Recent Question- "Why have I not received a packet?"
The Association received an inquiry from a Lab retiree who did not receive a lawsuit packet and wondered why. The reason in this case was simple (if disappointing!) and we are passing it on for others in the same situation who might have the same question:
The individual was not part of the lawsuit class because s/he had not retired within the required time window. As a reminder, to be a member of the class, the person had to have retired prior to October 1, 2007 and had to have received University sponsored group health plan coverage after retiring; or had to be a spouse, surviving spouse or dependent of a person who met the definition.
***Contact Information for Assistance with Packets***
Important Update About Mailing from UC Settlement Administrator
Fellow retirees: We have been receiving questions from our retirees since the Class Member Data packets were mailed. We can't always answer your questions so we want to connect you with those who can. We have listed below the number for the help line and a link to the website for Archer, the UC Settlement Administrator.
Help line: 1-800-978-8522
We suggest you reach out to Archer first- via the helpline or email, and that you visit the website regularly to stay informed.
We have been asked a number of times about signing the packet documents and about receiving multiple packets. Attorney Tom Sinclair provided the following responses-
The answer is No. You only need to sign if you are submitting a form for a deceased class member.
There was a mistake in the cover memo which indicates the recipient is supposed to sign but the only signature is for deceased class members.
Many people will receive 2 packets, one for himself/herself, the other for a deceased spouse. In these cases, it is important that the person return both forms, regardless of whether there is overlap in the information requested.
The following update comes from Jeff Garberson- CUCRA Representative for LLRA:
Fellow retirees: As a follow-up to the briefing we heard last week on the lawsuit settlement, you should know that members of the settlement class can expect to receive a packet containing the formal settlement notice this week or next. It was mailed from Houston by Archer Systems, the court-appointed administrator. Expect it to be long and detailed. You should read and answer the questions in the Class Member Data Form carefully and return the Form as soon as possible. This will ensure that Archer has correct and complete information for contacting you and for estimating your future benefits.
Looking ahead, we at the Retirees Association will do all that we can to answer questions and help connect you with people who can provide useful information about the settlement and its benefits. Archer is setting up a toll-free number and a website which will assist those with questions. In time, benefits counselors will be available, as provided under the terms of the settlement. For now, however, look for the mailing and follow its instructions fully and carefully.
Let me ask that you forward this message to any former colleagues who might be in the class but aren't part of the Retirees Association and don't get our emails. It's important that they pay attention to the mailing and respond carefully and promptly.
Related article on The Independent
Settlement Agreement Reached by UC Livermore Retiree Group (UCLRG) and UC Regents
The following was extracted from the December 12, 2019 public release by UCLRG Defense Fund:
Livermore, California – December 12, 2019 – After ten years of hard fought litigation and two victories at the California Court of Appeal, University of California retirees who worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have reached an $84.5 million settlement with The Regents of the University of California over the termination of their University-sponsored health care benefits.
Further details are provided in the following links:
Public release statement by UCLRG
Finally, the San Francisco Chronicle story, “UC settle with retirees of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory”
The ad hoc UC Livermore Retiree Group, who brought the suit, is distinct from Livermore Laboratory Retirees Association (LLRA), although many members are part of both. The LLRA website is simply informing its membership of the unfolding news.
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