Congratulations to the City’s newest retirees for the months of January, February, March,
and April! Thank you for your years of dedicated service.
Stephen Acquart, Fire, 38 Years Joe Rodriguez, Development Services,
Preventive Exams P.2 Lawrence De Luna, Parks & Recreation,
Tobacco Cessation P.3 Maria Rodriguez, Downtown Operations, Fernando Esparza, Human Services, 31 Years
Wellness Program Update P.3 Yolanda Fuentes, Municipal Courts, 28 Years Roger Rodriguez, Development Services,
Joining Your Ranks P.4 Richard Gallegos, Animal Care Services, 30 Years Richard Santana, Downtown Operations, Joaquin Gomez, Development Services,
Message from City Manager Sheryl Sculley
Welcome to the latest elements into the program as it
Eusebio Rayos, Convention, Sports, & Celia De Hoyos, Parks & Recreation, 31 Years Matters. I hope this program can be found in the Retiree
Janie Hernandez, Library, 27 Years Maria Torres, Convention & Visitors
finds you enjoying the Wellness Program Update on page
Estella Jimenez, Human Services, 20 Years Gary Johnson, Finance, 35 Years Samuel Torres, Health, 21 Years Rose Lawson, Human Services, 35 Years Esteban Tovar, Public Works, 23 Years Charles Mesa, Parks & Recreation, 26 Years Rosita Vargas, Development Services, Charles Pruski, Health, 38 Years Anita Ramirez, Police, 34 Years
We are in the process of developing of the Half Tablet and Mail Order
If you choose to opt out of City retiree health care benefits, C I T Y O F S A N A N T O N I O e l i g i b i l i t y
In support of retirees and their health, I ReCoSA.
p e r m a n e n t l y e n d
couple of months we have kicked off Please let us know if there are topics
c o n t i n u o u s
those of you participating in the City’s
enrollment in another
future issue of Retiree Matters – we
group health plan and enrollment
continue to host these events, and c o s a r e t i r e e @ s a n a n t o n i o . g o v o r
retiree health care coverage within 31 d a y s involuntary loss of that coverage.
To notify the City of San Antonio of an
wants to know. address or phone number change,
questions about your Without a current mailing address on mail a letter to Human Resources
file with TMRS, you will miss out on all Customer Service or send an email to
City’s retiree health the great information they send to
care benefits program, retirees. To update your address, please contact Human
phone number, or name with TMRS, Remember, the Human Resources
Resources Customer complete the Address or Name Department moved in January, and S e r v i c e
Change Form found at www.tmrs.com our new address is listed on page
and fax it to (512) 476-5576 or mail it three.
Do You Take Prescription Drugs? Choose Life, Quit Tobacco Contacts
For your convenience, non-Medicare and Medicare-eligible retirees on the City’s health
Although it can save your life, quitting tobacco is
City of San Antonio
plans, through UnitedHealthcare and Humana, can have the maintenance medications
definitely not easy. Here are some tools to support
they take every day delivered right to their door, up to a maximum of a 90-day supply.
you in your efforts to break up with tobacco.
Signing up to have the prescription drugs you take on a daily basis delivered to you at
New for 2012, under the City’s prescription drug 111 Soledad, Ste. 100
home eliminates the need for you to stand in long lines at your local pharmacy.
plan, non-Medicare retirees have access to several
Medications are delivered to you in packaging that avoids spoilage on a date that works
prescription tobacco cessation drugs, including
for your schedule. This is also the best way to ensure that your 90-day supply is
Buproban, Chantix, Nicotrol, and Zyban. You are also eligible for tobacco
available to you when you need it. For non-Medicare retirees, purchasing a 90-day
cessation provider discounts through UnitedHealthcare. To find a provider near
supply of your prescription medications typically costs less than buying a 30-day supply three times. This also holds true for Medicare-eligible retirees who use the mail-order benefit.
