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Senate overhauls doctors' Medicare payments

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

Medicare is poised to overhaul the way it pays physicians and create new systems to reward high-performing doctors under legislation approved by the Senate late Tuesday.

The unusually bipartisan bill, which passed the House easily last month, will immediately lift the threat of an automatic 21% cut in Medicare fees to physicians, which was set to take effect Wednesday.

The legislation also marks a milestone in the push to modernize Medicare, the nation’s mammoth federal insurance program for the elderly, and move it away from the traditional system of paying physicians for every procedure they perform.

 

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CSR Legislative Report

Posted Mar 27, 2015 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

CSR Legislative Report for the 2015-16 Legislative Session

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CSR President Tim Behrens testifies against governor's proposal for a high-deductible health plan

Posted Mar 19, 2015 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

California State Retirees President Tim Behrens testified at a joint informational hearing on March 18 that the governor's plan to introduce a high-deductible health plan for CalPERS members is "the wrong path to take in addressing high health care costs."

"Such plans shift costs to workers, discourage people from accessing needed health care and would divide [CalPERS] health plans into those for the young and those for the old," Behrens testified before the joint Informational hearinig of the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee and the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee.

 

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New ballot measure proposed to cut pensions

Posted Mar 11, 2015 by newspaper editor    2 Comment(s)  -1 Likes Like Dislike

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A ballot measure campaign to cut California's public pensions will be launched in May by a coalition of politicians and business people led by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, with the state's largest retirement system a prime target.

The measure would take aim at California's $300 billion giant Calpers, which has a near-iron grip on the state's pensions. Calpers, America's largest public pension fund and administrator of pensions for more than 3,000 state and local agencies, has long argued that pensions cannot be touched or renegotiated, even in bankruptcy.

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Cyber attack affects more than 3 million California Anthem customers

Posted Mar 10, 2015 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Nearly three weeks after Anthem said it suffered a massive data breach, officials have an estimated tally for the number of Californians affected: 13.5 million residents.

That total includes current and former enrollees in Anthem Blue Cross, plus other California residents covered by other members of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association through out-of-state employers or similar arrangements, Anthem Blue Cross spokesman Darrel Ng said Tuesday.

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CSR Legislative Report

Posted Feb 25, 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.

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What are your thoughts on PERSpective?

Posted Feb 20, 2015 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

All CalPERS members are being asked their thoughts on the newly redesigned PERSpective newsletter, which is mailed to members three times a year.

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CalPERS Board elects committee chairs and vice chairs

Posted Feb 19, 2015 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

CalPERS Board Elects Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs

SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration has elected the following chairs and vice chairs of key board committees:

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U.S. ranks 19 among 150 countries for retirement

Posted Feb 19, 2015 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

The 2015 Natixis Global Retirement Security Index put Switzerland at the No. 1 spot in its annual ranking of the well-being and “life conditions” that pre-retirees and retirees can expect across 150 countries. The prospects for current and aspiring retirees in America is less good: The U.S. is stuck at No. 19, where it’s been for the past three years. That means it beat out No. 20, Slovenia (hurray!), but trails countries including Luxembourg, Iceland, and Belgium.

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Anthem Blue Cross Information

Posted Feb 13, 2015 by newspaper editor    0 Comment(s)  0 Likes Like Dislike

Here is the link to the Anthem Blue Cross information page regarding the data breach and services being provided by Anthem Blue Cross.

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