The Public Employees Benefits Program (PEBP)
MEDICARE EXCHANGE SURVEY RESULTS ARE BEING COMPILED AFTER CURRENT AND PROSPECTIVE PARTICIPANTS OF WILLIS TOWERS WATSON'S OneExchange COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE ONLINE
PEBP has a contract with Willis Towers Watson that is set to expire in December 2019, and the contractor has informed PEBP that PayFlex, the subcontractor that handles the Health Reimbursement and Health Savings Accounts for PEBP, will be moving out of the USA. Additionally, PEBP has not been happy with customer service surveys done through the years that have noted many problems participants have had since the Medicare Exchange started. Complaints have slowed somewhat since the beginning, but many issues still exist.
This survey opened January 16 and closed February 7. It sought the opinions from current participants on the Exchange as well as future participants, as to whether they are happy with the status quo, or if they'd prefer a second option of being able to stay with OneExchange or go out to the open marketplace for their supplemental insurance. Results may be revealed at the next PEBP Board meeting March 22.
NEXT PEBP BOARD MEETING
WILL BE MARCH 22!
There is an agenda available for this meeting that can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
PEBP also posts a Quarterly Newsletter online at their website. To view the latest issue, please click on the link below.
The PEBP Board held a day-long meeting in November 2017 where they made many decisions for Plan Year 2019. For a detailed explanation, please click on the link below PEBP's Executive Officer Damon Haycock.
HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT ARRANGEMENT ON-SITE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE STILL AVAILABLE IN MARCH ONE-ON-ONE WITH ONE EXCHANGE/TOWERS WATSON EXPERTS
As previously offered, PEBP's Medicare retirees who are already enrolled at Towers Watson's OneExchange will have another opportunity to meet with an HRA (Health Reimbursement Arrangement) Specialist in Carson City (March 15) or Las Vegas (March 12 and 13). Additional one-on-one appointments will also be available in Reno on March 16.
Remember, these one-on-one meetings are by appointment only!! To make an appointment call 1-844-266-1395. For more information about these one-on-one meetings, contact the OneExchange Customer Service Team at 1-888-598-7545.
PEBP SPONSORS SPRING RETIREE MEETINGS IN LAS VEGAS, CARSON CITY AND RENO IN MARCH AND WILL ALSO HOST OPEN ENROLLMENT MEETINGS STATEWIDE STARTING IN LATE APRIL THROUGH MAY 2018
The first event was March 14 at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) at their North Las Vegas Campus, C Building - Conference Room 2638. The campus is located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas, 89030.
A second meeting is happening in Carson City March 15 at the Nevada Army National Guard Auditorium located at 2460 Fairview Dr. And a third session will be March 16 at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) inside the Sierra Building, Room 204, 7000 Dandini Blvd., Reno NV 89512.
There are two meetings per day at each location, including a morning meeting from 9am-11am focusing on participants aging-in to Medicare with an afternoon session from Noon-2pm focusing on the HRA for those that are already Medicare eligible.
The Open Enrollment meetings begin April 30 in Carson City at Western Nevada College's Cedar Building, Marlette Hall, 2201 W. College Parkway. Two sessions will be held there, 9-11am and 1-3pm.
May 1st will see an afternoon session from 1-3pm in Winnemucca at the Convention Center in the West Hall, 50 W. Winnemucca Blvd. On Wednesday, May 2, PEBP travels to Elko's Great Basin College in Room 107 of the Dorothy S. Gallagher Health Sciences Building, 1500 College Parkway for a session from 9-11am, and Thursday, May 3 they'll travel to Ely and be at Room 109 of the Great Basin College there, 2115 Bobcat Dr. from 9-11am.
On Monday, May 7, Open Enrollment meetings will be held from 9-11am in the Joe Crowley Student Union Room 402 at the University of Nevada, Reno campus, 1664 N. Virginia Street. This event will be for UNR participants only!!
