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

September Luncheon

Please note that our REAOC luncheon at the Mile Square Facility is on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  The Informer had the wrong date in one of the articles.  As a reminder, our luncheons are always on a Wednesday.  For January, March, May and September, the luncheon is on the last Wednesday of the month.  The December Holiday luncheon is always on the first Wednesday of December.


An Important Notice from the Orange County Credit Union

Equifax, a leading credit report provider, recently announced that 143 million people could be affected by a recent breach of its data system. Cybercriminals stole important personal information that included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and some driver’s license numbers. Equifax is one of the three major credit report companies and as such, your personal information may have been compromised by this breach. To help you determine if your information has been breached, and to mitigate its impact, we have prepared the following questions and answers.

How do I know if my personal information was part of the breach? Equifax has promised to send direct mail notices to consumers who were impacted by this breach.  

Is Equifax providing any resources and information to help customers that may have been impacted? Yes, Equifax has established a dedicated website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. This site includes information about the breach, a search tool to determine if you may have been impacted, and the option to opt in to credit monitoring services offered by Equifax.  

Can I call Equifax instead of using their website? Equifax has set up a dedicated call center to help and can be reached at 866-447-7559. This call center is open every day (including weekends) from 7:00 a.m.- 1:00 a.m. EST.  

What other actions can I take to help protect my account?

  • Call us at (888) 354-6228 to place a code word on your credit union account. We then will use the code word to help validate your identity when you contact us to transact business.  
  • Monitor your financial institution activity online or through statements for unauthorized transactions. If they occur, notify the appropriate financial institution immediately.  
  • Visit www.identitytheft.gov for resources on identity theft, freezing your credit report, and steps to take with the three different credit bureaus to dispute any unauthorized entries.  
  • Place a fraud alert with any of the three credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. The benefit of the fraud alert is it alerts potential creditors or lenders to take extra steps to identify you. You need to contact only one credit bureau to place an identity theft freeze and they are required to notify the other two credit bureaus.  
  • Pull your credit report yearly online at www.annualcreditreport.com. Upon review, if you find unauthorized activity notify the applicable financial institution or other agency immediately!  

What else should I watch for? Remain diligent and watch for misleading emails and phone calls. Generally, there is an increase in scam attempts associated with these types of breaches. Helping you keep your information protected is our top priority. Please contact us if we can answer any immediate questions. 


Open Enrollment for your County Health Plan coming soon!

The County will be sending out the Open Enrollment packets in October.  It is very important that you keep your address current with the County of Orange Employee Benefits section.  This will ensure the receipt of your Open Enrollment materials.  The number to call to reach Employee Benefits is:  1-800-858-7266


New 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.

HMO & PPO Health Plan Tables for 2018

Sharewell and Wellwise Health Plan Rate Tables for 2018http://reaoc.org/wp-content/uploads/Health-Care-Rate-Comparison-2018-REAOC.xlsx

To see a comparison of the new 2018 rates compared to the current rates for 2017, please click here.


OCERS Town Hall Meeting

The OC Employees Retirement System (OCERS) invites all active employees and retirees to a Town Hall meeting they will host on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 11:30 – 1:00 PM.  They will be discussing matters important to your retirement.

This meeting will be held at the OC Crime Lab Division, 320 N. Flower Street, 5th floor, in their training room.

For more information and to see the flyer for this event, click here.


Tour the architectural jewels of Pasadena

When: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 8:15 AM until 4:30 PM

Cost: $75 – includes transportation to Pasadena, a picnic lunch and home & garden entries

Itinerary: 

Tour the Gamble House- enjoy a private 1-hour tour of this craftsman classic, a National Historic Landmark, followed by a picnic on the grounds.

Visit to Descanso Gardens (La Canada) – explore this highly rated botanical garden with the world’s largest camellia collection.

Bus tour of three Pasadena Historic Districts – relax, let Hoffy show you the most beautiful period-revival architecture in SoCal.

Please RSVP as soon as possible so we know how many retirees will take this beautiful tour. The tour will leave from the OCERS building at 2223 Wellington Ave., Santa Ana 92711.  You will need to arrive by 8:00 AM.  Parking will be available at OCERS.

The deadline to sign up for this tour is October 3, 2017.  Once the bus is full we will not have the ability to add an additional bus. You may pay for the tour at our September 27, 2017 luncheon if you choose to do so.  

Click here for additional information!


 

WHAT’S IN THE NEWS – WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

OC Supervisors stripped of CalOptima control 

After several years of moves by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to restructure the CalOptima Board of Directors, moves that seemed to anger one constituency or another, the State Legislature has stepped in and passed legislation to control the Supervisors’ actions. The legislation awaits the Governor’s signature to make it the law. (More)


Commentary – unfunded pension plans amount to theft 

The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper printed this piece responding to a 3-author opinion piece published last week titled “Why full funding of public pensions wastes money”.  This author of this piece calls the views expressed in last week’s piece “disturbing” and goes on to explain why he thinks so. (More)


New Medicare ID cards are coming 

If you are a Medicare recipient you know that your Medicare number is your Social Security number and, despite warnings about how we should guard our Social Security numbers, it is prominently displayed on the front of the Medicare card.  To fix this security mess a new Medicare system and card with new numbers will be rolled out starting next April to all 60 million Medicare recipients according to this PBS story. (More)


No Hepatitis emergency in Orange County 

The Orange County Register newspaper reports that despite the declaration of health emergencies in San Diego and Los Angeles regarding outbreaks of Hepatitis A, Orange County Health Care Agency officials see no need to declare such an emergency in their county.  The Agency is offering free vaccinations to the homeless as a precaution however. (More)


Full employment is bad news for California? 

So says this article in the Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper.  It says that the state is now at full employment and one result is a slowing economy due to lack of workers and that businesses that want to grow can’t because of a worker shortage.  The reports states that the root of the problem is high home prices and not enough homes being built. (More)


OC’s John Wayne Airport highly regarded by passengers 

An article in the Los Angeles Times reports that a ranking of airports in the U.S. ranked John Wayne Airport as number 1 in the large airport category.  It says that in the “mega airport” category LAX came in next to last.  It also reports that numerous airports, such as LAX, are undergoing major construction projects to bring improvements.  (More)  


Three OC Supervisors endorse incumbent DA  

The OC Daily web site carried this story reporting that three members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors have endorsed District Attorney incumbent Tony Rackaukas for re-election rather than fellow Supervisor Todd Spitzer who is campaigning against Rackaukas for the post. (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 September 27th luncheon must be at the REAOC office by Wednesday, September 20th, 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.   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, October 10, 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 Joyce Emery at 951-658-2549 or Jane Pabitzky at 951-237-3240 by no later than October 2, 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 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.

HMO & PPO Health Plan Tables for 2018

Sharewell and Wellwise Health Plan Rate Tables for 2018


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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