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CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT UPDATE
As many of you are aware, there was a hearing at the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th District on November 18, 2020 regarding the Harris, Jahn, McConnell, et.al. V County of Orange, Class Action lawsuit (filed in February, 2009 on behalf of County employees enrolled in County health plans who retired prior to January, 2008), was heard by a three-member panel of judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal on November 18, 2020. While REAOC is not a party in this class action lawsuit, your REAOC Board of Directors is monitoring the progress of the case closely as it affects many members of our association.
Named plaintiffs, on behalf of thousands of retired County employees participating in County-sponsored health care plans, filed this lawsuit against the County of Orange challenging changes it made to the structure of two health benefits. These benefits are the Retiree Health Care Grant, a monthly stipend that retirees receive to defray their health insurance premium expense and the second benefit is the annual cap on Grant Multiplier that was changed from 5% to 3%.
If you would like to watch and listen to the hearing from the 18th of November, please click here. Once the page is open, click on the red arrow in the middle of the picture.
We have no idea of when we will have a ruling on this hearing but, when this ruling is made available by the District Court, we will post it on this website.
CORONA VIRUS INFORMATION
Please click here to read the latest information from the County of Orange, Health Care Agency’s information on the Corona Virus.
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.
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 Services Center – call (833) 476-2347 or to go to the benefits website by contacting My OC Benefits™ directly through IntraOC, or on the internet at mybenefits.ocgov.com.
NEWS WEEK OF NOVEMBER 23, 2020
6.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses expected to be shipped to states by mid-December
The Hill reports “An estimated 6.4 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine will be distributed to states and territories by mid-December, assuming it receives Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorization by that point, Operation Warp Speed officials told reporters Tuesday.” The article also says the states “will make their own determinations on who will be first in line for a shot.” (Read More)
The winter coronavirus surge is here; Orange County sinks deep into strictest purple tier
On November 24, two days before Thanksgiving, the Orange County Register reported this grim news. (Read More)
Stock Market surges more than 400 points, closes in record territory
Remember the prediction that if Joe Biden was elected the stock market would collapse? Well, at least so far the opposite is true with the stock market going up this week and the DOW closing on Tuesday, November 24, above 30,000 for the first time. CNBC reports. (Read More)
Large development proposed to surround Honda Center
Plans for a $3 billion mixed-use entertainment development that will spring up around Anaheim’s Honda Center according to this story in the Orange County Register. The article says it will be called the OC Vibe and is being planned by Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli’s H & S Ventures. (Read 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 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 luncheons for the remainder of 2020 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.”
NEW HEALTH PLAN RATES FOR 2021
Please click on the links below for the charts provided by the County for the 2021 Health Plan rates:
Click here to see the Sharewell and Wellwise rates.
Click here to see the HMO and PPO rates.
Click here to contact the Orange County Employee Benefits Resource Center – My OC Benefits™
THE EMPLOYEE BENEFITS RESOURCE LINE – MY OC BENEFITS™
Call the My OC Benefits™ Line toll-free at (833) 476-2347 or they may be reached at mybenefits.ocgov.com
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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