The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 23, 2013
From the notebook: CalPERS dependent verification project data

Thumbnail image for CALPERS_COURTYARD_JAY_MATHER_2005.JPGOur story in today's fiber/cyber Bee looks at the particulars of CalPERS Dependent Eligibility Verification project, the massive two-year audit of the fund's health insurance rolls to weed out people incorrectly receiving benefits via state and local government plans.

During our reporting for the story we asked CalPERS for data showing the numbers, by state department, for subscribers who took advantage of the three-month amnesty period and voluntarily disenrolled ineligible dependents who were on their plans. You can view the data here.

The tables show the number of employees, retirees and survivors who switched from plans covering two people to plans covering one person, from family plans to two-person plans and so forth. The data does not include amnesty responses by local government agency or school district subscribers.

Thanks to CalPERS information officer Bill Madison III for quickly turning around our request.

CalPERS also has set up an extensive FAQ page covering who is and who isn't considered a dependent for purposes of health insurance coverage and why CalPERS is auditing the rolls.Click here to read it.

PHOTO: A courtyard at CalPERS headquarters in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee/Jay Mather

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