October 15th 2018

Remembering a Fallen Hero

Kent Police Officer MorenoFallen Kent Police Officer Diego Moreno was laid to rest earlier today (July 31, 2018). He was killed in the line of duty July 22. Losing a loved one is truly painful and our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.
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LEOFF Plan 1 Disability Benefits

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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.

LEOFF Plan 1 Handbook

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COLAs for LEOFF Plan 1

Effective April 1, 2018

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

Behind Seattle’s rising pension costs: Past mismanagement adds to taxpayers’ burden

The Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System had one of the worst investment returns of any large public pension over a decade, triggering higher costs for the city and taxpayers. Behind the system’s struggles: allegations ranging from mismanagement to misconduct.Click here to read the article.

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Burhl Eugene "Gene" Martin

LEOFF 1 Coalition Board Member
Retired Firefighter
Passed away March 24, 2018

Gene Martin was a volunteer Coalition Board Member who worked tirelessly over the years to protect LEOFF 1 Retirement Funds for you and your spouse, as well as medical benefits for LEOFF 1 retirees.
Thank you, Gene, for your years of dedication to the LEOFF 1 Coalition Board and all LEOFF 1 members and their spouses.
  • President, Andy Wilson
  • Vice President, Dennis Hooper
  • Secretary, Dave Peery
  • Treasurer, Jerald Birt
  • Lobbyist, Mark Curtis
  • Bill Dickenson
  • Gary Lentz
  • Paul Johnson
  • Diane Rule Erickson
  • Government Relations/Communications, Joyce Willms

Official Obituary from Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory:

Burhl Eugene (Gene) Martin, beloved husband, father, and papa passed away peacefully on March 24, 2018 at his home. Gene was born April 12, 1942 in Seattle, Washington to Burhl and Maxine Martin. Gene was a life long resident of Yakima, graduating in 1960 from Eisenhower High School. After graduation he found his calling working part-time with his dad, Chief Martin, at the Broadway Fire Department. Gene was hired by the Yakima Fire Department on May 1, 1964. In 1974, he was promoted to Lieutenant, Captain in 1979, Battalion Chief in 1987 and Deputy Chief in 1988. He also served as acting Fire Chief. Gene retired in 2000 with 36 years of service. He was one of the first from Yakima to graduate from the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He was active in training other firefighter’s airport firefighting techniques at Big Ben Community College in Moses Lake. Gene also served the citizens as a Fire Commissioner with the West Valley Fire Department from 1984 to 1990. He was on the Board of Directors for the Yakima Valley Credit Union from March of 1982 to February of 1988, serving as President in 1985. He was a very hard-working man and provider, who owned a painting company, fencing company, and managed apartment buildings.

In 1973, Gene married Sherry Simmons-Arstein. They would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on October. Gene is best described as a good, kind hearted, soft spoken man who deeply loved his family. Over the years he was a very supportive father to his 5 sons, participating in their events and many activities. He coached two soccer teams, the Shaw and Son’s Maulers 1 and 2. Becoming a grandfather was a huge event in his life, earning him the rank of “Proud Papa”. Papa took great pride in keeping “Papa’s Pool” sparkling clean and ready for their enjoyment.

Race cars! Race cars! Race cars……Gene was an avid fan! In his younger days he was an accomplished race car driver at the local tracks. Gene felt blessed when he realized his dream of attending NASCAR races. He also enjoyed working on his vintage Broncos.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, Mark Arstein and great niece, Madison Jo Gecho. He is survived by his wife, Sherry, sons Kevin (Chelsea) of Minnesota, Kip (Shawna) of Alberta, Canada, Mark of St. Helens, Oregon, Tim (Jennifer) and Anthony, both of Yakima. Grandchildren Makayla, Sophia, Katie, Blake, Mallory, Trenton and Chase. His sister, Joann (Rick) Machon of Henderson, Nevada, mother-in-law, Geraldine Arstein of Yakima and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held April 2, 2018 at 1:00 PM at West Valley Fire Station #51 (10000 Zier Rd, Yakima, WA 98908). In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Yakima Valley Fire and Injury Prevention Association in support of the children’s fire safety E.D.I.T.H. program in care of Brookside Funeral Home (PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936). Brookside Funeral Home is caring for the family. To share a memory or condolence with the family, please visit www.brooksidefhc.com.

