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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. According to this OCERS post the next key date is June 21 when the OCERS Board will meet and “a second reading and formal action will take place.” (Read More)
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.
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.
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 JUNE 14, 2021
Public pension plan funding improves as workforce declines
The Center For Retirement Research at Boston College issued a report this month with the following statements made in the conclusion of the report (Page 4 of the report) – “While initial expectations for public pensions were low due to COVID, financial markets rebounded, and municipal tax revenues were quite resilient.” Another statement “The aggregate funded ratio improved from 73 to 75 percent from FY 2020 to 2021. At the same time, contribution rates rose from 21 to 22 percent of payrolls.” (Read More)
City officials across Orange County are taking the state mandated housing battle to court
Much has been written in the last few about state legislation concocted in California usurping local decision making on housing, housing density, parking and related matters. This article in the Voice of OC reports some OC cities have had enough and “are looking to fight the state’s housing department in court after cities were mandated to zone for over 180,000 new homes in the next 8 years.” (Read More)
Why has local news and newspapers themselves declined?
Thanks to the retiree who brought this story in Politico to our attention. The article vividly describes the decline in the number and quality of newspapers in the U.S. and focuses on the disappearance of local news coverage as a major casualty. “Local news is good for us, we’re told daily, most recently this week in a FiveThirtyEight piece and seconded by the Reliable Sources newsletter. Local news makes representative government more accountable, scholars claim. Books and monographs extolling the virtues of local reporting on everything from public health to economic vitality abound. When local reporting goes south, researchers tell us, political polarization, civic corruption, lower voter turnout, reduced civic engagement and even authoritarianism follow.” (See also next story) (Read More)
Southern California News Group – a strategy for newspaper survival?
As a follow-up to the previous story take a look at the Southern California News Group. It is a group of 11newspapers combined through common ownership that touts the group as reporting local news. Increasingly though their coverage of local news seems to include a lot of the same stories – the same story about Disneyland for instance appearing in newspapers including the San Gabriel Valley Daily News San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily News, Orange County Register, Long Beach Daily News, and others. (For instance, on June 16 at least two newspapers in that group –The Orange County Register and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune ran the same editorial titled “Water rationing is not the solution for our drought”.) Time will tell if the economies of scale and sharing of stories under the banner of local news is a method for at least some newspapers to survive. (Read More)
Here’s how to use California’s new COVID vaccine verification system
This Mercury News report provides a step-by-step process for using the new system that was announced this week. (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.
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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