The news just keeps coming. The latest is the story of the fellow who retired some years back as a municipal police officer. Seems he went to complain to PERS that his PERS-offered health premiums were too high and wanted to know why. PERS told him that they had gone up because they had audited his account and discovered he was receiving a RHIPA supplement that he wasn't entitled to. For those who don't know, the RHIPA supplement is an agreed-upon health care supplement supplied to retired State of Oregon workers. It isn't much, but every bit helps. In this fellow's case, not only didn't he apply for the RHIPA supplement, he knew he wasn't eligible for one. Therefore, he had no reason to believe or expect he was getting one. And you guessed the punch line in this story. The folks at PERS want him to repay all $9000+ of his supplement he didn't know he was getting, never applied for, and knew he was ineligible for.
You'd think that we members and retirees would have some protection against this kind of gross negligence on PERS' part. You cannot ever sleep comfortably knowing that PERS may eventually uncover some silly mistake it made years ago about which you had no knowledge. This is the inverse of the Kay Bell case. It also makes you concerned that the Legislature is not holding PERS' feet closer to the fire about the accuracy of their calculations and their estimates.
Let the people who make these mistakes pay for them. Why should innocent retirees be body-slammed for something they played no part in? This just sucks.