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Focused Strictly on Retirees
Run by Retirees
Protect Retiree Benefits
Work to Improve Retiree Benefits
Mobilize Retirees (When Needed)
2021 KEITH CONCANNON SCHOLARSHIPS
Starting January 2, 2021, scholarship applications may be requested by either sending an e-mail to email@example.com or by calling the REAOC office at (714) 840-3995. Click here to see the Scholarship Informational Packet for the 2021. For additional information regarding the scholarship, click here.
HCA COVID-19 VACCINE RESOURCES
The County of Orange Health Care Agency has developed a web site titled Covid-19 Vaccine Resources to try to keep the public informed. Please click here to read more. Below you will also find a chart that was prepared by HCA showing vaccination timelines. You may find this to be helpful in determining when you may be able to receive your vaccination.
PLEASE AVOID SCAMS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 VACCINES. READ MORE BELOW.
CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT UPDATE
As many of you are aware, there was a hearing at the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th District on November 18, 2020 regarding the Harris, Jahn, McConnell, et.al. V County of Orange, Class Action lawsuit (filed in February, 2009 on behalf of County employees enrolled in County health plans who retired prior to January, 2008), was heard by a three-member panel of judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal on November 18, 2020. While REAOC is not a party in this class action lawsuit, your REAOC Board of Directors is monitoring the progress of the case closely as it affects many members of our association.
Named plaintiffs, on behalf of thousands of retired County employees participating in County-sponsored health care plans, filed this lawsuit against the County of Orange challenging changes it made to the structure of two health benefits. These benefits are the Retiree Health Care Grant, a monthly stipend that retirees receive to defray their health insurance premium expense and the second benefit is the annual cap on Grant Multiplier that was changed from 5% to 3%.
If you would like to watch and listen to the hearing from the 18th of November, please click here. Once the page is open, click on the red arrow in the middle of the picture.
We have no idea of when we will have a ruling on this hearing but, when this ruling is made available by the District Court, we will post it on this website.
CORONA VIRUS INFORMATION
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 JANUARY 11, 2021
Desirable businesses, residents, fleeing California
This article in the Sacramento Business Journal reports on the reality of major companies fleeing California as well as the degradation of the quality of life in our big cities. The recent departure of Elon Musk and much of his business empire from this state in a move to Texas just six months after the Governor scoffed that he would not leave is used to illustrate the worrisome trend. (Note: It was reported last week that Mr. Musk is now the wealthiest person in the world, having surpassed Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame.) (Read More)
Public Pensions Aren’t Causing State And Local Budget Gaps—The Pandemic Is
The author of this article in Forbes asks the question “Why are Republicans opposed to public pension funding?” because it has become an issue in Congress related to proposed federal financial assistance to state and local governments. He then tries to explain it in this article, including “This is part of the Republican narrative that that financial mismanagement generally, and pension problems specifically, are a blue state and Democratic issue.” Also, “Attacks on public employee pensions also are seen as part of a larger attack on public employee unions, who tend to be politically Democratic.” (Read More)
Orange County’s Senior Citizens Remain Hardest Hit By Coronavirus
Patch reports “Orange County officials have turned their attention to protecting residents over the age of 65 amid growing coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. – – – Since the pandemic began, 707 skilled nursing facility residents have died of coronavirus, along with 242 assisted living facility residents.” (Read More)
Vaccine Delays Reveal Unexpected Weak Link in Supply Chains: A Shortage of Workers
Despite the initial bravado of Army General Gustave Perna and other federal officials about a rapid deployment of the vaccine, Governing reports “The shipment of goods to suppliers has become technologically sophisticated. Delays in getting out the COVID-19 vaccine to people show that the breakdowns come down to something more basic”. The article also says “.People who want a vaccine can’t get it, some counties have more than others and older people are camping out for it the way they once might have for tickets to a Bruce Springsteen concert.” Then it reports that the primary problem is “it’s more about a shortage of employees to support the supply chains and distributions. Some states are even considering calling up the National Guard.“ (Read 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.”
HEALTH PLAN RATES FOR 2021
Please click on the links below for the charts provided by the County for the 2021 Health Plan rates:
Click here to see the Sharewell and Wellwise rates.
Click here to see the HMO and PPO rates.
Click here to contact the Orange County Employee Benefits Resource Center – My OC Benefits™
THE EMPLOYEE BENEFITS RESOURCE LINE – MY OC BENEFITS™
Call the My OC Benefits™ Line toll-free at (833) 476-2347 or they may be reached at mybenefits.ocgov.com
SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE BENEFITS
For information about the supplemental insurance including dental and vision coverage, please click on the link below.
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