QUESTIONS FROM THE NEGOTATION MEETING HELD ON
SEPTEMBER 2, 2010
- I have an HMO (Kaiser and California Care). I want to vote for option 2 because it won’t affect me.
This is false! If Option 2 is voted in, all employees regardless of what insurance you have will have to pay out of pocket each month to carry their insurance. Employees who have Kaiser would pay $36.50/monthly (12 months), $43.80/monthly (10 months) to equal $438.00 per year. <o:p></o:p>
Employees who have California Care would pay $50.00/monthly (12 months), $60.00/monthly (10 months) to equal $600.00 per year. Employees who have Blue Cross PPO would pay $69.50/monthly (12 months), $83.40/monthly (10 months) to equal $834.00 per year.
After talking to SISC employees and other districts, once employees start paying out of pocket for medical benefits it only goes up and never stops. We do not want to start paying for benefits until we have to. SOSCA recommends that Option 1 is the way to go.
- The deductible for Blue Cross will increase to $500.00?
Yes. But the new benefits (if voted in) will start November 1, 2010. If you go to the doctor or use your medical benefits after November 1st, any of the $500.00 deductible that is not met will “carryover” to 2011. If you have met $400.00 of the $500.00 deductible, the $400.00 will carryover and you will only need to meet an additional $100.00 for the 2011 year. A family will need to meet a $1000.00 overall deductible. So in a family of 3 or more, only two (2) people will have to meet the $500.00 deductible.<o:p></o:p>
- There will now be a $200.00 deductible on brand name prescription drugs on Blue Cross. How does that work?
The drug plan will go from $7.00 for generic drugs to $10.00. For name brand drugs the co-pay will go from $25.00 to $35.00 and there will be a $200.00 deductible. The employee must only meet the $200.00 deductible ONE TIME PER YEAR. After the $200.00 deductible is met, then the regular $10.00 and $35.00 co-pays apply. Mail orders can still be done and for a brand name drug the co-payment will now $90.00 for a ninety day supply.
4.What is MES?
MES is the new vision plan that SOSCA is proposing. It has the same Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, etc that VSP has. In fact they have more Dr’s included on their list than VSP. They pay the same amount for frames as VSP. They give discounts for contact lenses, Lasik Surgery AND you can have eye exams or purchase new glasses from vendors such as: Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Sears, Target, Lens Crafters, Vision Care and this fall Costco. You will also still be eligible for an exam, frames and lenses every year just as you do now.
- I’m hearing that we will have to pay taxes on our medical benefits because of the new federal medical plan. Is this true?
The majority of changes to health care through the proposed federal plan will be initiated in the coming years. Right now no one knows what those changes will be. We recommend that we will deal with it IF and WHEN it happens.<o:p></o:p>
- When will the “new” office policies start?
We are waiting to hear from administration. We are hoping they will start very soon. Check the KCSOS website for details on dress codes, etc for casual day and capri pants (mid-calf professional length). Thirty (30) minute lunches will be allowed, but you must work with your supervisor to determine if you will come in 30 minutes later in the morning or go home 30 minutes earlier in the afternoon. You will be signing an agreement to take 30 minute lunches and you must adhere to the 30 minutes. If you decide to take an hour lunch you must get permission from your supervisor and turn in 30 minutes of vacation to equal a 1 hour lunch hour. You cannot take 30 minutes one day, 1 hour the next, 30 minutes the following day and 1 hour the day after that. You must maintain 30 minute lunches, unless you have a specific reason to take 1 hour. You may “opt” out of the plan if you decide 30 minutes doesn’t work for you. If you are continually late from lunch, you supervisor has the right to “opt” you out.
Casual Friday will still be the last Friday of each month Sept 1st through May 31st. Starting June 1st, the office has agreed to have casual Friday every Friday from June 1st through August 31st only in the summer.
As stated above, none of these policies are in place at this time, but we hope to have them up and going as soon as possible.
If you have any other questions, please contact any SOSCA Board Member.
Thanks for your participation and input.