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Yolo County public employees get lower health care costs

04/16/2014 3:23 PM

10/08/2014 11:50 AM

CalPERS board members gave Yolo County public employees a price break of about 15 percent in health care costs this week by shifting the county’s designation from being in the Bay Area to the Sacramento region.

Sacramento-area health care costs run about 15 percent lower than those in the Bay Area for public employees covered by CalPERS, the state retirement fund.

Board members were faced with making a decision to move counties in the Sacramento region to the Bay Area designation, thereby reducing the overall cost for Bay Area health care customers. Or, they could move some Bay Area-designated counties into the region they designate as the Sacramento area.

They chose the latter for Yolo County. All other counties remain in their previously designated regions.

– Cynthia H. Craft

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Sacramento Bee reporters Cynthia Craft and Sammy Caiola write about community health issues in the Sacramento region. Their work is in conjunction with the California Endowment, a non-profit health foundation created in 1996.

Cynthia H. Craft is The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health. She graduated from Ohio State University and previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and California Journal. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. Reach her at or 916-321-1270. Twitter: @cynthiahcraft.

Sammy Caiola joined The Sacramento Bee as a health reporter in 2014. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a Top 10 finisher in the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards. Reach her at or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola.


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