We would like to take a moment to introduce you to the Bakersfield City Association of Retired Employees or, BCARE.
BCARE is a California Non-Profit Benefit Corporation with the specific purpose of educating, preserving and promoting the general welfare, and coordinating the desires and objectives of retired City of Bakersfield employees. We are an IRS recognized 501 (c) (5) non-profit organization.
RPEA and AMBIA are offering a FREE Seminar on MASA (Medical Air Services Association) memberships which can be a huge asset during the Holiday Season and even as Christmas gifts for family members. This will be an educational seminar which will include a couple of key changes to Medicare and all the perks of the MASA membership.
RPEA MEMBERS RECEIVE a 45% discount off of the retail price.
Lunch is on us! (Bring a friend as well, more fun together)
The meeting will be on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 12:00 PM. Please arrive by 11:55 AM. If you plan to attend, please let John Brinckerhoff, from AMBIA, know you are attending at John.Brinckerhoff@amba.info.
The meeting will be at:
3580 Rosedale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93308
It is the 2020 Insurance Plan for Retirees.
Proposed Health & Dental Rates–Retirees–2020-PDF
The proposed plan has been approved by the Personnel Committee,
but still needs approval by the City Council.
BCARE was formed in 2010 after the City of Bakersfield attempted to contract its retiree insurance services with the now defunct Exclusive Care Select, administered by the County of Riverside.
Fortunately, an ad hoc group of volunteers rallied additional retirees and through a show of support at a single council meeting were able to stave off the purposed move. The result of having been forced into the Exclusive Care Select system would have been catastrophic.
BCARE has been vigilant in monitoring the status of our Retiree insurance. The city manager appoints a representative to the insurance committee, but that representative has no committee vote and does not have a list of active retirees and is, therefore, unable to disseminate information or solicit input regarding items being considered by the committee. BCARE is that representative’s best source in which to communicate with City of Bakersfield retirees. But we can’t communicate with you if we can’t reach you. Staying informed and being accessible insures you’ll know the status of your health care benefits and be alerted in the event substantial changes are proposed.
If you are not yet a member of BCARE, please join. Download your application here.