Spring 2017 Newsletter
Our Spring 2017 Newsletter has gone to print and will be mailed to all members soon.
Look for it in your mailbox or read it now here:
2017-2018 CARE Grants
CARE is proud to announce $2,500 in planned grant awards this year.
Application deadline: November 13, 2017.
Board Policy 7380: District Failed to Post Policy
Approved by Trustees
by Bill Threlfall
As described in the article below, on February 21, 2017, as part of the consent calendar, the Trustees approved Item 9.2, Approval of Revised Governing Board Policy 7380 – Human Resources: Retiree Health Benefits.
However, in early July, CARE was surprised to find the unrevised 2015 policy posted on the official CLPCCD Index of Active Board Policies and Administrative Procedures! We brought this problem to the attention of District management and the unions and requested correction. On July 19, 2017, the District posted the revised policy approved by the Trustees.
This episode highlights CARE's vigilance on behalf of its members.
Board Policy 7380 Revised:
Retirement Medical Benefits Protected
by Bill Threlfall
In February of 2017, Board Policy 7380 was revised by the District Board of Trustees, correcting flaws that had threatened long-established retirement health benefits. This action marks the culmination of a nearly year-long effort initiated by CARE in March of 2016 and joined by the faculty and classified unions a few months later. Prior to this revision, the policy contained critical defects: it provided medical retirement benefits only for faculty and no one else, and it required that retirees pay the full costs of such benefits. The revised policy includes language developed by CARE that corrects these faults.
We are proud of this successful outcome, which we consider a "big deal" in the interests of our members. We consider protection of retirement benefits to be a top priority.
We are also proud of the alliance we built with the unions. The faculty union in particular was an energetic partner whose significant contributions were essential to success.
As exemplified in the Board Policy 7380 case above, CARE is your advocate. For more,
Health Connection Line
The Health Connection Line is a new CARE service for those of us with special health concerns.
Vaccine Payments under
by Bill Threlfall
I was recently surprised when my Blue Cross Insurance declined a claim for a tetanus shot. It turns out that the explanation and resolution of this problem lies with Medicare.
Read the full story: Vaccine Payments under Medicare Plans
CARE announces winners of $2,500 in grants
Our small grant program supports special projects designed by college staff. The grants help employees do a better job of serving our students, staff, and institutions. CARE members' contributions to the CARE Fund support this Grants program.
The winners for 2016-2017 show thoughtful plans to improve service to students:
Biology Here and There by
Veronica Enriquez - $400
Do you need to visit the District Office and perhaps meet with
the Human Resources Department Benefits staff? We provide a
CARE Member Directory
Are there retirees you wish to reach, but you lack their contact information? Would you like other CARE members to be able to reach you?
CARE Membership and 2017 Dues
CARE extends membership to all retirees without charge, but we depend entirely on your $10 dues payments to support our programs of activity on your behalf
If you have not already done
so, please print the 2017 dues
make your $10 contribution now. Thanks for your support!