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December 12 meeting of the Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee of the Nevada State Legislature

For the second meeting this year, during the interim period between Legislative Sessions, the Interim and Retirement Benefits Committee will meet Wednesday, December 12, at 10:00 a.m. in Las Vegas. The meeting in the south is at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Room 4401, located at 555 East Washington Avenue, and there will also be a video-conference meeting in Carson City as well, in Room 3138 of the Nevada State Legislative Building, 401 South Carson Street.

RPEN will have our lobbyists at this meeting and a report on the meeting will be posted here. Much of the discussion at this meeting is a prelude to the budget negotiations that will be finalized during the legislative session.

To view the meeting agenda, please click on the link below:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Document/13558

The Public Employees Benefits Program (PEBP)

Attention all PEBP Active Participants AND all PEBP Medicare Exchange Participants.

PEBP Executive Director has an important message to convey.

October 31, 2018

As the Executive Officer of Public Employees’ Benefits Program, I want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to provide you with a group health and life insurance program which offers comprehensive medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance.

In order to improve the services we provide to all active and retired members, the Public Employees’ Benefits Program (PEBP) has created a short survey. Your responses will assist in evaluating our current performance and identifying areas for future improvement.

This statewide survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and the data collected will be presented to the PEBP Board early next year. Please be assured that your responses will be completely anonymous.

The survey will be available today through Friday, December 7, 2018.  It is important that you provide responses to PEBP so your thoughts and opinions can be appropriately considered.

Thank you for taking the time to participate. We appreciate your time and feedback!

Please click the link below to begin the survey:

Take PEBP Survey – Click Here.

Sincerely,

Damon Haycock
Executive Officer
Public Employees’ Benefits Program
901 South Stewart Street, Suite 1001
Carson City, NV 89701
http://www.pebp.state.nv.us

PEBP BOARD MEETING

SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

It was a fairly short meeting, for the Public Employees’ Benefits Program (PEBP) Board, all things considered, but there were two important facts that came out of the meeting Thursday, September 27.

PEBP Executive Officer Damon Haycock led a discussion at the end of the agenda, involving possible direction from the Board to staff on potential program design changes for Plan Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020). One of the items on the list of “options and opportunities” Haycock discussed was to stop paying Medicare Exchange HRA fees and Life Insurance Premiums from excess reserves. As an explanation for the proposal, Haycock said excess reserves may be better applied to employee benefits (HSA/HRA funding, disease management, etc.) since employees hired after 2012 will never receive an employer contribution to their retiree healthcare and they are currently helping to cover those expenses. Later in the discussion, when pressed, Haycock said those costs amount to just under $10.00 per member and there are roughly 19,157 state employees who have that amount taken out of their paychecks. Of that number, Haycock said a little more than 11-thousand were hired after 2012 and will never receive the retiree healthcare contributions. PEBP Vice-Chair and Retiree Representative on the board (also an RPEN member) voiced concern about the proposal, calling it a “loaded gun”. During public comment on the item RPEN Executive Director Terri Laird (filling in for Legislative Advocate Marlene Lockard who was called to jury duty) read a statement opposing such a proposal, telling the board that the restoration of those retiree healthcare contributions for that group hired after 2012 was an item on RPEN’s Legislative Agenda for the 80th Legislative Session that begins in February 2019. She also said RPEN has mostly retiree members but added we also represent all public employees, including actives, and so we are concerned about both groups and didn’t like seeing the two groups pitted against each other. Laird’s comments were backed up by additional public comment from Priscilla Maloney, the retiree representative for AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees); Kevin Ranft the actives representative for AFSCME and Kent Ervin representing actives in the Nevada Faculty Alliance. Haycock said no action was required on the proposals considered at this meeting, but said additional information including actual costs involved will be available at the board’s November 29th meeting.

In another bit of news before the PEBP Board, Jon Hager, from Hometown Health informed the board that they would not be terminating their contract with PEBP. Hager said they have been a valued client of PEBP’s for 20 years until discussion in the spring of this year that PEBP was going to reach out to other hospitals in Northern Nevada (St. Mary’s and Carson Tahoe) to offer their participants choice. Hometown Health felt it had an exclusive contract with PEBP and balked at the idea, eventually telling PEBP during an open meeting that they would be terminating their existing contract and going with a new RFP (request for proposal) with the agency. But during this meeting, Hager said the turmoil from the spring appeared to have abated and there didn’t seem to be a need any longer to terminate their agreement and would not be going forward with any termination. Before the meeting closed Haycock told the board he still had some reservations about Hager’s announcement due to the up and down negotiations they had with Hometown Health in recent months.