May 8 will see PEBP traveling to Southern Nevada for two days. The first day of meetings (9-11am and 1-3pm) will be held at the College of Southern Nevada, Charleston Campus, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd. in Building K, Room 101 of the Ralph and Betty Engelstad School of Health Sciences. Then May 9 they will move to UNLV's Student Union Room 208A, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway for one session from 9am-11am for UNLV participants only!!!
The last day of Open Enrollment meetings will move back to the north, on Friday, May 11, when PEBP will return to the TMCC campus, Red Mountain Building, Room 256 in Reno, at 7000 Dandini Blvd. for two sessions, 9-11am and 1-3pm.
RPEN will be well represented at many of these sessions, along with various other vendors associated with PEBP. We thank PEBP for allowing us to be a participant at these events.
Questions about these meetings should be directed to PEBP's Member Services by calling 775-684-7000.
For additional information about PEBP, please visit their web-site by clicking on the link below.
INTERIM RETIREMENT AND BENEFITS COMMITTEE MEETING FEBRUARY 22 WAS WELL ATTENDED BY RPEN MEMBERS!
The meeting was held in Room 4401 of the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas, at 555 E. Washington Ave., and video-conferenced to Room 3138 of the Nevada State Legislative Building in Carson City. There were five RPEN members in Carson City from three chapters, Fernley, Carson and Washoe as well as fourteen RPEN members in Las Vegas from four chapters, Henderson, Las Vegas, Summerlin and Boulder City. To view highlights of the meeting, click on the link below.
The IRBC generally meets twice per year during non-Legislative years to consider issues involving the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) and Public Employees' Benefits Program (PEBP). This was their first meeting since the Legislature ended last June. The Committee consists of the following lawmakers:
Senator Ben Kieckhefer (District 16/Northern Nevada)
Senator Julia Ratti ((District 13/Northern Nevada)
Senator Joyce Woodhouse (District 5/Southern Nevada)
Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton (District 14/Southern Nevada)
Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz (District 11/Southern Nevada)
Assemblyman Al Kramer (District 40/Northern Nevada)
ORAL ARGUMENTS HEARD BEFORE NEVADA'S SUPREME COURT MARCH 7 IN THE CASE OF NPRI (NEVADA POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE) VERSUS
NEVADA PERS (PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM
The hearing began at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, in the second floor courtroom at 201 South Carson Street in Carson City. PERS has been subjected to lawsuits since 2011 when the first one arose from the Reno Gazette Journal (DBA Reno Newspapers, Inc). PERS is trying to protect retirees' from the threat of identity theft by keeping certain identifying information from public view. RPEN was well represented at the hearing with members from six of our Northern Nevada Chapters there (Washoe, Sparks, Carson, Bi-Valley, Fernley and Churchill), as we have been since the first lawsuit arose seven years ago. To read more about the hearing, please click on the link below.
Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada (PERS)
The next meeting of the PERS Board is March 15 and will be held at the PERS Board Room in Carson City at 693 W. Nye Lane. An agenda for this meeting will posted when it becomes available.
Post Retirement Increases are a huge issue for many retirees, so much so that RPEN asked PERS Executive Officer Tina Leiss and Operations Officer Cheryl Price, to address PRI's during RPEN's annual conference held in September in Summerlin. During a workshop at the meeting they presented the following PowerPoint program. To view this educational document please click on the link below:
For more information about Nevada PERS please visit their web-site by clicking on the link below.
RPEN LEGISLATIVE ALERTS
79TH SESSION OF THE
NEVADA STATE LEGISLATURE
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RPEN Executive Committee Meets July 18-19, 2018
The next RPEN Executive Committee meeting will be held July 18-19 at the Sparks Nugget where RPEN's Annual Convention will be hosted jointly by our Sparks and Washoe Chapters September 18-21.
For additional information on RPEN business, please contact the State Office at 1-775-882-7832, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Legislative meetings can also be seen/heard live over the Internet at: www.leg.state.nv.us Just go to that Web site and click on Listen to Meetings Live on the Internet