The City has mailed a special edition of RETIREE MATTERS so be checking your mailbox. This edition contains information on the health insurance monthly premiums for the benefit year starting in January of 2015. This issue also outlines the proposed COLA for retirees for 2015. Please click here Retiree Matters Special Edition – FY 2015 Proposed Budget Final to see this edition of RETIREE MATTERS right now.
Dear RECOSA members:
You are probably aware that City Manager Sheryl Sculley presented the Proposed FY2015 City of San Antonio budget to the City Council Thursday, August 7, 2014. Early next week, Human Resources will be sending you a summary of the proposed changes that impact our retirees in a special edition of Retiree Matters. We anticipate a small increase in the COLA which of course will be effective January 1, 2015.
We are expecting that the official communications from the city to retirees next week will show relatively small increases (no double digit percent increases!) in the premium costs for both pre-65 United Healthcare participants as well as 65-plus Humana Medicare Advantage participants. We also expect to see no plan design changes (co-pays, RX, etc.) in UHC New Value and the Consumer Driven Help Plan (CDHP) with the exception of a small increase in the CDHP deductible which was mandated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). RECOSA has also been informed that the City will be discontinuing the Premier Plan option on the pre-65 package, but will be offering one-on-one assistance to those who will need to transfer to one of the other two plans.
Your RECOSA Board had the opportunity to give feedback to the City on proposed changes and appreciates their willingness to take our feedback into consideration. You will have an opportunity to study the options prior to open enrollment this fall to determine which is the best option for you and your family. We will post the communication from the City’s Special Edition of RETIREE MATTERS as soon as we receive an electronic version. The overall proposed budget can be reviewed at www.sanantonio.gov
The latest edition of the City of San Antonio’s RETIREE MATTERS should be reaching you soon. Click here JulAugSept FINAL to see an electronic copy of it right now. Listed are the retirees who have retired last quarter. Welcome them aboard! In addition, a postcard inviting you to an informational session which has come to be known as the “Lunch & Learn” is on its way to you. Click here 072314 Lunch_Learn FINALto see it now. Be sure to notify the City if you and any guests are planning to attend. You can contact them either by email or by calling 207-8705 between 7:45 to 4:30 M-F. Thanks and we how to see you at the L&L on July 23rd!
The Communications Committee of RECOSA received a big boost from the City of San Antonio in helping to refine and mail out a new RECOSA brochure/flyer in the latest addition of RETIREE MATTERS. Click here RECOSA Flyer Final to see it in PDF format in case a fellow retiree asks you about the organization. While we are hoping to interest some corporate sponsoers for contributions of funds. Almost all of the money we have raised has come from retiree contributions. The Board of Directors appreciates the support from its contributors both in volunteer time and funding.
Municipal retirees were mailed a postcard concerning the upcoming Lunch and Learn which will be held at the central library auditorium. Click here 042314 Lunch_Learn v3 (1) to see a copy of the postcard and please call the City directly to let them know if you will be able to make it. This quarter’s topic is about housing for seniors. City will also present an update on the health benefits task force.
Please click here AprMayJun14 v6 to see the latest RETIREE MATTERS Newsletter. Included in this edition is a statement from Rebecca Waldman, RECOSA’s Vice-Chair and a member of the recent task force on employee benefits. Also included is a list of all the City Employees who retired in the last quarter. If you see someone you know, contact them and thank them for a job well done!
The Healthcare and Retirement Benefits Task Force has finalized their recommendations to the Mayor and City Council. These will be presented in the City Council’s B Session meeting this coming Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 2 pm in the Municipal Plaza “B” Room. Recommendations are related to Policy and Budget Issues; the Police & Fire Pension Fund; Pre-Fund Uniform Healthcare; and other healthcare issues including plan design, contributions, wellness, stop loss coverage, dependent audits, and controlling healthcare costs as a priority in the next round of collective bargaining negotiations. A number of specific recommendations were made by Rebecca Waldman, Vice-Chair of RECOSA, who has served on this committee as a representative of civilian retirees. To review the Task Force’s proposed recommendations, click here to link to the City of San Antonio website Final Task Force Recommendations RECOSA would appreciate any constructive feedback on this process to our email, firstname.lastname@example.org which can then be forwarded to Ms. Waldman prior to next week’s meeting
The Retirees’ first Lunch and Learn for 2014, scheduled for January 24th, was cancelled because of some severe winter driving conditions. It has been re-scheduled for FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21st at the CENTRAL PUBLIC LIBRARY 600 SOLEDAD from 12:30-2:30 PM. Click here 022114 Lunch Learn022114 Lunch Learn (1) to see the postcard that you will be receiving very soon.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO RSVP TO WELLNESS PROGRAM OFFICE AT 207-9355
The Commander’s House Adult and Senior Center, 645 S. Main, is now offering a series of Winter Wellness Fridays for adults and seniors. The classes will run from January 24 through March 21 every Friday.
The Chronic Disease and Self Management class will be held 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. This class is designed to help people suffering from any chronic health condition such as arthritis, high blood pressure, asthma, or diabetes.
A Matter of Balance: Falls Prevention class will be offered 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. This class will aid participants in increasing their strength, flexibility and balance as well as decreasing their fear of falling.
Participants are invited to enjoy coffee before class at 9 a.m. Lunch is included at no charge. Both classes are free-of-charge to Commander’s House members. The annual membership fee is $15 for ages 18 to 59 and $7 for ages 60 and up.
For more, call 207-3010