Why has the union not considered negotiating a higher contribution for single, two-party, and three-party payers in order to remain with CalPERS? Also, adjunct faculty are able to receive medical after 1 year of consistent employment. How come part time classified employees are not given their $500 contribution to purchase medical if CalPERS will not insure them?
CSEA 262 has considered all options for Medical benefits including an increased benefit with CalPERS. However, because we use Interest Based Bargaining the District had no interest in increasing the benefit amount for Health and Welfare while staying with CalPERS. The CalPERS rates are not constant or affordable. Some of the CalPERS plans had a double-digit increase percentage for 2020.
Adjunct faculty are covered under a different section of the Education Code, and therefore afforded different options. Also they are require to purchase their coverage from ASCIP and not CalPERS.
The $500 that was negotiated was a Health Savings Account (HSA) plan in conjunction with a high deductible Bronze plan. Therefore our members had to prove they were covered by a high deductible bronze plan. The HSA funds could not be used for premiums, but to cover out of pocket cost associated with medical care like co-pays etc. We are negotiating for a better option.