The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) administers CSU employee health care benefits. Health care premiums are shared between the CSU and its employees, with the CSU funding a significant portion of the costs. The 2021-22 CSU budget plan includes $23.8 million to fund the base increase in employer-paid health care costs resulting from changes in premiums effective January 2021. The following chart indicates the Government Code (employer-paid) health care contribution increases from 2016 through 2021:
The CSU is governed by Government Code Section 22871 that defines the way employer-paid health care contribution rates are calculated. Either through policy or collective bargaining agreement, the CSU covers health care costs for represented and non-represented employees up to an amount equivalent to the established Government Code rates, with the exception of Unit 6 (Skilled Crafts), which bargained for CSU employer health contribution rates slightly above Government Code rates.
The total increase in CSU health care costs due to contribution changes during this five-year period is more than $70 million.
The 2021-22 budget request funds permanent base budget costs associated with January 2021 employer health care premium increases. The CSU must absorb approximately $12 million during 2020-21 to fund the one-time costs related to the January 2021 premium increases for the six-month period from January-June 2021.