UC spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually for retiree health benefits, with future costs expected to rise. In the face of rising health care costs, UC must evaluate options to ensure the long-term financial viability of the retiree health benefits program and manage costs.
In early 2018, the UC Office of the President will convene an advisory work group with representatives from a wide range of groups to explore potential strategies and develop options for UC leaders to consider. In formulating its recommendations, the work group is charged with considering plan and program design strategies to sustain the benefits, benefits offered by peer institutions, and the implications to both UC and retirees of different options. The work group is expected to begin its work early next year and deliver its recommendations by June 2018.
The UC Retiree Activity Survey, sponsored by the Council of UC Retiree Associations (CUCRA)has been published and can be viewed on the UCRRA web site.
The purpose of this first systemwide survey is to benefit staff and non-Senate academic retirees by documenting their post-employment activities and contributions. The results of the survey will be used to:
• Help the UC Office of the President and campus and laboratory administrators better understand the many contributions made by retirees,
• Enable CUCRA, retiree associations, and retiree centers to advocate more effectively on behalf of UC retirees,
• Provide retirees with comprehensive information about their collective contributions and achievements, and
• Assist local retiree associations and centers create and improve programs for retirees.
The CUCRA Travel Program benefitsthe CUCRA treasury, and member Associations are encourged to make program information widely available to retirees through association events and newsletters.
CUCRA's travel maven, Frances Fernandes, has arranged tours for 2017 and 2018. Further information about UC travel opportunities is available by contacting Collette Vacations.When conferring with Collette staff, retirees should be certain to indictate their UC afilliation.
A downloadable PDF of the brochure is available here. Member associations are encouraged to use it.