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OC WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY
It is once again almost time for the annual OC World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) event. Normally this event is an in-person event, but due to COVID-19, it will be their first virtual WEAAD event. They have planned great speakers and topics for this event. The date of the webinar event is Monday, June 15, 2020 from 8:00 – 12:00 PM.
Please click here for additional information about the event and a link for registration.
OCERS has provided an update on their website regarding the impact to them from the corona virus. You can click here to find the latest information. You are encouraged to utilized the “myOCERS portal” on their website to help you with your issues and to limit the direct telephone calls if at all possible. REAOC is in frequent contact with OCERS. OCERS has ensured that pension checks will be issued as expected.
NEW BENEFITS CENTER
The County of Orange has contracted with a new Benefits Center. You will have the same benefits but a new fresh way to access them. On June 1, 2020, the County will transition from Secova to Alight Solutions for health and welfare benefits administration for retirees and active employees. This transition will allow the County to offer enhanced tools and resources to all of the benefit plan participants. Don’t worry: • You don’t have to take any action now. • Your benefits are not changing as a result of this move. • You’ll learn more about this transition in the coming weeks.
Click here to read additional information.
REAOC BOARD OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
The REAOC Board will still continue to meet on a monthly basis although we will follow the CDC guidelines and not meet in person. Our Board meetings will continue to be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and we will utilize the online Zoom platform. If you have any issues or questions you would like to have us discuss, please contact the REAOC office at (714) 840-3995.
REAL ID DELAYED
Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. They will grant a one-year extension, until Oct. 1, 2021.
Click here to read the press release from the Federal Homeland Security.
Click here to read the LA Times story regarding the REAL ID delay.
IMPORTANT MESSAGES FROM THE HEALTH PLANS REGARDING TELEHEALTH
Several of the health plans have shared information regarding telephone appointments during this crisis. Please follow-up with your individual health plan if you have any questions.
Click here to see the Kaiser telehealth information.
Click here to see the Scan telehealth information.
Click here to see the Anthem telehealth information.
Click here to see the Anthem information regarding COVID-19
CORONA VIRUS INFORMATION
The County of Orange provided a new press release as we move towards the opening of Orange County. Click here to read this document.
Please click here to read the County of Orange, Health Care Agency’s information on the Corona Virus.
If you move, get a new or change your e-mail address or telephone or if you have a name change, there are actions that are necessary so that you continue to receive your benefits, newsletters, e-mails, etc.
If any of the above pertains to you, you need to notify REAOC, the Orange County Employees’ Retirement System (OCERS) and the County of Orange Employee Benefits Center with the new information.
To contact REAOC – call (714) 840-3995 or go to http://reaoc.org/email-us/ to e-mail the new/changed information.
To contact OCERS – call (714) 558-6200 or go to https://www.ocers.org to go to their website and sign-into “MyOCERS” to update your information.
To contact the County of Orange Employee Benefits Center – call (800) 858-7266 or go to https://countyoforange.ielect.com to go to the benefits website.
NEWS WEEK OF MAY 18, 2020
OC revenue shortfall estimated at $458 million (That’s Big)
The Voice of OC reports that Orange County government “– which handles social services like food assistance applications, as well as law enforcement like the Sheriff’s Department – is projecting a $458 million drop in revenue between now and the middle of next year.” It quotes the County Executive Officer saying “a $140 million projected hit to the public safety sales tax that helps fund the Sheriff’s Department and DA’s Office, he added, calling it a “devastating loss” of funding.” (More)
Goldman Sachs estimates public pensions now less than 60% funded on average
The Chief Investment Officer publication reports that Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs says that “Average funding ratios for public pension funds have declined to 60% and below, down from 74% before the crisis.” A spokesman for Goldman said ““A big issue for the public sector is not just what’s going on with their asset portfolios … [but also] what’s going on with state and local finances. Because, as we have a recession, as state revenues decline, their ability to fund their pensions becomes a lot more challenged.” (More)
Underfunded pensions make GOP leaders reluctant to send federal aid to states like California
The State Worker column of the Sacramento Bee reports that “Top Washington Republicans determined not to send federal money to states say their biggest fear is Democrats will use it to help reeling public employee pensions funds” and that “The GOP leaders insist they won’t enable what they call years of mismanagement.” (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 if possible as the parking lot at this facility can be quite busy.
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 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 located at 515 E. Kimball Avenue in Hemet and lunch is served between 11:45 and noon. 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 Note: The April 21 and June 16 luncheons have been cancelled. In light of the unknown facts and drivers surrounding the Coronavirus REAOC strongly believes caution is of utmost importance when it comes to the health of our membership. This is a challenging time for us all. Being mindful of recommendations by health experts to avoid crowds, the REAOC Board of Directors unanimously agreed that cancelling the upcoming luncheons is the most pro-active, appropriate action to take at this time.
REAOC’s Hemet Chapter will hold its next luncheon on Tuesday, October 20th at 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church.
Make your reservation for the next luncheon by calling Mary Little at 951-485-7738 or Jane Pabitzky at 951-237-3240 by no later than October 6, 2020.
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 2020
Please click on the links below for the charts provided by the County for the 2020 Health Plan rates:
Click here for the retiree PPO rates
Click here for the retiree HMO rates
For information about the supplemental insurance including dental and vision coverage, please click on the link below.
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