Retirees: Visit your health plan's website to learn how benefits, claims, and payment of claims are covered, as well as the service limitations and exclusions that may apply. Here are some tips to help you choose a health plan:

  • Log in to my|CalPERS to use the Find a Medical Plan tool to research the health plan coverage and benefits most important to you and your family.
  • Review each plan's Evidence of Coverage, and Summary of Benefits and Coverage with Glossary, in the sections below.
  • Use our Health Plan Search by ZIP Code tool to see which plans are available in your area.
  • View the 2018 Health Benefit Summary (PDF) to compare features of the different health plans.
  • Refer to our Medicare Enrollment Guide (PDF) for eligibility information and when to enroll in a Medicare health plan.
  • Current subscribers of the Basic PERSCare, PERS Choice, and PERS Select PPO health plans can visit CalPERS | Compare to shop for doctors, hospitals, medical services, and prescriptions.
  • View the Non-Discrimination Notice (PDF) in accordance with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.

Rates & Employer Contributions

2018

View the 2018 health premium rates approved by the CalPERS Board of Administration:

State Employer Contribution Amounts

The state pays a portion of your health insurance premium. You must pay the difference between the state contribution amount and the premium for the health plan in which you're enrolled.

The state employer contribution amounts for 2018 are:

One-Party: $725
Two-Party: $1,377
Family: $1,766

COBRA Rates

If you have continued health coverage through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), contact us at 888 CalPERS (or 888-225-7377) for your monthly premium rate. Refer to COBRA for information on continuing health coverage for yourself and your dependents if you involuntarily lose your health benefits.

Since health care costs vary throughout California, regional pricing adjusts premiums to reflect the actual cost of health care in your specific region. This ensures that your CalPERS premiums are appropriate and competitive for where you live.

To find your specific health plan premium rates, choose your region from the options below:

  • Bay Area Rates (PDF) - View rates for Alameda, Amador, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Nevada, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, and Yuba.
  • Los Angeles Area Rates (PDF) - View rates for Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Ventura.
  • Other Northern California Rates (PDF) - View rates for Alpine, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Plumas, San Benito, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, and Tuolumne.
  • Other Southern California Rates (PDF) - View rates for Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Tulare.
  • Out-of-State Rates (PDF) - View rates for health plans available outside of California.
  • Sacramento Area Rates (PDF) - View rates for El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo.
Employer Contribution Amounts

Contributions vary by employer. Contact your employer to find out how much they contribute toward your monthly premium rate.

COBRA Rates

If you have continued health coverage through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), contact your employer for your monthly premium rate. Refer to COBRA for information on continuing health coverage for yourself and your dependents if you involuntarily lose your health benefits.

For state retirees, the amount the state contributes towards your health coverage depends on whether or not you are "vested." If you meet the requirements to continue health benefits into retirement and were first hired by the state:

  • Before January 1, 1985 - You're eligible to receive 100 percent of the state's contribution.
  • Between January 1, 1985 and January 1, 1989 - You're subject to "vesting" requirements. You must have 10 years of service to be fully vested and qualify for 100 percent of the state's contribution towards health coverage. With less than 10 years, you are still eligible for health coverage. However, there will be an additional cost to you since the state's contribution is reduced by about 10 percent for each year of service under 10 years.
  • After January 1, 1989 - You're still eligible for health coverage. However, the percentage of the state's contribution is based on your completed years of state service. The table below shows the percentage of the state's contribution you will receive.
Years of Credited State Agency Service
(Hired After January 1, 1989)
State Contribution
Less than 10 0%
10 50%
11 to 19 50%, plus 5% added per year
20 or more 100%

Some bargaining units have a 25-year vesting schedule for state employees hired on or after certain dates. These bargaining units and hire dates are as follows:

  • Bargaining Unit 12 - January 1, 2011
  • Bargaining Units 9 and 10 - January 1, 2016
  • Bargaining Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 20, 21, and the Judicial Branch - January 1, 2017
  • Bargaining Unit 16 - April 1, 2017

If you're a member of one of these bargaining units and were hired on or after the date indicated above, then once you reach 25 years of state service, you're fully vested and qualify for 100 percent of the state's contribution toward your health premium.

