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CSEA SUPPORTS DECISION TO FREEZE KAISER ENROLLMENT

 CSEA SUPPORTS DECISION TO FREEZE KAISER ENROLLMENT
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- California's largest state employee organization today applauded a decision by the Public Employees Retirement System Board to freeze all new enrollments in Kaiser Foundation Health Plan for a year beginning Aug. 1.
 The PERS board voted to accept a recommendation by its Health Benefits Committee to cap the enrollments after Kaiser didn't offer the same rate cuts offered by PERS' other health care providers.
 "The decision by PERS sends a clear message to Kaiser that cost containment can and must be achieved. Other plans are doing it. If Kaiser wants to play tough, so will we. We owe it to our members," said Donald Ziegenfuss, vice president of the California State Employees Association, and the organization's officer assigned to PERS.
 According to Ziegenfuss, CSEA has worked closely with PERS to curb the rising cost of health care for the state and its employees.
 "Kaiser is raising its rates simply to pay its doctors exorbitant salaries. PERS has asked Kaiser what is it paying its doctors and Kaiser won't tell. We don't think our members should have to suffer because of Kaiser's overly generous salaries," Ziegenfuss said.
 Kaiser's proposed rates would have had a major effect on the state's 28,000 supervisors and managers. They are not covered under collective bargaining agreements. Therefore, they have been forced to pay out-of-pocket for increases. They would have had to pay $100 per month for family coverage in Kaiser South and more than $60 per month in Kaiser North.
 Kaiser's rate increase would make it the most expensive PERS health plan in southern California and the second most expensive in Northern California.
 Kaiser North covers 181,285 PERS members and their dependents. Kaiser South has 137,364 PERS members.
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 /CONTACT: Pat McConahay of California State Employees' Association, 916-326-4379/ CO: California State Employees' Association ST: California IN: SU:


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