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Jan. 30, 2017
Form 1099-R
LACERS will mail Retired Members their IRS Form 1099-R (Distribution from Pensions, Annuities, Retirement, etc.) by the end of January 2017.  Members and Beneficiaries who do not receive their 1099-Rs by February 15 should contact LACERS to request a new one.  Regenerating a 1099-R may require a few working days to process. 

Also, Retirees who recently moved should contact LACERS to update their address information by using a Change of Address Request form, which is available at www.LACERS.org.

Dec. 8, 2016
Basic Medicare Part B Premiums to Increase in 2017
Each year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sets the Medicare premium rates for the following calendar year. 

For 2017, CMS announced that the standard (basic) Medicare Part B premium amount will be $134.00 per month (or higher depending on your income).  However, most Members will pay less than this amount. This is because the Part B premium increased more than the cost-of-living increase for 2017 Social Security benefits. The Hold Harmless provision prevents an increase in Medicare Part B premiums greater than the dollar amount of the increase of an individual’s Social Security benefit. Read more ...

Nov. 4, 2016
2017 Plan Change
In case you haven’t looked through your 2017 Open Enrollment packet, watch this video for updates on LACERS health plans and health benefits for 2017. Click here to watch video.

Sep. 6, 2016
2017 Open Enrollment Meeting Registration
Attend an Open Enrollment meeting and learn about changes to LACERS health plans for the 2017 plan year.  You will have an opportunity to talk to your health plan representatives at the meetings.  Also, LACERS staff will be available to answer any health plan questions you might have and assist you with the enrollment process.  Free or validated self-parking is provided at all locations. Read more ...

Sep. 6, 2016
LACERS Well Hike and Ice Cream Social With Board
Commissioner Ruiz
LACERS Well is pleased to announce our second “Hike with Cynthia” event.  Join LACERS Well and Cynthia Ruiz, LACERS Board Commissioner, on a walk/hike in Griffith Park.  All experience levels are welcome.  In addition, LACERS Well Program Manager, Tara Miller RD/N, will conduct a strength training presentation prior to the walk/hike, and the event will conclude with an ice cream social with a healthy twist. Read more ...

Feb. 16, 2016
LACERS to Conduct Retiree Medicare Workshop on April 14, 2016
Have questions about LACERS requirement to enroll in Medicare when you and your dependents turn age 65? Attend a LACERS Medicare Workshop on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.  Read more ...

Jan. 28, 2016
Form 1099-R
LACERS will mail Retired Members their IRS Form 1099-R (Distribution from Pensions, Annuities, Retirement, etc.) by the end of January 2016.  Members and Beneficiaries who do not receive their 1099-Rs by February 15 should contact LACERS to request a new one.  Regenerating a 1099-R may require a few working days to process.

Also, Retirees who recently moved should contact LACERS to update their address information by using a Change of Address Request form, which is available at www.LACERS.org.


Jan. 5, 2016
How Does My LACERS-sponsored Medical Insurance and the Affordable Care Act Affect My 2015 Federal Income Tax Return?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires you and each of your dependents to have qualifying health care coverage otherwise known as “minimum essential coverage”.  The good news is that the LACERS-sponsored medical plans exceed the “minimum essential coverage” requirements under the ACA. Read more ...

Dec. 1, 2015
2016 Basic Medicare Part B Premium
Each year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) establish the annual basic Medicare Part B premium rate for the following calendar year.  The 2015 basic Medicare Part B premium rate is $104.90 per month.  CMS has announced that the 2016 basic Medicare Part B premium rate will increase to $121.80 per month. Read more ...

Nov. 6, 2015
Retiree Health Plan Changes During Open Enrollment Became Effective January 1, 2016
LACERS’ Open Enrollment period ended on November 17, 2015, and health plan changes can no longer be made for the 2016 calendar year.  Unless you have a qualifying event, the next opportunity to make changes to your LACERS health plan will be next year during the Open Enrollment period for 2017.  For more information about qualifying events, contact LACERS at (800) 779-8328 or visit www.lacers.org/retired, “Quick Links,” to view the 2016 Health Benefits Guide (page 5). Read more ...
Feb. 6, 2015
Anthem Subscribers' Personal Information Accessed By Hackers
Impacted Members Will Receive Information about Free Identity Protection Services for Two Years via U.S. Mail starting Friday, February 13
LACERS became aware that Anthem, Inc. (the parent company of LACERS Anthem Blue Cross HMO, PPO, and Medicare Supplement plans) was the victim of a highly-sophisticated cyber attack. Anthem has informed us that its Member data was accessed, and could include that of our Retired Members.  Read more ...
Jan. 29, 2015
Form 1099-R
LACERS will mail Retired Members their IRS Form 1099-R (Distribution from Pensions, Annuities, Retirement, etc.) by the end of January 2015. The 1099-Rs were mailed out on 01/22/15. Members and Beneficiaries who do not receive their 1099-Rs by February 15 should contact LACERS to request a new one.  Regenerating a 1099-R may require a few working days to process.

