The Public Employees Benefits Program
Damon Haycock presided over his first PEBP Board meeting as Executive Officer September 17. Haycock moved to PEBP from the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange following his selection by the current PEBP Board this summer.
Haycock also spoke before the Friday, September 18 session of the RPEN Annual Board of Directors' meeting in Carson City. He spoke of good things coming, in the form of an office being established in Henderson, NV by Towers Watson to assist members of the Medicare Exchange on a more personal level. He said while the office will be in Southern Nevada, he is hopeful that the person staffing the office will eventually be free to travel where necessary to assist the thousands of retirees served by the Medicare Exchange.
The PEBP Board has also approved the resumption of informational meetings around the state for pre-Medicare and Medicare retirees (and their covered dependents through October. To view the schedule for the rural areas of Nevada, please click on the link below:
Another schedule of informational meetings will be held later in October in Carson City, Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas. To view that schedule of meetings, please click on the link below:
For additional information about PEBP, please visit their web-site by clicking on the link below.
Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada
The Nevada PERS Board has altered their usual meeting schedule for the next few months. Their next regular meeting will be held October 22 in Las Vegas. The board packet will be posted here when it is available. Their meeting in November is on the 19th while their December meeting is set for the 17th.
For more information about Nevada PERS please visit their web-site by clicking on the link below.
**2015 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE**
The 78th session of the Nevada State Legislature ended on time June 1. RPEN was represented at the session that began February 2 by our Executive Director Marty Bibb and Legislative Advocate Marlene Lockard as well as Office Manager Kerry Armanasco and Director of Membership/Chapter Service Terri Laird with special assistance from our State President Jack Harris as well as hundreds of dedicated and concerned RPEN members in the north and the south who turned out for several hearings into critical bills that proposed major changes to the Nevada Public Employees' Retirement System and the Retirement Board. The first bill heard in Carson City that got the attention of thousands of retirees and actives in PERS was Assembly Bill 3. Proposed by Reno Assemblyman Randy Kirner this bill was rejected by the Government Affairs Committee, but not before a hearing where there were several overflow rooms needed to accomodate those that turned out against the bill. AB 3 called for changing the PERS Retirement Board to grow from the current 7 members to 9 members, allowing the two newest members to be from the private sector. RPEN went on record AGAINST AB 3, as did all public employee groups, including the PERS Board. Another bill from Assemblyman Kirner was AB 190, that as originally presented would change PERS to include a new, hybrid pension plan similar to a 401K for only new hires. Once again, RPEN was on record AGAINST AB 190, as were thousands of retirees and actives who voiced their objections loud and clear through the "Share Your Opinion" page on the legislative website. Over four thousand public employees were against AB 190 while less than 70 were in favor of it. As with AB 3, there were overflow crowds that gathered when hearings on AB 190 were held, both in the north and the south. In the end, AB 190 and its' hefty fiscal note from PERS, was rejected by the Assembly and it never got out of the Ways and Means Committee. One bill that went through, and only impacts NEW hires as of July 1, 2015, was Senate Bill 406 from Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson. SB 406 and its prospective changes were minimal, and again, did NOT impact existing employees and retirees. It was signed by the Governor June 9 after being sent to his office May 30.
Now that the session is over, RPEN would like to thank all of our members who supported us in our fight against those bills that we were very concerned about. We need to continue to be committed to keeping our membership strong, because the "strength in numbers" definitely served us well this year in Carson City! Toward that end we also need to continue educating the public that public employees are "taxpayers" too! And the study commissioned by the Governor two years ago proves that Nevada PERS is "best in class" meaning if it isn't broke...don't fix it!
Northern Tri-County Chapter Keeps the Public in Their Area Informed During the Legislature and Beyond!!
Chapter President Mike Bumgartner began authoring a regular article in the local newspapers in his area earlier this year. To read the monthly columns, please click on the link below:
Retired Public Employees of Nevada (RPEN)
The Annual Board of Directors meeting was hosted by the Carson Chapter of RPEN at the Carson Plaza Hotel September 15-18. It was a very well attended gathering. To learn more about the annual get-together, please attend your next regular chapter meeting, or contact your chapter president who will be sharing the information. Next year's annual meeting will be held in Elko, Nevada!
* Legislative meetings can also be seen/heard live over the Internet at: www.leg.state.nv.us Just go to that Web site and click on Listen to Meetings Live on the Internet