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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THIS MONTH’S HOT TOPICS

New Date and Time for the Hemet Luncheon

Please note that for June, the Hemet Luncheon has changed to the 3rd Tuesday of the month and will now be held on June 20th.  Attendees should arrive around 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall (please note the new location) 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.

Please click on this link for additional information.


Retiree Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)

At the February 7, 2017 OCERS Board of Directors’ meeting, the Board of Retirement approved a 2% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase for retirees and eligible survivors. The increase, effective April 1, will be reflected on the May 1 payment. Click here to learn more about how the Consumer Price Index (CPI) affects the COLA, as well as to see the percentage in your “COLA bank”.

Click here for more information regarding the 2017 COLA

For those retirees who are eligible for the STAR COLA (those retirees who retired on or before April 1, 1980), click here for additional information.


Get Involved!

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.

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Committee Status:  This committee currently needs a volunteer to serve on the committee.  If you are interested, please contact the committee chair, Norma Roberts, at her e-mail address of robertscn@att.net.


 

WHAT’S IN THE NEWS – WEEK OF MAY 15, 2017

Columnist – Governor’s increased pension payment explained

The Los Angeles Times carries this column that explains how and why the Governor’s proposed 2017-18 contains an “almost $12 billion” additional payment into the CalPERS pension fund to reduce the fund’s unfunded liability.  (More)


Who is coming to and leaving Los Angeles?

Real estate columnist Johnathan Lansner writes in the Whittier Daily News about 2015 data on the movement of people from and into California and Los Angeles.  Data is provided on numbers of people moving and their income levels, and compared to the national average and that of Texas.  The data seems to indicate that California was doing OK in 2015. (More)


Underclass growing in Orange County

The Orange County Register newspaper reports that a new Community Indictors report documents that the growing shortage of affordable housing is producing a growth in the underclass, and that this growth is likely to continue.  The story indicates the report contains some good news, but the status of low wage workers is increasingly grim. (More) 


Funding of nation’s largest pension funds improves 

An article in Pensions and Investments reports that during the first quarter of 2017 funded status of the 100 largest public pension funds rose to 72% as of March 31, up from 70.1% as of Dec. 31.  The article credits “robust market performance”.  (More)


Former OC Treasurer awarded millions in legal malpractice suit 

Several years ago former Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector Chris Street was ordered to pay millions due to his apparent mishandling of Trustee duties while administering the bankruptcy and liquidation of Fruehauf Corp. Now this Orange County Register newspaper story reports that Street was awarded $10 million in a jury trial alleging malpractice by his attorney at that time.  However, the attorney says he will appeal, so this may go on for a while. (More)


Another important pension case going to the Supreme Court

This article from reports that the California Supreme Court has accepted a review of another case dealing with the issue of whether public agencies may make “reasonable” changes to vested pension benefits.  (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.

Luncheons for 2017 are listed below:

January 25          March 22          May 24          September 27          December 6

Please Note:  Reservations by phone or mail for the May 24th luncheon must be at the REAOC office by Wednesday, May 17th, 2017.

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. Please note that for June, this has changed to the 3rd Tuesday of the month which will be June 20th.  Attendees arrive around 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall (please note the new location) 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 20, 2017 at 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall (please note the new location and new date) located at 515 E.Kimball in Hemet. 

Make your reservation by calling Joyce Emery at 951-658-2549 or Jane Pabitzky at 951-237-3240 by no later than June 6, 2017.

Luncheons for 2017 are listed below:

February 14        April 11              June 20           October 10            December 12

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 PLANS FOR 2017

If you have any questions regarding your health plan, please contact the County’s Employee Benefits section at (800) 858-7266.

Please click on the links below for the charts provided by the County for the 2017 Health Plan:

Retiree PPO Health Plan Rate Tables for 2017

Retiree Insured Health Plan Rate Table for 2017

Below is a link to the County PPO Blue Shield website. It’s a great website, retirees can track their claims (once they register), find network providers, get plan information, price prescriptions, etc.

 Please click here to go to the website.

On the bottom left corner of the find a provider page is a place to check the network outside of Ca.

Blue Shield of Ca contracts for the Blue Cross Nationwide network so the provider options  outside of CA are very good.

The County of Orange also provided this Retiree Services and Resources for REAOC.  Please click here to access this document.


For information about the supplemental insurance including dental and vision coverage, please click on the link below. 

Supplemental Insurance Benefits


 

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