Health Insurance Litigation Settlement

To read an explanation of what the Health Insurance Settlement does and does not provide, CLICK HERE

To read a complete history of our health insurance lawsuit

To read the complete text of the Settlement

To read Judge Tigar's Final Order Approving the Settlement


First contact the Contra Costa County Employees Retirement Association.  They have a $5,000 death benefit on each member.  Their phone number is (925) 521-3960.  
Click here for a link to the CCCERA web site.  Their mailing address is 1355 Willow Way, Suite 221, Concord, CA  94520.  

It is also a good idea to Notify County Benefits at 651 Pine St., 5th Floor, Martinez, CA  94553.  Call (925) 335-1746.

If you have received a letter from Kaiser Permanente telling you that your coverage has lapsed, call County Benefits at (925) 335-1742 or 335-1705 or 335-1746. 

Contact the Retiree Support Group at:  P.O. Box 3165, Martinez, CA  94553

Important Information for CalPERS HMO Plans Effective 1/1/06
"CalPERS HMO plans - Blue Shield, Kaiser, and Western Health Advantage - will have no service area or benefit changes.

Blue shield will add two hospitals to the Blue Shield CalPERS provider network: Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport  Beach (Orange County) and St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach (Los Angeles County).

CAHP, CCPOA and PORAC will have benefit changes.  Contact each association for more information.

The CCPOA plan will be administered by Blue Shield of California and will be available in five additional counties:  Butte, Glenn, Imperial, Mariposa, and San Luis Obispo.  CCPOA's current partial coverage of Nevada County (limited to new dependents of existing members) will be opened to new subscribers."   Information taken from CalPERS mailer.

For CalPERS HMO plan members - This is Open Enrollment time.  Contact CalPERS at (888) 225-7377) if you have any changes.

Medicare Part D (Drug Benefit) Alert -  Medicare has added a new prescription drug benefit known as Part D.  Most of the health care plans already have prescription drug coverage that is as good as or better than what will be available under Part D.  Do not sign up for part D unless you are sure it will save you money.  Summary of Part D Coverage:  $37/month premium and some options may be higher;  $250 deductible a year (Not all medications will be covered);  Co-payment is 25% of the next $2,000;  

Donut Hole - There is no coverage between $2,250 and $5100;  

Catastrophic Coverage - 95% of expenses over $5,100.  Your current is most likely better than Medicare Part D.  (Source of information was from Guide to Medicare Part D from the California Alliance for Retired Americans and The California HICAP Association).

"Nearly half of the 1.5 million personal bankruptcies filed each year result from high medical expenses." from AARP Bulletin May, 2005.  We must protect our benefits.

Are you a Kaiser Permanente member?  If so be sure to fill out an Advance Health Care Directive.   Kaiser has free kits.  An Advance Health Care Directive is the best way to make sure that your health care wishes are known and considered if for any reason you are unable to speak for yourself such as in the case of accident, stroke or terminal disease.   This directly relates to whether or not you want life-support treatments and organ donation.

The pharmacy at Costco may save you money on your prescriptions.  

It may be worth the time to check.



We support our proposal to transfer the County's health insurance plans to those offered and administered by CalPERS.  Our proposal would have saved retirees money and would have saved the County more than $17 million each year since we first proposed this in 2008. 

Contra Costa County's "Other Post Employment Benefits" (OPEB) Report. 


The Wellness Community

Free Support Services for Cancer patients. (925) 933-0107.  WELLNESS COMMUNITY WEBSITE.  Additional Information - Contact Aging & Adult Services (925) 335-8720 
The WellnessCommunity - Free Support Services for Cancer patients.  

Tri Delta Transit Bus Route Information (925) 754-4040.