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2017 Vendor Changes for Blue Shield Medical Plans

April 21, 2016
Dear Colleagues,

With Blue Shield of California’s rate guarantees expiring, and after review, UC has selected Anthem to replace Blue Shield as the claims administrator and network provider for the following UC plans:

  • UC Care
  • Health Savings Plan (HSP)
  • Core
  • Blue Shield Medicare plans

Anthem will also administer behavioral health benefits for these plans, replacing Optum. Optum will continue to administer behavioral health benefits for Health Net Blue & Gold, Kaiser and Western Health Advantage plans. Prescription drug benefits for PPO plans will be administered through Optum Rx.
Changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2017.
For more details please visit the recent UC Net page and the UCR Senate web page.

Yours truly,
Jose Wudka

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2016 Elections Results

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2016 Faculty Research Lecture

The Riverside Division of the Academic Senate of the University of California is pleased to present the 64th annual Faculty Research Lecture

"Small RNAs - Small but Powerful"

To be given by:

Distinguished Professor Xuemei Chen
Howard Hughes Medical Institute –Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation Investigator Department of Botany and Plant Sciences and Institute of Integrative Genome Biology

Date: Friday, June 3, 2016
Time: 3:30pm
Location: Genomics Building Auditorium 1102A

CA State Audit & UCOP Response

Updates About the New UC Retirement Plan

The new retirement plan is an outcome of agreement between UC President Napolitano and Governor Brown, as part of last year’s budget negotiations, which provides that the State will help reduce UC's unfunded pension liability with $436 million over three years in return for the UC adopting the new retirement plan structure. At the core of this, is the initiation of a maximum pension limit of approximately $117,000 (indexed to inflation) for all UC employees whose employment begins on or after July 1, 2016, a limit that is in place for all non-UC state employees. This agreement is also supported by the California Legislature. In consideration of this change, President Napolitano appointed a Retirement Options Task Force (ROTF) comprised of UC administrators and Senate representatives. The goal of the ROTF was to make recommendations for a supplementary pension benefits plan for UC Faculty and Staff that would complement the new pension plan. The Task Force completed its work at the end of Fall 2015 and President Napolitano released the ROTF report on January 15, 2016, so that it may be discussed across the University before the Regents consider the matter at their March meeting.



Cybersecurity at UC

Message from Chancellor Wilcox

Colleagues:

Faculty throughout the UC system, and particularly at Berkeley, have raised concerns regarding security measures adopted by UCOP. The attached letters from President Napolitano and Chief Operating Officer Rachael Nava outline the systemwide response to these concerns. In addition, I am attaching a letter from the Academic Senate’s University Committee on Academic Computing and Communications, which issued a statement after reviewing the matter.

For further information, please see: http://security.ucop.edu/. Questions about UCR's cybersecurity measures may be addressed to Associate Vice Chancellor Chuck Rowley at charles.rowley@ucr.edu.

Sincerely,

Kim A. Wilcox
Chancellor

Letter from President Napolitano about UC Cyber Security Measures
Letter from UC Chief Operating Officer Nava
Statement from the University Committee on Academic Computing and Communications

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Diversity Task Force Report

Dear Colleagues,

One of the issues currently facing our campus is the need to ensure that our processes for dealing with matters related to climate, equity, discrimination and harassment are fair and effective. To this end the Senate convened a Task Force to examine these concerns and provided a report to the Executive Council, that report was reviewed by Council and forwarded to the administration with several concrete recommendations; both the Task Force report and the Council memorandum are attached to this message. I am forwarding these documents to keep you appraised of the Senate's efforts in this area.

The Senate will continue to advise the administration on the implementation of changes that can best serve the campus community and, in particular, the faculty. Simultaneously the Senate will examine its own procedures and resources to also better serve the faculty.

Yours,
Jose Wudka

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