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.

Inslee vetoes controversial legislative public records bill

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Washington state's carbon tax bill dies in Legislature

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Washington State Investment Trust
(State Bank)

Senator Bob Hasegawa has introduced Senate Bill 5464 which would establish the Washington Investment Trust (State Bank). Click here for more details.

Public Records Act

Legislators that Voted for Senate Bill 6617

Bill History
Feb 22
Read first time, rules suspended, and placed on second reading calendar. (View Original Bill)

Feb 23
Floor amendment(s) adopted.
Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
Third reading, passed; yeas, 41; nays, 7; absent, 1; excused, 0. (View 1st Engrossed) (View Roll Calls)

Feb 23
Read first time, rules suspended, and placed on second reading calendar.
Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
Third reading, passed; yeas, 83; nays, 14; absent, 0; excused, 1. (View Roll Calls)

Roll Call
ESB 6617
Legislative records
3rd Reading & Final Passage

Yeas: 41 Nays: 7 Absent: 1 Excused: 0
Voting Yea: Senators Angel, Bailey, Becker, Billig, Braun, Brown, Chase, Cleveland, Conway, Darneille, Dhingra, Ericksen, Fortunato, Frockt, Hasegawa, Hawkins, Hobbs, Honeyford, Hunt, Keiser, King, Kuderer, Liias, McCoy, Mullet, Nelson, Padden, Palumbo, Pedersen, Rivers, Rolfes, Saldaña, Schoesler, Sheldon, Short, Takko, Van De Wege, Warnick, Wellman, Wilson, Zeiger

Voting Nay: Senators Baumgartner, Carlyle, Fain, Miloscia, O`Ban, Ranker, Wagoner

Absent: Senator Walsh

Yeas: 83 Nays: 14 Absent: 0 Excused: 1
Voting Yea: Representatives Appleton, Barkis, Bergquist, Blake, Buys, Chandler, Chapman, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, DeBolt, Dent, Doglio, Dolan, Dye, Eslick, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Goodman, Gregerson, Griffey, Haler, Hansen, Hargrove, Harris, Hayes, Holy, Hudgins, Irwin, Jenkin, Jinkins, Johnson, Kagi, Kirby, Klippert, Kloba, Kretz, Kristiansen, Lovick, Lytton, MacEwen, Macri, Manweller, Maycumber, McBride, McCabe, McCaslin, McDonald, Morris, Nealey, Orcutt, Ormsby, Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Pettigrew, Pike, Pollet, Riccelli, Robinson, Rodne, Ryu, Santos, Schmick, Sells, Senn, Shea, Slatter, Springer, Stanford, Steele, Stokesbary, Stonier, Sullivan, Tarleton, Taylor, Tharinger, Valdez, Van Werven, Vick, Volz, Wilcox, Wylie, Chopp

Voting Nay: Representatives Caldier, Fey, Graves, Harmsworth, Kilduff, Kraft, Muri, Orwall, Pellicciotti, Reeves, Sawyer, Stambaugh, Walsh, Young


Excused: Representative Smith

Washington State Retirement Systems and Pension Funding

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For information on LEOFF 1, see pages 16, 17, 23, 31, 32, 33, and 34.

Use Increased State Revenue to Reduce Unfunded Pension Liabilities

Washington State Capital

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LEOFF 1 Coalition December 2017 Newsletter

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Pension and Investments

Washington state high court rules pension benefit reductions are constitutional
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Keep Track with What's Happening at the Capital!

Washington State Wire - Click Here!

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Legislator Information!
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more information.

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

of the

Original 1970 Manual
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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
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Leoff1 Plan Disability Board Guidelines
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What To Do When
A Death Occurs

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

Washington State Department of Retirement Systems

Annual Inflation
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Last Updated March 2014

Lifetime Retirement
Planning Frequently
Asked Questions

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

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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


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

VA Inspector General:

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