Item 12-A Santa Monica, California
December 5, 2000
TO: Mayor and City Council
FROM: City Staff
SUBJECT: Recommendation to Adopt Resolution to Provide Coverage for Domestic Partners Under the CalPERS Health Plan for Safety (Police and Fire) Members
This report recommends that the City Council adopt the attached resolution stating its intent to provide coverage for domestic partners under the CalPERS health plan for safety members. The attached resolution complies with the procedure required by CalPERS.
The City of Santa Monica contracts with CalPERS to provide a retirement plan for its permanent safety (Police and Fire) and miscellaneous (non-safety) employees. The City also contracts with CalPERS for health coverage for safety members.
CalPERS now allows the City to elect to provide domestic partner medical insurance coverage under the CalPERS health plan for safety members. The health insurance plans
for miscellaneous (non-safety) employees (CIGNA and Kaiser) already offer domestic partner insurance coverage.
There are no budget or financial impacts to the City as a result of adding domestic partner coverage for safety members. In accordance with the Memorandums of Understanding which cover safety employees, the City is obligated to contribute $475 per month for medical insurance for each active employee. The City uses a composite medical insurance rate to calculate the cost of the insurance. If the composite rate is less than $475 per month, the difference is paid into a Medical Trust for Police employees and a Post Employment Health Plan for Fire employees. If the composite rate is more than $475 per month, the employees reimburse the City the amount of the premium above the $475 City contribution cap. Adding domestic partners to the medical insurance plans would result in an increase in the total monthly insurance premiums. However, the City=s financial obligation would remain capped at $475 per month per employee.
It is recommended that the City Council adopt the attached resolution to elect to provide domestic coverage under the CalPERS health plan for safety members.
Prepared by: Karen Bancroft, Director of Personnel
Attachment A: Resolution