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Poll: Will California state government tighten up health enrollments?

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In case you missed the story, CalPERS says that it has removed close to 9,000 people wrongly carried on state employees’ and retires’ health insurance plans. An outside auditing firm discovered the “ineligible dependents” during a year-long check of state departments’ medical plan subscribers. Local agencies and school districts are next up for review.

When added to more than 5,000 ineligibles voluntarily dropped from coverage during an amenesty period last year, nearly 15,000 incorrectly enrolled individuals have been removed from state coverage. That’s a little more than 3 percent of the 432,000 dependents on state employee and retiree plans.

CalPERS says that employers are responsible to screen dependent coverage for active employees. CalPERS has to oversee retiree-dependent coverage. With the books now clean, will they keep them that way? Or will “enrollment creep” resume? Take our poll to register what you think.

Call Jon Ortiz, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1043.

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