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EID medical costs rise

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From page A4 | September 27, 2013 | 30 Comments

The El Dorado Irrigation District’s medical plan costs will rise 11.1 percent next year. Kaiser Permanente’s plan serves as the benchmark for EID medical plans.

As a result of a March 1 letter of understanding with the EID Employees Association, employees and retirees contribute at least 10.55 percent of the cost of the premium for any dependents plus all additional premium costs if they choose a different plan than the Kaiser nonprofit group’s plan.

Another aspect of the March 1 LOU is that if the monthly premium increases by more than 10 percent the employee or retiree will share equally with the district  the portion in excess of 10 percent. A single employee is 100 percent covered by the district, if that employee chooses Kaiser.

What was approved by the board Sept. 9 was a detailed employer contribution chart required by CalPERS, which provides medical insurance for retirees and for some district employees who don’t choose Kaiser.

Michael Raffety

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  • EvelynSeptember 27, 2013 - 7:45 am

    "The El Dorado Irrigation District’s medical plan costs will rise 11.1 percent next year." - 11.1% of how much?

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  • Robert LandSeptember 27, 2013 - 9:54 am

    Hopefully EID will give employees a raise to help off-set the rise in healthcare? But knowing how government agencies work, the Administration and Management will get the raises while the people who do the real work continue to take the cuts...

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  • EvelynSeptember 27, 2013 - 10:08 am

    Robert Land: In a radically different economy where so many have been reduced to a state of penury the case could be made for giving employees compensating increases. Unfortunately, health insurance has become a make-or-break employer expense. Inevitably, the cost gets passed on to consumers, many of whom are barely making ends meet. Actually, many are not making ends meet. (I agree that top brass most everywhere cut themselves deals not available to the remaining 90%.)

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  • EvelynSeptember 27, 2013 - 10:12 am

    Mt. Dem.: Please don't restore my (own) comment just now deleted. The first sentence was nonsensical. Will fix it later.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 10:23 am

    Another day in which to excel.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 10:57 am

    So much to talk about, so little time.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 10:59 am

    Cost to rise 11.1%, when inflation is alleged to be 1.7%. Someone is making out big time.

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  • Dee#1September 27, 2013 - 11:01 am

    Longhofer, the key word is "alleged".

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 11:05 am

    Dee#1, true. I have "alleged" that inflation is more like 5 to 10%, but guess government knows best.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 11:07 am

    For the sake the argument, let's say it is about 2 to 4%. How then the 11.1%? I think it is because everyone in the medical/insurance/big pharma chain can charge what ever they want.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 11:08 am

    *** whatever

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 11:12 am

    By saying government knows best, I mean that they can say what they want regarding inflation -- what can we do about it? Nada, nothing.

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  • EvelynSeptember 27, 2013 - 11:26 am

    Forget gov't statistics on just about ANYTHING - - particularly unemployment and inflation, the latter probably near 10%. And that's before the full impact of Obamacare kicks in. Which raises THIS - THE STUNNING TRUTH ABOUT INEQUALITY IN AMERICA: Inequality in America today is twice as bad as in ancient Rome, worse than it was in in Tsarist Russia. . . . Extreme inequality helped cause the Great Depression, the current financial crisis … and the fall of the Roman Empire. . . . It’s a myth that conservatives accept runaway inequality. Conservatives are as concerned as liberals regarding the stunning collapse of upward mobility. ********** (Numerous supporting links within the article.)

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 11:36 am

    Evelyn, good site. And, it's not going to change because it can only be changed by appropriate laws from Congress. And, Congress is flush with money from the 1%. Therefore, no changes.

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  • EvelynSeptember 27, 2013 - 11:45 am

    Robert Land: I agree that top brass commonly cut themselves deals not available to the remaining 95%. As for giving employees compensating increases, that is tricky. In a radically different economy wherein so many people had not been reduced to a state of penury, the case could be made. Unfortunately, health insurance has become a make-or-break employer expense, the cost being passed on to consumers. Regrettably, people fortunate to still have jobs will be taking some hits.

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  • Robert LandSeptember 27, 2013 - 12:16 pm

    Evelyn-I get the Employer has to deal with the rising cost of healthcare however these EID employee's have been taking 'hits' for the last 5 years so this wouldn't happen. It's sad that their Employer wasn't looking out for them. The Employer knows healthcare is always an issue however they continue to cut from the bottom instead of the top. I'm not just talking about EID, this covers most government agencies. And by the way, most the high-paid Administers don't have to pay for their own medical. It's called some sort of 'Administrative' salary incentive bull.

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  • EvelynSeptember 27, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    Robert: Speaking of government agencies . . . TAXPAYER BURDEN: PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE SALARIES - HERE: I will use Janet Napolitano as an example. She supposedly will be making a base of $570,000/year heading the UC system. Governor Brown makes $165,000/yr (December 2012). Under my proposal, the UC system would have to find outside sources of $335,000/yr to fund the rest of her salary (Also I must ask, making that much money, why does she need a car allowance and a house? Her salary should be enough to pay for her housing and car) ********** I'm allowed a private opinion? Janet Napolitano is not fit for public service. At any price.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    Evelyn, they have to give Janet all that money so they have an excuse to raise tuit every 20 minutes.

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 1:59 pm

    *** tuition

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  • James E.September 27, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    Evelyn, they didn't hire an educator, they hired a name.

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  • EvelynSeptember 27, 2013 - 2:16 pm

    Napolitano is a perfect fit if the name of the game is control. How could UC sink so low?

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  • Little RickySeptember 27, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. Mark Twain

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 27, 2013 - 6:56 pm

    LINK - Old Age & Treachery by Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson

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  • cookie65September 28, 2013 - 5:25 am

    Are the increased costs due to the rising age of the retiree's and current employees? You cannot dispute the numbers. We have 73 million baby boomers on the door step of consuming the greatest amount of medical care that any nation in history has ever faced!!! Great song Phil.

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  • cookie65September 28, 2013 - 6:35 am

    Evelyn, napolitano is one of the many leaches from the system within the system. She is a good leftists who is part of the ruling class. At a certain level nothing matters other than protecting and providing for their own. At this point she has her mandibles sunk so far into the public trough that the taxpayers will never be rid of her. She is part of the political machine, whereby they would create a position out of thin air to keep her at the ruling class table if need be. You can even bet that she will be up for some kind of award for her tireless service. After all where would all us serfs be without people like her looking out for us?

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  • Mark TwainSeptember 28, 2013 - 9:07 am

    Don't you just hate it when idiots quote you.

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  • Big RickSeptember 28, 2013 - 9:21 am

    Hey Mark who said this "The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty."

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  • LiteratiSeptember 28, 2013 - 9:38 am

    The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right.

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  • Big RickSeptember 28, 2013 - 3:38 pm

    My mama's talkin' to me She tells me how to live, But I don't listen to her 'Cause my head is like a sieve' Cheech and Chong

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  • RSeptember 29, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    Where is the Retired GDPUD/EID Expert hiding.......

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