December 9th 2019

RCW 41.54.010

Benefits under chapter - Contractual rights not establishe RCW 41.54.010

The benefits provided under RCW 41.54.010 are not provided to employees as a matter of contractual right and the legislature retains the right to alter or abolish these benefits at any time prior to a member's retirement.


LEOFF 1 Surplus Fund Can Only...

Benefit YOU and Your Beneficiary

The Washington State attorney opinions declare the LEOFF 1 Fund cannot be used for any purpose other than paying participants benefits.

Click here to read the news release from Attorney Hagens Berman.


Don't Be Fooled!

The Washington State Council of Firefighters (WSCFF) still want your LEOFF 1 pension funds. The Council of Firefighters have been working to start a LEOFF 1 Retiree Association. But why?
The Council of Firefighters will be able to lobby representing BOTH LEOFF 1 retirees and LEOFF 2 retirees and will push for Legislators to consolidate LEOFF 1 and LEOFF 2.

Click here to read the WSCFF Resolution 19-02.

Click here to read the 2019 WSCFF Convention Resolution.


Calendar of Events:


WSRDSPOA Christmas Dinner and More

  • Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • Cocktails - 5:00pm; Dinner - 6:00pm
  • Location: Johnny's in Fife
    5211 20th St E
    Fife, WA 98731

Select Committee on Pension Policy Meeting

  • Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
  • Time: 10:00am
  • Location: House Hearing Room A

LEOFF 2 Board Meeting

  • Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
  • Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm
  • Location: WSIB - Main Conference Room
    2100 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502
Click here for more information.


LEOFF Plan 1 Handbook

The LEOFF Plan 1 Handbook (updated January 2019) is now available.
2019 handbook

Click here for more information.

LEOFF 1 Disability Board Best Practices

leoff1-resource-guide

Click here to read the complete document.

LEOFF Plan 1 Disability Benefits

Click here for information on your Disability Benefits.
Or click here to view the pdf version.

Click here to read RCW 41.26.150.

Remember: Your Disability Board is where you retired from.

All LEOFF 1 members must sign up for medicare. Click here to go to the Medicare website and sign up, if you haven't already.

Medicare Coverage Outside the United States is Limited! Click here to find out more

LEOFF Plan 1 disability benefits.

Check with your disability board regarding your medical coverage outside the United States.

Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters Retirement System RCW 41.26.030

Many members have been calling on what medical services they can receive. Please section 19 of this RCW, and please note subsection I:


(19) "Medical services" for plan 1 members, shall include the following as minimum services to be provided. Reasonable charges for these services shall be paid in accordance with RCW 41.26.150.

  • (a) Hospital expenses: These are the charges made by a hospital, in its own behalf, for
  • (i) Board and room not to exceed semiprivate room rate unless private room is required by the attending physician due to the condition of the patient.
  • (ii) Necessary hospital services, other than board and room, furnished by the hospital.
  • (b) Other medical expenses: The following charges are considered "other medical expenses," provided that they have not been considered as "hospital expenses".
  • (i) The fees of the following:
    • (A) A physician or surgeon licensed under the provisions of chapter 18.71 RCW;
    • (B) An osteopathic physician and surgeon licensed under the provisions of chapter 18.57 RCW;
    • (C) A chiropractor licensed under the provisions of chapter 18.25 RCW.
      • (ii) The charges of a registered graduate nurse other than a nurse who ordinarily resides in the member's home, or is a member of the family of either the member or the member's spouse.
      • (iii) The charges for the following medical services and supplies:
    • (A) Drugs and medicines upon a physician's prescription;
    • (B) Diagnostic X-ray and laboratory examinations;
    • (C) X-ray, radium, and radioactive isotopes therapy;
    • (D) Anesthesia and oxygen;
    • (E) Rental of iron lung and other durable medical and surgical equipment;
    • (F) Artificial limbs and eyes, and casts, splints, and trusses;
    • (G) Professional ambulance service when used to transport the member to or from a hospital when injured by an accident or stricken by a disease;
    • (H) Dental charges incurred by a member who sustains an accidental injury to his or her teeth and who commences treatment by a legally licensed dentist within ninety days after the accident;
    • (I) Nursing home confinement or hospital extended care facility;
    • (J) Physical therapy by a registered physical therapist;
    • (K) Blood transfusions, including the cost of blood and blood plasma not replaced by voluntary donors;
    • (L) An optometrist licensed under the provisions of chapter 18.53 RCW.
    Click here to read the complete RCW.

COLAs for LEOFF Plan 1

Effective April 1, 2018

Below is a table for the LEOFF Plan 1 COLA as of April 1, 2018. To see all COLA percentages, click here.



Pension and Investments

Washington state high court rules pension benefit reductions are constitutional
Click here for more details.

The LEOFF 1 Coalition website contains some files that come in a "pdf" format which requires Adobe's Acrobat Reader in order to view and search through the documents. If you don't already have it, you can download it here.  It's free from Adobe.

Adobe

NOTICE

Links are broken on the following pages of the website:

  • Join LEOFF 1
  • Update Your Information

Email your information to Jerry Birt at jer.birt@gmail.com or call him at 206-542-4193.

Or contact Joyce Willms at joyce@leoff1coalition.org or by calling the Coalition office at 360-570-1035.

You can also print out the form pages, fill them out, and mail them to the LEOFF 1 Coalition:
Leoff1 Coalition
Ste 108 PMB 127
855 Trosper Rd. SW
Tumwater, WA 98512

Keep Track with What's Happening at the Capital!

Washington State Wire - Click Here!

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The News Tribune: Politics & Government - Click Here!

The Columbian: Politics - Click Here!

The Spokesman: Washington Politics - Click Here!

Legislator Information!
Click the links below for
more information.

Swisher v. City of Moses Lake
Swisher v. City of Moses Lake Case letter from Joe Fischnaller, Atty - Click here

Finding of Fact Conclusions of Law and Order - case document filed Feb. 5, 2010 - Click here

Order of Motion for Summer Judgement - case document filed Oct. 9, 2009 - Click here

Superior Court of Washington for Grant County, Elvis T. Swisher vs City of Moses Lake - July 7, 2008 - Click here

State Legislators

Please read this
Bakenhus Decision 1956

RETIREMENT LAWS
of the
WASHINGTON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
and
FIREFIGHTERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Original 1970 Manual
Click here to read.


Medical Benefits For Plan1 Members
Wa.St. RCW 41.26.030 Section 19
Last Updated March 2017


Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Plan 1 Hand Book

Contact - 1-800-547-6657
Last Updated March 2017


Department of Retirement Systems

Leoff1 Plan Disability Benefits
Click Here

Leoff1 Plan Disability Board Guidelines
Click Here


What To Do When
A Death Occurs

Click Here

Contact - 1-800-547-6657 ext.47081


Washington State Department of Retirement Systems
360.664.7000
800.547.6657
WEBSITE


Annual Inflation
Click Here
Last Updated March 2014


Lifetime Retirement
Planning Frequently
Asked Questions

Click Here
Contact - 1-800-547-6657Last Updated 2010


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Social Security
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Contact: 1-800-772-1213
TTY: 1-800-352-0778

Veteran’s Benefits
After Death Occurs

Benefits:
1-800-827-1000

Health Care:
1-877-222-VETS (8387)

VA Inspector General:
1-800-488-8244

Veterans Crisis Line:
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)