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THIS MONTH’S HOT TOPICS
Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Retirees
The Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) benefit recipients will see a Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA) beginning with their May 1, 2015 monthly retirement allowance. At its regular meeting held on February 17, 2015, the Board of Retirement approved a 1.5% COLA. Click below for more information on the COLA and how it impacts payees.
2015 STAR COLA Approved by Board of Retirement
Eligible OCERS benefit recipients will see a Supplemental Targeted Adjustment for Retirees Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (STAR COLA) beginning with their May 1, 2015 monthly retirement allowance.
Volunteer Opportunity – a New Committee Member is Needed!
The Board Watch Committee is a very vital committee that helps the REAOC Board Officers and Directors apprised of agenda items and discussion at the Board of Supervisors’ meetings.
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.
WHAT’S IN THE NEWS – WEEK OF APRIL 13, 2015
Proposed California pension initiative coming into focus
A CalPensions article focuses on reform proponents former Mayor Reed of San Jose and former San Diego Councilman DeMaio and their compatible views on the need for pension reform. The article also provides a good overview of other reform efforts that died or were otherwise defeated. (More)
Legal residency of new OC Supervisor under review
The Orange County Register newspaper reports that newly elected First District Supervisor Andrew Do has been accused by a former opponent of not living in his Supervisorial District. The article describes two homes owned by Do and his wife, one in his District and the other not and states the District Attorney is reviewing the allegation. (More)
Auditing – a thankless job in Orange County government
The Voice of OC reports on several years of history concerning internal audits of county government and presents a theme that the Board of Supervisors generally does not like bad news, something audits frequently report, and those who head audit functions in OC government often wind up in disfavor with the Supervisors. (More)
U.S. Senate restructures Medicare, lifts payment threat to doctors
The Los Angeles Times reports that both houses of Congress have passed a bill that lifts the threat of a 21% payment cut and will restructure he payment structure that includes doctor incentives for performance and moves away from fee for service. The President has said he will sign the bill. Some seniors will see cost increases, including premium increases for those with higher incomes. The legislation will increase the national budget deficit as well. (More)
Creation of OC ethics panel may go on the ballot
The Orange County Register reports that long-time activist Shirley Grindle plans to circulate an initiative petition to gain signatures to put creation of a county ethics commission on the ballot. One factor feeding this move is growing frustration with the Orange County District Attorney perceived inattention to political corruption. (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 2015 are listed below:
January 28 March 25 May 27 September 23 December 2
Please Note: Reservations by phone or mail for the May 27th luncheon must be at the REAOC office by Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
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, April 14, 2015 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 April 7, 2015.
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.”
AVAILABLE HEALTH PLANS FOR 2015
At the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday, July 23, 2014, items 35 and 37, the new Health Plan Rates, were approved on a 5-0 vote by the Board members. Although the majority of plans will have increased rates for 2015, there are some plans with decreased rates.
The rates for 2015 no longer have a positive impact due to special funding applied to the rates for the year 2014 only. These special funds, known as Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP), consisted of a short-term federal reimbursement program, authorized as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to encourage employers to continue to provide insurance coverage to “early retirees” (ages 55 – 64) who were not eligible for Medicare.
The County of Orange received $2.4 million in ERRP funds for Retiree Insured Health Plans. These funds were generated as reimbursement for actual medical and pharmacy services incurred by County early retirees in these plans and were used as required by law by December 31, 2014.
Please click on the links below for the charts
provided by the County for the 2015 Health Plan rates:
For information about the supplemental insurance including dental and vision coverage, please click on the link below.
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