Years of Credited State Agency Service State Contribution
Less than 15 0%
15 50%
15 to 24 50%, plus 5% for each year after the 15th year
25 or more 100%
CSU Health Vesting Requirements

CSU Bargaining Unit 3 employees hired on or after July 1, 2017 and CSU non-represented employees hired on or after July 1, 2018 are subject to 10-year health vesting period for retiree health benefits. Once you reach 10 years of state service, you are fully vested and qualify for 100 percent of the state's contribution toward your health premium.

2019

The CalPERS Board reviews health plan contracts annually to determine health premium rates and employer contribution amounts.

Check back in late June for this year's rates.

Health Plans

2018

Blue Shield EPO is available only in Colusa, Mendocino, and Sierra counties.

Administrator: Blue Shield of California
Offers Medicare? No
Directory: Find a Doctor

Basic Publications

You must belong to the specific employee association and pay applicable dues to enroll in the California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP).

Administrator: Anthem Blue Cross
Offers Medicare? Yes
Directory: Find a Doctor

Basic Publications

Medicare Publications

You must belong to the specific employee association and pay applicable dues to enroll in the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA). The CCPOA plan is available only to dues-paying members of that organization and their families.

Administrator: Blue Shield of California
Offers Medicare? Yes
Directory: Find a Doctor

Basic Publications

Medicare Publications

You must belong to the specific employee association and pay applicable dues to enroll in the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC). This plan is available outside of California. Refer to the plan's Evidence of Coverage for service area information.

Administrator: Anthem Blue Cross
Offers Medicare? Yes
Directory: Find a Doctor

Basic Publications

Medicare Publications

Medicare publications will be available soon.

2019

The CalPERS Board reviews health plan contracts annually to determine health plans, covered benefits, and co-payments.

Check back in late August for 2019 Evidence of Coverage and Summary of Benefits and Coverage publications.

Making Changes

Once you retire, CalPERS becomes your health benefits officer. You can make changes during Open Enrollment, add a new dependent, or delete a dependent for certain life events. There are several ways you can make changes to your health plan.

Any health plan changes made during Open Enrollment become effective the following January 1.

You can make changes to your health plan outside of Open Enrollment due to a qualifying event, such as adding a dependent child, registered domestic partner, or new spouse.

  • Adding a dependent child with whom you have assumed a parent-child relationship requires an Affidavit of Parent-Child Relationship (PDF).
  • Adding a registered domestic partner requires a copy of the approved Declaration of Domestic Partnership.
  • Adding a spouse requires a copy of your marriage license.

For more information about special enrollment opportunities, read the Health Program Guide (HBD 120) (PDF, 1.69 MB).

Dental

To make changes to your dental plan, refer to the table below. Your contact will differ based on where you retired from and whether your inquiry is related to enrollment or benefits.

If you retired from: Then your dental plan enrollment contact is: And your dental benefits administrator is:
State CalPERS - Call 888 CalPERS (or 888-225-7377) CalHR
California State University (CSU) CalPERS - Call 888 CalPERS (or 888-225-7377) CSU Retirement Benefits
Public Agency Your personnel office Your personnel office

Vision

The State Retiree Vision Program is offered through Vision Service Plan (VSP). To make changes to your vision plan, refer to the table below.

If you retired from: Then your vision plan enrollment contact is: And your vision benefits administrator is:
State VSP - Call (800) 877-7195 CalHR
California State University (CSU) VSP - Call (800) 400-4569 or visit VSP for CSU Retirees CSU Retirement Benefits
Public Agency Your personnel office Your personnel office

About Our Plans

  • HMO - A Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plan provides health care from specific doctors and hospitals under contract with the plan. You pay co-payments for some services, but you have no deductible, no claim forms, and a geographically restricted service area.
  • PPO - A Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) is similar to a traditional "fee-for-service" plan, but you must use doctors in the PPO provider network or pay higher co-insurance (percentage of charges). You must usually meet an annual deductible before some benefits apply. You're responsible for a certain co-insurance amount and the plan pays the balance up to the allowable amount.
  • EPO - The Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) plan offers the same covered services as an HMO plan, but you must seek services from the plans' PPO network of preferred providers. You're not required to select a primary care physician.
  • Combination Plans - A combination plan means at least one family member is enrolled in a Medicare health plan and at least one family member is enrolled in a Basic health plan through the same health carrier. CalPERS requires all family members to have the same health carrier.


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