Please note:  If there is a dollar amount in "Box 5" of your 1099-R it is your pension contributions that were made on a post-tax basis and therefore, the amount stated is excluded from your taxable income for tax year 2014.

Also, Retirees who recently moved should contact LACERS to update their address information. Change of Address Request form is available from LACERS website.
Nov. 19, 2014
Open Enrollment Has Ended
LACERS’ Open Enrollment period ended December 1 and health plan changes can no longer be made for the 2015 calendar year. Unless there is a qualifying event, the next opportunity to make changes to your LACERS health plan will be during the Open Enrollment period for 2016. For more information about qualifying events, contact LACERS at (800) 779-8328 or visit www.lacers.org/retired to view the 2015 Health Benefits Guide (pages 5-6).
Reminder: Any health plan changes you made during the Open Enrollment period become effective January 1, 2015 and your first monthly health plan premium deduction for 2015 will begin with your December 2014 LACERS Retirement Allowance.
Sep. 26, 2014
Changes to LACERS’ Vision Plans
LACERS has selected Anthem Blue View Vision as the new vision provider for the 2015 plan year, replacing VSP. Current VSP subscribers will be automatically enrolled in the Blue View Vision plan. Read more...
Sep. 26, 2014
Changes to LACERS’ Dental Plans
LACERS has selected Delta Dental as the new dental provider for the 2015 plan year. Delta Dental replaces both MetLife PPO and SafeGuard HMO. Read more...
Sep. 26, 2014
Open Enrollment Period: Nov. 3 - Dec. 1, 2014
LACERS’ 2015 Open Enrollment runs until December 1 this year. LACERS staff is available to answer any health plan questions you might have and assist you with the enrollment process by calling LACERS at (800) 779-8328, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and the Day After Thanksgiving Day November 27-28, 2014. LACERS offices will be closed on both days.
Oct. 14, 2014
Open Enrollment is Here - Reserve Your Space Now to Attend an Open Enrollment Meeting
LACERS’ 2015 Open Enrollment will run from November 3 through December 1 this year. During this time, you may attend an Open Enrollment meeting and learn about any changes to LACERS health plans for the 2015 plan year. The meetings will feature carrier presentations and an opportunity to talk to your health plan representatives. Also, LACERS staff will be available to answer any health plan questions you might have and assist you with the enrollment process. Read more ...
May 29, 2014
Become a LACERS Well Champion!
LACERS is seeking Retired Members who would like to become LACERS Well Champions.  As a LACERS Well Champion, you will lead other LACERS Members in a regularly scheduled activity of your choice such as meditation, walking, gardening, cooking, golf, or reading.  Not only is this is a great way to meet other LACERS retirees in your area, but you will be helping LACERS Members stay well.

If you are interested, please visit the LACERS Well web page at www.LACERS.org/lacerswell and complete the LACERS Well Champion application. 
May 29, 2014
SilverSneakers Is Offered by 3 LACERS Health Plans
SilverSneakers is available to Retired Members enrolled in Anthem Blue Cross, the Senior Care Action Network (SCAN), or UnitedHealthcare (UHC). Read more ...
Feb. 25, 2014
LACERS Well 2014 in Development
We are currently developing our LACERS Well program for 2014 and beyond.  If you haven’t already registered for LACERS Well, be sure to do so.  Registered Members are eligible for program rewards and will receive monthly updates and wellness tips. You can click here to register.
Nov. 19, 2013
Open Enrollment Has Ended
Open Enrollment ended on November 15.  All health plan changes will become effective January 1, 2014. Any new deductions reflecting the 2014 health plan choices that you made during Open Enrollment will appear on your monthly allowance beginning December 2013.
Oct. 24, 2013
Fall 2013 LACERS News for Retired Members
To read about LACERS' fund, your benefits, wellness tips, and updates, click here
Oct . 22, 2013
New Medicare Supplement Plan Replaces the Anthem Blue Cross Medicare Preferred (PPO)
Beginning January 1, 2014, the Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) Life and Health Medicare (Medicare Supplement) plan will replace the Anthem Medicare Preferred (PPO) (Medicare Advantage) plan for Members over the age of 65 and enrolled in both Medicare Parts A and B. Read more ...
Sept. 30, 2013
Open Enrollment is Here!
LACERS Health Plan Open Enrollment:  October 15 – November 15
Open Enrollment begins October 15 and you should receive your Open Enrollment packet in early October. The packet will consist of your Health Plan Statement, the 2014 Health Benefits Guide, and an Open Enrollment Overview.
Read more
Aug. 7, 2013
LACERS Well 2013
Free LACERS in Motion Fitness Classes sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross will run from now through December 2013 at six locations. To read learn more about these events, click here
July 8, 2013
LACERS Well 2013
Our next LACERS Well Workshop is scheduled for July 18, 2013.  To register, and to learn more about this and future LACERS Well events, the Find Your Balance campaign, and how you can earn rewards, click here
Jan. 2013
The Affordable Care Act
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010.  Since that time, a number of provisions have gone into effect, limiting cost increases for subscribers and making medical insurance more available to the public.  Much of the ACA pertains to employee insurance coverage and does not impact retirees.  Because LACERS administers retiree-only group medical plans, some of the provisions do not apply to our plans. Click here to read more
Nov. 2, 2012
Mayor Villaraigosa Instructs CAO to Review “changes to automatic increases” in Health Subsidies for Existing Retirees
In a memo dated October 22, 2012 (click here) to the City Council, Mayor Villaraigosa instructed the City Administrative Officer to perform a comprehensive review on a number of items.  One of those items (see Page 5 of memo) under the heading of “Retiree Pensions” is “Consider changes to automatic increases in post-employment benefits (retiree healthcare subsidies) for existing retirees.”  When any further public information regarding this issue is available, we will post it on our web site.
Oct. 23, 2012
Retiree Open Enrollment is Here October 15 - November 15
For more information about Open Enrollment and attending an Open Enrollment event, click here

