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)

RECOSA Board To Meet On April 7, 2015

The next RECOSA Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th 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 invited to attend the monthly board meetings. Some of the items to be discussed include:

• Update on the recent quarterly meeting with Human Resources
• Discuss upcoming Brown Bag Lunch & Learn session to be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at the Central Library, with presentations regarding:
o City of San Antonio Five Year Financial Forecast
o AirLIFE Guardian Angel membership that will be available for RECOSA members

Your participation and input will be greatly appreciated!

TMRS PRESENTS AT THE 2/19 L&L! REVIEW THE PRESENTATION ONLINE!

At RECOSA’s request, the City of San Antonio invited a representative of Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) to address retirees at the February 19, 2015, Lunch and Learn session.  David Rodriguez, TMRS Senior Regional Manager for City Services, made an excellent presentation to about 100 retirees in attendance at the Central Library.  The comprehensive presentation included a discussion of the steps TMRS has taken to “ensure  long-term, advance funding of all benefits.  RECOSA requested a copy of Mr. Rodriguez’s Powerpoint presentation   SanAntonioRetirees2 so that we could share it with our members.  

RECOSA BOARD MEETS ON MARCH 3RD! FEEL FREE TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE.

The next RECOSA Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3rd at 11:30 a.m. at the Generations Credit Union (Downtown Branch), 1828 North St. Mary’s Street.   RECOSA board meetings are open to City of San Antonio civilian retirees who would like to attend and participate.  Some of the items to be discussed include:

  •   Updates on the recent quarterly meeting with Human Resources and the latest Lunch & Learn session featuring TMRS
  •   Updates from the Membership and By-Laws Committees
  •    Discussion of partnering with San Antonio Fire & Police Pensioners Association for AirLIFE and dental coverage
  •    RECOSA representation in the upcoming selection process for post-65 health benefits coverage

Your participation and input will be greatly appreciated!