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Yes on Prop 61 Rally

Posted Nov 02, 2016 by Jamee V    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Yes on Prop 61 Rally with Bernie Sanders takes place Monday, November 7th on the west steps of the Capitol. CSR will be in attendance. Please join us!

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OptumRX has finally released critical pieces of information in regards to the cost of prescription drugs.

Posted Oct 05, 2016 by Jamee V    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Sacramento, CA -  OptumRX has finally released critical pieces of information in regards to the cost of prescription drugs. This comes on the heels of CSR pushing for this critical data to be shared with the public during the open enrollment process. Many members were concerned they did not have the full story when choosing a provider.

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Governor approves Secure Choice Retirement Plan

Posted Sep 29, 2016 by Jamee Villa    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Millions of Californians soon will have an easy way to save for a more comfortable and dignified retirement now that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1234, landmark legislation creating the California Secure Choice Retirement Plan.

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New report from CSR Health Benefits Committee | CalPERS Health Plan Open Enrollment Considerations & Pharmacy Benefits Changes

Posted Sep 08, 2016 by CSR Website Administrator    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Health Plan Open Enrollment for CalPERS members is Sept. 12- Oct. 7. Most members who are satisfied with their current plan need do nothing to remain in the same plan. The exception is Blue Cross Net Value members. That plan is being discontinued.
If members on that plan do nothing, they will automatically be transitioned to Blue Shield Access Plus, starting Jan. 1, 2017. Or they may choose another health plan during this Open Enrollment period.

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Surprise medical billing measure heads to Jerry Brown

Posted Sep 07, 2016 by Jamee Villa    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, calls on lawmakers to approve his measure to end surprise medical bills from out-of-network doctors, on the final day of the legislative session. 

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Supreme Court deadlock upholds win for unions in fee case

Posted Mar 29, 2016 by Bob Hendricks    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

In this 2013, photo provided by Center for Individual Rights, Rebecca Friedrichs, a veteran Orange County, Calif., public school teacher, poses for a portrait. A tie vote from the Supreme Court means public sector unions in about half the states can continue collecting fees from workers who choose not to join. The justices on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, divided 4-4 in a case that considered whether public employees represented by a union can be required to pay "fair share" fees covering collective bargaining costs even if they are not members. Courtesy of the Center for Individual Rights via AP Greg Schneider

In this 2013, photo provided by Center for Individual Rights, Rebecca Friedrichs, a veteran Orange County, Calif., public school teacher, poses for a portrait. A tie vote from the Supreme Court means public sector unions in about half the states can continue collecting fees from workers who choose not to join. The justices on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, divided 4-4 in a case that considered whether public employees represented by a union can be required to pay "fair share" fees covering collective bargaining costs even if they are not members. 

Courtesy of the Center for Individual Rights via AP Greg Schneider.

 

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One pension scheme shelved -- New ballot measure planned

Posted Oct 08, 2015 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Chuck Reed and Carl DeMaio announced they will not be circulating for signatures the pension initiative they previously announced earlier this year while promising to announce two more pension initiatives. The decision reflects, again, that Reed and company can't "handle the truth" about their pension schemes. Impact of Reed/DeMaio Pension Measures on New Public Employees

 

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CSR urges CalPERS to extend open enrollment for Medicare members

Posted Oct 01, 2015 by newspaper editor    1 Comment(s)  1 Likes Like Dislike

The California State Retirees Health Benefits Committee is calling for CalPERS to extend open enrollment for retirees this year because changes in Medicare health plan offerings were not adequately explained in time for members to make informed decisions by the Oct. 9 enrollment deadline.

 

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CSR Legislative Report - September 15, 2015

Posted Sep 15, 2015 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

The following PDF is a list of bills that CSR is supporting, opposing or watching.

September 15, 2015 Legislative Report

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CalPERS Open Enrollment runs Sept. 14 to Oct. 9

Posted Sep 08, 2015 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

CalPERS mailed out Health Plan Statements in August to help members review the increases or decreases in their providers’ 2016 rates and determine whether they want to make changes.

The biggest change for many state retirees in 2016 will be the new Medicare Advantage Plan, which was adopted by the CalPERS Board of Administration in an effort to improve member health and wellness, while lowering the costs of member health care.

 

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