Good news for employers, workers, and early retirees…

The federal health reform law created a new program called the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program provides $5 billion in financial assistance to employers and unions to help them maintain coverage for early retirees age 55 and older who are not yet eligible for

Earlier this week, they announced the first batch of businesses, other employers, and unions that are getting subsidies under the program, so they will receive reimbursement for medical claims for early retirees and their spouses, surviving spouses, and dependents. Savings can be used to reduce employer health care costs, provide premium relief to workers and families, or both.

Applicants who are approved into the program receive reinsurance for the claims of high-cost retirees and their families (80 percent of the costs from $15,000 to $90,000). The program will end in 2014, once our California health exchange is operating.

Here are the announced and approved 198 recipients in California. More applications are being approved each day.

Airconditioning & Refrigeration Industry Health & Welfare Trust
Angelus Sanitary Can Machine Company
Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs
Bakersfield City School District
Bass Lake School District
Board of Trustees of IBEW Local 100 Health and Welfare Trust Fund
Brawley Elementary School District
CAHP Health Benefits Trust
California Correctional Peace Officers Association Benefit Trust
California Ironworkers Field Welfare Plan
California Physicians’ Service
California’s Valued Trust
CalPortland Company
Carlsbad Unified School District
Carpenters Health and Welfare Trust Fund for California
Cement Masons Health & Welfare Trust Fund for Northern California
Central Union High School District
Century Aluminum Company
City & County of San Francisco
City of Anaheim
City of Bakersfield
City of Cerritos
City of Escondido
City of Modesto
City of Monterey Park
City of Napa
City of Redondo Beach
City of Santa Barbara
City of South Lake Tahoe
City of South San Francisco
CMTA-IAM Joint Retiree Health and Welfare Trust
College School District
Con-way Inc.
Construction Teamsters Security Fund for Southern California
County Deputy Sheriffs Assoc. Inc.
County of Alameda
County of El Dorado
County of Kern
County of Mendocino
County of Orange
County of Orange
County of San Bernardino
County of Santa Clara
County of Sonoma
County Schools Service Fund
Delano Joint Union High School
Delta Dental of California
District Council 16 Northern California Health & Welfare Trust Fund
East Bay Regional Park District
Edison Elementary School District
Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
Electrical Workers Health & Welfare Trust Fund
Escalon Unified School District
Farmers Group, Inc.
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company
Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
Fresno United School District
Fruitvale School District
GenCorp Inc.
Greenfield Union School District
Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Health
Heat and Frost Insulators of Northern California
High Desert & Inland Employee Employer Trust
Hollister School District
I.A.T.S.E. Local #16 Health & Welfare Trust Fund
IBEW Local 18, Health & Welfare Trust
IBEW Local 595 Health & Welfare Trust
ILWU-PMA Welfare Plan
Inland Empire IBEW-NECA Health Plan
Intel Corporation
Inyo County Supt. of Schools
Joint Board of Trustees, Central California Electrical Health & Welfare Trust Fund
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
Kern Community College District
Kern County Electrical Health & Welfare Fund
Laborers Health & Welfare Trust Fund for Northern California
Laborers Health and Welfare Trust for Southern California
Lake Elsinore Unified School District
Lamont Elementary School District
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
Lemoore Union High School District
Levi Strauss & Co.
Life Technologies Corporation
Linden Unified School District
Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System
Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association
Los Angeles Police Relief Association, Inc.
Lucia Mar Unified School District
Mattel, Inc.
McFarland Unified School District
McKesson Corporation
Media Guild Health and Welfare Trust Fund
Meggitt-USA, INC.
Merced City School District
Merced Community College District
Merced County Office of Education
Merced Union High School District
Moreno Valley Unified School District
New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.
Northern California Bakery Drivers Security Fund
Northern California Plasterers Health and Welfare Trust
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
OCU Health and Welfare Trust
Ojai Unified School District
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Padre Dam Municipal Water District
Palo Alto Unified School District
Palomar Pomerado Health
Park Water Company
Paso Robles Joint Unified School District
Pensioned Operating Engineers Health and Welfare Trust
Permanente Medical Group, Inc
Piedmont Unified School District
Plastering Industry Welfare Trust Fund
Pleasant Valley School District
Pomona Unified School District
Redondo Beach Unified School District
Redwood Empire Electrical Workers Health and Welfare Trust
Redwood Empire Municipal Insurance Fund (REMIF)
Rialto Unified School District
Richland-Lerdo School District
Ripon Unified School District
Riverside County Electrical Workers Health & Welfa
Riverside Sheriffs’Association Benefit Trust
Roofers Health and Welfare Plan
Rosedale Union School District
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Saddleback Valley Unified School District
San Diego County Employees Retirement Association
San Diego County Teamsters – Employers Insurance Trust
San Diego Transit IBEW 465 Security Fund Health & Welfare Plan
San Francisco Culinary, Bartenders & Service Emplo
San Francisco Electrical Workers Health & Welfare Trust
San Joaquin County Office of Education
San Jose Unified School District
San Luis Coastal Unified School District
Santa Barbara Community College District
Santa Barbara County Schools
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Save Mart Supermarkets
Schools Insurance Program for Employees (SIPE)
Screen Actors Guild-Producers Health Plan
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 Health Care Plan
Sheet Metal Workers’ Health Plan of Southern California, Arizona and Nevada
Sierra Pacific Industries
Sign, Pictorial and Display Industry Welfare Fund
Silgan White Cap Americas
Silver Valley Unified School District
So. Calif. Soft Drink Industry & Teamsters Health
Solar Turbines Incorporated
South Fork Union School District
South Orange County Community College District
Southem California Pipe Trades (SCPT)
Southern California Bakery & Confectionery Union & Industry International Pension
Southern California Bakery Drivers’ Security Fund
Southern California Drug Benefit Fund
Southern California Edison Company
Southern California IBEW-NECA Health Trust Fund
Southern California Permanente Medical Group
Southern Kern Unified School District
Southwest Carpenters Health and Welfare Trust Fund
Southwest Transportation Agency
Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Teamsters and Food Employers Security Trust Fund
Teamsters Benefit Trust
Teamsters Local Union No. 856 Health and Welfare Trust
Teamsters Miscellaneous Security Fund
Tehachapi Unified School District
Templeton Unified School District
The Regents of the University of California
The Walt Disney Company
Torrance Unified School District
Tri-County Schools Insurance Group
Tulare County Office of Education
Tulare Joint Union High School District
U.A. Local 393 Health & Welfare Trust Fund
UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust
Union Bank, N.A.
URS Corporation
URS E&C Holdings, Inc.
USS-POSCO Industries
Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Ventura County Community College District
Wells Fargo & Company
Westamerica Bancorporation
Westminster School District
Westside Union School District
Writers’ Guild-Industry Health Fund
Yosemite Community College District
Yreka Union High School District

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