NU Online News Service, March 27, 2:58 p.m. – The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, Sacramento, Calif., says it will open its self-funded long-term care program to the adult brothers and sisters of CalPERS members starting April 1.

The application period will end June 30.

CalPERS has already been offering to the voluntary, subscriber-paid program to California public employees, retirees, spouses, parents, and parents-in-law. The program covers about 160,000 people, CalPERS estimates.

Public employees can buy LTC coverage through the CalPERS program even if they live in other states or work for agencies that get their major medical coverage from organizations other than CalPERS.