Over the past decade, our health care premiums have gone up by
more than 50%, a rate much higher than the cost of living.
Each year, our health care premium rates are established during
negotiations between CalPERS and health care insurers like Kaiser
and Blue Shield, a process which includes public discussion in
May and a vote by the board in June.
In 2018, our members took action to put pressure on the CEOs of
these extremely profitable insurance companies to tell them,
“Don’t Raise Our Rates!” Through thousands of members sharing
stories, sending letters and our strong presence on the CalPERS
board, we were able to reduce out-of-control health care costs
with many insurers.
Eight of 13 health care providers reduced their rates for 2019
and, as a result, most of the 96,000 state workers we represent
enjoy reduced premium rates.
We’re taking action again, and members are pressuring health care
providers to stop putting profits before patients. California’s
working families deserve quality, affordable health care and
together, we can tell CEOs and big insurance companies to do the
Already, hundreds of members have sent letters, and here’s what
“When health insurers raise our rates, they are costing
working-class folks needed money for education, food and
housing. Don’t raise our rates.” – Nick Mannion, CCHCS,
“When a family member or myself is sick, a trip to the doctor
is a last resort when fees go up. We cannot avoid the
out-of-pocket costs, and severe illnesses such as a sinus
infection or bronchitis go untreated for too long because
we try over-the-counter methods first instead of seeking
medical opinions and getting accurate diagnoses and treatment.”
– Meela St. Jules, DSS, Oakland