CalPERS cuts hospitals; little impact felt locally |

CalPERS cuts hospitals; little impact felt locally

George Boardman

Western Nevada County civil service employees who get their medical insurance from the California Public Employees Retirement System should feel little impact from CalPERS’ decision to drop 36 hospitals from its HMO plan.

Among the hospitals cut by CalPERS is Sutter Roseville Medical Center, the primary care facility for local residents who suffer severe trauma in accidents and other mishaps.

Charlie Wilson, director of human resources for Grass Valley, said Wednesday the decision won’t impact city employees because CalPERS will pay for emergency care wherever it is given.

But city employees whose primary care physicians work for Sutter Health will have to find new doctors. Since only four city employees live in Placer County, Wilson believes few – if any – will be affected.

The CalPERS decision has no impact on Nevada City because its employees are insured through Blue Cross, according to City Manager Mark Miller.

County employees are also covered through CalPERS, and Gayle Satchwell, director of human resources, said they typically use Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital or Sutter Auburn Faith. Neither is impacted by the CalPERS decision.

CalPERS dropped a total of 11 Sutter Health hospitals – four of them in the greater Sacramento area – from its HMO in an effort to reduce its hospital costs. People impacted by the decision have until Dec. 31 to change their CalPERS coverage and find new physicians.

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