The Public Employees Benefits Program (PEBP)
PEBP BOARD RE-SCHEDULES SEPTEMBER PEBP BOARD MEETING TO OCTOBER 26
The PEBP Board Meeting Thursday, September 28 had to be canceled at the last minute, late in the day Wednesday, when Executive Officer Damon Haycock learned they would not have a Chair or Vice-Chair present for the meeting. The meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, October 26, and to view the agenda, please click on the link provided below:
PEBP currently includes several new faces stemming from regulatory changes approved during the last Legislative Session. Glenn Shippey now sits on the PEBP Board along with John Packham, PH. D. Shippey works in the Nevada Division of Insurance and has served on the Governor's Health Reform Planning Act. Packham serves as Director of Health Policy Research in the Office of Statewide Initiatives and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno's School of Medicine. The latest new member is Linda Fox from the Nevada Department of Corrections in Southern Nevada. She represents one of two Classified Staff representatives that now sit on the PEBP Board. They join the other existing members, including Chair Patrick Cates, Vice-Chair Don Bailey (former Sparks Chapter President for RPEN), Ana Andrews, Leah Lamborn, Tom Verducci, Christine Zack and Chris Cochran. PEBP always meets in the PEBP Board Room in Carson City at the Richard Bryan Building, 901 South Stewart Street, Suite 1002 and offer a video-conference of the meeting in Southern Nevada as well.. They are scheduled to discuss a Strategic Plan for PEBP and RPEN, along with AFSCME retirees and the Nevada Faculty Alliance were asked to weigh in on the plan during a one-on-one meeting September 12 with Executive Officer Damon Haycock.
PEBP JOINS WITH WILLIS TOWERS WATSON ONE EXCHANGE TO HOST PRE-MEDICARE AND MEDICARE RETIREE MEETINGS IN SEPTEMBER
To view the schedule of meetings, that will take place in Las Vegas, Henderson, Carson City and Reno, please click on the link below:
PEBP BILLS, SB 551 AND 552 HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY GOVERNOR SANDOVAL!
To read the full content of both bills, please click on the links below. The first link is to SB 551, the subsidy bill.
The second link is to SB 552, that appropriates funding over a four year plan to assist the non-state PEBP participants often referred
to as "orphans" who have faced escalating health care premiums
due to their dwindling pool.
SB 552 dealt with an issue that RPEN has been asking the Legislature to address for several sessions, and so we are grateful it has been approved and signed by the Governor. Both bills sailed through the Senate June 3 with a unanimous vote and nearly the same outcome in the Assembly, although SB 552 had four "nay" votes in the Assembly that included John Ellison from Elko, Lisa Krasner from Reno and Jim Marchant and Richard McArthur from Las Vegas.
SENATE BILL 502 IS SIGNED BY
GOVERNOR SANDOVAL AND
BECOMES EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017!
PEBP Executive Officer Damon Haycock has released their latest Newsletter in July 2017. To view this publication from PEBP, please click on the link below:
PEBP AND OneEXCHANGE from TOWERS WATSON NOW OFFER WEEKLY PRE-MEDICARE INFORMATION ONLINE AND NOW OFFER ONE-ON-ONE MEDICARE ASSISTANCE IN CARSON CITY AND
NOW IN LAS VEGAS TOO THROUGH OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
The Public Employees' Benefits Program (PEBP), in an effort to further assist retirees about to enter the Medicare Exchange is introducing a new offering that includes weekly walk-in meetings in Carson City intended to go over the retirement process, options and enrollment into the Medicare Exchange. If you are NOT a member of PEBP as a Pre-Medicare participant, you can disregard this information. However, if you are a Pre-Medicare participant of PEBP, this information applies to you!
