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Impact on Active Employee Premiums of Restoring Combined Insurance Pool

Retirees are asking the Board of Regents to restore promised retiree benefits, by putting pre-65 retirees back into the combined insurance pool (also called blended pool).  Click this link to view an analysis that shows the resulting increase to active employee health insurance premiums would be small ranging from 0.2% to 2.1%  depending on coverage.



UNM Pre-65 Retiree Concerns About Recent Changes to Retiree Health Care Benefits

Five UNM retirees met with each UNM Regent, President Frank, EVP Harris, Chancellor Roth, and Provost Abdallah to discuss their concerns about the recent changes made to retiree health care benefits.  They also gave each of them a binder containing important related documents and information, which can be viewed at this link.  It includes the following:

  • Documentation of the benefits UNM promised to retirees.
  • Analyses of premiums and percent increases.
  • UNM's application for the federal Early Retiree Reinsurance Program.
  • Analysis of how the increased premiums actually increased UNM's accrued liability not decreased it.
  • Insurance premium rate comparisons with comparable organizations.
  • GASB (Governmental Accounting Standards Board) publications stating that retiree health insurance benefits are a form of deferred compensation.
  • NM Supreme Court opinion that states organizations must take into account promises made to retirees that are stated in policy manuals.
  • US Department of Labor document stating health care benefits promised to retirees must be honored.


Retirees Association

MSC11 6330
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 277-3187

The UNM Retiree Association Welcomes You!

What is the UNM Retiree Association?

Created in 2003, the UNM Retiree Association represents and promotes  the welfare and interests of all retired UNM employees. Since 2007 the UNM Retiree Association has held a formal advisory role to the UNM Board of Regents and University Administration.

Here is a list of things we are working on:

  • Benefits: Meeting with UNM Health Planning committee that is rewriting the University's health plan for active employees as well as retirees. Pursuing the next course of action concerning past changes. Our goal is, " Same plan, same rates as active employees" just as we were promised.
  • Legislative Affairs: Preparing for the 2015 sixty day session. While there is nothing at this time that looks controversial, that could change quickly. It's always a good idea to make ourselves highly visible at the round house.
  • Membership: The goal is to increase membership by 20% this year. Talk to your fellow retirees.
  • Programs: Several great events have been scheduled for 2014 with more to come next year.
  • Emeriti College/ Center: A facility on the UNM campus to be staffed by retirees that provides an outlet for your talents as well as answers to your questions. Programs like Transitioning to Retirement public outreach, and counseling.

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