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Impact on Active Employee Premiums of Restoring Combined Insurance Pool

Retirees are asking the Board of Regents to restore promised retiree benefits, by putting pre-65 retirees back into the combined insurance pool (also called blended pool).  Click this link to view an analysis that shows the resulting increase to active employee health insurance premiums would be small ranging from 0.2% to 2.1%  depending on coverage.



UNM Pre-65 Retiree Concerns About Recent Changes to Retiree Health Care Benefits

Five UNM retirees met with each UNM Regent, President Frank, EVP Harris, Chancellor Roth, and Provost Abdallah to discuss their concerns about the recent changes made to retiree health care benefits.  They also gave each of them a binder containing important related documents and information, which can be viewed at this link.  It includes the following:

  • Documentation of the benefits UNM promised to retirees.
  • Analyses of premiums and percent increases.
  • UNM's application for the federal Early Retiree Reinsurance Program.
  • Analysis of how the increased premiums actually increased UNM's accrued liability not decreased it.
  • Insurance premium rate comparisons with comparable organizations.
  • GASB (Governmental Accounting Standards Board) publications stating that retiree health insurance benefits are a form of deferred compensation.
  • NM Supreme Court opinion that states organizations must take into account promises made to retirees that are stated in policy manuals.
  • US Department of Labor document stating health care benefits promised to retirees must be honored.

Save ERB Cola

On December 19, 2013, the NM Supreme Court issued an unanimous decision that our COLA is not a part of our vested property right. The Opinion can be viewed by going to Legal Documents  on the erbcola website, which will be available until March 1, 2014.  SAVE ERB COLA is obviously disappointed in the decision of the New Mexico Supreme Court in Bartlett v. Cameron. We believe that the Court failed to recognize national standards of accounting and actuarial practice which unequivocally treat the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) as an integral part of the benefits granted by a retirement plan.  Thanks to all of you who donated funds to pay the legal costs of this important challenge to reduction of our retiree benefits.  All funds collected were sent to the attorney representing us.  Although we were unable to cover all of the attorney's costs, we have closed the fundraising efforts, the checking account was audited, and a final report was made to the Internal Revenue Service.  Rest assured all funds collected were sent to the attorney.  Thanks again for supporting this important effort. 


Retirees Association

MSC11 6330
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 277-3187

The UNM Retiree Association Welcomes You!

We’ve posted two documents on our website that I hope will be of interest to you. The first is our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was approved by the Regents at their Board meeting on March 10. It’s more-or-less a standard MOU except that the Regents chose to delete what we believe was a key phrase. Look at item E, under Whereas. The sentence we submitted stated, “As the Association wishes to participate in shared governance and to represent all UNM Retirees and their ideas to the UNM Board of Regents...” For reasons we can’t understand and that were not explained, the Regents chose to strike the phrase, “to participate in shared governance and” from this sentence. Thus, the MOU they approved is as you see it. Although we argued that this was a key phrase in the MOU, that argument fell on deaf ears.

   UNM Retiree Association Memorandum of Understanding

The second document newly posted on our website is, “A Modest Proposal: A UNM College for Emeriti Faculty and Staff.” In this draft proposal we make the case, hopefully, why it would be to the benefit of everyone at UNM if we had a College, a real place, where emeriti faculty and staff could participate in the myriad of activities that we envision. We encourage all of you who might be interested in such a “place” to read our proposal carefully and give us whatever feedback you think might be helpful (i.e., constructive criticism). Or, if you might be against such a concept, please let us know your reasons.

A Modest Proposal - A UNM College for Emeriti Faculty and Staff

The UNMRA is an officially recognized University association and is one of the campus groups that serves as Advisors to the Board of Regents.

The UNM Retiree Association was established to enhance the quality of life for its members. The Association

  • organizes activities of special interest to retirees;
  • establishes and maintains liaison with appropriate University organizations to assure retiree interests are being recognized;
  • provides a channel of communication through which retirees' interests and concerns can be represented to the University administration and to the state.

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