The Public Employees Benefits Program (PEBP)
PEBP OFFERS WEEKLY PRE-MEDICARE INFORMATION ONLINE AND IN PERSON
The Public Employees' Benefits Program (PEBP), in an effort to further assist retirees about to enter the Medicare Exchange is introducing a new offering that includes weekly walk-in meetings in Carson City intended to go over the retirement process, options and enrollment into the Medicare Exchange. If you are NOT a member of PEBP as a Pre-Medicare participant, you can disregard this information. However, if you are a Pre-Medicare participant of PEBP, this information applies to you!
PEBP Operations Officer Laura Rich says PEBP decided to add these weekly walk-in meetings due to recent high demand and says participants will be able to get their questions answered and the meetings will also include a TW One Exchange representative available during the week that they are already scheduled to have hours in Carson City. Rich adds that PEBP hopes to one day offer a webinar version of this meeting that will extend the reach to those outside Carson City, especiall in the rural areas of the state. Currently PEBP and TW One Exchange take their informational meetings on the road to Las Vegas, Carson City and Reno on an infrequest basis, so the webinar would extend this information to those unable to attend those other meetings.
Until then, PEBP and TWOE will be in Las Vegas Wednesday, April 5 at the College of Southern Nevada's Charlest Campus, 6375 Charleston Blvd. in the Ralph and Betty Engelstad School of Health Sciences Building K, Room 101. The Pre-Medicare session is from 10am-11:30am with a Medicare session the same day from 1pm-2:30pm. Another meeting will be April 6 in Carson City at the National Guard Army Auditorium, 2640 Fairview Drive. The Pre-Medicare session will be from 10-11:30am and Medicare from 1-2:30pm. Those planning to attend in Carson City should be prepared to show your ID at the gate of the Armory. A third meeting is April 7 in Reno at the Truckee Meadows Community College Sierra Building, Room 105, at 7000 Dandini B.vd. Again, the Pre-Medicare session is from 10am-11:30 followed by the Medicare session from 1-2:30pm.
But for those in close proximity to Carson City, these new, weekly meetings will also be available and Rich says information the PEBP Pre-Medicare informational sessions is now up on the PEBP website under the "What's New" section.
The direct link is as follows: https://pebp.state.nv.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/PreMedi_Intro.pdf
Pre-Medicare Retiree Presentation: https://pebp.state.nv.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/MedicareTWpresentation.pdf
Pre-Medicare Retiree Events Calendar: https://pebp.state.nv.us/events/category/pre-medicare-retirees/2017-03/?tribe_events_cat=pre-medicare-retirees&tribe-bar-date=2017-03
For more information on PEBP and the meeting scheduled, please contact PEBP directly at 1-775-684-7000 to speak with a Member Services Representative. www.pebp.state.nv.us
PEBP PUBLISHES BENEFIT WISE BULLETIN
DATED FEBRUARY 15 2017
To view the newsletter, please click on the link below:
PEBP BOARD DISCUSSES RATES MARCH 23, 2017
Good news from PEBP Executive Officer Damon Haycock as he prepares to present his biennial budget to the PEBP Board of Directors Thursday, March 23, as it gathers at 9:30 a.m. in Carson City. A vide-conference will be available in Southern Nevada at UNLV, 4505 South Maryland Parkway, in the CBC Building B, Room #117.
The good news involves a couple of fees that the PEBP Board approved late last year in the preliminary budget that were to be imposed on retirees for HRA administration and life insurance costs. Meanwhile, the life insurance which was supposed to be reduced from $12,500 to $10,000 will remain at the higher level. Haycock's new budget that he'll present has eliminated the proposed fees, due to the fact that PEBP has additional reserves to use because their actuary's projections from December were off.
The news isn't all good however, the new budget also proposes even higher rates for the "orphan" non-state retirees, something that PEBP can't impact on its own because of the dwindling number of non-state participants in that pool. RPEN, however, is working to try and give this group some relief at the legislative level as we work with a couple of lawmakers on the issue. The agency's biennium budget for Plan Year 2018-2019, once approved by the Board, will still need to go back to the legislature for additional consideration.
To view the PEBP proposed budget that will be considered at this meeting, please click on the link below:
For additional information about PEBP, please visit their web-site by clicking on the link below.
Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada (PERS)
The Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Board met March 16, 2017 at the boardroom located at 693 W. Nye Lane in Carson City. Executive Officer Tina Leiss provided an update on bills that PERS is tracking, including Assembly Bill 71 from State Controller Ron Knecht that seeks to add a 401K/Hybrid pension plan for new hires as well as any current employees who'd like to switch pension plans. Leiss said she had no recommendation for the board to take on this bill as yet, because Knecht was apparently seeking amendments to it. She added that Knecht was coming to the PERS office after the board meeting to discuss his amendments. No hearings have been scheduled as yet for AB 71, which is very similar to AB 190 from former Reno Assemblyman Randy Kirner in 2015 that never went to a vote. Another bill mentioned at this meeting is Senate Bill 217 from Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson that mirrors another bill from the 2015 session, AB 3, and seeks to change the make-up of the PERS Board to add members from the private sector to a "public" employees' retirement board. AB 3 was also rejected in 2015 after retirees (and actives too) packed several meeting rooms in Carson City as well as Las Vegas. Leiss said she recommended the board oppose SB 217 just as they opposed AB 3 in 2015. PERS' legal counsel on staff said the state's constitution that was altered with Question 1 many years ago to protect PERS also includes the fact that the existing 7 members on the PERS board must also public employees, and so he said he questions the constitutionality of SB 217.
