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THIS MONTH’S HOT TOPICS
The 2017 Health Plan Rates
The new rates have been approved by the Board of Supervisors and are posted on our website. Click on the Health Plan and Rates tab to see the new rates for 2017.
Please see the message below from the website of the attorneys representing the class members in this lawsuit.
The lawsuit generally alleges that it was improper for CalPERS to impose an 85% rate increase on individuals who purchased LTC1 and LTC2 policies issued through CalPERS’ Long Term Care insurance program. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that in October 2012, CalPERS adopted an 85% rate increase for certain policy holders that was allegedly necessitated by investment losses in the LTC Program and CalPERS’ decision to change its investment strategy. The plaintiffs assert that under the contracts between CalPERS and Class Members, CalPERS is not permitted to increase premiums for these reasons. The lawsuit also alleges that the 85% premium increase breaches the fiduciary duty CalPERS owes to Class Members. Plaintiffs also allege that the Towers Watson Defendants negligently performed actuarial services in and before 2004 relating to the LTC Program and that this also caused the 85% increase adopted by CalPERS in October 2012. This lawsuit seeks a recovery only with respect to the 85% rate increase implemented in 2015 and 2016 and does not seek a recovery relating to earlier premium increases that occurred in 2003, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Both CalPERS and the Towers Watson Defendants deny that they have done anything improper and deny that anything they may have done caused the injuries claimed by the Class.
The content of the class notice was approved by the Court on June 21, 2016. We will begin sending out notice on or around July 5, 2016. Importantly, because there are over 122,000 potential class members, the class notices are being mailed in groups of about 20,000 each mailing. This process will take several weeks to complete, so please be patient if you do not receive your class notice immediately. We will provide an update on this website once mailing is completed. If you have not received a notice by that time, you can contact us at 1-877-959-1926. If you would like to view the class notice, please click here: http://www.calpersltcclassaction.com/
WHAT’S IN THE NEWS – WEEK OF AUGUST 15, 2016
Court rejects Marin unions’ challenge to reforms
The Marin Independent Journal reports that a state appeals court has upheld the Marin County pension board interpretation of the 2013 California pension reform law known as the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA). Four county unions had sued to overturn a pension board interpretation that some pay items outside the normal job pay should not count as pensionable compensation. The article says that the unions have 40 days to appeal to the State Supreme Court should they choose to do so. (More)
Most California water providers can relax restrictions
The Orange County Register newspaper reports that 343 of the state’s 411 water districts reported having enough water to meet their customers’ demands over the next 3 years — even if they are unusually dry. The article says this means restrictions can be eased but it does not mean the return of lush green lawns and long showers. (More)
Sacramento County struggles to keep Social Workers
The Sacramento Bee newspaper reports that the County of Sacramento “has struggled to retain social workers in its Child Protective Services agency because they face massive caseloads and too little time.” Of 106 hired in May 2015, 83 left within a year according to this story. (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 2016 are listed below:
January 27 March 23 May 25 September 28 December 7
Please Note: Reservations by phone or mail for the September 28th luncheon must be at the REAOC office by Wednesday, September 21, 2016.
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 (email@example.com).
HEMET CHAPTER LUNCHEONS
Luncheons in Hemet are 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 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, October 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church located at 515 E.Kimball in Hemet.
Make your reservation by calling Jeri Maupin at 951-672-4594 or Joyce Emery at 951-658-2549 by no later than October 4, 2016.
Luncheons for 2016 are listed below:
February 9 April 19 June 14 October 11 December 13
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 PLANS FOR 2017
At the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, the new Health Plan Rates were approved on a 5-0 vote by the Board members. There are some plans that will have increased rates for 2017 as well as some plans that will have the same rates for 2017 as in 2016.
Please click on the links below for the charts provided by the County for the 2017 Health Plan:
HEALTH PLANS FOR 2016
If you have any questions regarding your health plan, please contact the County’s Employee Benefits section at (866) 325-2345.
Please click on the links below for the charts provided by the County for the 2016 Health Plan rates:
For information about the supplemental insurance including dental and vision coverage, please click on the link below.
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