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The Personnel Department has been informed that Dignity Health Medical Network and Anthem Blue Cross have mutually agreed to extend the existing agreements for thirty days while they continue to negotiate. Anthem members may continue to access Dignity Health services during this extension period.

The County continues to work with CalPERS in order to ensure employees are provided with options so that there is no interruption to their health care. As we work through this process, please be assured that your current coverage with Anthem Select and Anthem Traditional is active and can be used as usual. We will continue to send Benefits Flash updates as information is available. Updates will also be available on the Benefits Website at

Thank you for your patience.

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URGENT! Anthem HMO (Select and Traditional) MEMBERS PLEASE READ

Risk Management has been informed that Dignity Health Medical Network-Santa Cruz's California Care agreement with Anthem Blue Cross will terminate effective August 23, 2018.

The County is working with CalPERS regarding this information to provide employees with options and avoid interruption to their health care. As we work through this process, please be assured that your current coverage with Anthem Select or Anthem Traditional is active and can be used as usual.

We will send an updated Benefits Flash as soon as we have more information. Updates will also be available on the Benefits Website at

Thank you for your patience.

(The letter from Anthem.)

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Employer Education Classes

July 5, 2018

Employer Bulletin

Upcoming Education Classes

CalPERS offers you training opportunities so you can learn how to avoid unnecessary administrative fees and be successful in conducting business with CalPERS, consequently saving your agency time and money. Register now for classes customized for your agency type and get the information you need!

Business Rules

Register now for Business Rules Training and Health Business Rules Training classes offered at the Fresno, San Jose, and Sacramento Regional Offices.

The Business Rules Training class helps you to better understand the laws and business rules associated with your agency's retirement contract. In this three-hour class you will learn:

  • Membership: Eligibility and New vs Classic
  • Service Credit
  • Pension Reform under PEPRA
  • How to Report Special Compensation
  • Retirement Contract Information
  • Payroll Deadlines, Fees & Extensions
  • Calculating a Service Retirement
  • Employer's Role in the Retirement Process

The Health Business Rules Training class provides guidance on the responsibilities of a CalPERS health benefits officer (HBO), highlighting such topics as health plan options, eligibility and enrollment requirements, health benefits into retirement, and the best ways to manage resources.


Is your agency entering your active retired annuitant (RA) appointments and reporting their payroll in my|CalPERS? If not, CalPERS will begin assessing fees this month. If you need education, attend the my|CalPERS Course 103 Retirement Enrollment Basics and the my|CalPERS Course 104 Payroll Contribution Reporting Basics instructor-led classes.

Also, did you know you must confirm no payroll for your active RAs for each period they don't work to avoid a $200 late payroll fee? Learn more about this by attending the my|CalPERS Retirement Appointment Reconciliation instructor-led class. To register, select the Education tab in my|CalPERS to enroll in a class at a CalPERS Regional Office near you.

Training Schedule




Jul 10 - 12


Business Rules

Jul 10 - 12

San Jose

Business Rules

Jul 16 - 19

San Jose


Jul 23 - 26



Jul 24 -26


Business Rules

Jul 30 - Aug 2



Aug 6 - 9

Tehama County


Aug 20 - 23



Aug 27 - 30

San Bernardino


Online Classes

We offer a variety of online classes that are convenient for you to access. Some classes will help you understand the basics of conducting retirement and health business with CalPERS while others will give you the instructions you need to navigate through my|CalPERS and perform hands on transactions. These online classes cover such topics as retirement enrollment, payments, health transactions, and payroll. Our newest class, Reconcile by Appointment, will assist you with modifying one or multiple missed payroll records at one time without having to manually enter each record.

How to Register

Instructor-led training registration and online classes are available via the Education tab in mylCalPERS or you can contact us at 888 CalPERS (or 888-225-7377). If you don’t have access to mylCalPERS, contact your system access administrator (SAA).

Employer Education Program

Have you heard of the Employer Education Resources document? It is full of resources that are available at your fingertips. Let us know how we can assist you by emailing us.
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List of Physicians for Dignity Health Medical Network (aka: PMG) and PAMF

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Contact Us

Benefits Unit
701 Ocean Street, Room 510
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
FAX: 831-454-2245
Benefits Hotline:  831-454-2241
Benefits Questions: email link


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