MOTION-- The City of Los Angeles must keep its promise to its workers to meet their health care needs in
retirement, while taking advantage opportunities to reduce costs to the City. The City of Los Angeles
faces a severe financial crisis, making this an urgent time to find cost savings in all departments and
consider its long-term financial obligations.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City's tax revenues have declined dramatically, The City's Fiscal Year
2020-21 Budget of $10.5 billion is approximately $200 million lower than the FY 2019-20 adopted
budget, and the City faces a further revenue shortfall of at least $600 million. Because the City must end
the Fiscal Year with a balanced budget, and the Reserve Fund was significantly depleted during the
FY2019-20 fiscal year, the City faces the prospect of deep cuts to City services, furloughing tens of
thousands of City employee?, and in the worst-case scenario laying off significant numbers of
Looking forward to the 2021-22 Fiscal Year, the City faces significant payouts to retirees who
participated in the Separation Incentive Program and increased pension costs due to changes in
assumed rate of return and actuarial assumptions. The City must explore all avenues for reducing its
expenses, including health care costs for current employees and retirees, especially for those retirees
who are not yet eligible for Medicare.
There are many options to reduce healthcare costs, including negotiating with current health care
providers. The City should also explore alternatives to the current healthcare providers, including
Affordable Care Act options that could provide reasonably-priced (and often-subsidized) individual
health care plans. With the newly-elected President Biden's pledge to expand affordable health care
options, it is time for the City to re-examine how it provides health care benefits to current employees
and retirees while ensuring that employees and retirees will continue to have access to affordable, high quality health care.
I THEREFORE MOVE that the City Administrative Office, in consultation with the Los Angeles City
Employees' Retirement System (LACERS), Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions (LAFPP), the Personnel
Department and the City's labor partners, be directed to report to the Executive Employee Relations
Committee and appropriate Council Committees with viable options and recommendations to reduce
City healthcare costs for current employees and retirees, consistent with existing legal requirements,
City commitments and considerations of equity.