Pima County Retires Retiree Program

Tucson politicians, all doped up from the $63 million voting bribe federal grant for the four-mile streetcar line, quietly sent out this announcement Friday AM, hoping that no one would be paying any attention.


After much consideration and analysis, Pima County has finalized the decision to end the Pima County Retiree Insurance Program, effective July 01, 2010.  The Retiree Insurance Program included both medical and dental coverage.  This decision is based on the fact that the substantially higher utilization in the retiree plans would otherwise result in a considerable increase in the premiums paid by the County and its active, insured employees.

Effective immediately, those employees who retire from Pima County with current Pima County medical and/or dental coverage at the time of retirement will be notified of the right to elect continued coverage pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA).

  • Under COBRA, Pima County is required to offer “continuation coverage” for a period of up to 18 months to insured individuals who experience a qualifying event resulting in a loss of coverage.  Among other things, retirement is a qualifying event under COBRA guidelines.
  • This means that at the time employment ends, covered individuals will receive written notice (COBRA notification) allowing the extension of health insurance coverage (medical and/or dental) for up to 18 months.
  • The cost for this continuation of coverage is 102% of the full premium which includes a 2% administrative fee charged by the COBRA administrator.

Depending on your years of service, you may be entitled to receive a subsidy reimbursement from your appropriate retirement system.  These retirement systems also have medical and dental insurance available to eligible retired members.

I’m willing to bet that this will be a topic of conversation around the “water cooler” next week.


  1. nightcrawler says


    Is this a good or bad thing ? I guess it depends whether you are a taxpayer or a Pima County retiree.

    A lot of folks talk a smack about not raising taxes and cutting the size of government and that is fine. Just hope you have the stomach to make these types of decisions. Down the road it might be your interests that are sacrificed in the name of principle.

  2. Pension Plan obligations have been sinking public budgets aross the country. Think it’s bad now, wait till the aging boomers retire – the peak was 1957. More than ten years ahead of ever increasing numbers of retirees looking to get their pensions.

    Privatization would have shifted the burden off the public budgets and eliminated their unsustainable rise in pension obligations.
    But too many people got rich and powerful because a lot of other people’s money was forced thru their grubby, greedy hands, and they didn’t want that to change.

    Money doesn’t grow on trees. The public sector, which is steadily growing under the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party majority Congress, adding payroll, adding increases and benefits while the private sector is shrinking, depends on the revenues from taking a cut off the productive private sector. It’s a parasitic relationship.
    The successful parasite never takes so much that the host can’t survive. From the looks of the collossal debt generated by the out of control spending of the current Congress and White House, the state governments and the city governments, this generation will go down as unsuccessful parasites, sucking the private sector host dry, with no other host to bail to.

    City, state and national government have a fevah, but ominously it’s the fatal Ebola bleeding fever.

  3. So when is Phoenix going to do the same to cut their budget? (LOL)

    Don’t worry, Obama(nation) will speed to the rescue, right?

  4. Phoenix doesn’t have a retirement health plan as described above. It sounds more like something that would come out of Tucson liberals.

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