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City Retiree Health Open Enrollment ENDS TUESDAY, JUNE 30TH

Date: May 29, 2020 Categories: Events, Health, Open Enrollment

Health open enrollment for City of San Diego retirees began on June 1st and will end on June 30th. The fiscal year 2021 City retiree health booklets were mailed out to all eligible City retirees and  beneficiaries on May 29th and an electronic version of the booklet is available here. You can also download and complete enrollment forms by visiting the City Retiree Health page. After you’ve completed an enrollment (or disenrollment) form, you must send it to SDCERS by June 30th – we prefer you scan your forms and email to health@sdcers.org, but you may also fax them to (858) 581-5314 or mail them to our offices at:   SDCERS – Health Division 401 West A Street, Suite 400 San Diego, CA 92101   As always, if you do not wish to make any changes to your current healthcare coverage, you do not need to take any action during open enrollment and your coverage will remain the same. The only exception to this is for those of you currently covered by United Concordia for dental insurance – effective August 1st, you will automatically be enrolled in the new Delta Dental plan, which is replacing United Concordia. If you do not want to enroll in the Delta Dental plan, you must provide SDCERS with a disenrollment form.   There is only one new plan this year – SDPEBA (San Diego Public Employee Benefit Association) is offering a new non-Medicare plan through Sharp. You can find details about this new plan, as well as all existing plans, in the City retiree health booklet referenced above. If you are comparing plans and trying to decide which is best for you, don’t forget about CareCounsel! CareCounsel Member Care Specialists are available for your healthcare inquiries and concerns. You can call them at (888) 227-3334 or e-mail staff@carecounsel.com Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST. CareCounsel also provides helpful videos on their website that may answer your questions about Medicare, here: https://carecounsel.com/medicare.html.   Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s open enrollment will be a little different than usual. Unlike years past, SDCERS will not be holding in-person open enrollment events this year, such as the annual Open Enrollment Kickoff or Help Day. Instead, the plan providers have recorded the presentations they would have given at SDCERS’ live open enrollment events, which you can access here.   SDCERS’ Call Center will be open for Open Enrollment, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at (619) 525-3600 and (800) 774-4977. Please be patient with our hard-working staff; we are still working with limited resources and call wait times may be longer than usual.   Learn More...

SDCERS' Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Date: Mar 16, 2020 Categories: Events, News Articles, Press Release

ATTENTION: Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, SDCERS continues to remain open for business. This means that if you have an appointment with one of our retirement counselors, you are under the age of 65, and you are healthy, please come in on your scheduled date and time unless you have been contacted by an SDCERS representative and told otherwise. However, if you are coughing, sneezing, achy, feverish, or having difficulty breathing, please postpone your visit to SDCERS until you are healthy again. If you have a retirement-related emergency or if you’d like to reschedule your appointment, please contact our Call Center at (619) 525-3600. You may also reach us through our website's contact us submission form, here. We have a number of staff members out of the office for the foreseeable future, so if you have a non-emergency, please use our online contact us form rather than calling the Call Center in order to keep our call waiting times down at a reasonable level.   Also, for the remainder of March, all scheduled seminars will be turned into webinars that can be accessed remotely as long as you have computer and internet access. Those who are registered for the March 17th and March 23rd seminars will be receiving an email with further details and instructions for attending these webinars.   We at SDCERS consider the health and safety of our staff and members a top priority. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus and are committed to being responsive as the situation evolves. In addition to following the guidelines set by the state, county, and city, SDCERS has taken the following steps towards keeping our offices a safe place for staff and members to visit: We have encouraged anyone on our staff who is feeling ill to stay home; We are encouraging members to reschedule their appointments it they are feeling ill; Our building always follows all OSHA guidelines for sterilization and cleanliness; We have taken extra steps to educate our staff on the importance of hand washing and breaking habits like touching our face, nose, and eyes; and We are wiping down keyboards, counters, and office areas frequently throughout the day. Please take all precautions to stay healthy! Learn More...

SDCERS' 2019 Annual Membership Meeting

Date: Oct 18, 2019 Categories: Events, News Articles

This year's Annual Membership Meeting took place on October 18th. If you missed it, you can download a copy of the presentation here. The theme of the meeting was "Keeping Our Promises, So You Can Keep Yours," and the presenters did a great job of explaining what SDCERS' promises to its members are and how we plan to keep them. Here is a short synopsis of this year's presentations: Liza Crisafi, Chief Investment Officer; Anders Norrman, Senior Investment Officer; and Jamie Hamrick, Senior Investment Officer, provided a summary of SDCERS' investment performance in fiscal year 2019. Marcelle Voorhies Rossman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, explained how SDCERS protects its members' privacy and also how SDCERS funds the City, Port, and Airport's pension benefits. Gregg Rademacher, Chief Executive Officer, talked about SDCERS' core values and how these values are incorporated into SDCERS' "Retirement Promise." Cynthia Queen, Member Services Director, gave a brief overview of the Member Portal and why all of our members should have a Member Portal account. We'd like to thank the attendees at this year's meeting for being a wonderful, engaging audience. The meeting was video recorded and the video will be added to our YouTube channel as soon as it is available. We hope to see you all at next year's meeting!   Learn More...

