"Company" Defined
Throughout this section, unless otherwise stated, reference to "Company" or "PG&E" means Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The plans and benefits described in this handbook are also applicable to employees who terminate at or after age 55 ("retirees") and surviving dependents of PG&E Corporation and its designated subsidiaries, but only to the extent that such entities are participating employers with respect to the described plans or programs and such retirees and surviving dependents meet the eligibility requirements of the plans or programs.
This is the 2013 edition of your Summary of Benefits Handbook for Retirees and Surviving Dependents, and describes the benefits effective January 1, 2013.
The Handbook contains valuable information about the following benefit programs (some that are negotiated and some that are not negotiated) that the Company offers to you and your eligible dependents.
The Benefits Available
The Company offers certain retirees and their surviving dependents certain benefits that give you choices and may require you to make election decisions. Other benefits do not require election or enrollment decisions; you are automatically covered if you are an eligible participant. For details on the various plan provisions, see individual plan sections in this Handbook as well as:
  • The What to Do… section provides checklists of things you need to do when certain events occur or you reach certain milestones;
  • The Health Care Participation section for health care plan enrollment information;
Whether you are about to retire and choosing your retiree benefits for the first time or you are considering a change to your existing retiree benefits elections, you should evaluate your options with care. Be sure to consider your future as well as your present needs when making your benefit decisions.
If you have any questions about your benefits that are not answered by this Handbook or other benefit plan documents, you can contact the PG&E Benefits Service Center at 866-271-8144 (open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time).