I am writing to you as a retiree of the University of California, having worked as a mathematician at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for over 34 years. I retired as a UC employee in 2002. I am 76 years old.
For all of those years, I was repeatedly promised, in various UC employee literature, that my wife and I would have access to UC-sponsored health insurance plans after retirement. Starting in 2008, that promise was broken. As a result of being in the much smaller LLNS retiree insurance risk pool, my (non-Medicare) health insurance premiums have cost me about $5000 annually more than they would if I were covered by a similar UC-sponsored plan.
As you know, a class action lawsuit is in progress on this issue. I am one of the plaintiffs representing the 7000+ class members, all UC-LLNL retirees like myself (or their survivors). As such, I urge you to see that this lawsuit is brought to a speedy and just end, with a full correction of this injustice. I have no doubt that UC has the cash available to accomplish this, perhaps drawing upon the $134 million collected as UC’s share of the LLNL management fees since 2008.