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BOARD WATCH COMMITTEE
Chair, Norma Roberts
The purpose of this committee is to protect retiree rights and benefits by reviewing Board of Supervisor’s (BOS) agendas and minutes and to listen to the BOS meetings in order to identify any items that might affect retiree rights or benefits or be of interest to REAOC. This committee is seeking volunteers to assist the REAOC Board by listening to the Board of Supervisors’ meetings to identify any topics of interest to retirees.
Committee Status: This committee currently needs a volunteer to serve on the committee.
|ELECTION WORKERS NEEDED|
|The Orange County Registrar of Voters needs more than 6,000 volunteers to assist with the various tasks that are required in conducting the upcoming June 7, 2016, Presidential Primary Election. Volunteers provide a valuable community service and contribute to supporting one of our most important freedoms in our democracy.
For information on the various Election Day volunteer opportunities, job descriptions, compensation and to sign up to serve on Election Day, visit the Registrar’s website at ocvote.com/volunteer.
GREAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
OneOC, a local nonprofit resource center is seeking volunteers. One of the programs is undergoing a rigorous initiative of engaging hundreds of volunteer mentors at local OC elementary and middle schools to help share information about college and how to get there. As high school dropout rates continue to increase and with over 50% of OC youth not completing the necessary coursework to be eligible to attend a four-year university, we want to change these statistics and give OC youth the support they need. We offer flexible schedules, selection of various locations, and program training.
If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact:
WHAT’S IN THE NEWS – WEEK OF MAY 16, 2016
Long Term Care Insurance – less bang, more bucks
This article in the April 3 edition of the Orange County Register focuses on a 69-year-old woman who took out long term care insurance 20 years ago. Now her premium has “nearly quadrupled” in just 2 years. Her choices are described as (1) pay the higher premium, (2) reduce coverage or (3) cancel the policy entirely. The article says with nursing home costs now topping $90,000 a year; many insurers have left the industry. It also reports that most Americans do not realize that Medicare will not pay for long term care. (More)
Study: Long-term care costs continue to rise
This Associated Press story says that the cost of a private nursing home room is edging close to $100,000 a year and the cost of other care options, such as home health aides and assisted living is also escalating. The median annual cost of a private nursing home room is now $92,378 a year. The story says there are no cheap options for those without long term care insurance, and that insurance is becoming more scarce and more expensive. (More)
Arizona voters approve pension reforms
The KTAR News web site reports that the voters of Arizona this past Tuesday resoundingly approved the Proposition 124 public safety pension reform initiative. The reform ratifies reform changes made by the State legislature and reduces the annual pension COLA. Other legislative changes include increased employee and employer contributions, and a new reduced tier for newly hired employees. Public safety unions reportedly supported Proposition 124 because the pension system funding level has plummeted to about 50%. (More)
Orange County, State income gap widens
The Orange County Register reports that the gap in income between the rich and the poor in Orange County has widened considerably. The story reports that in California the gap between high-income and low-income families is twice the size it was in 1980, and one in five Californians lives in poverty. (More)
OC home prices back to pre-recession levels
Ten years ago it was hard to fathom how home prices could have risen to such astronomical levels, and wonder if it would last. It didn’t. Now, 10 years later prices are back to those levels, according to this story in the Orange County Register newspaper, and the median price of home sales hit $645,000 in April. Low interest rates and high demand are the stated reasons. Will it last this time? (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.
Luncheons for 2016 are listed below:
January 27 March 23 May 25 September 28 December 7
Please Note: Reservations by phone or mail for the May 25th luncheon must be at the REAOC office by Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
HEMET CHAPTER LUNCHEONS
Luncheons in Hemet are 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 located at 515 E. Kimball Avenue in Hemet and lunch is served between 11:45 and noontime. 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.
REAOC’s Hemet Chapter will hold its next luncheon on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church located at 515 E.Kimball in Hemet.
Make your reservation by calling Jeri Maupin at 951-672-4594 or Joyce Emery at 951-658-2549 by no later than June 7, 2016.
Luncheons for 2016 are listed below:
February 9 April 19 June 14 October 11 December 13
MAP TO MILE SQUARE PARK
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.”
AVAILABLE HEALTH PLANS FOR 2016
The Open Enrollment Period for the 2016 health plans has ended. If you have any questions regarding your health plan, please contact the County’s Employee Benefit section at (866) 325-2345.
Please click on the links below for the charts provided by the County for the 2016 Health Plan rates:
For information about the supplemental insurance including dental and vision coverage, please click on the link below.
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