A former California Assembly member suggested this week that legislators should consider reining in CalPERS' control of its long-term care insurance program if it follows through with its plans to increase premiums for some policies by 85 percent.
Dave Elder, a Southern California Democrat who retired from the Assembly in 1992, led a long line of policyholders who complained to an Assembly committee Tuesday about the rate increases, which CalPERS plans for two years starting in 2015.
Many suggested that the program which covers services such as nursing-home care and in-home aides should be brought under the authority of the state Department of Insurance.
Elder figures that monthly premiums for his policy will increase from $282 now to more than $500. It provides lifetime, inflation-protected benefits.
Elder said the Legislature should threaten to withdraw the freedom it gave the fund in the mid-1990s to create and run the program. "You get more with a loaded .45 and a nice smile," Elder said, "than with just a smile."
Ann Boynton, who oversees CalPERS' benefit programs policy, said Cal- PERS would resist efforts to curtail its independence.
A fight between Goodwill Industries and for-profit firms that accept used clothing in collection boxes has been put on hold. Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, decided this week to pull her Senate Bill 450 before a hearing by a Senate committee. The move means the bill, which was aimed at making it easier for property owners to remove unauthorized boxes, is likely dead until next year.
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"The governor has made statements that he's not going to spend money he doesn't have."
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