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OPEN ENROLLMENT & NEW HEALTH PLAN RATES FOR 2021
Open enrollment will begin soon! Please click on the links below to see the new health care rates for retirees for 2021.
Click here to see the Sharewell and Wellwise rates.
Click here to see the HMO and PPO rates.
Open enrollment for your medical health plans will be from October 23, 2020 until November 13, 2020.
You should have received a notice regarding open enrollment from the County of Orange, Employee Benefits (click here to see the notice). Read the attachment and/or mailer carefully as it has very important information.
Additionally, the County of Orange has also provided summaries of each of the available health plans for your information. Please click here to see those plan summaries. The County of Orange will soon send all retirees the Open Enrollment Solicitation letter. REAOC will post that letter when it is available.
If you missed the County’s Live Zoom Presentation on Open Enrollment, click here to see the presentation. The individual health plan presentations with their internet addresses are listed below.
Remember you must sign on to My OC Benefits™ to make your selections for 2021. Go to mybenefits.ocgov.com using either the Chrome, Edge or Firefox browsers from anywhere you have Internet access. Enter your user ID and password, and you’re in! If you have trouble with the website, you may also call My OC Benefits™ at (833) 476-2347. If you have already logged on to the website, be ready with the PIN created when you first logged on to My OC Benefits™or when you called the Benefits Service Center the first time.
•Representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday Pacific Time
•During Open Enrollment hours are extended to 8 p.m.
•If there’s a wait, you can schedule a call-back at a time convenient for you
If you have questions, call the My OC Benefits™ Line toll-free at (833) 476-2347 or they may be reached at mybenefits.ocgov.com .
NEW EMPLOYEE BENEFITS CONTACT TO SERVE ORANGE COUNTY RETIREES
There is a brand-new way to contact the County of Orange, Employee Benefits. To help you learn how to utilize this new service, the County has developed a comprehensive, personalized reference guide for managing your County of Orange benefits — My OC Benefits™. This Quick Reference Guide highlights the features of My OC Benefits,™ which provides you with a one-stop resource to learn about, enroll in and make changes to your benefits from your smartphone, tablet or computer. Click here to see the Reference Guide. If you have any questions regarding this new service, please call the County of Orange Employee Benefits at (833) 476-2347.
Please click here to read the latest information from the County of Orange, Health Care Agency’s information on the Corona Virus.
REAOC BOARD OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
The REAOC Board will still continue to meet on a monthly basis although we will follow the CDC guidelines and not meet in person. Our Board meetings will continue to be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and we will utilize the online Zoom platform. If you have any issues or questions you would like to have us discuss, please contact the REAOC office at (714) 840-3995.
If you move, get a new or change your e-mail address or telephone or if you have a name change, there are actions that are necessary so that you continue to receive your benefits, newsletters, e-mails, etc.
If any of the above pertains to you, you need to notify REAOC, the Orange County Employees’ Retirement System (OCERS) and the County of Orange Employee Benefits Center with the new information.
To contact REAOC – call (714) 840-3995 or go to http://reaoc.org/email-us/ to e-mail the new/changed information.
To contact OCERS – call (714) 558-6200 or go to https://www.ocers.org to go to their website and sign-into “MyOCERS” to update your information.
To contact the County of Orange Employee Benefits Services Center – call (833) 476-2347 or to go to the benefits website by contacting My OC Benefits™ directly through IntraOC, or on the internet at mybenefits.ocgov.com.
