Open Enrollment ended on October 5. Changes made during Open Enrollment take effect January 1, 2019. 

Listed below are the health plan changes for 2019. For a full list of 2019 health premium rates and employer contributions, visit Plans & Rates. For questions regarding available networks or providers, you may contact your health plan directly.

Plan Name Impacts Service Area Changes
Anthem HMO Select (Basic)

No longer offering UC Davis medical group.

Premiums will decrease by 6 percent.*

N/A
Anthem HMO Traditional Premiums will increase by 22 percent.* N/A
Blue Shield Access+ Premiums will increase by 6 percent.* Withdrawing from eight Bay Area counties for state and public agencies:
  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Marin
  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Clara
  • Solano
  • Sonoma
Members will be automatically enrolled in Health Net SmartCare unless a different plan is chosen during Open Enrollment.
Health Net SmartCare Premiums will decrease by 7 percent.*

Withdrawing from the Sacramento Region for state and public agencies:

  • El Dorado
  • Placer
  • Sacramento
  • Yolo

Members will be automatically enrolled in UnitedHealthcare unless a different plan is chosen during Open Enrollment.

PERSCare (Basic & Combination Plans)

Co-payment for urgent care & specialist office visits will increase from $20 to $35.

Premiums will increase by 19 percent.*

N/A
PERS Choice (Basic & Combination Plans)

Co-payment for urgent care & specialist office visits will increase from $20 to $35.

Premiums will increase by 5 percent.*

N/A
PERS Select (Basic)

Changing to value-based insurance design (VBID). Personal Doctor visit co-payment will decrease to $10; all other co-payments will increase from $20 to $35.

Premiums will decrease by 25 percent.*

N/A
UnitedHealthcare (Basic & Combination Plans) Premiums will decrease by 1 percent.*

Withdrawing from:

  • Bay Area Region (public agencies only)
  • Other Northern Region (public agencies only)

Members will be automatically enrolled in Anthem Blue Cross Traditional HMO unless a different plan is chosen during Open Enrollment.

*Percentages are based on single-party state basic health premiums. For comparison purposes only.

 

Review your pay warrant to ensure the correct health plan premium deduction was made for 2019.

If your January warrant doesn't show the new premium deduction, you should see the premium payment adjustment in a subsequent pay period.

If you don't see the correct deduction applied in your February warrant:

  • Active members can contact their personnel office.
  • Retirees can contact CalPERS.