Jun. 20, 2012
Take Charge of Your Health. Work toward wellness and earn rewards!
As part of the new LACERS Well Wellness program, LACERS is teaming up with HealthWorks by Kaiser Permanente and all your LACERS medical plan carriers—Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, SCAN, and UnitedHealthcare—to bring LACERS retirees a new wellness campaign, Take Charge of Your Health. Sign up to participate in our campaign and you may earn rewards! Learn more
Feb. 28, 2012
Cost of Living Adjustment for 2012
You will receive an annual Cost-of-Living Adjustment, or "COLA," if you are a retired LACERS Member, or an eligible surviving spouse/domestic partner Read more
Dec. 28, 2011
CMS Announces New Medicare Part B Premiums for 2012
Each, year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) establish the annual basic Medicare Part B premium Read more
Dec. 28, 2011
Form 1099-R
LACERS will mail Retired Members their IRS Form 1099-R by the end of January 2012.  Read more
Aug. 2, 2011
Members May See Temporary Reductions in Medical Premium Deductions
Beginning in July 2011, eligible members enrolled in LACERS medical plans may see temporary reductions in monthly medical plan premium deductions. Read more
Aug. 1, 2011
Open Enrollment Meetings
Attend a LACERS Open Enrollment meeting and talk to your health plan representatives to learn what's new for the 2012 plan year.   Read more
Dec. 9, 2010
New in 2011 - Medicare Part D Premiums Are Income-Related
As part of the recent federal health care legislation, Medicare Part D premiums (for prescription drug coverage) will become income-related beginning in 2011. Read more
Nov. 29, 2010
2011 Medicare Part B Rate and LACERS Reimbursement Policy
LACERS reimburses basic Medicare Part B premiums to retired members who are receiving a medical subsidy, enrolled in both Medicare Parts A and B, and enrolled in a LACERS medical plan or participating in the Medical Plan Premium Reimbursement Program(MPRP).  Read more
Jul. 20, 2010
Wellness Seminar
LACERS invites you to attend our next Wellness Workshop, Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.  Read more
Dec. 20, 2010
LACERS to Conduct Retiree Medicare Workshop
on January 13, 2011
Have questions about LACERS requirement to enroll in Medicare when you and your dependents turn age 65? Attend a LACERS Medicare Workshop on Wednesday, January 13, 2011 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Read more
Nov. 16, 2010
Anthem Subscribers: NextRx Mail Order Pharmacy is now Express Scripts
LACERS Anthem subscribers who are using the NextRx mail order pharmacy are being transitioned to Express Scripts. Read more...
Nov. 9, 2010
2011 LACERS UHC SecureHorizons Plan Remaining in Santa Cruz County
For 2011, UHC SecureHorizons will continue to offer its group health plan to subscribers who live in Sa nta Cruz County and are enrolled in a group health plan like LACERS. Read more
Oct. 25, 2010
2011 Health Benefits Guide Corrections
Anthem Blue Cross PPO Out-of-Country Plan and SafeGuard Dental HMO Plan Health Benefits Guide corrections.
Read more
Oct. 7, 2010
Open Enrollment for Plan Year 2011
Open Enrollment is about to begin. Click here for more information and to attend an Open Enrollment meeting. The Open Enrollment packets are scheduled to be mailed to retired members by October 15, 2011 and will include the 2011 Health Benefits Guide, the Open Enrollment Overview, and the health plan statement. Read more
Oct. 7, 2010
Open Enrollment: October 15 – November 15
Learn what’s new for 2011 by attending an Open Enrollment meeting, reading the Open Enrollment Overview and the 2011 Health Benefits Guide. LACERS Open Enrollment is the time for you to enroll in a LACERS health plan or make changes to your current health plan. Read more
Sept. 24, 2010
Federal Government Will Reimburse LACERS for Some Health Care Costs
LACERS was notified of its acceptance into the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP). Read more
Jul. 2, 2010
California LACERS Members in Anthem Blue Cross Invited to Pilot Program
Beginning late April, Anthem Blue Cross will invite LACERS members who are California subscribers with chronic low-back pain to participate in their Low Back Pain Pilot Program. Read more