Express Scripts Dropping Smiths Pharmacies Effective January 1

Effective January 1, 2023, Smiths pharmacies will no longer be a part of the Express Scripts network.  Express Scripts is the manager for the Laboratory’s retiree pharmacy benefits.  If you have been using Lab benefits at Smith’s pharmacies, you should have received letters from both Express Scripts and Kroger informing you of this change. This change affects all Kroger pharmacies nationwide.  (Kroger is the parent company of Smiths.)  For more information see the December 13th Los Alamos Reporter article.

Open Enrollment for 2023

LANL 2023 Open Enrollment for retirees will take place October 24 through November 7,  2022.  All retirees should receive an open enrollment notice in the mail from Empyrean Customer Care Center for LANL.

For Medicare Eligible Retirees there will be an 11% average increase on medical insurance and a 5% increase on vision insurance.  There will be no changes to the  dental and legal plans. If you do not wish to make any changes, your current coverage will continue for 2023 but reflect 2023 pricing.

Log on to to review benefits and/or make changes.  Elections must be submitted by 11 pm MT on Nov 7, 2022.

For questions or assistance, you can call Empyearn Customer Care Center for LANL at 1-844-805-0002


Albuquerque Lab Retirees Meet Bimonthly

Los Alamos retirees in the greater Albuquerque area are invited to the bimonthly breakfast gathering of retirees at Weck’s, 6311 Riverside Plaza Lane (off Coors just north of Montano) on the third Wednesday of October and December (October 19 and December 21) for coffee fellowship at 8:00 a.m. and ordering from the menu at 8:30 a.m.   Meetings will continue in 2023 on the third Wednesday of even numbered months (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec).  Contact Robert Holder for other information ( or 505-412-2909.

July Newsletter Mailed Out

The July 2022 Newsletter has been mailed out to all members.   If you have not received your newsletter, please contact our Newsletter editor David Janecky at

We are always looking for articles or information pieces that would be of interest to our members.  If you have any ideas or suggestions, or would like to contribute an article, please contact David.  Our next newsletter will be published in November 2022.

2022 Annual Meeting May 18

The Los Alamos Laboratory Retiree Group’s annual meeting will be held on Wednesday May 18 at 2:00pm.  The meeting will be held virtually again this year via Zoom.  If you plan to attend, please send your email address to our President, David Schiferl, at  He will send you the Zoom link prior to the meeting.