UPDATE ON PERS BOARD APPEAL OF
COURT RULING FAVORING THE
NEVADA POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (NPRI)
It was revealed during the March 16 PERS Board meeting that a stay of execution involving the NPRI lawsuit against PERS was granted by District Court Judge James Wilson hearing the case, and that a "settlement" hearing will be held among all parties on March 24. The stay delays implementing the ruling the judge issued in favor of NPRI earlier this year. NPRI filed the lawsuit claiming PERS was not following orders laid down by the Nevada Supreme Court several years ago when Reno Newspapers went to court for the release of information from PERS and won. NPRI was seeking additional private, identifying information from PERS in their case. RPEN, concerned about the impacts of such a release could lead to identity theft or worse, and is currently seeking legislative changes to further identify what information should be kept private and more clarification in the statutes protecting the release of such information. A bill was brought forth during the 2015 session by the late Senator Debbie Smith, and a similar bill will hopefully be carried forward this year by Smith's replacement, Senator Julia Ratti. The deadline for bill introductions from legislators is Monday, March 20! So stay tuned for that!
Nevada Policy Research Institute Continually Targets NV PERS
NPRI recently published their legislative agenda outlining issues they will fight for at the 79th Session of the Nevada State Legislature. It's called Solutions 2017, and can be view by clicking the link below. As you know NPRI has actively sought many PERS reforms such as adding non-PERS participants to the PERS Board and instituting a 401K/Hybrid pension plan for new hires. Thankfully the most drastic "reforms" have been rejected at recent legislative sessions. The document is 121 pages long, and the PERS recommendations start on page 26 and conclude on page 33.
RPEN also obtained a document being used by NPRI in a fundraising attempt that names NV PERS many times in an effort to once again target PERS as another legislative session fast approaches. The document was given to RPEN anonymously. All public employees, those retired as well as those still working, need to be alarmed by this document, that can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
NPRI also recently filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in Carson City seeking the release of data requested from PERS in a format that is more usable for NPRI, which maintains a searchable online database of public employee salary and benefit information. In the document NPRI said it requested data about pension payouts last year to add to a website it maintains called Transparent Nevada. They said they received a report that listed pension payouts not by retiree name but by Social Security number, which by law must be redacted. NPRI complained this information leaves nothing more than a list of payments to unknown individuals. NPRI also said in their complaint a 2015 Nevada Supreme Court decision indicates that agencies are not excused from their disclosure duties if they have a computer program that could compile the information. The request for information from NV PERS started several years ago with a request from the Reno Gazette Journal. A hearing date for this latest effort has not been set.
For more information about Nevada PERS please visit their web-site by clicking on the link below.
Nevada Deferred Comp
The next meeting for the Nevada Deferred Compensation Committee is January 26 at 8:30 a.m., and will be held in Carson City at the Governor's Office of Economic Development at 808 West Nye Lane in the Conference Room. To view an agenda for this meeting, please click on the link below:
For more information about Nevada Deferred Comp 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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We encourage our members to visit our website on a regular basis, especially during the legislative session, as we will be posting regular "Legislative Updates/Alerts" throughout the 120 day session. We also will be posting some of this same information on our Facebook page.
Terri Laird, Executive Director
To go straight to the Nevada Legislative website now, please click on the link below:
(ALSO SEE THE LINK "LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS" ON OUR HOME PAGE FOR ADDITIONAL LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION)
Now that you know about some of our issues going into the 79th Session of the Nevada State Legislature, perhaps you would like to reach out to your elected officals in one way or another, but don't know how to do so. Our Lead Lobbyist/Legislative Advocate Marlene Lockard wants to help! Through her lobbying agency, The Lockard Group, she has prepared a list of helpful lobbying tips. To view the document, please click on the link below:
RPEN often sends out emails and notices through different channels to our members when we need to "pack" a meeting room when our issues are being heard at the Legislature, and by reviewing Marlene's well thought out document, you will be ready when the need arises!
Retired Public Employees of Nevada (RPEN) Executive Committee Will Meet Again June 28 and 29 in Summerlin
The Executive Committee of RPEN decided at their last meeting January 17-18 in Carson City that they would come together again June 28-29 at the Sun Coast Hotel/Casino in Summerlin, which will also serve as our host hotel for our annual meeting in the early fall. There were two properties in the south vying for our business, but the Sun Coast offered the best location. RPEN's newest chapter, the Summerlin Chapter, will be hosting our annual meeting, set for September 19-22.
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