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THIS MONTH’S HOT TOPICS
New Retirement System Scam
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is warning its members to look out for a scam that tells them they owe money to the pension fund. The scammer then identifies himself as representing the California Retirement Department and asks that retirees send him money.
Although, at this time, this is only a CalPERS issue, REAOC and OCERS are both sharing this article to let you know that it is a scam. Please note that OCERS would never call in this manner.
New Health Plan Rates for 2018
WHAT’S IN THE NEWS – WEEK OF NOVEMBER 13, 2017
Organize end of life documents – don’t leave a mess behind you!
To make sure that our heirs have as smooth a time of it as possible when we pass away it is critical to have one’s affairs in order. But, what does that mean? This Good Housekeeping article spells out 12 things we should all do to really put our affairs in order. If you have not done these things, believe your Editor when he says you should do it, and now! (More)
You may have high blood pressure after all
Are you one of the lucky people who are told by your doctor that you do not have high blood pressure? Well, you may need to check again. The reason? According to this story from NBC News the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology have released new guidelines that lowers the levels considered to be high blood pressure. The new levels are that a reading higher than 130/80 will be considered to have hypertension, or high blood pressure. The story says this new guideline means that nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure. (More)
Does the public have a right to know who anonymous donors are?
The Voice of OC article raises this question. The issue is whether anonymous donations to county government, but earmarked for a pet project of a Supervisor, are a form of political patronage hiding behind the veil of anonymity. Since the public supposedly benefit from such donations, is the public entitled to know who is behind them? (More)
Telephone scam targets retirees
This article in The Independent reports that CalPERS retirees have been targeted in a telephone scam in which the caller claims to be from the retirement system and tells the retiree a prepaid credit card number is needed so retirement payments can continue. Any retiree who complies soon regrets it. CalPERS has issued a warning to its members. (More)
Pension Millionaires, greed describes public pension system
This article in the Solano County Daily Republic newspaper describes the presentation by some well-known pension reform advocates at a public forum of the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association. Give this a read to see what those folks are saying about us. They followed the same script they always do in their writing and talks. (More)
So Cal will soon have a lot more old people, and that will change everything
Columnist David Whiting writes in the Orange County Register about the aging population of the state, and suggest that instead of calling California the Golden State we call it the Golden Years. (More)
California fines Anthem $5 million for ignoring consumer grievances
This Los Angeles Times story says that Anthem Blue Cross has been fined $5 million for repeatedly failing to resolve consumer grievances in a timely manner. The state says that Anthem has a history of systemic violations and a long history of flouting the law regarding consumer complaints. (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 2017 are listed below:
January 25 March 22 May 24 September 27 December 6
Please Note: Reservations by phone or mail for the December 6th luncheon must be at the REAOC office by Wednesday, November 29th, 2017.
Luncheons for 2018 are listed below:
January 24 March 28 May 23 September 26 December 5
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 (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, December 19, 2017 at 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall (please note the new location) located at 515 E.Kimball in Hemet.
Make your reservation by calling Mary Little at 951-485-7738 or Jane Pabitzky at 951-237-3240 by no later than December 7, 2017.
Luncheons for 2017 are listed below:
February 14 April 11 June 20 October 17 December 19
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.”
HEALTH PLAN RATES FOR 2018
At the Board of Supervisors meeting on August 8, 2017, the new retiree health plan rates for 2018 were approved. Please click on the links below to see the new rates.
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:
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.
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.
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