Kern County Human Resources Health Benefits

Kern County Human Resources Health Benefits

Health Benefits Division ♦ 1115 Truxtun Ave, 1st Floor ♦ Phone: (661) 868-3182 ♦ Email: healthbenefits@co.kern.ca.us

12/23/15 Anthem Blue Cross Provider Search
Anthem Blue Cross will be the provider network for POS Plan, effective January 1, 2016. A searchable listing of providers is available at the above link or by visiting www.anthem.com/ca. Under the "Find a Doctor" search, in the field "Identification number or alpha prefix" enter KEK (the first three characters of your POS Plan member ID number) and press "continue" to search.
12/23/15 New ID cards effective January 1, 2016
Members should be receiving cards in the mail. Member identification numbers will be the same for existing members, but billing information and the pharmacy benefit have changed for 2016. Please make sure you present your new card for services on or after January 1, 2016 and let your provider know to update any information they have on file.
View Sample Kern Legacy ID Card   View Sample POS ID Card
10/22/15 NEW! Kern Legacy Health Plan "Network Plus"
   •  Kern Legacy Network Plus 2016 EPO Provider Listing  (PDF)
   •  Kern Legacy Network Plus 2016 PPO Provider Listing  (PDF)
2/5/15 Anthem Data Breach
10/22/14 2014 Employee Health Plan Survey Results  (PDF)
We received 1,014 responses to our recent employee satisfaction survey. Overall, most respondents were satisfied with their current plan. Compare your plan by viewing the results for the individual questions.
9/28/12 Health Care Reform News  (PDF)

Overview

 

Group medical coverage is provided to eligible employees and their eligible dependents.  Employees may choose between four plans.   Coverage includes a prescription drug benefit that allows employees to obtain covered prescriptions at discounted rates from participating pharmacies.   The prescription drug benefit may also include a mail-service component that allows employees to acquire covered prescriptions at an even greater discount.

See also Dental Plans and Vision Plan

Plan Comparison Charts

 

Summary of Benefits and Coverage

Medical Plan Benefits Comparison Chart  (PDF)

Dental Plan Benefits Comparison Chart  (PDF)

2016 Plan Costs Comparison Chart  (PDF)

Medical Plan Web Sites (including prescription drug coverage)

 

County of Kern EPO (administered by Managed Care Systems)

County of Kern Point of Service (POS) Plan

Kaiser Permanente HMO Plan

Kern Legacy Health Plan EPO

County Programs

 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employee Wellness Program (EWP)

2016 Rates and Dates

 

   ♦   Health Benefits Employee Contribution Rates  (PDF)

   ♦   Health Benefits Coverage Periods  (PDF)

   ♦   Benefits Coverage End Date  (PDF)

   ♦   COBRA Health Benefits Rates  (PDF)

Additional Voluntary Benefits Information  (PDF)


Overview

 

Employees have additional benefits and programs available through payroll deduction. These options are made available to employees merely as a convenience and are not endorsed or guaranteed by the County. The County of Kern makes no recommendation nor assumes any responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of the product selected. Some voluntary benefits are portable and/or convertible, meaning you can keep the coverage should your employment with the County terminate. You should contact the administrator of the particular program for portability/convertibility information.


Kern$Flex

 

KERN$FLEX - Flexible spending plans that allow eligible employees to pay for dependent care, un-reimbursed medical expenses, certain voluntary benefit insurance premiums and employee health benefit (medical/dental/vision) contributions on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction. Sign-up or manage your account at www.electmybenefits.com. Questions on active Flexible Spending Accounts should be directed to Administrative Solutions, Inc (ASi) at (866) 777-1320.


Insurance Products

 

CHIMIENTI & ASSOCIATES (877) 733-1670 OR www.electmybenefits.com

These voluntary benefits offered as part of the Kern$Flex benefit program and can be deducted on a pre-tax basis through the Kern$Flex plans: Short Term Disability Coverage, Accident Plan, Cancer Plan, and the Kern$Flex Flexible Spending Accounts. You can also choose to purchase any of the three insurance plans above with post-tax payroll deductions, at your option.