NEWS WEEK OF OCTOBER 12, 2020
Social Security COLA to appear in 2021
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021 according to the Social Security Administration. Also, “The maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $142,800.” (More)
LA County health officials urge flu shots
Pasadena Now carried this story that says “With flu season blowing into California, public health officials on Thursday renewed their call for Los Angeles County residents to get influenza shots and continue to adhere to social distancing protocols that they say will help them stem the spread of both viruses.” (More)
Fountain Valley hospital failed to control COVID-19 spread among patients and staff
On October 12, the E-News of the Orange County Register carried a report that “Lax infection control protocols set in place by Fountain Valley Regional Hospital administrators put patients and staff at increased risk of catching the coronavirus, hospital inspectors said.” The story says this was the finding of a report by state and federal public health agencies. (More)
Unofficial voting drop boxes spotted in OC and other parts of California
On October 11, the Orange County Register reported that “The California Secretary of State has received reports in recent days about possible unauthorized ballot drop boxes in Fresno, Los Angeles and Orange counties” and that the operation of such boxes is a violation of the law. Orange County Registrar Neal Kelly is reported to have received numerous reports of such an unauthorized drop box in front of County Supervisor Michelle Steele’s campaign office for Congress. (More)
Harley Rouda and Michelle Steel locked in tight battle for 48th District seat
The October 11 posted story by the Orange County Register describes a congressional race in which it says both candidates have “gone negative”. The story provides considerable background information about both candidates and their views on some key topics. (More)
ABOUT OUR LUNCHEONS
REAOC luncheons are held for the purpose of bringing Orange County retirees together for an afternoon of camaraderie, entertainment, and information. Friends and family are always welcome! Each luncheon features a different theme, with door prizes, and special gifts. As an added bonus, there is a valuable Progressive Drawing. They also serve as a general meeting for the membership.
The Mile Square Park Banquet Facility located at 10401 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, California, 92708. For directions, call the Mile Square Banquet Facility at (714) 962-5541 or see map below showing where the Facility is located. Please DO NOT call the Facility to make reservations. Reservations are made by sending in the reservation form in The Informer or by calling the REAOC office at (714) 840-3995.
Luncheons are held the 4th Wednesday of January, March, May and September, and on the first Wednesday of December at Noon. To ensure a parking spot please arrive by 11 a.m. Please carpool if possible as the parking lot at this facility can be quite busy.
Cost for the luncheon is $17.00 per person. A reservation form is provided in The Informer (on the current Luncheon page), in the “Forms” section of the REAOC web site or you may email the REAOC office of your request (email@example.com).
HEMET CHAPTER LUNCHEONS
Luncheons in Hemet have been traditionally held on the second Tuesday during the months of February, April, June, October and December. Attendees arrive around 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall located at 515 E. Kimball Avenue in Hemet and lunch is served between 11:45 and noon. The cost is $9.50 per person. The Hemet Chapter would like new members and encourages all REAOC members who live in the area or within driving distance to join them for the luncheons.
Please Note: The luncheons for the remainder of 2020 have been cancelled. In light of the unknown facts and drivers surrounding the Coronavirus REAOC strongly believes caution is of utmost importance when it comes to the health of our membership. This is a challenging time for us all. Being mindful of recommendations by health experts to avoid crowds, the REAOC Board of Directors unanimously agreed that cancelling the upcoming luncheons is the most pro-active, appropriate action to take at this time.
REAOC’s Hemet Chapter will hold its next luncheon on Tuesday, October 20th at 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church.
Make your reservation for the next luncheon by calling Mary Little at 951-485-7738 or Jane Pabitzky at 951-237-3240 by no later than October 6, 2020.
Below is a map showing the general location of the Mile Square Park Banquet Facility located at 10401 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley, California 92708.
If you need exact directions from your house you can go to MapQuest and click on “driving directions.”
NEW HEALTH PLAN RATES FOR 2021
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the County of Orange Board of Supervisors approved the new health care rates for retirees for 2021.
Click here to see the Sharewell and Wellwise rates.
Click here to see the HMO and PPO rates.
HEALTH PLAN RATES FOR 2020
Please click on the links below for the charts provided by the County for the 2020 Health Plan rates:
Click here for the retiree PPO rates
Click here for the retiree HMO rates
For information about the supplemental insurance including dental and vision coverage, please click on the link below.
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