union (Downtown Branch), 1828 North St. Mary’s Street. RECOSA members and other City of San Antonio civilian retirees are welcomed to attend the monthly board meetings and provide ideas. Some of the items to be discussed include:

* RECOSA representation at Community Budget Input Meetings
* MAY 21st Brown Bag Series volunteers
* Update on AirLIFE Member enrollment set for MAY 21, 2015
* Legislation Updates pertaining to retirees
* Membership Committee updates
* Website Committee Report
* By-Laws Committee Report

Hope you decide to join us!

Quarterly Retiree Matters Newsletter Highlights

Retiree Matters Issue 22 will soon be in your mailbox. Information featured in this Quarterly edition include:

* RECOSA Member AirLIFE enrollment benefit
* Retiree Brown Bag Series on May 21, 2015
* Municipal Election on May 9th and early voting dates
* Messages from the City Manager and Interim Human Resources Director
* Delta Dental updates
* List of recent Retirees

Our appreciation is extended to the Human Resources Department for providing Retiree Matters to retirees of the City of San Antonio.

To view the entire Quarterly Retiree Matters, click here: AprMayJun Final(1)