Retiree Medical Insurance
Retiree Medical Benefit Opt-Out Plan
On February 7, 2017, the City Council approved a Limited Time Optional Opt-Out plan for eligible retirees who wish to receive a proportional share of ($6.6M) funds deposited into a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) for use by the retiree, their spouse and dependents.
The staff report
presented to the City Council on February 7, 2017 explains the program, opt-out funds available per retiree and the process for opting out. Listed below is the sliding scale of Opt-Out funds available to eligible retirees:
What is an HRA?
a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) is an account solely funded by an employer
that allows employees and retirees to obtain reimbursement for IRS approved medical
expenses during employment and post-employment.
retirees who elect to participate in the Opt-Out Plan, the City will establish
an HRA account for the retiree with the beginning HRA account balance equal to
the retiree's opt-out amount.
his / her spouse and dependents as defined by IRS regulations (whether or not
there was spousal / dependent coverage benefits) can be reimbursed from the HRA
for a very wide variety of medical expenses (see FAQ below).
The balance in the retiree's HRA will be
carried over each year and remain available
for medical expense reimbursements for
the retiree, his / her spouse, and dependents until the retiree’s HRA's funds are
, which could occur after the death of the retiree.
The following "Frequently Asked Questions"
(FAQ) document is provided in response to questions the City has received regarding HRAs:
For additional questions, please call Ember Buckman in the Human Resources Department at 530-542-6050.
2017 Medical Benefit Plan Comparison (2017 open enrollment information)
As required by law, the following summary benefit comparison is posted below regarding the medical benefit plans for 2017.
Summary Benefit Comparison ~ Health Insurance Plan Year 2017