PEBP Operations Officer Laura Rich says PEBP decided to add these weekly walk-in meetings due to recent high demand and says participants will be able to get their questions answered and the meetings will also include a TW One Exchange representative available during the week that they are already scheduled to have hours in Carson City. Rich adds that PEBP hopes to one day offer a webinar version of this meeting that will extend the reach to those outside Carson City, especiall in the rural areas of the state. Currently PEBP and TW One Exchange take their informational meetings on the road to Las Vegas, Carson City and Reno on an infrequest basis, so the webinar would extend this information to those unable to attend those other meetings.
But for those in close proximity to Carson City, these new, weekly meetings will also be available and Rich says information the PEBP Pre-Medicare informational sessions is now up on the PEBP website under the "What's New" section.
The direct link is as follows: https://pebp.state.nv.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/PreMedi_Intro.pdf
Pre-Medicare Retiree Presentation: https://pebp.state.nv.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/MedicareTWpresentation.pdf
Pre-Medicare Retiree Events Calendar: https://pebp.state.nv.us/events/category/pre-medicare-retirees/2017-03/?tribe_events_cat=pre-medicare-retirees&tribe-bar-date=2017-03
For more information on PEBP and the meeting scheduled, please contact PEBP directly at 1-775-684-7000 to speak with a Member Services Representative. www.pebp.state.nv.us
Additionally, PEBP and One Exchange from Towers Watson have combined forces to offer Medicare retirees onsite services with a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) Specialist in Carson City AND now in Las Vegas!
Stacy Nelson and Sandra Rose will be available during the second week of each month from October through December 2017. If you need help with the following: using the HRA to request reimbursement for monthly medical, dental, prescription drug and vision plan premiums and qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses, such as co-pays, prescription glasses and dental expenses; completing claim forms to request reimbursement; enrolling in auto-reimbursement for health care premiums and submitting requests for Medicare Part B premium reimbursements; navigating the OneExchange website or supporting documents that are required to request reimbursement then you need to contact them to schedule an appointment by calling 1-844-266-1395. Or you can call the OneExchange Customer Service Team at 1-888-598-7545. Meetings in Carson City will be at the PEBP Building in Carson City, 901 S. Stewart Street, Suite 1001. Meetings in Las Vegas will be at the UNLV Campus Services Building, Room 145, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas 89154.
For additional information about PEBP, please visit their web-site by clicking on the link below.
Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada (PERS)
The PERS Board met Thursday, September 21, at their meeting room at offices located on Nye Lane in Carson City. Prior to this meeting however, PERS Executive Officer Tina Leiss and Operations Officer Cheryl Price spoke at RPEN's annual meeting in Summerlin on September 20 and Tina and Operations Officer Cheryl Price offered a workshop at our Annual Meeting about "PERS and your Post Retirement Increase". To view the presentation from the Workshop, please click on the link below:
Meanwhile, during a recent visit to the Washoe Chapter of the Retired Public Employees of Nevada, NV PERS Executive Officer Tina Leiss told the group that investment returns for PERS through the end of their fiscal year was 11.8%, well above their target rate assumption of around 8%. She explained that this is very good news and puts the market value of the fund's assets as of June 30 (the end of PERS' fiscal year) at $38.5 billion.
SENATE BILL 384, RPEN'S PRIVACY BILL
GETS VETOED BY
The decision from the Governor's office came late in the afternoon on Saturday, June 3. It followed action to amend the bill to remove the words "identifying number" and replaces it with the word "name" in an effort to gain favor from Governor Sandoval and remove a potential threat of a veto but it didn't stop him from adding this bill to the long list of bills he's already vetoed this session, many of them involving public employees.
The amendment came following a meeting of RPEN's Legislative/Insurance Committee, made up of leaders from 9 RPEN Chapters. They met for a special teleconference meeting Sunday, May 21, to discuss the situation. On a 5-1 vote, the committee agreed to have Lead Lobbyist Marlene Lockard seek an amendment from the bill sponsor, Senator Julia Ratti, to change from an "identifying number" to allow a retiree's name be shown, along with pension and last employer. Lockard told the committee she had gotten word SB 384 was on Governor Sandoval's "concerned" list of bills, and that he would only sign it if it included name, pension and last employer, something the original bill included before it was amended to remove name and insert an "identifying number" instead. Those would be the ONLY things that would be included in the bill as permissable identifying information available to the public.
