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File #: 22-145    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 1/27/2022 Departments: HUMAN RESOURCES
On agenda: 2/22/2022 Final action: 2/22/2022
Title: Adopt a resolution authorizing the Human Resources Director to retroactively execute renewal agreements with Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, and United Health Care Secure Horizons for the provision of health coverage for County employees, retirees, and their dependents for the term of January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 with the aggregate amount not to exceed $126.5 million.
Attachments: 1. 20220222_r_Health Insurance Contract Renewals.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Rocio Kiryczun, Human Resources Director
Ann Parada, Interim Benefits Manager

Subject: Request for approval of contract renewals with Health Insurance Providers

RECOMMENDATION:
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Adopt a resolution authorizing the Human Resources Director to retroactively execute renewal agreements with Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, and United Health Care Secure Horizons for the provision of health coverage for County employees, retirees, and their dependents for the term of January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022 with the aggregate amount not to exceed $126.5 million.

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BACKGROUND:
The County of San Mateo has negotiated with its labor-management Benefits Committee and unrepresented employee groups to offer six medical plans for active employees and early retirees.

In 2017, the County's labor-management Benefits Committee, which is comprised of representatives from each labor organization and unrepresented employee groups, completed the request for proposals (RFP) for the medical plans currently provided by Blue Shield of California and United Health Care Secure Horizons. (The Kaiser plans, our most popular and least expensive plan options, were not part of the RFP process.)

In 2020, the County replaced the Blue Shield Medicare COB PPO plan with the new Blue Shield Medicare Advantage Plan effective January 2021. This change provided an approximate 40% annual cost savings. The County also closed the United Healthcare Secure Horizons plan to new enrollment and grandfathered the existing membership only.

By offering health plan choices, employees can determine the best plans for themselves and their families throughout their career. Approximately 4,916 of 5,910 active benefit eligible County employees (or 83%) participate in one of the County's medical plans. A total of 67% of enrollees are with Kaiser, and 33% are wit...

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