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Focused Strictly on Retirees
Run by Retirees
Protect Retiree Benefits
Work to Improve Retiree Benefits
Mobilize Retirees (When Needed)
P.O. Box 11787
Santa Ana, CA 92711-1787
THIS MONTH’S HOT TOPICS
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.
Social Security Administration News
The Social Security Administration introduced the expansion of online services available through its my Social Security portal available at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced that Medicare beneficiaries can now obtain a replacement card if they have lost, damaged, or simply need to replace it online using a my Social Security account.
Advisory: SCAM WARNING – It’s not the IRS
The local law enforcement agencies are reporting that they have received hundreds of calls from residents reporting phone calls from aggressive scammers, posing as representatives from the IRS. These calls are ALL fictitious and have no validity. If you receive a call from one of these scammers, please hang up. Whether you provided personal information to the caller or not, you can report the call by visiting the IRS’s Impersonation Scam Reporting site: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml.
For more information regarding the IRS Scams, contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration through their website (http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/) or by calling (800) 336-4484.
General tips to help you avoid the various phone scams:
Never give out personal identifying information, such as bank account or credit card account numbers,
to anyone you do not know.
Be wary of anyone attempting to collect a debt by telephone or email.
For calls from alleged utility companies or government agencies: Do not give out any personal
information until you have verified the identity of the caller.
Ask the caller for their name, department, and business phone number. Confirm that information
by calling the organization at a phone number found on the internet or through official
correspondence/billing statements. If the caller refuses to provide this information, terminate the call.
For calls from an alleged grandchild, or other family member: Do not fill in the blanks for the caller.
Often, they do not know the name of your loved one, but are relying on you to provide that information.
Ask callers to identify themselves. (If you do not provide them any information, they will likely hang up.)
Also, verify the whereabouts of the alleged caller by contacting other family members - or use a
number you already have on file to reach the person they claim to be. Do not use telephone numbers
provided by the caller.
Seniors are more susceptible to be victimized in these types of scams, so keep your elderly relatives
informed about these incidents.
Don’t forget to share this important information with family members!
WHAT’S IN THE NEWS – WEEK OF JULY 27, 2015
Legislative Analyst sees problems with proposed pension reform initiative
The Fox and Hounds web site reports that the California Legislative Analyst (LAO) has issued its review of the proposed Voter Empowerment Act pension reform initiative and says that there is significant uncertainty as to the financial impacts of the initiative and that significant lawsuits and court battles can be expected should it pass. The LAO says retirement security for current government employees could be eliminated by the initiative. (Note – the article contains a link to the LAO review letter.) (More)
Proposed pension reform threatens the middle class
The Chairman of Californians for Retirement Security writes in the Sacramento Bee newspaper that the pension reform initiative proposal known as the “Voter Empowerment Act” would gut the public pension system for current and future public employees. He labels the proposed initiative as a brazen assault on retirement security. (More)
Legislative Analyst sees great uncertainty in reform proposal
This Sacramento Bee article on the proposed state pension reform initiative reports that the California Legislative Analyst (LAO) says the complexity of the proposal and difficulty to forecast how voters would vote on public employee compensation issues in the future makes the impact of the initiative, if approved by the voters, impossible to predict. The LAO says current public sector defined benefit pension plans would be closed as of January 1, 2019. (More)
Reform initiative authors say only voters can solve California’s (alleged) pension crisis
Still trying to convince people that California faces a pension-driven fiscal crisis, the primary authors of the proposed 2015 California pension reform ballot initiative write in Fox and Hounds that “voters must be given a voice in important government employee compensation and benefits”. The article tries to find comfort in the recent Attorney General (AG) analysis of the proposed initiative by saying the AG says it will result in savings, while criticizing other views of the initiative without naming the AG as having said so. (More)
New Jersey pension funds sue state for billions owed
The NJ.com web site reports that the trustees of the state’s largest pension funds have filed suit for over $4 billion of State pension fund contributions that should have been made, but were not, over the years. (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 September 23rd luncheon must be at the REAOC office by Wednesday, September 16th, 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, October 13, 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 October 6, 2015.
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.”
Please note: the new Health Care Plans for 2016 will be posted on this web site once they are approved by the Board of Supervisors.
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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