Minutes

LOS ANGELES CITY ATTORNEY’S ASSOCIATION
LACAA

MINUTES - BOARD MEETING

Date:               Thursday, October 17, 2012

Time:              4:00 p.m.

Location:       Telephone Conference Call

Present:        Oscar Winslow, President
                        Howard Fuchs, 1st Vice President
                        Mark Lambert, 2nd Vice President
                        Ann Rosenthal, Secretary
                        Garcelle Embry, Treasurer
                        Marie McTeague, Civil Director
                        Onica Cole, Criminal Director
                        Patrick Hiscocks, Criminal Director
                        Josh Geller, Criminal Director

                        Counsel:  Lewis Levy
 


1)        Letter of Agreement regarding HMO healthcare subsidy

            Board reviewed the Letter of Agreement presented by the CAO’s office which would allow LACAA members to have an additional health insurance option:  a Traditional (Full-Network) Blue Cross HMO.  It was discussed that we would need to add a provision that this modification does not constitute a re-opening of the Contract .

            The current MOU clearly delegates authority to the JLMBC to provide health insurance plan options to LACAA members.  There was a question of whether the City’s proposed change to the MOU would require a vote of the Membership.  It was discussed and decided that since this proposed change is being offered to all other bargaining units, then it is under the purview of the JLMBC, and does not need to be voted on by the membership.  The modification appears to be necessary because the MOU provides that the health care subsidy would be equal to the Kaiser two-party rate, and the Traditional (Full-Network) Blue Cross HMO option is going to be offered at an increased premium cost, even though the actual premium requested by Blue Cross is lower than the Kaiser two-party rate.  Clarification will be sought from the CAO’s office regarding the need for the proposed LOA.

The JLMBC is continually negotiating with the health insurance companies – we still do not know how narrow the narrow-network will be.  There will be a question/answer session in the CAO’s office (CHE Rm. 1200) on Friday at 10:00am.

It will be determined if a membership meeting on Monday, Oct. 22nd at noon is necessary in order to inform members about the Traditional HMO Option.

City needs a response to its request for the LOA by Oct. 24th – the deal is going to Council for a vote on Oct. 25th.

Initially the deadline for Open Enrollment was extended for 4 weeks, but it was changed to a 2 week extension, with 2 weeks to modify your choices.  This will avoid a mid-year Open Enrollment.

Questions:

  •  Is the same Traditional HMO option made available to the other MOUs at the same cost?

 

  • In the narrow network, are the hospitals still included, even if the doctors are not?

 

2)        Minutes for Meetings approved:

            April 9, 2012
            June 5, 2012
            July 19, 2012
            September 11, 2012

 

 

As you know, our new MOU includes annual reimbursement for MCLE-related expenses. To ensure that you receive complete and timely reimbursement, we encourage you to follow the instructions contained in the MCLE protocol provided by City Attorney Management. You must complete and submit a reimbursement form in order to receive reimbursement.

You can reimburse expenses related to attending MCLE programs that are accepted by the California State Bar, even if the program takes place in another state. Eligible expenses include the cost of the program, travel, and per diems.

Please be judicious when choosing lodging and which food/drink expenses you submit for reimbursement.


The Board is pleased to announce that LACAA has retained the law firm of MASTAGNI, HOLSTEDT, AMICK, MILLER & JOHNSEN as General Counsel.


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