Want the news summarized?
Subscribe to The Morning Report.

Now let’s compare retiree health benefits:

City of San Diego

Health Allowance:

$602 for Non-Medicare Eligible Retirees

$645 for Medicare Eligible Retirees (generally age 65+)

Number of Plans:

Non-Medicare Eligible Retirees: 3

Medicare Eligible Retirees: 3

Plus, an additional 7 plans for members of specific unions.

County of San Diego

Health Allowance:

$200 – $400 for Non-Medicare Eligible Retirees, based on years of service

$389 for Medicare Eligible Retirees (generally age 65+)

Number of Plans:

Non-Medicare Eligible Retirees: 4

Medicare Eligible Retirees: 5

What can we conclude from this information? Well, there’s no doubt that there is opportunity for savings at both the city and the county.

Here are a few recommendations to lower health costs and reduce the burden on taxpayers:

City of San Diego:

Eliminate the cafeteria-style plan.

Reduce the number of plans to three. At least two out of three should be lower-cost HMO plans.

Increase the co-pay for employees and retirees.

Significantly reduce or eliminate the health allowance for retirees.

County of San Diego:

Reduce the number of plans available to retirees.

Approve the Jacob/Slater-Price proposal .

What are your thoughts? Do you have additional recommendations?

LANI LUTAR

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.