The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 9, 2013
Open enrollment for CalPERS health insurance closes Friday

CALPERS_COURTYARD_JAY_MATHER_2005.JPGA reminder to all the state government, local government and school district employees who receive medical insurance through CalPERS: You have until Friday to choose your health coverage for 2014.

The menu of options for next year includes four new HMO providers -- Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net, Sharp Health and UnitedHealthcare - in addition to current providers Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente.

The fund, which administers health insurance for about 1.4 million members and their qualified dependents, spent $7 billion on medical coverage in 2012 on behalf of more than 3,000 government organizations. Among U.S. employers, only the federal government spends more.

Some pertinent links:

CalPERS 2014 Health Plan Summary lays out which plans are available according to county.
The Health Plan ZIP Code Search allows users to search for health insurance options by ZIP code.
The Health Plan Chooser is a tool allows you to enter information about your employer's medical insurance contribution and your health history to generate a chart that compares plans and your projected out-of-pocket costs.

PHOTO: The courtyard at CalPERS headquarters in Sacramento is shown on Nov. 8, 2005. The Sacramento Bee/ Jay Mather.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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