September 11, 2014

External Affairs Branch
(916) 795-3991
Robert Udall Glazier, Deputy Executive Officer
Brad Pacheco, Chief, Office of Public Affairs

Contact: Bill Madison, Information Officer

Agency encourages members to explore their health plan options

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Public Employees' Retirement System's (CalPERS) annual health Open Enrollment period for the 2015 calendar year is September 15 - October 10. This year's theme is “Learn. Explore. Decide. Healthy decisions start now.” The System is providing members with information on its six Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and three self-funded Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) health plans. Members may enroll in the CalPERS health program, add eligible family members, or make changes to their existing health plan during Open Enrollment. The coverage becomes effective January 1, 2015.

CalPERS’ six HMO options include health plans through Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente, Sharp Health Plan, and UnitedHealthcare. The System’s three PPO plans, offered through third-party administrator Anthem Blue Cross, are PERS Select, PERS Choice, and PERSCare.

Members already enrolled in health plans received information packets describing details of their current coverage in August. They can also use the convenient option of accessing additional CalPERS Open Enrollment information by using the Quick Response (QR) code enclosed within their packets. Scanning the QR code with a smartphone will allow them to connect directly to the CalPERS Open Enrollment Web page. It contains several resources for members to explore – including health program publications, premium information, and areas of coverage – that can help them decide which plans are best suited for them and their families.

CalPERS also offers an online tool, the Health Plan Chooser, for members who need additional help selecting a health plan. They can connect with all Open Enrollment information in the member Health Benefits section of CalPERS On-Line.

CalPERS, with assets of approximately $301 billion, is the largest public pension fund in the U.S. and the second largest public purchaser of health care in the country, behind the federal government. It administers health benefits for more than 1.4 million California state, local government, and public school employees, retirees, and their families on behalf of more than 3,000 public employers. For more information on CalPERS, please visit