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ATTN FURA FUSD RETIREES
ANTHEM/FUSD SENT US ALL NEW ANTHEM MEDICAL CARDS AND SAID TO DESTROY ANY OLD ANTHEM CARDS
AND THEN ON PAGE ONE – Second paragraph fourth sentence ,
“MEMBERS ENROLLED IN THE ENVISIONRxPLUS MEDICARE PART D PRESCRIPTION drug plan, should continue to use their separate prescription drug card.”
SO, — DO NOT DESTROY THAT ENVISIONRxPLUS CARD. YOU SHOULD HAVE TWO CARDS COVERING FUSD BENEFITS: ATHEM BLUE CROSS (DELTA) CARD
- ENVISIONRxplus PRESCRIPTION CARD
If you have destroyed your EnvisionRxplus card call FUSD BENEFITS OFFICE:
KUDOS TO FURA BOARD MEMBER DEAN CLARK FOR POINTING THIS OUT
The 2015 Newsletter can be viewed by downloading the following pdf: FURA Newsletter April 2015
FURA is Fresno Unified Retirees Association
Chairman’s Message for 2015 Annual Meeting, 3930 E. Saginaw Way, 10:01 am- 12:01 pm
FURA’S ANNUAL MEETING Solutions: We Bring them To You!
Delta Healthcare, Envision Rx Plus, FUSD’s
+Your Homework: Got a problem or compliment? Bring it!!! Expect a freebie!
1. Delta Health Care – Francine Hanley + Q&A
2. Envision Rx Plus – Q&A
3. Joanna Smith, our FURA Healthcare Advisor LCSW, CHA, &. UC Berkley Extension
Joanna’s topics include: BIG ISSUES FOR US ALL
+Medicare & FURA members,
+ ACA (“Obamacare”) & FURA members,
+Advance Healthcare Directives + FURA buys a Free Copy for the first 200 attendees.
+Two PROBLEM cases, HOW THEY GOT FIXED, AND BENEFIT US ALL.
4. S.A.F.E.- Senior Awareness fall & education, CSUF.••Stand up if you’ve fallen down. (I will stand twice. Barbara will stand twice. Have you been hurt in a fall???? We were hurt and had surgery.)
5. Your Board activities for 2014-2015 & business. Letter to FUSD, court case documents…•
Wednesday MAY 20, 2015–Retired Teacher’s Bldg. 3930 E. Saginaw Way
Letter Sent to FUSD et. al
FURA FRIENDLY REMINDER FOR FUSD, SEIG, CSEA, & BUILDING TRADES
There have been several leadership changes in FUSD. FURA, SEIU, CSEA. AND THE TRADES UNIONS. Hence, the FURA BOARD thinks a refresher/ reminder of Judge Franson’s judgment would be appropriate for all involved.
All retirees prior to September 1,2006, are members of the FURA Class in the Judgment. FURA ‘s members’ prepaid. vested health care is governed by this judgment and the contracts involved.
FURA endeavors to educate and protect its members’ health care and its implementation. We convened our annual membership meeting andinvited all the FUSD providers to address and do Q & A with the membership. Unfortunately, the providers did not participate in this meeting;however, FURA was assured that FUSD and its health care providers would hold meetings for all retirees in the next three to four months.
Naturally, as we age, divining the meaning of contracts and their procedures becomes more difficult for some of us;therefore we ask for a designated person to help the folks. Similarly, we hope that membership requirements be tailored to that understanding -mentioned extensively in the letter from Bezemek law.(attached)
KindRegards,The FURA BOARD Of DIRECTORS and Members
ATTACHED IS A JUDGMENT COPY – YELLOW, LETTER FROM BEZEMEKLAW
- T.THOMAS, CHAIR
- YOLANDA MORENO VICE CHAIR
- LAVERNE SMITH, RECORDUNG SECRETARY
- CATHY FRANZELL NEWS SECRETARY
- B.THOMAS, TREASURER
- V.OAXLEY, ASSIST. TREASURER
MEMBERS AT LARGE
- DEAN CLARK
- DAREL MEHRTEN
- MOSITA MOLLISON
- ROBERT BEZEMEK
- DAVID CONWAY
- JOANNA SMITH LCSW, MPH. H/L,UNC.
VSP MANAGER & NEWSLETTER.
- WALTER FRANZELL
- FLO & STEVEN DEAK
- M. HOMOLA
- C. SARKISIAN-BONARD
Fresno Unified Retirees’ Association
S.A.F.E. BALANCE SCREENINGS FOR OLDER ADULTS
FEBRUARY 7.2015 iFURA WEBMASTER ILEAVE A COMMENT
Provided by the: SAFE – Central Valley Coalition
A Consortium with Fresno State
Are you over 55? Do you have concerns about your balance or a fear of falling?
A quick synopsis of what is offered includes:
• Group Class: courses designed to increase and improve your balance and strength, reduce your risk of falls, and increase your confidence.
• Home Exercise Program: individualized home exercise programs.
• Community Classes: Various senior sites in the surrounding areas are currently offering community group balance classes.
• Fresno State Community Health Nursing: nursing students will contact older adults to perform individualized home safety checks in their residences.
