Retired Employees Association of Orange County

Who We Are

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Who We Are

We’re  YOUR organization!

Focused Strictly on Retirees

Run by Retirees

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What We Do


What We Do

Protect Retiree Benefits

Work to Improve Retiree Benefits

Mobilize Retirees (When Needed)

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How to Contact Us

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How to Contact Us

P.O. Box 11787
Santa Ana, CA  92711-1787
Phone: 714.840.3995

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HEALTH PLAN OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2022

The County Employee Benefits has announced that Open Enrollment will be from Wednesday, October 20, 2021, to Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Elections made during Open Enrollment are effective January 1, 2022.  There will not be any in-person group meetings due to Covid (this is a correction from the Informer article).

Mark your calendars with the important dates below.

Open Enrollment Postcard

Delivered to your home mailing address mid to late September unless you have selected to have your information emailed to you.

Open Enrollment Newsletter

Delivered to your home mailing address early October unless you have selected to have your information emailed to you.

Prepare to Make Your Benefit Choices page!

Wednesday, October 13

 

First day of Open Enrollment

 

Wednesday, October 20

Last day of Open Enrollment

 

Tuesday, November 9

 

Correction period

Wednesday, November 10 through Friday, November 19


HEALTH PLAN RATES FOR 2022

The County of Orange Board of Supervisors approved the new rates for the retiree health plans for 2022 at their meeting on July 13, 2021. The rate charts may be seen below.

Click here for the PPO rate charts (Wellwise and Sharewell)

Click here for the HMO rate charts (Kaiser, Scan and Blue Cross)


MEDICARE SAVINGS PROGRAMS

If you or someone you know is having trouble paying for healthcare costs, there may be ways to save money on Medicare premiums and other costs. You can get help from your state paying your Medicare premiums. In some cases, Medicare Savings Programs may also pay Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and  Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)  deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments if you meet certain conditions. Please click here for additional information.


OCERS ALAMEDA PENSION CASE UPDATE

The Orange County Employees Retirement Association (OCERS) posted an update of the status of developing policies for the implementation of the California Supreme Court decision of last year in what is called the Alameda Decision. That decision solidifies the interpretation of the California Public Employee Pension Reform Act of 2012 (PEPRA) that made significant pension policy changes, including what compensation is and is not pensionable, thereby potentially impacting those who retired after 2012.  Click here to read the latest updates from OCERS.


COVID VACCINATION CARD SECURITY

After you get your COVID-19 vaccine, keep your vaccination card safe — scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal your personal information.

Don’t share a photo of your COVID-19 vaccination card online or on social media. Scammers can use content you post, like your date of birth, health care details, or other personal information to steal your identity.

To read additional information about COVID scams, click Protect Yourself.

You should get a COVID-19 vaccination card at your first vaccine appointment. If you didn’t, contact the provider site where you got vaccinated or your state health department to find out how to get a card.

If someone contacts you to buy or sell a vaccination card, it’s a scam.

If you suspect COVID-19 health care fraud, report it online at US Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Inspector General or call 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477). TTY users can call 1-800-377-4950.

I have lost my vaccination card, what should I do?
 
Please click on this link to learn what to do.
 
What if you need assistance with funeral expenses due to a Covid death?
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency can provide funeral assistance of up to $9,000 for deaths that have occurred as a result of COVID19. To learn more, please call (844) 684-6333 or click here for additional information.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

The County of Orange Health Care Agency has continued to update their  web site titled Covid-19 Vaccine Resources to keep the public informed.  Please click here to read more. 


REAOC BOARD OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

The REAOC Board will 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.


 
WHEN YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION CHANGES
 

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.


 
NEWSLETTERS
 
Click here to read the latest Informer newsletter.
 
Click here to read the latest CRCEA Intercom newsletter.

 

NEWS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6, 2021

America’s new retirement age is 62 — or younger. The ‘Great Resignation’ is giving boomers their golden years back.

This article in Business Insider begins with these observations –

 “Nearly half of Americans in a New York Fed survey said they expected to retire before turning 62.   Retiring earlier lets Americans use their “golden decade” for better financial planning.  But the economy depends on older workers, and a move to retiring early could upend the labor market.”  (Read More)


CalOPTIMA CEO on his way out after less than a year   

The Voice of OC reports “The leader of Orange County’s publicly-funded health insurance plan for one in every four OC residents is on his way out the door, less than a year after getting the permanent job.  Richard Sanchez, who led the county Health Care Agency before moving over to the health plan CalOptima in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, told his board members Thursday morning he’s resigning in 60 days, effective Nov. 7.  The choice for replacing Sanchez falls to the CalOptima board, headed by Chairman Andrew Do.” (Read More)


L.A. school officials order sweeping student vaccine mandate, a first by a major district 

This Los Angeles Times story begins with “All children 12 and older in Los Angeles public schools must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January to enter campus under an order approved Thursday by the Board of Education, the first such mandate among the nation’s largest school systems and a decision that triggered immediate pushback.” (Read More)


DAs and sheriffs elected in 2022 would get an extra 2 years in office under state bill 

Assembly Bill 759 would put voting for top county prosecutors and sheriffs on the same track as the presidential election beginning in 2028. To do that, an extra two years would be added to the four-year terms of most district attorneys and sheriffs elected during gubernatorial balloting in 2022.”  The bill is supported by advocates seeking to increase voter participation in local elections.  “But law enforcement officials, even those who would benefit from the extended terms, vehemently oppose the bill, saying it would make is easier to replace law-and-order candidates with progressive, criminal-friendly administrations.”   Orange County Register. (Read More)

ABOUT OUR LUNCHEONS

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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.

WHERE

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.

WHEN

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.

 
Please Note:  The luncheons 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.  An update will be posted when we can once again hold our luncheons in both Fountain Valley and in Hemet.
 

COST

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 (reaoc@reaoc.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.

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.

 
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.”

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HEALTH PLAN RATES FOR 2022

The County of Orange Board of Supervisors approved the new rates for the retiree health plans for 2022 at their meeting on July 13, 2021. The rate charts may be seen below.

Click here for the PPO rate charts (Wellwise and Sharewell)

Click here for the HMO rate charts (Kaiser, Scan and Blue Cross)


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. 

Supplemental Insurance Benefits


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