RECOSA ELECTS 2016 BOARD OFFICERS AND BOARD MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 9TH

Congratulations to the following RECOSA Board Officers elected in January:

• Chair – Liz C. Garcia
• Vice Chair – Charles Pruski
• Treasurer – Paulette McClure
• Secretary – Rose Rangel

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

The February agenda includes the appointment of members to serve on various committees including a Retiree Volunteer Committee and a Budget Committee. The Board will also discuss follow-up items for action that were discussed during the January 28th Orientation and Planning Session and the use of a consent agenda for routine reports. The Chair will report on information and material received at the San Antonio Area Foundation Board Boot Camp for Non-Profit Organizations.

Retirees are welcome and encouraged to attend RECOSA’s board meetings.

JANUARY 12 RECOSA BOARD MEETING

The next RECOSA Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 11:30 a.m.  Please note the new meeting location for our 2016 monthly board meetings :   GENERATIONS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, BALCONES HEIGHTS BRANCH, 4005 FREDERICKSBURG RD.   The meeting dates have also changed to the SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 11:30 a.m.

At the January board meeting, the board will elect board officers for 2016 and discuss the recent transition of post-65 retirees from Humana to Aetna health insurance.

As always, all retirees are welcome and encouraged to attend RECOSA’s board meetings.

Aetna Information as of 12/18/2015

December 18, 2015

Dear City of San Antonio Medicare Advantage Participant,

You may have recently received a letter in the mail from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that appears to have originated from Aetna stating that if you do not produce a Medicare claim number by January 2, 2016 your enrollment with Aetna will be denied. Please disregard this notice – your coverage is confirmed and will not be denied.

Unfortunately, an error in the system inadvertently generated these letters. We regret any confusion this may have caused, but please be assured that since we became aware of this situation we have been working closely with Aetna to resolve it.

If you have not already received your new Aetna I.D. Card, it should be arriving in the mail within the week and will be ready to use on January 1, 2016. Should you have any questions, please contact Aetna at 1-800-307-4830 (TTY: 711) Monday – Friday from   8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Lori Steward

Human Resources Director

DECEMBER BOARD MEETING RESCHEDULED TO DEC. 8TH, DIFFERENT LOCATION

Please note that RECOSA’s regularly scheduled meeting on December 1 has been rescheduled to December 8, 2015.  Due to a scheduling conflict at Generations downtown branch, we will be meeting on the second Tuesday in December at Generations’ Balcones Heights branch, 4005 Fredericksburg Road.  At the December meeting we will discuss the November 12 RECOSA Annual Meeting and other items including the November 19 Brown Bag session, fundraising opportunities, future RECOSA budget priorities, planning for a January Board Orientation Workshop, and possible changes to our regular meeting dates and/or location for 2016.  All retirees are welcome and encouraged to attend RECOSA’s board meetings.

GOOD TURNOUT FOR RECOSA’S NOV. 12 ANNUAL MEETING

RECOSA held its fifth annual membership meeting on Nov. 12 in the City’s Central Library.  Aetna Insurance provided a delicious lunch from Jason’s Deli.  The agenda included board elections for 2016 and a vote to approve revised bylaws.  Gene Camargo, Founding Board Chair, chaired a committee nominating a slate of four candidates to fill this year’s four open positions.  Three slots were filled with returning board members:  Paulette McClure, Charles Pruski, and Sergio Soto.  In addition, one new board member was elected to the board, William “Bill” Telford.

Liz Garcia, Treasurer and Bylaws Committee Chair, presented highlights of the revised bylaws which were then approved by the membership.  Rebecca Waldman, Chair, presented an annual report highlighting RECOSA activities during 2015.

Wanda Heard, Assistant Human Director of Human Resources, addressed the group regarding the change for 2016 in post-65 healthcare coverage to Aetna Medicare Advantage.  Scott Weber from Aetna answered general questions from the group and clarified that mail order prescriptions through Aetna RX Home Delivery will remain at no cost to the member for Tier 1 Generic 90 day supplies.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Founding Board Chair Gene Camargo and Founding Board Members Rolando Bono, Eddie Garcia, Julia Castellano-Hoyt, Paulette McClure, and Morris Chase.  Retired City Manager Alex Briseno expressed his appreciation to RECOSA for looking out for retirees’ interests and providing information regarding healthcare and retirement benefits.

Thanks to the efforts of Marianne Greene, Vice Chair/Membership Chair, there were so many wonderful gifts that just about every retiree received a door prize.  UnitedHealthcare provided the major prize of an iPad Mini.  We appreciate all the donations and also the fundraising efforts by Sergio Soto, board member, who was successful in attracting some large donations to RECOSA’s coffers.  Major donations were received from NuStar Energy LLP, Partners in Primary Care, and several other business and individuals contributors.

We greatly appreciate the City of San Antonio Human Resources Department and San Antonio Public Library for providing free space in the Central Library and free parking for our annual meeting.  We also thank Generations Federal Credit Union for providing ongoing website support, space for our board meetings, and gift cards for door prizes.

Retiree Brown Bag Session

Dear Retiree,
Below is a copy of the notification for the November Retiree Brown Bag Lunch and Learn.

Remember to call the City at 210-207-7000 or email hrcustomerservice@sanantonio.gov  FOR YOUR RESERVATION.

It should be very informative since it deals with stress relief during the upcoming holiday season. Additionally it will touch on how to avoid any weight gains during the holidays.

Please remember to call and reserve a seat.  Hope to see you there.

Annual Meeting Reminder

 This is a reminder about RECOSA’s upcoming annual meeting.  Please see additional information below.  This is a very important meeting that includes board elections, revisions to the bylaws, and an update on board activity for 2015.  We hope to see you there!

Please note that nominations will be accepted through November 6 for a position on the RECOSA Board.  The Nominating Committee will review qualified applicants and prepare the printed ballot for next week’s election. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the annual meeting.  All candidates nominated from the floor must be in good standing, present at the meeting, and able to express their qualifications and interest 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 four vacant positions.

2015 Annual Meeting Notice

NOVEMBER 3rd RECOSA BOARD MEETING

The next RECOSA Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 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 November board meeting, the Board will be updating 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 info.recosa@gmail.com

Aetna Schedules Information Sessions

For City retirees interested in the new Medicare Advantage plan.

A postcard will be coming soon to your mailbox from Aetna.

Information sessions are scheduled to help us transition to the new City of San Antonio Medicare Advantage Plan. See the link below for session dates and locations.

aetna postcard

The postcard states that these meetings are not mandatory. They have been set up to answer any questions we may have.