The Public Employees Benefits Program (PEBP)
NOVEMBER 30 PEBP BOARD MEETING WAS INDEED A LONG ONE!
Executive Officer at PEBP, Damon Haycock, said during a pre-PEBP Board meeting November 28 that this meeting, where rates for the next Plan Year will be discussed, this meeting could last 10 hours and he wasn't far off the mark! The meeting began at 8:30 a.m. November 30 and didn't conclude until a little before 5:00 p.m. To view a brief synopsis of what took place, please click on the notes below.
For a more thorough explanation, please click on the link below for a detailed explanation of the November 30 PEBP Board meeting from Executive Officer Damon Haycock.
The next regular meeting for the PEBP Board is January 25, and will take place in Las Vegas. When an agenda, and/or other board materials are available they will be posted here.
Meanwhile, the November 30 Board Packet (381 pages) is posted below.
ATTENTION PEBP PARTICIPANTS IN THE MEDICARE EXCHANGE AND/OR PEPB PROGRAM FOR ORPHANS AND ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS
The Public Employees' Benefits Program (PEBP) has created a short survey in order to improve the services we provide to all active and retired members. The data collected from this statewide survey will be presented to the PEBP Board early next year.
The survey is only available through Friday, December 15, 2017. It is important that you participate and provide responses to PEBP so your thoughts and opinions can be recorded appropriately. We appreciate your time and feedback!
Please click the link below to begin the survey.
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
LAS VEGAS THROUGH 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 the month 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's next regular meeting will be in Las Vegas on December 14. This following their November 16 meeting in Carson City where Chief Financial Officer Steve Edmundson reported PERS' unfunded liability was down for the 4th straight year, to around 25.6 percent. He also reported that the system's total assets at the end of their fiscal year, June 30, stood at $38.8 billion and even better as of the day of the meeting, November 16, when it stood at $40.1 billion! The meeting opened with public comment from a couple of retirees who discussed the confusion of Post Retirement Increases (PRI's) and asked the board about simplifying the formula PERS uses when calculating individual increases, which are always impacted by the rate of inflation, which in recent years has been very low. This issue is slated to be addressed again at the December Board meeting when it's held in the PERS Board Room at 5740 South Eastern Avenue, Suite 120. An agenda for that meeting will be posted here when it becomes available.
Many other PERS participants have had questions following their retirement relating to Post Retirement Increases. PERS Executive Officer Tina Leiss and Operations Officer Cheryl Price, addressed PRI's during RPEN's annual conference held in September in Summerlin. During a workshop at our meeting they presented the following PowerPoint program. To view this educational document please click on the link below:
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".
Meanwhile, Senator Ratti, speaking during RPEN's annual meeting in Southern Nevada in September, said she would be willing to bring this issue back to the Nevada State Legislature when it convenes again in February 2019.
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 is currently in the appeal process before the Nevada Supreme Court after a District Court ruling that favored NPRI. Attornies for Nevada PERS and NPRI have filed their briefs and as of October 18, 2017, a hearing date for this latest effort has still not been set and likely won't come until early 2018.
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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RPEN Executive Committee Meets January 17-18, 2018
The new RPEN Board of Directors (Chapter Officers and Delegates) will gather again in Carson City includes a new State President Bernard Paolini along with a new Vice-President, Vicki Cameron as well as a few new faces, 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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