UPDATE: The Board of Fire & Police Pension Commissioners’ Ad Hoc Committee on Retiree Health Plans is currently reviewing and assessing the overall retiree health plan program and the benefits available to current pensioners, in consultation with the Police and Fire unions, relief associations (LAFRA and LAPRA), and the retired association.  At the last meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on September 14, 2017, additional options were confirmed for the affected Fire Department and Port Police retirees transitioning from LACERS plans, as well as future Port Police and Airport Police retirees.

In a greater collaborative effort among LAFPP, Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association, Los Angeles Police Relief Association, Los Angeles Police Protective League, and United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, all pensioners transitioning from LACERS plans at the end of the calendar year will now have access to Kaiser Permanente and Anthem Blue Cross PPO and HMO medical/vision plans, as well as a variety of dental plan options, sponsored by the Relief Associations and unions.  As a result, on September 20, 2017, the Board approved the Ad Hoc Committee’s recommendation to cease negotiations with Kaiser and Anthem for the establishment of LAFPP-managed health and dental plans. 

In the meantime, the retiree health plan program remains a priority and discussions regarding the broader retiree population are ongoing.  The Ad Hoc Committee will continue its focus on cost savings measures and provide recommendations to the Board.  Since the Ad Hoc Committee’s inception, it has also confirmed that it will no longer pursue a mandatory health plan option sponsored by LAFPP.  Periodic updates will be provided to keep you informed of any major outcomes from future discussions of the Ad Hoc Committee.

 

Previously posted on July 14, 2017:

On July 6, 2017, the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners (Board) approved a selection of health plan options for the small group of retirees who will not have access to LACERS plans beginning in 2018.  LAFPP will administer Kaiser Permanente medical plans as well as an Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) dental plan for this group and any future Airport and Port Police retirees.  Anthem PPO and HMO options will also be made available to this group of retirees through United Firefighters of Los Angeles City.

More information regarding the new health plan options and enrollment process will be thoroughly communicated to the current group of retirees as it becomes available through a series of notifications by mail and over-the-phone counseling sessions. 

Additionally, the Board has formed the Ad Hoc Committee and will be coordinating with representatives from the Police and Fire unions, relief associations (LAFRA and LAPRA) and the retired association to establish the working group.  Periodic updates will be provided to keep you informed of any major outcomes from the working group’s discussions.

 

Previously posted on June 19, 2017 :

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners (Board) considered alternative medical, dental and vision plan options for an independent group of pensioners who are not currently enrolled, or eligible to enroll in an Association plan and will no longer be eligible to enroll in a LACERS plan.  The Board also heard from its consultant regarding other medical plan options that could affect other LAFPP pensioners.

Prior to the meeting, members forwarded over 1,600 letters, emails, social media messages and phone calls both expressing their concerns and conveying their satisfaction with the existing medical plans.   The Board and General Manager acknowledged their deep appreciation for the input, as well as the participation of over 200 members who attended the Board meeting.

Considering several factors, including public comment, the Board decided it was necessary to first address the immediate need of the small group of pensioners who will be losing access to the LACERS health plans at the end of the year.  As such, the Board instructed staff to provide recommendations to the Board on July 6, 2017 concerning healthcare options for the independent group of pensioners only.

The Board also decided to form a working group/committee consisting of both elected and appointed members of the Board and representatives from the Police and Fire unions, relief associations (LAFRA and LAPRA), and the retired association, to review the coverage options resulting from the Request for Proposals and evaluate the feasibility of offering LAFPP managed plans.

In our commitment to keeping you informed of any Board decision that may affect members, we will continue to post updates on our website at www.lafpp.com.  If you have any additional questions, please contact the Medical and Dental Benefits Section at (213) 279-3115.

 

Previously posted on June 12, 2017:

The Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners (Board) will be considering alternative medical, dental and vision plan options that could potentially affect many of our members.  We understand retiree healthcare is an important component of your overall pension benefits and we would like to resolve some of the confusion surrounding this matter.

A recent change to the City of Los Angeles Administrative Code requires LAFPP to implement a health insurance plan that accommodates an independent group of pensioners who are not currently enrolled, or eligible to enroll, in a plan offered by Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association (LAFRA), Los Angeles Police Relief Association (LAPRA), Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), or United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC) and will no longer be eligible to enroll in a LACERS plan as of December 31, 2017.  This affects Los Angeles Port and Airport Police Officers, as well as retired firefighters and police officers (and their survivors) who either chose not to enroll in an Association-sponsored health plan while active or are not eligible to participate in their plans for a variety of reasons.  Pensioners who were enrolled in a Personnel Department plan prior to 1999 will continue to receive medical and dental coverage through LACERS.

To address the need to have a viable health plan in place for the independent group by January 1, 2018, LAFPP released Requests for Proposals for health, dental and vision plans that would best match plans currently available to our members.  During this process, the Board further requested plan pricing to cover all pensioners with the desire to find a plan that provides the highest level of coverage at the best possible price.  After initial review of the submitted proposals, it was determined that members could benefit from lower premiums and deductibles if LAFPP managed a plan that enrolled more pensioners.

The Board will discuss the health plan proposals and whether, or not, to expand enrollment to include all LAFPP pensioners on a voluntary or mandatory basis at the next public Board meeting on June 15, 2017.  Your input is critical to this process, so we encourage you to attend.  If you are not able to attend, all expressed concerns will be presented to the Board.