In his veto message the Governor said "the goal of protecting public employee information from misuse was a worthy endeavor but making certain information (number of years of service credit and retirement date) secret wasn't the way to go". He added "SB 384 seeks to achieve its goals by limiting the public's right to access public information, upsetting the established balance between the privacy and transparency. In deciding how to balance these competing interests, the public's right to know cannot be compromised absent a compelling case that such limits are justified and in the public interest. SB 384 does not overcome this significant test in favor of less transparency. Although the proponents raised the possibility of identity theft, there is no assurance that SB 384 would actually prevent such risk".
Ironically, this is the exact same argument presented by the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) when they took the Nevada Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) to court earlier this year. So, it appears the issue may have to be decided in court as this case goes to the Nevada Supreme Court on appeal later this month following a District Court ruling that favored NPRI.
NPRI won the first round of court action in late January 2017 before District Court Judge James Wilson after they filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in Carson City seeking the release of data requested from PERS in a format that is more usable for NPRI, which maintains a searchable online database of public employee salary and benefit information. In the document NPRI said it requested data about pension payouts last year to add to a website it maintains called Transparent Nevada. They said they received a report that listed pension payouts not by retiree name but by Social Security number, which by law must be redacted. NPRI complained this information leaves nothing more than a list of payments to unknown individuals. NPRI also said in their complaint a 2015 Nevada Supreme Court decision indicates that agencies are not excused from their disclosure duties if they have a computer program that could compile the information. The request for information from NV PERS started several years ago with a request from the Reno Gazette Journal.
Following the ruling favoring NPRI, Nevada PERS filed an appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court and briefs have been prepared by both sides. As of October 11, 2017, a hearing date for this latest effort has still not been set.
For more information about Nevada PERS please visit their web-site by clicking on the link below.
RPEN LEGISLATIVE ALERTS
79TH SESSION OF THE
NEVADA STATE LEGISLATURE
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The Summerlin Chapter of RPEN
hosts a very successful Annual Meeting
September 19- 22at the Suncoast Hotel/Casino
"Flyin High In Summerlin"
The RPEN Board of Directors (Chapter Officers and Delegates) met September 19-22 at the Suncoast Hotel/Casino in Summerlin for one of our biggest gatherings ever. More than 100+ members and guests present where many great ideas considered that will be provided in more detail in our next newsletter, The RPEN Review, coming to members in early November. Our Legislative Panel this year included three Senators and two Assembly representatives along with our State President Jack Harris, who passed the gavel as the meeting ended to our new State President Bernard Paolini from the Boulder City Chapter. Delegates also elected a new Vice-President, Vicki Cameron from Henderson, following a race that included Vicki and Las Vegas Chapter President Ruth Kilmer in a close race. Vicki will become State President in two years when Bernard's term ends. Our State Secretary Paula Petruso and State Treasurer Rita Evasovic were also re-elected and ran un-opposed for new terms. Our attendees also heard updates from NV PERS and PEBP as were welcomed to the city by Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Nevada Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty also spoke during our meeting about guardianship matters he fought for and won during the 79th legislative session this year. We also hosted nine workshops during the meeting that were also well received. The 2018 annual meeting dates will be September 18-21 and be hosted at The Nugget in Sparks by our Sparks and Washoe Chapters. The next Executive Committee will be held at RPEN's State Headquarters in Carson City January 17-18 and will include several new members including Cameron as VP, and members Fran Ellis from Carson Chapter, Diana Peters from Las Vegas and Don McMillen from Washoe.
For additional information on RPEN business, please contact the State Office at 1-775-882-7832, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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