• Gait, Balance and Mobility Center; an 8 week program overseen by core-faculty members from the Physical Therapy Department and clinicians from the community.
Handouts detailing more information will be provided at the FURA Annual Meeting May 20th.
P.O. BOX 1717
Clovis, CA 93613
Thank You retirees for donations to support FURA this past year.
-+-+-+JOIN your friends and other “FURAites“…
2015 Annual Meeting, 10:01am- 12:01pm
May 20, 2015, Retired Teacher’s Bldg.,
If you need vision insurance, FURA offers VSP to all retirees. For information: www.fura-fusd.org or call Walter Franzel!
OUR HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN INFO WAS HACKED
→80 Million Anthem Blue Cross accounts were hacked – names, DOB, SS Numbers, email addresses, member ID numbers, etc
→See Fresno Bee, 2-6-15 front page; Page two has possible actions you can take.
*Update – here are links to the Fresno Bee Articles about the hack:
→BUT, OUR FURA HEALTH CARE CONSULTANT SAYS:
- Sit tight; Anthem is legally required to contract you in the mail, IF YOU WERE HACKED, then act according to Anthem’s advice. When will you be advised,…?
- If you want to act now, take the suggestions on Page 2, Fresno Bee, 2-6-15.
- Do not call Anthem—not now anyway.
- Be vigilant re. your CREDIT CARD statements. Check even the smallest charges, as the bad guys charge small amounts to see if you’re are paying attention.
- Phishing: GET DEFENSIVE — do not open any UNKNOWN EMAIL ATTACHMENTS. Do not respond to requests for personal info—even if the sender looks real. Call the sender and verify before answering by email.
- ATTEND THE FURA ANNUAL MEETING ON 5-20-15 FOR AN UPDATE FROM THE DELTA/ANTHEM BLUE CROSS REPRESENTATIVE.(AND MUCH MORE)
Provided by the: SAFE – Central Valley Coalition
A Consortium with Fresno State
Are you over 55? Do you have concerns about your balance or a fear of falling?
The next screening dates are on Wednesday, February 11th and March 25th and will be held off-campus, at 1625 E. Shaw Ave, #155, by appointment only. You will be given multiple assessments to determine your strength, balance, and ultimately your risk for falling. A licensed physical therapist and nurse will be present for all testing. You will need to get a signed clearance from your physician, mailed once you make an appointment or downloadable at www.safecvc.org. Assessments take approximately 1 hour. At the end of the screening, all participants will receive education materials and recommendations based on the results of your assessment (described below).
Group FallProof™ Class. These courses are designed to increase and improve your balance and strength, reduce your risk of falls, and increase your confidence. FallProof™ was designed by Dr. Debra Rose with the Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Fullerton. This is a 12 week program (2x/week for 1 hour sessions) Class locations are off-campus with easily accessible parking. We also offer FallProof™ DVDs through the Center for Successful Aging for you to work on exercises at home.
Home Exercise Program. Based on the findings from the fall prevention screening, individualized home exercise programs will be developed and reviewed with the client.
Community Classes. Various senior sites in the surrounding areas are currently offering community group balance classes. When appropriate, participants may be given a list of these classes to contact and specific classes that would be appropriate for their skill level and needs.
Fresno State Community Health Nursing. Based on the findings from the fall prevention screening, nursing students will contact interested older adults to perform individualized home safety checks in their residences. Follow up visits can be scheduled for continued evaluation.
Gait, Balance, and Mobility Center. This is an 8 week program (2x/week for 1 hour sessions) offered during the academic year at California State University, Fresno. The program is overseen by core-faculty members from the Physical Therapy Department and clinicians from the community. Graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy students along with faculty discuss each client’s impairments and develop an individualized treatment plan that is carried out by the student.
If you would like more information or make an appointment please contact
Ashley Hart at email@example.com or 559-278-7539
*$10 Donation Requested, Please Make Checks Payable to Fresno State Foundation, Cash, Visa and MasterCard Cheerfully Accepted*
The FURA Board Meeting of Wednesday, January 14, 2015 was called to order by Chair, Tim Thomas at 9:12 am at Country Waffle. Board members in attendance were Tim Thomas, Barbara Thomas, Cathy and Walter Franzell, Mosita Mollison, LaVerne Smith and Dean Clark.
Tim asked if the board members had read the minutes of September, 27, 2014, and if there were any corrections. There were no revisions. Barbara made a motion to accept them. Cathy seconded. It was accepted by all members.
Chair asked Mosita if the arrangements were in place for the May 20. 2015 annual FURA meeting. Mosita assured us that the Retired Teachers Education Center was secured for the hours between 9 am and 1 pm. The meeting will be from 10 am to 12 noon. 3 tables will be set up in the hall along the wall. Tim, Dean and Darel will greet and direct members to the proper area. People will be asked if they are a FURA member and if their dues have been paid. Also, if they have a question for Medicare, Delta or VSP, see LaVerne at Medicare table, Cathy at the Delta table, and Walter at the VSP table. LaVerne will make name tags for all Board Members.