 

Via Benefits Pre-Medicare and HRA Meetings

PEBP BOARD MEETS AGAIN JULY 26

This next meeting for the Public Employees’ Benefits Program will be Thursday, July 26. It will be held in Carson City at the Nevada State Legislative Building, 401 South Carson Street in Room 1214. A video-conference of the meeting will be available in Las Vegas at the Tahoe Room, Suite 430 of the Nevada State Business Center, 3300 W. Sahara Ave.

To view the agenda for this  meeting please click on the link below:

July 26 2018 PEBP Board Agenda

To view notes from the April 27 Board meeting please click on the link below:

PEBP Meeting Notes

To view what transpired at the PEBP Board’s March 22 meeting, please click on a link below:

PEBP Meeting Notes

PEBP also posts a Quarterly Newsletter online at their website. To view the latest issue (April 2018), please click on the link below.

PEBP_April_2018_Newsletter

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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.

FEB 22 INTERIM RETIREMENT
AND BENEFITS COMMITTEE

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)
Email: Ben.Kieckhefer@sen.state.nv.us
Phone: 1-775-223-9618

Senator Julia Ratti ((District 13/Northern Nevada)
Email: Julia.Ratti@sen.state.nv.us
Phone: 1-775-525-0359

Senator Joyce Woodhouse (District 5/Southern Nevada)
Email: Joyce.Woodhouse@sen.state.nv.us
Phone: 1-702-896-1453

Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton (District 14/Southern Nevada)
Email: Maggie.Carlton@asm.state.nv.us
Phone: 1-702-236-5401

Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz (District 11/Southern Nevada)
Email: Olivia.Diaz@asm.state.nv.us
Phone: 1-702-501-8994

PEBP AND VIA BENEFITS WORK TOGETHER TO OFFER ONSITE SERVICES TO MEDICARE RETIREES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

PEBP’s Medicare retirees who are already enrolled at Via Benefits (formerly Towers Watson’s OneExchange) will have the opportunity to schedule an appointment to meet with an Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) Specialist in Carson City, Reno and Las Vegas during July, August and September of 2018. Assistance will be available for such issues as how to use the HRA to request reimbursement for monthly medical, dental, prescription drug and vision plan premiums, or qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses such as co-pays, prescription glasses and dental expenses. Assistance with filling out claim forms or how to enroll in auto-reimbursement will also be offered.

Appointments are available in Las Vegas August 13-14 and September 10-11  at the Nevada State Business Center, 3300 W. Sahara Ave., Red Rock Room, Suite 440. That location will also be available

Appointment  will be available in Reno  August 15 and September 12 at Truckee Meadows Community College’s Meadowood Center, 475 Edison Way, Room MDWS 105.

Appointments are available in Carson City August 16-17 and September 13-14 at the PEBP Board Room, Suite 1002 of the Richard Bryan Building.

Call 1-844-266-1395 ASAP to schedule your appointment!

If you have additional questions about these meetings please contact a Member Services Representative at PEBP, 775-684-7000.

For additional information about PEBP, please visit their web-site by clicking on the link below.

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Legislative Actions

Some of RPEN’s efforts have contributed to constitutional protections of our PERS system, post-retirement increases to retiree pension benefits and an awareness of the importance of a solvent, sound retirement system.

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December 12 meeting of the Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee of the Nevada State Legislature

For the second meeting this year, during the interim period between Legislative Sessions, the Interim and Retirement Benefits Committee will meet Wednesday, December 12, at 10:00 a.m. in Las Vegas. The meeting in the south is at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, Room 4401, located at 555 East Washington Avenue, and there will also be a video-conference meeting in Carson City as well, in Room 3138 of the Nevada State Legislative Building, 401 South Carson Street.

RPEN will have our lobbyists at this meeting and a report on the meeting will be posted here. Much of the discussion at this meeting is a prelude to the budget negotiations that will be finalized during the legislative session.

To view the meeting agenda, please click on the link below:

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Document/13558

RPEN’s Lead Lobbyist and Legislative Advocate Marlene Lockard is honored with an appointment to Nevada Governor-elect Steve Sisolak’s Transition Team!

Governor-elect Steve Sisolak today announced his full transition advisory committee, releasing the additional 28 members who will serve on the committee along with Congresswoman Dina Titus, the Honorable Barbara Buckley and Mayor of Reno Hillary Schieve, who were previously announced as chair and co-chairs respectively.

The committee includes statewide representation as well as members from diverse backgrounds and who bring a wide variety of experience to the transition.