SDCERS' Annual Membership Meeting - You're Invited!

Date: Oct 16, 2019 Categories: Events, News Articles

All Members are invited to attend SDCERS' Annual Membership Meeting, this Friday, October 18th, from 11:00 - noon at Balboa Park Club Ballroom. Presenters include Liza Crisafi, SDCERS' Chief Investment Officer, and other members of the Investments Team; Marcelle Voorhies Rossman, Deputy CEO; Gregg Rademacher, CEO; and Cynthia Queen, Member Services Director. We hope to see you there! (If you can't make it this year, don't worry - the meeting will be video recorded and posted to our Youtube channel next week.)   Learn More...

Active City Members: Register for Upcoming Pre-Retirement Seminar!

Date: Jul 31, 2019 Categories: Events, Press Release, Retirement Resources

UPDATE: THE SEPTEMBER SEMINAR IS NOW FULL. WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE DATES OF FUTURE SEMINARS AS THEY ARE SCHEDULED. Attention All Active City Members:   Registration is now open for SDCERS’ upcoming pre-retirement seminar, which will be held on September 11th at 2:30 p.m. in SDCERS’ Board room (401 West A Street, Third Floor, San Diego, CA 92101). At this educational seminar, SDCERS staff will walk you through your retirement benefits and help you plan for the future.No matter how old you are, it’s never too early or too late to start thinking about your retirement goals and making plans so that you can meet those goals. Space is limited, so please call SDCERS as soon as possible to register, at (619) 525-3600.  Additional pre-retirement seminars and DROP entry seminars will be held in the future, so if you miss this one, you can plan to attend next time.   NOTE: You must attend a pre-retirement seminar before attending a Deferred Retirement Option Plan (“DROP”) entry seminar. Learn More...

Annual Membership Meeting Presentation

Date: Oct 23, 2017 Categories: Events, News Articles, Press Release

Nearly 100 active and retired members attended the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting on October 20 to get an update on pension news, investments, and benefits from executive staff. If you were unable to attend, you're encouraged to view the presentation here.   Learn More...

Medicare Workshop Presentation

Date: Sep 18, 2017 Categories: Events, Health

SDCERS hosted a Medicare and Social Security presentation on Friday, October 6 at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom. Click here to access the presentation. Be sure to join us Friday, October 20 from 11:00am to Noon at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom for the SDCERS Annual Meeting! No RSVP is necessary. We look forward to seeing you there.   Learn More...

Annual Membership Meeting Presentation

Date: Oct 15, 2016 Categories: Events, News Articles, Press Release, Retirement Resources

Nearly 125 active and retired members attended the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting on October 14 to get an update on pension news, investments and benefits from executive staff. If you were unable to attend, you're encouraged to watch the video by clicking here.   View the slide presentation here.  Learn More...

SDCERS Annual Meeting Video Now Available

Date: Oct 30, 2014 Categories: Events, Retirement Resources

If you were unable to attend the SDCERS Annual Membership Meeting, you're encouraged to watch the video. Learn More...

Pre-Retirement Readiness Seminars for City of San Diego Employees

Date: Oct 28, 2014 Categories: Events, Retirement Resources

SDCERS is offering members that head start opportunity with two Pre-Retirement seminars for City of San Diego employees in November and December. Learn More...

SDCERS' Annual Membership Meeting - Details and Directions

Date: Oct 24, 2014 Categories: Events, Retirement Resources

SDCERS encourages you to attend the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting being held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 27 in Balboa Park. The Annual Membership Meeting is a great opportunity for Active, Retired and Deferred Vested members (and spouses) to learn about the financial health of the pension system. Learn More...

Save the Date: SDCERS' 2014 Annual Membership Meeting

Date: Sep 05, 2014 Categories: Events

SDCERS encourages you to save the date for the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting being held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 27 in Balboa Park. Learn More...

Save the Date: Health Enrollment Help Day - June 18, 2014

Date: Apr 02, 2014 Categories: Events, Health

Eligible retirees wishing to make changes to their health insurance plans are encouraged to save the date for Health Enrollment Help Day on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Learn More...

Save the Date for SDCERS' Annual Membership Meeting

Date: Sep 05, 2013 Categories: Events

Save the Date for SDCERS' Annual Membership Meeting Learn More...

Save the Date: SDCERS' Open Enrollment Help Day - June 12th

Date: Apr 22, 2013 Categories: Events, Health

Note: This year, SDCERS has adjusted the format to include a brief presentation by sponsored providers at the conclusion of Help Day. The presentation will be at 12 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room. Learn More...

SDCERS Holds Annual Membership Meeting

Date: Sep 23, 2009 Categories: Events

SDCERS' Annual Membership Meeting was held in Balboa Park on September 22nd. The meeting included a review of SDCERS' accomplishments over the past year and an update on investment performance. For members who were unable to attend, text of the remarks presented, as well the PowerPoint presentation, are provided below. Learn More...