We understand the growing concern surrounding coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across our communities and our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted. RECOSA knows everyone may have specific questions that may impact their families.
The attached article by AARP’s Rachel Nania provides excellent guidelines for staying healthy and mentions what the US is doing to prepare for the spread of COVID-19 and what older adults should do to reduce their risk of illness.
What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus (English) PDFAARP Link
Your COSA health benefits information will be mailed to you soon. We have provided the following link to a presentation on 2020 retiree benefits by City of San Antonio Human Resources Director, Lori Steward.
Mark your calendars to attend our RECOSA Annual Membership Meeting & Brown Bag Sessionon Friday, November 15, 2019. City Manager, Erik Walsh, is slated to speak. Once the time and location have been finalized that information will be posted here and emailed to retirees.
Retirees will soon be receiving in the mail a Special Budget Edition of Retiree Matters, including proposed FY 2019-2020 retiree benefits and costs. Click here to read the digital version.
City of San Antonio City Manager, Erik Walsh, presented the FY 2019-2020 Proposed Operating and Capital Budget to the San Antonio City Council on August 8, 2019. Following is a summary of proposed retiree benefit changes:
1.3% ad hoc Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for retirees to be reflected in January 2020 TMRS annuity checks
no dental or vision plan premium changes for all retirees
PRE-65 (NON-MEDICARE) RETIREES
no premium increases for the New Value medical plan
decreased premiums for the Consumer Choice medical plan
third new medical plan, Blue Essentials HMO
additional medical plan features, including expert medical opinion and treatment options, as well as travel reimbursement
POST-65 (MEDICARE) RETIREES
increased rates due to restoration of health insurance fee by federal government
new transportation benefit for rides to medical appointments
Retiree Open Enrollment is October 7-25, 2019. Pre-65 (non-Medicare) retirees will be receiving enrollment information from the City of San Antonio, while Post-65 (Medicare) retirees will be receiving information from Aenta.
Please note, if you do not wish to make any changes to your current medical, dental or vision plans, you do not need to do anything. Your coverage will continue (roll over) to 2020.
RECOSA invites you to a special proposed budget presentation for retirees at the Brown Bag event on Friday, September 6th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Mission Branch Library, 3134 Roosevelt Ave.(NOTE THE REVISED LOCATION FROM THE CENTRAL LIBRARY TO THE MISSION BRANCH LIBRARY). The Retiree RSVP Line is open, so to reserve your seat, leave a message at(210) 207-7000 or emailAskHR@sanantonio.gov.
The City will provide a healthy snack, water, and coffee, but feel free to bring a bag lunch. Free parking will be available in the library’s parking lot. The Retiree RSVP Line is open, so to reserve your seat, leave a message at (210) 207-7000, or email AskHR@sanantonio.gov.
As always, spouses and domestic partners are welcome to attend this event.
What: The Department of Human Services, on behalf of the City of San Antonio, is coordinating efforts to assist migrants from Central America who are arriving in San Antonio on a daily basis. Volunteers are needed at the Migrant Resource Center to assist the families with their transition. As a CoSA retiree, we know that you continue to serve our community and seek opportunities to contribute.
When: Multiple shifts are available, 7 days a week:
• Opening/Overnight Relief (6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
• Morning (8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
• Evening (3:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.)
• Overnight (10:00 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.)
HIGHEST NEED IS EVENING, OVERNIGHT, and WEEKEND SHIFTS
Where: 400 N. St Mary’s St. San Antonio, TX, 78205 (across from the Greyhound bus station; storefront on the first floor of the St. Mary’s Garage). Click the following link for a Google Map https://goo.gl/maps/87YeSJHapz9CcAmBA.
How: Volunteers will assist with the following:
• Intake and Registration
• Local Transportation
• Donations Management
• Medical Liaison (Spanish speaking required)
• Food Distribution and Logistics
The YMCA has partnered with the City of San Antonio to provide retirees with the “Y Wellness Works” wellness program, which includes discounted rates and other membership benefits. Click here to view or download the Y Wellness Works flyer. For more information, you can visit the Y Wellness Works website.