“I am excited to release my full transition advisory committee,” said Governor-elect Sisolak. “I have pledged to be a governor for all of Nevada and I have worked to make sure my transition team captures the diversity this state holds. Every member of this team brings a unique experience and view to the table and together, they will help me as I build an administration. By bringing people together from day one, we can deliver real solutions for Nevada families.”

The full Sisolak Transition Advisory Committee is listed below:

Hon. Dina Titus (General Chair), Congresswoman, Nevada Congressional District 1
Hon. Barbara Buckley (Co- Chair), Executive Director, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
Hillary Schieve (Co- Chair), Mayor, City of Reno

Nelson Aruajo, Former Nevada State Assemblyman
John Bailey, Managing Partner, Bailey Kennedy Attorney at Law
David Bobzien, Councilman, City of Reno
Bobbette Bond, Policy Director, Culinary Health Fund
Deisy Castro, DREAMer; Special Education Teacher, Elaine Wynn Elementary
Daniel Corona, Mayor, City of West Wendover
Robert L. “Bob” Crowell, Mayor, City of Carson City
Gerald Gardner, Former Chief Deputy Attorney General & Former Chief of Staff for Governor Brian Sandoval
Peter Guzman, President, Latin Chamber of Commerce
Asha Jones, Director of Government Affairs, Community College of Southern Nevada; Community Advocate
Karlos LaSane, Regional Vice President, Government Relations & Community Affairs, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Duncan Lee, President, RDL Investments Inc.; Member of Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce
Marlene Lockard, Former Chief of Staff, Governor Richard Bryan
Joseph Lombardo, Sheriff, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Kate Marshall, Lieutenant Governor-elect
Rusty McAllister, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Nevada State AFL-CIO
Arlan Melendez, Chairman, Reno Sparks Indian Colony
Denice Miller, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, MGM Resorts International
Thom Reilly, Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education
George Togliatti, Former Supervisory Special Agent,   Federal Bureau of Investigation; Former Director, Nevada Department of Public Safety; Professor, UNLV
Stephanie Tyler, Nevada State President, AT&T
Dr. Tiffany Tyler, CEO, Communities in Schools of Nevada
Virginia Valentine, President & CEO, Nevada Resort Association
Mason Van Houweling, CEO, University Medical Center
Rita Vaswani, Vice President & Senior Relationship Manager, Nevada State Bank
Mario Walther, Director, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited
Jia Mei Wang, Branch Manager, CrossCountry Mortgage
Rich Williams, Business Representative, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters

Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada (PERS)

Nevada’s Public Employees’ Retirement System Board met November 15, 2018, and set higher contribution rates for Active Employees effective July 1, 2019. For more information on the meeting, please click on the link posted here.

November 15 2018 PERS Board Meeting Notes

 

Supreme Court Rules in NPRI vs NV PERS Oct 18

It was heard seven months ago, and many were speculating that the Supreme Court wouldn’t issue a ruling in the “NPRI (Nevada Policy Research Institute)  vs Nevada PERS” (Public Employees’ Retirement System) case until after the November 6 election. Well, that rumor was dispelled when the high court issued their decision October 18, 2018. It was a 4-3 decision with Justices Mark W. Gibbons, Michael Cherry, Kristina Pickering and Chief Justice Michael Douglas concurring on arguments presented by NPRI at the March 7 hearing in the case. A dissenting opinion was rendered by Lidia Stiglich, James Hardesty and Ron Parraguiree who were concerned about implications this ruling will have on Nevada’s Public Records Act, that could expose official state records otherwise declared confidential to agency search simply because they are stored in a computer. NPRI has been seeking five things from PERS as it relates to retired public employees: names, years of service credit, gross pension benefit amount, year of retirement and last employer, over and above what was originally sought by Reno Newspapers Inc. in 2011.

RPEN tried to solve the dilemma relating to what is and is not confidential information by seeking a legislative solution through Senate Bill 384 in 2017, sponsored by Senator Julia Ratti of Sparks. That bill passed in the Senate and Assembly but in the end was vetoed by Governor. Due to the 4-3 decision today, there is a possibility the bill could be resurrected at the 2019 Legislative Session now that this ruling has been issued. Senator Ratti has told RPEN she would be willing to re-introduce the measure. The success or failure of another legislative bill however will greatly depend upon the November 6 election and who becomes Nevada’s next Governor.

Read more about the latest Supreme Court Ruling Here..

RPEN LEGISLATIVE ALERTS 79TH SESSION OF THE NEVADA STATE LEGISLATURE

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