Retired Employees Association of Orange County

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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

New Retirement System Scam

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is warning its members to look out for a scam that tells them they owe money to the pension fund.   The scammer then identifies himself as representing the California Retirement Department and asks that retirees send him money.

Although, at this time, this is only a CalPERS issue, REAOC and OCERS are both sharing this article to let you know that it is a scam.  Please note that OCERS would never call in this manner.

Read the article by clicking here.


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 2018

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


Serve on the Orange County Grand Jury!

Apply now to be one of the 19 members of the Orange County Grand Jury to make a positive impact on your community. In Orange County, the major functions of a grand jury are deciding on criminal indictments and conducting civil investigations to improve Orange County for all residents. The civil investigation portion requires the majority of time. Service on the Grand Jury is a full-time position for one year and includes a $50 per day stipend, mileage reimbursement, and secure parking.

The Court seeks a diversified panel, in age and ethnic backgrounds, in order to properly represent Orange County. If you’re thinking about taking a gap year from college, are looking for an internship, or you just want to be involved in making your community a better place, the Grand Jury is an excellent opportunity. More information and an application are available online at www.ocgrandjury.org or you may call (657) 622-6747.  The deadline for your application to serve on the Grand Jury is January 26, 2018.


OC Aging Services Collaborative – 2017 Assessing Senior Living Needs in Orange County

Are you one of the 431,964 seniors 65+ years old living in Orange County?

Are you concerned about how you will manage your personal health?

Are you worried about transportation services and if it will be available to you when you need it?

If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, we need your help!

The Orange County Aging Services Collaborative (OCASC) is conducting the OC Senior Living Needs Survey, an important appraisal of the topics seniors are most concerned about as they age in Orange County. Please take a moment to fill out this survey to help leaders of the community understand your needs and wants. This survey is completely anonymous and voluntary.

Formed in 2009, OCASC is a group of non-profit and county agencies serving older adults and family caregivers in Orange County. Our mission and vision is to create and maintain an integrated network of services that address the needs of older adults and family caregivers so they may experience a higher quality of life.

If you have any questions about the OC Senior Living Needs Survey, please contact Cynthia Okialda at Cynthia@ocagingservicescollborative.org  or call 949-757-3775.

To participate in the survey, click here.


Intercom Newsletter

Click here to read the latest newsletter from the California Retired County Employees Association (CRCEA)

WHAT’S IN THE NEWS – WEEK OF NOVEMBER 13, 2017

Organize end of life documents – don’t leave a mess behind you!

To make sure that our heirs have as smooth a time of it as possible when we pass away it is critical to have one’s affairs in order. But, what does that mean?   This Good Housekeeping article spells out 12 things we should all do to really put our affairs in order. If you have not done these things, believe your Editor when he says you should do it, and now!  (More)


You may have high blood pressure after all

Are you one of the lucky people who are told by your doctor that you do not have high blood pressure?  Well, you may need to check again. The reason?  According to this story from NBC News the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology have released new guidelines that lowers the levels considered to be high blood pressure. The new levels are that a reading higher than 130/80 will be considered to have hypertension, or high blood pressure.  The story says this new guideline means that nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure. (More)


Does the public have a right to know who anonymous donors are?

The Voice of OC article raises this question. The issue is whether anonymous donations to county government, but earmarked for a pet project of a Supervisor, are a form of political patronage hiding behind the veil of anonymity.  Since the public supposedly benefit from such donations, is the public entitled to know who is behind them? (More)


Telephone scam targets retirees

This article in The Independent reports that CalPERS retirees have been targeted in a telephone scam in which the caller claims to be from the retirement system and tells the retiree a prepaid credit card number is needed so retirement payments can continue.  Any retiree who complies soon regrets it.  CalPERS has issued a warning to its members.  (More)


Pension Millionaires, greed describes public pension system 

This article in the Solano County Daily Republic newspaper describes the presentation by some well-known pension reform advocates at a public forum of the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association.   Give this a read to see what those folks are saying about us.  They followed the same script they always do in their writing and talks. (More)


So Cal will soon have a lot more old people, and that will change everything 

Columnist David Whiting writes in the Orange County Register about the aging population of the state, and suggest that instead of calling California the Golden State we call it the Golden Years.  (More)


California fines Anthem $5 million for ignoring consumer grievances 

This Los Angeles Times story says that Anthem Blue Cross has been fined $5 million for repeatedly failing to resolve consumer grievances in a timely manner.  The state says that Anthem has a history of systemic violations and a long history of flouting the law regarding consumer complaints.  (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 December 6th luncheon must be at the REAOC office by Wednesday, November 29th, 2017.

Luncheons for 2018 are listed below:

                                                             January 24         March 28          May 23          September 26          December 5

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, December 19, 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 Mary Little at 951-485-7738 or Jane Pabitzky at 951-237-3240 by no later than December 7, 2017.

Luncheons for 2017 are listed below:

February 14        April 11              June 20           October 17            December 19

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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