Mosita reported the fee for Richard Harris to set up the tables and chairs was $50.00. The fee for the building was $250.00. Mosita motioned we pay the total fee of $300.00 and Cathy seconded. The motion was carried.
Tim asked if someone would make a poster for the FTA meeting to be held on May 13th before our May 20th meeting. LaVerne will get poster ready for Cathy to pick up and take to the FTA meeting. Cathy will get the check from Barbara for $300.00 and take to Bonnie at Retired Teachers Education Center on the 13th as well.
Tim brought us up to date regarding the 44 boxes of documents that been stored at Bob Bezemek’s office. He had made an executive decision and had the boxes shipped to a Derrell’s Storage at Freeway 168 and Fowler at a cost of $581.00. The storage fee is $16.00 a month. We all felt it was necessary to retain the documents for the future. Two keys were obtained and given to designated board members. It was motioned by LaVerne that we pay the total fee of $581.00 and rental fee of $16.00. It was seconded by Mosita. It was suggested that the documents be put on digital, but it was decided it was not necessary as the court has the original.
Barbara gave the Treasurer’s report. Some dues were in, the lawyer’s fees were paid, the web site, Steve, was paid and Joanna had been paid. The report was presented and approved.
The annual meeting will open with:
- Introduction of Board Members and guest speakers
- Approval of minutes that were posted on the web site and in the newsletter
- Election of officers (Three people)
- Mission statement: (Our mission is to represent qualified FURA members by safeguarding and protecting vested health care benefits defined by Judge Franson’s decision of June 1, 2006.)
- Joanna will address Medicare, Delta and Affordable Care Act as they relate to FURA
a. She will give updates on Envision RX.
b. Joanna will introduce Francine Handley, Delta Rep, who will address Delta’s relationship to Medicare.
- Tim will address SAFE (Senior Awareness and Fall Education) or CSUF Rep
- Questions and Answers
Mosita reported on a problem she had with billing amounts and Dean asked an important questions. Both were asked, by Tim, if they would call Joanna regarding the problems so she could address at the May 20th meeting.
Tim handed out a flyer regarding SAFE, Senior Awareness and Fall Education that is being conducted at Fresno State. It was suggested that we hand out information on May 20th. Tim and Barbara will get enough to give to all interested at the meeting.
We were reminded to bring our yellow folders given out last year. Barbara stated that there were only about 50 left from last year. Dean will ask for a raise of hands who did not have one, and he will see that they get one. He suggested that it be stated in the newsletter to bring their yellow folders to the meeting.
In conclusion Tim thanked all in attendance, and he would see us in May.
LaVerne Smith, Secretary
You asked for this “workshop” in May
Your FURA in action
Fresno Unified School District
Retiree Benefits Workshop
This 1.5 hour workshop will provide you with an overview of your retiree benefits, including the Kaiser Senior Advantage Plan, and the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan provided through Envision Rx Plus.
You will learn about the different plan options, Medicare enrollment requirements, and how your benefits are coordinated between the District and Medicare. Representatives from Envision, Kaiser Permanente , and the JHMB will be on-hand to answer your questions.
Saturday, September 27, 2014,
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Fresno High School
Royce Hall Theater
1839 N. Echo Ave.
Fresno, CA 93704
Refreshments will be served
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The 2014 Newsletter can be viewed by downloading the following pdf: FURA Newsletter April 2014
Tim Thomas, Chair called the FURA Meeting to order at 9:30AM, June 5, 2014 at Country Waffles, Fresno CA.
The first item on the agenda was to finalize the positions of the board for 2014-2015. Tim stated the Following: Tim Thomas, Chair – Yolanda Moreno, Vice Chair – Recording Secretary, LaVerne Smith – Secretary, Catherine Franzell – Treasurer, Barbara Thomas – Treasurer Asst., Vivienne Oxley – Members at LArge, Darel Mehrten, Dean Clark and Mosita Mollison – Betty Thornton, Associate – Walter Franzell, Newsletter and VSP. Don Kisner wants out so a replacement is being considered for the web site postition. There person Tim had in mind could’t accommodate us now. Mosita suggested we as Sue Dunham’s son, Monty, to consider working on the web site. Tim will contact him. Darel informed us50% of the questions on the web site are regarding VSP.
Increasing active membership to FURA was discussed. It was agreed that Joanna’s synopsis of our May 6, 2014 Annual meeting be sent to all retirees along with Catherine’s minutes, annual report and a list of informational contacts. Everyone felt this was the start in the right direction. Other ideas will be discussed at our next board meeting.
It was suggested the letter Bob Bezemek drafted be sent to Ruth Quinto, after corrections, also cc’d to Superintendent Hansen, Board of Ed, FTA, CSEA and other union reps in October. We will wait for a response. If no response we will take further action.
Catherine informed us that Group 3 trying to receive the same benefits the original FURA group got was defunct. In fact all retirees after September 1, 2006 have no recourse.
Tim Questioned the board on where we were going, what are our goals? Final request was for all board members to research mission statements and come prepared to submit and discuss a mission at the July 16, 2014 board meeting at Country Waffle, 9AM – 10:30AM.
The meeting adjourned at 11AM.
Respectfully submitted Recording Secretary, LaVerne Smith