Medicare-eligible retirees should visit myhumana.com or contact Group Medicare Customer Care at Simply by going to quitnet.com/humana or calling 1-888-572-4074, retirees
who are enrolled in one of the City’s Humana Medicare Advantage plans can
1-866-396-8810 to enroll in Humana’s mail-order benefit. To participate in UnitedHealthcare’s Mail Order
access QuitNet Comprehensive. This tobacco cessation program provides [email protected]
Pharmacy Program, non-Medicare retirees should call UnitedHealthcare Customer Care at 1-800-996-2078 or visit myuhc.com.
nicotine replacement therapy, phone counseling, and website support.
In addition to the Mail Order Pharmacy Program, non-Medicare retirees, with the approval of their primary
care physician, can participate in the Half Tablet Program to save up to 50% on their prescription drug Retiree Wellness Program Update costs, if their medication qualifies. With the Half Tablet Program, you take the same medication at the
In March 2012, the City, in partnership with ReCoSA,
same strength that you normally would, yet you save money on medications you take on a regular basis.
launched the Retiree Wellness Program for retirees
Here’s How it Works:
who are on one of the City’s health plans through Humana Group
• Your doctor writes a new prescription for twice the strength and half the quantity, noting your intent to
UnitedHealthcare and Humana. The Retiree
Wellness Program provides retirees with the
• A new prescription is filled and you automatically pay half your usual cost.
opportunity to attend FREE bi-monthly health &
• Split each tablet and take half. You get your usual supply for half the price.
wellness fairs and lunch & learns sessions about
various health-related topics. Complimentary
For more information about the Half Tablet Program, contact UnitedHealthcare Customer Care.
refreshments are provided at Retiree Wellness
Program events and spouses/domestic partners are welcome to attend.
Make Preventive Exams a Priority Medicare
The program’s kickoff event was a Retiree Health & Wellness Fair on March
Preventive care plays a critical role in managing your overall health. Not only can it
28th, which was followed by a Retiree Lunch & Learn session about
detect medical conditions before they become serious, but it can help prevent
them. Additionally, preventive care can not only impact your physical health, but
For more information about the Retiree Wellness Program or to RSVP for the
your financial health as well – the healthier you are, the better chance you have at
COSA Retiree Liaison/ May 30th Retiree Health & Wellness Fair at Woodlawn Lake Gym,
keeping your health care costs to a minimum. Wellness checkups, flu shots, as well
contact the City’s Employee Wellness Program at 210-207-WELL (9355) or
as dental and vision exams should be part of your annual health routine.
Exams such as mammograms, glaucoma tests, bone mass measurements and
screenings for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, prostate and colon cancer, and
Words On ReCoSA
depression should be scheduled annually as well, especially for those who are at high risk for these
ReCoSA’s Board of Directors has been busy and progress continues to be
made on the initiatives reported in the last issue of Retiree Matters. The Health
Whether you are on one of the City’s health plans or not, most preventive exams should be 100% Benefits Committee has been meeting with the City in preparation for the 1-800-924-8677
covered. Be sure to check your plan for specific details and share your preventive exam results with your
budget process to learn how retiree health benefits may be affected in the
primary care physician; maintaining a detailed history of your exams and screenings is essential to your
coming year. The TMRS Committee is preparing for the next legislative
overall preventive health care plan. If you are not exactly sure what kind of preventive exams apply to you,
session, and all other committees have met or are scheduled to meet in the
a helpful resource can be found online at www.uhcpreventivecare.com. You simply type in your age and
near future. The Human Resources Department will be adding a page about
gender and a list of suggested preventive exams and screenings is instantly provided, along with a
ReCoSA to the retiree section of its website. As has been mentioned
recommended immunization schedule. You can also ask your doctor for a list of preventive exams.
throughout the newsletter, a Retiree Wellness Program was launched in
Even if you are feeling great, actively engaging in preventive care means you are taking control of your
March, and attendance at the events has been growing. We hope to see many
health and could possibly be saving your own life. Make preventive care a priority – your family will thank
of you at future events. Please continue to visit us online at www.recosa.org
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