Healthy Choices

Yolo County public employees get lower health care costs

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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