An official notice has been mailed to thousands of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retirees affected by the recent University of California health care settlement agreement, including a detailed questionnaire that must be answered to ensure future benefits.

The settlement was announced last month, resolving a nine-year class action lawsuit in which the retirees sought reinstatement in UC health care benefits programs that they enjoyed prior to a 2007 management contract change.

The lawsuit class, including heirs and estates of deceased retirees, includes about 9,000 members.

Although they did not achieve reinstatement, they won two other key benefits. One provides $84.5 million in total financial assistance for specified past losses and expected future costs.

The other offers a guarantee of future reinstatement in UC’s health care benefits programs should the current Laboratory manager terminate its benefits program or materially change it.

The official settlement notice was mailed this past Tuesday from Houston, Tex., home of the court-appointed settlement administrator, Archer Systems LLC.

"It's important to read and answer this package carefully," said Jay Davis, a named lawsuit plaintiff who spoke last week to the Livermore Laboratory Retirees Association.

"It will help make sure settlement administrators have up-to-date contact details as well as complete information for determining your future benefits."