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ALERT: OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR COUNTY OF ORANGE HEALTHCARE PLANS EXTENDED
New Enrollment Period:
November 14th – December 2nd
For questions regarding the 2017 plan options, please call the New Benefits Center at 1-800-858-7266 starting on November 14th. To read additional information about the open enrollment process, click here.
Please click below to review very important information regarding the open enrollment.
THIS MONTH’S HOT TOPICS
Operation Santa Claus and Senior Santa and Friends
The County of Orange Operation Santa Claus program provides gifts and toys to children in foster care, group homes, needy children in transition who are abused, neglected, physically or mentally challenged, or homeless in Orange County. Disadvantaged families and at risk youth also benefit.
Senior Santa & Friends provides special request items and generic gifts to low income individuals who are elderly or severely disabled adults. The individuals are clients of Orange County Social Services and Health Care Agencies.
We will again have boxes available at our December 7, 2016 luncheon at Mile Square Park for those who would like to bring an unwrapped gift for a child or for a needy senior citizen in Orange County.
Opportunity to serve as a Grand Juror!
Every year the Superior Court of Orange County is required by law to empanel a 19-member Grand Jury to serve a one-year term. The Court is seeking qualified and capable individuals, like you, to serve the Orange County community in this unique role for the term that begins June 30, 2017.
This is a wonderful opportunity for O.C. retirees and REAOC members to get a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of local government agencies and recommend areas for improvement. The Grand Jury also decides on indictments for some criminal cases.
The current stipend for serving is $50/day as set by the O.C. Board of Supervisors. You will also be paid for your mileage. The Grand Jury meets at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.
The application deadline is January 20, 2017. You may read about this at www.ocgrandjury.org. or you can click below to obtain additional information.
National Conference on Public Employee Retiree Systems [NCPERS] Annual Conference
NCPERS held its National Conference on May 15 – 17, 2016. We were fortunate that two of our REAOC members, Lou Scarpino and Frank Eley, were able to attend this conference and provide a report back to the REAOC Board regarding the conference. Please click on the link below to read their conference summary.
CRCEA Fall Conference
The California Retired Counties Employee Association (CRCEA) represents 20 California retired county employee associations including Orange County. They hold two conferences each year to share information that is of interest to all of the CRCEA counties. This year, several of our REAOC Board members attended the conference as did your Office Manager, Ilene Barcenas. Please click at the link below to read the minutes taken by Ilene at the conference.
WHAT’S IN THE NEWS – WEEK OF NOVEMBER 21
California Supreme Court to review Marin pension case
As previously reported here a ruling by a State Court of Appeals on a Marin County pension case is considered by many to be a threat to current public sector pension rights based upon a historic series of California court rulings, so numerous organizations have requested the California Supreme Court to review this case and overturn the ruling. This San Francisco Chronicle article provides background and reports that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case, but it apparently will not be soon, leaving anxieties to simmer. (More)
Facing our last years, often unprepared for it
This Los Angeles Times story speaks to the all too familiar story of aging and experiencing failing health, dementia and other ills. The need for advance medical directives and that a hospital stay often results in a lower functional level when discharged. Burning through one’s assets to pay for care in the final years. A sobering look at the path ahead for many. (More)
Trump’s CIA nominee has Orange County roots
The Orange County Register newspaper reports that Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas was born and raised in Orange County, graduating from Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley. He also graduated from West Point with an engineering degree at number 1 in his class. Then came Harvard Law School. A friend remembers him well. (More)
OC Joins lawsuit against Federal Aviation Admin
A few weeks ago the media reported that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was planning to change aircraft flight patterns into and out of John Wayne airport as well as others in Southern California in what the FAA said “would replace outdated, ground-based air-traffic control procedures with a GPS-based system at 21 regional airports, including John Wayne.” Concerned about possible noise impacts, the City of Newport Beach filed suit to require a full environmental analysis. Laguna Beach followed, and now the County of Orange has also decided to litigate according to this story in the Los Angeles Times. (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 December 7th luncheon must be at the REAOC office by Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
Luncheons for 2017 are listed below:
January 25 March 22 May 24 September 27 December 6
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 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
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:
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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