There are other voluntary benefits administered by Chimienti & Associates that can be payroll deducted, but only on a post-tax basis and are not part of the Kern$Flex plans: Group Term Life and Universal Life, Lifetime Benefit Term Life, Critical Illness Coverage, Long Term Disability Coverage, Hospital Indemnity Plan, and LegalGuard with Identity Theft Restoration Program.


WALTER MORTENSEN & ASSOCIATES (661) 834-6222

Voluntary benefits administered by Walter Mortensen and Associates can be deducted through payroll but only on a post-tax basis and are not part of the Kern$Flex plans: Auto, homeowners, dwelling fire, umbrella, motorcycle, motor home, and disability products (contact Walter Mortenson Insurance for more information).


MILLS & MARLING (661) 324-1772

Voluntary benefits administered by Mills & Marling that can be payroll deducted, but only on a post-tax basis and are not part of the Kern$Flex plans: New York Life Insurance products (contact Mills & Marling for information).


Other insurance products and benefit programs may be available through your employee union, contact information for your union is available on the CAO Labor Relations page.


Information on employee benefits NOT administered by Health Benefits (such as Deferred Compensation and Retirement) can be found at www.kerncountyemployees.com.


2016 COBRA Rates  (PDF)

A Federal Law, usually called COBRA, requires that most employers sponsoring group health plans offer employees and their families the opportunity for a temporary extension of health coverage (called "continuation coverage") at group rates in certain instances where coverage under the plan would otherwise end. Employees covered by the County's health benefits programs have a right to choose this continuation coverage if they lose health insurance coverage because of a reduction in hours or the termination of employment for reasons other than gross misconduct.

Additional COBRA Information  (PDF)

Original Signatures Required on Forms - Do Not FAX

   ♦   Flexible Spending Account Claim Form  (PDF)

   ♦   County-Paid Life Insurance Beneficiary Designation / Name Change  (PDF - updated 12/2008)

Eligibility Policies

 

   ♦   County of Kern Health Benefits Eligibility Policy for Active Employees (PDF - revised 6/2013)
        For eligible, active permanent or contract County employees and for active employees of participating Special
        Districts with combined County medical/dental/vision benefits.

   ♦   County of Kern Health Benefits Eligibility Policy for Participants without Active Employee Medical Coverage
        (PDF - revised 6/2013)
        For County or Special District Retirees with medical or dental coverage and for active employees of
        participating Special Districts with dental or vision benefits but no County medical coverage.

   ♦   Health Benefits Eligibility Policy for Extra-Help and Temporary Employees Not Otherwise Eligible for Health
        Benefits
(PDF)
        For eligible Extra Help and Temporary employees.

Other Policies

 

   ♦   Retiree Health Benefits Administration Policy   (PDF)

   ♦   Health Benefits Plan Privacy Policy   (PDF - updated 12/2009)

Important Notices

 

   ♦   Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act  (PDF)

   ♦   Medicare Part D Creditable Drug Coverage Notice   (PDF)

   ♦   Free or Low-cost Health Coverage to Children and Families - CHIPRA Notice   (PDF)

   ♦   Extension of Dependent Coverage to Age 26   (PDF)

   ♦   Patient Protection (Primary Care Physician/OB-GYN)   (PDF)

   ♦   Lifetime Limits (Elimination)   (PDF)

   ♦   County of Kern Employee Health Benefits Plan Privacy Policy   (PDF)

   ♦   Medicare Part D Creditable Coverage Notice   (PDF)

   ♦   Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act   (PDF)

   ♦   Medicaid/Children's Health Insurance Program   (PDF)

   ♦   Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options and Your Health Coverage   (PDF)

   ♦   Your Rights and Obligations as a Pregnant Employee   (PDF)

   ♦   Family Care and Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave   (PDF)

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