In January, University of California President Janet Napolitano established the retiree health benefits working group, which was charged with exploring strategies and developing options for UC leaders to ensure the long-term viability of the retiree health benefits program.

The working group submitted a preliminary report in July regarding the program. The president has agreed to the following:

No significant changes to the retiree health program for 2019

Given cost estimates for retiree health benefits for 2019, no significant changes in UC’s contribution levels or plan design are anticipated for 2019.

Gradually reduce the contribution for retirees aged 65 and older not coordinated with Medicare to levels comparable to Medicare coordinated retirees

The president accepted the working group’s recommendation to gradually reduce University of California’s contribution for only this group over the next three years (from 2019 through 2021) to ensure equity across retiree groups.

Continue to work with members of the working group through 2019

The president has asked UC human resources to continue to evaluate, plan and program design strategies to sustain retiree health benefits, which will be shared with the working group.

Learn more about UC’s retiree health benefits program.