The Public Employees Benefits Program (PEBP)
PEBP SPECIAL MEETING IS RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY, APRIL 27 TO DISCUSS ACTION TAKEN AT THEIR MARCH 22 MEETING RELATING TO RENOWN/HOMETOWN HEALTH AND PILOT PROGRAMS WITH ST. MARY'S AND CARSON TAHOE HEALTH.
This meeting was called so the Board could discuss and possibly take action on the changes to or replacement of the Hometown Health Providers Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) network currently approved for the PEBP Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) through June 2021, following action taken March 22 to include two "pilot programs" for the PPO Network and St. Mary's/Carson Tahoe Health. However as soon as the meeting began, the agency's legal counsel brought up an objection from St. Mary's claiming a lack of sufficient notice of the meeting based on the state's open meeting law. Board Chair Patrick Cates said they needed to put the meeting off for at least a week to allow them time to make sure all parties were sufficiently notified of the meeting in accordance with open meetings laws. The room was completely packed with representatives from St. Mary's, Carson Tahoe, as well as Renown/Hometown Health. A check of the PEBP website Monday, April 23, lists the new meeting date as Friday, April 27 at 8:30 a.m. and the new agenda for the meeting is now posted below. A video conference of the meeting April 27 will be back at the previous site, the Nevada State Business Center, 3300 West Sahara Ave in the Tahoe Room Suite 430.
To view exactly what took place during the PEBP Board's March 22 meeting, please click on a link below, to read more about that meeting.
PEBP also posts a Quarterly Newsletter online at their website. To view the latest issue (April 2018), please click on the link below.
The PEBP Board held a day-long meeting in November 2017 where they made many decisions for Plan Year 2019. For a detailed explanation, please click on the link below PEBP's Executive Officer Damon Haycock.
PEBP SPONSORS SPRING OPEN ENROLLMENT MEETINGS STATEWIDE STARTING IN LATE APRIL THROUGH MAY
The first event is a make-up day for an informational meeting from PEBP/Via Benefits that was originally to be held at TMCC March 16 but was canceled due to heavy snowfall that day. PEBP announced in March they have rescheduled the March 16 meeting to take place Friday, April 20, at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) inside the Sierra Building, Room 204, 7000 Dandini Blvd., Reno NV 89512. There will be two meetings including a morning meeting from 9am-11am focusing on participants aging-in to Medicare with an afternoon session from Noon-2pm focusing on the HRA for those that are already Medicare eligible.
Meanwhile, the Open Enrollment meetings begin April 30 in Carson City at Western Nevada College's Cedar Building, Marlette Hall, 2201 W. College Parkway. Two sessions will be held there, 9-11am and 1-3pm.
May 1st will see an afternoon session from 1-3pm in Winnemucca at the Convention Center in the West Hall, 50 W. Winnemucca Blvd. On Wednesday, May 2, PEBP travels to Elko's Great Basin College in Room 107 of the Dorothy S. Gallagher Health Sciences Building, 1500 College Parkway for a session from 9-11am, and Thursday, May 3 they'll travel to Ely and be at Room 109 of the Great Basin College there, 2115 Bobcat Dr. from 9-11am.
On Monday, May 7, Open Enrollment meetings will be held from 9-11am in the Joe Crowley Student Union Room 402 at the University of Nevada, Reno campus, 1664 N. Virginia Street. This event will be for UNR participants only!!
May 8 will see PEBP traveling to Southern Nevada for two days. The first day of meetings (9-11am and 1-3pm) will be held at the College of Southern Nevada, Charleston Campus, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd. in Building K, Room 101 of the Ralph and Betty Engelstad School of Health Sciences. Then May 9 they will move to UNLV's Student Union Room 208A, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway for one session from 9am-11am for UNLV participants only!!!
The last day of Open Enrollment meetings will move back to the north, on Friday, May 11, when PEBP will return to the TMCC campus, Red Mountain Building, Room 256 in Reno, at 7000 Dandini Blvd. for two sessions, 9-11am and 1-3pm.
RPEN will be well represented at many of these sessions, along with various other vendors associated with PEBP. We thank PEBP for allowing us to be a participant at these events.
Questions about these meetings should be directed to PEBP's Member Services by calling 775-684-7000.
For additional information about PEBP, please visit their web-site by clicking on the link below.
INTERIM RETIREMENT AND BENEFITS COMMITTEE MEETING FEBRUARY 22 WAS WELL ATTENDED BY RPEN MEMBERS!
The meeting was held in Room 4401 of the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas, at 555 E. Washington Ave., and video-conferenced to Room 3138 of the Nevada State Legislative Building in Carson City. There were five RPEN members in Carson City from three chapters, Fernley, Carson and Washoe as well as fourteen RPEN members in Las Vegas from four chapters, Henderson, Las Vegas, Summerlin and Boulder City. To view highlights of the meeting, click on the link below.
The IRBC generally meets twice per year during non-Legislative years to consider issues involving the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) and Public Employees' Benefits Program (PEBP). This was their first meeting since the Legislature ended last June. The Committee consists of the following lawmakers:
Senator Ben Kieckhefer (District 16/Northern Nevada)
Senator Julia Ratti ((District 13/Northern Nevada)
Senator Joyce Woodhouse (District 5/Southern Nevada)
Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton (District 14/Southern Nevada)
Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz (District 11/Southern Nevada)
Assemblyman Al Kramer (District 40/Northern Nevada)
ORAL ARGUMENTS HEARD BEFORE NEVADA'S SUPREME COURT MARCH 7 IN THE CASE OF NPRI (NEVADA POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE) VERSUS
NEVADA PERS (PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
The hearing was March 7, and as of April 23 no decision has been made by the state's high court. PERS has been subjected to lawsuits since 2011 when the first one arose from the Reno Gazette Journal (DBA Reno Newspapers, Inc). PERS is trying to protect retirees' from the threat of identity theft by keeping certain identifying information from public view. RPEN was well represented at the hearing with members from six of our Northern Nevada Chapters there (Washoe, Sparks, Carson, Bi-Valley, Fernley and Churchill), as we have been since the first lawsuit arose seven years ago. To read more about the March hearing, please click on the link below.
Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada (PERS)
The next meeting of the PERS Board will be in Las Vegas on May 17 and will be held in the PERS Board Room located at 5740 South Eastern Avenue, Suite 120. An agenda for this meeting will posted when it becomes available.
Post Retirement Increases are a huge issue for many retirees, so much so that RPEN asked PERS Executive Officer Tina Leiss and Operations Officer Cheryl Price, to address PRI's during RPEN's annual conference held in September in Summerlin. During a workshop at the meeting they presented the following PowerPoint program. To view this educational document please click on the link below:
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 July 18-19, 2018
The next RPEN Executive Committee meeting will be held July 18-19 at the Sparks Nugget where RPEN's Annual Convention will be hosted jointly by our Sparks and Washoe Chapters September 18-21.
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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