April 15th 2021

LEOFF1 COALITION OPPOSES SB 5453



This session is a roller coaster, and the first twist is happening now.
To look up SB 5453 bill, click here.

If you have any questions, please call Joyce Willms at 360-790-9129.

Below is a list of the members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Let your voice be heard! Call and/or email them and tell them you DO NOT want a merger of LEOFF1 and TRS1!

Member Phone Email
Christine Rolfes,
Chair
(360) 786-7644 christine.rolfes@leg.wa.gov
David Frockt,
Vice Chair/Capital
(360) 786-7690 david.frockt@leg.wa.gov
June Robinson,
Vice Chair/Operating & Revenue
(360) 786-7674 june.robinson@leg.wa.gov
Lynda Wilson,
Ranking Member
(360) 786-7632 lynda.wilson@leg.wa.gov
Sharon Brown,
Assistant Ranking Member/Operating
(360) 786-7614 sharon.brown@leg.wa.gov
Jim Honeyford,
Assistant Ranking Member/Capital
(360) 786-7684 jim.honeyford@leg.wa.gov
Mark Schoesler,
Assistant Ranking Member/Capital
(360) 786-7620 mark.schoesler@leg.wa.gov
John Braun (360) 786-7638 john.braun@leg.wa.gov
Reuven Carlyle (360) 786-7670 reuven.carlyle@leg.wa.gov
Steve Conway (360) 786-7656 steve.conway@leg.wa.gov
Jeannie Darnielle (360) 786-7652 j.darneille@leg.wa.gov
Manka Dhingra (360) 786-7672 manka.dhingra@leg.wa.gov
Chris Gildon (360) 786-7648 chris.gildon@leg.wa.gov
Bob Hasegawa (360) 786-7616 bob.hasegawa@leg.wa.gov
Sam Hunt (360) 786-7642 sam.hunt@leg.wa.gov
Karen Keiser (360) 786-7664 karen.keiser@leg.wa.gov
Marko Liias (360) 786-7640 marko.liias@leg.wa.gov
Mark Mullet (360) 786-7608 mark.mullet@leg.wa.gov
Ron Muzzall (360) 786-7618 ron.muzzall@leg.wa.gov
Jamie Pedersen (360) 786-7628 jamie.pedersen@leg.wa.gov
Ann Rivers (360) 786-7634 ann.rivers@leg.wa.gov
Kevin Van De Wege (360) 786-7646 kevin.vandewege@leg.wa.gov
Kieth Wagoner (360) 786-7676 keith.wagoner@leg.wa.gov
Judy Warnick (360) 786-7624 judith.warnick@leg.wa.gov
Lisa Wellman (360) 786-7641 lisa.wellman@leg.wa.gov


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The LEOFF 1 Coalition is now a non-profit membership organization. Sign up and become a member today!

Click here for the PAYROLL DEDUCTION MEMBERSHIP form - PDF VERSION

Click here for the MEMBERSHIP & CONTRIBUTION form. PDF VERSION

Print out the LEOFF 1 Coalition membership form, fill it out, and mail it to the LEOFF 1 Coalition office:
407 West Bay Drive NW
Olympia, WA 98502


Read the LEOFF 1 Coalition Newsletter

Click here to read the latest LEOFF 1 Coalition newsletter.


Dear Coalition Member

Thank you for supporting the LEOFF 1 Coalition through your memberships and donations. Your support allows us to fight to protect the pension and medical benefits of LEOFF 1 members and beneficiaries from mergers and consolidations. Click here for more detailed information on how your donations are used.

The Coalition Board would like to apologize for the delay in sending thank you cards for your membership and donations. Due to COVID19 and the reopening restrictions from the governor, we cannot have volunteers come into the office and write the thank you cards. Access to the membership list is limited to the Coalition's Treasurer and office due to the Privacy Act put forth by the Coalition. At this time, Joyce Willms, Executive Director, is the only person working at the Coalition office. Thank you for your continued support. Please bear with us as we catch up.

Sincerely,
Joyce Willms


Internal Revenue Code Exclusive Benefit Rules

The LEOFF1 pension, according to Washington State WAC 415-02-756 and Federal Law Clarifies that LEOFF 1 Members and Beneficiaries are entitled to all the LEOFF1 surplus.

WAC 415-02-756
How does the department comply with Internal Revenue Code exclusive benefit rules? No assets of the retirement system may be used for or diverted to, a purpose other than the exclusive benefit of the members and their beneficiaries at any time prior to the satisfaction of all liabilities with respect to members and their beneficiaries.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050(5). WSR 10-24-099, § 415-02-756, filed 12/1/10, effective 1/1/11.]


LEOFF 1 Surplus Fund Can Only...

Benefit YOU and Your Beneficiary

WAC 415-02-756
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.


RCW 41.54.080

Benefits under chapter - Contractual rights not established RCW 41.54.080

NO CHANGES CAN BE MADE AFTER RETIREMENT

The benefits provided under RCW 41.54.080 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.


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.


    leoff1-resource-guide

    Click here to read the LEOFF1 Disability Boards Best Practices.

LEOFF Plan 1 Disability Benefits

Click here to read RCW 41.26.150.

2020 handbook

Click here to read the handbook.

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.

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.

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Join the Leoff 1 Coalition

Protect Your Retirement Plan and Medical Benefits

The Coalition is the only state wide organization that exclusively represents retired LEOFF1 Members and Beneficiaries.

MEMBERSHIP FORMS

Click here for the PAYROLL DEDUCTION MEMBERSHIP form - PDF VERSION

Click here for the MEMBERSHIP & CONTRIBUTION form - PDF VERSION


Update Your Information

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

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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


For more government information and phone numbers, Click Here!


Social Security
Main Website: http://www.ssa.gov
Find an Office: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp
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)