Last month my message focused on the factual events of the LAFPP determination of the Non-Medicare subsidy and was intended to bring awareness and to engage each and every one of you on this very important issue. After review, I have a correction to make on the article. Last month I wrote that Commissioner Buzzell made a substitute motion for a 4.75% Non-Medicare subsidy increase. This, however, was not an official secondary motion as first thought. Commissioner Buzzel actually stated that he would “support” a substitute motion of 4.75%. Commissioner Navarro seconded the only motion on the table of a 2% increase, which did not support the maximum available increase. LAFRA’S working relationship with the LAFPP Board and Staff is very important, and we are always striving to keep the best possible association with them.
LAFRA has been fielding questions on the Blue Cross/Anthem Anti-Trust Class Action Settlement. Go to www.lafra.org for more information, and If you have questions about filing a claim, contact JND Legal Administration at info@BCBSsettlement.com or 888-681-1142 or visit www.BCBSsettlement.com where there is a sample Claim Form (Important Documents). The online form (for me) was very easy to fill out. You will need your “Unique ID” from the email or card that was sent to you in the mail, all other information is on your medical card.
We gave it a go! The LAFRA Pechanga reunion took place the week of May 24th through May 28th. For the 8th year running, (ruling out 2020), scores of firefighters, both active and retired, headed out to Temecula for the annual reunion event. On Wednesday, representatives from many of your favorite firefighter organizations were available for personal consultations. They included LAFRA Member Services, Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Department, the Historical Society, LA Retired Fire and Police, Kaiser, Anthem, and of course, Firefighter’s First Credit Union. A special thanks to Trustee Juan Albarran for taking the lead. Additional thanks go out to all that helped make this a successful reunion.
The Fire Hogs are going to have their 23rd annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride event on June 12th, 2021, at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas. This event is open to ALL, whether you ride or not, you can join the luncheon starting at 1pm. There will be plenty of entertainment, including door prizes, raffles, and live auctions. Please take the time to support the event. LAFRA sincerely appreciates all the support the Fire Hogs provide for our Widows, Orphans, & Disabled Firefighter’s Fund!
Listen up all you retirees out there! Now that events are starting to open up, if you are thinking about planning a retirement dinner, here is some information to follow. Preparing to retire raises a lot of important questions, including how to start and what documents are needed to complete the process. When you retire, a few things you will need to complete are the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association payroll deduction card and a retirement checklist. To obtain the payroll deduction card and checklist form, please email email@example.com or call (323) 59-5200 ext. 222 or 223. You can also go to www.lafra.org under the retirement corner tab to retrieve additional information.
The Relief Association also provides its members with a retirement badge and Red Book. Contact Liz Perez at (323) 259-5259 to make arrangements. Do not wait until the last minute to start the process, as time is needed to order the badge for its availability at your retirement dinner. You should begin the process no later than 90 days out, giving us plenty of time to place the notification in the Grapevine and online. If you have already retired and haven’t received your badge, give Liz a call. As I write this article it is Mother’s Day. I want to say Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out there, especially my Mom and my Wife as they have always been there for me. Additionally, in this June article, I would like to wish all you Dads a Happy Father’s Day and thank my Father for his continued support and guidance. Happy Mother’s and Father’s Day to ALL!
Be safe out there!
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