Retiree Matters: Special Budget Edition – August 2019

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


  • 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


  • 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 email

If you have any questions, please contact the Employee Benefits Office at (210) 207-0073 or Human Resources Customer Service at (210) 207-8705. You can also send an email to