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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@kerncounty.com

Open Enrollment is here and we’re changing things up for 2019. All Kern County Self-Insured Health Plans will now be known as Kern Legacy Health Plans. These plans are still administered by County employees for County employees and feature rich benefits and robust network options. Choose the plan that works best for you!

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Click here to learn more about what each Kern Legacy Health Plan option can offer you!

10/12/18 Permanent Employees Open Enrollment  –  October 15 through November 16
Open Enrollment is the only time during the year that employees can make changes to their health benefit elections without a qualifying event. During open enrollment you can change your medical plan or dental plan, add or remove dependents, or change your health benefits payroll deductions to pre- or post-tax. You can also decline benefits with proof of other employer group coverage. Forms must be submitted via the Health Benefits online portal by 5:00 PM on Friday, November 16, 2018 with changes effective January 1, 2019.

The County of Kern EPO Plan will not be a health plan option for 2019. Employees currently enrolled in the County of Kern EPO plan must select a new health plan during Open Enrollment.
10/12/18 Extra-Help and Temporary Employee Open Enrollment - October 15 through November 16
This Open Enrollment is the only time during the year that Extra Help and Temporary employees can make changes to their health benefit elections without a qualifying event. During open enrollment you can change your medical plan, add or remove dependents, or decline (or dis-enroll) your current coverage. Forms must be submitted with original signatures to Kern County Human Resources - Health Benefits by 5:00 PM on Friday, November 16, 2018 with changes effective January 1, 2019.
09/06/18 Body Exchange Sports Club Announces Employee Discounts (PDF)
The County has renewed their contract with Body Xchange and employees are once again eligible for lower monthly rates and no enrollment fees. Please review the flyer linked above for additional information. For questions about Body Xchange, its clubs or this offer please contact Shae at Body Xchange – contact information is in the flyer. For questions about the contract you can contact Tracey Eldridge at 661-868-3182 or by email at healthbenefits@kerncounty.com
07/18/18 Open Enrollment 2019 Dates Now Available
2019 Open Enrollment will be held Monday October 15th to Friday November 16th. Retiree Health Fair will be held Thursday November 1st. Look for info regarding plan options and rates mid October.

The County of Kern EPO Plan, Managed by MCS, will not be a plan option for 2019. Employees who are currently enrolled in the County of Kern EPO plan must select a new health plan during open enrollment. If you do not select a health plan, you and your dependents will be automatically enrolled in Kern Legacy Max Choice.

Overview

 

Kern County provides health plan coverage to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Employees may choose from five medical plans. Medical plans include prescription drug coverage that allows employees and their dependents to obtain covered prescriptions at discounted rates from a plan participating pharmacy. The prescription drug benefit may also include a mail-service component that allows employees to acquire covered prescriptions at an even greater discount. See plan summaries for details for each health plan.

Employees may choose from two dental plans; A preferred Provider (PPO) plan and a HMO type plan.

Vision coverage is provided to employees and their eligible dependents who are enrolled in any of the County's medical plans (Kern Legacy Health Plans, Kaiser, or County of Kern EPO). The vision plan is provided through Vision Service Plan (VSP).

2019 Health Plan Information

 

2018 Health Plan Information

 

Health Plan Web Sites

 

Medical Plans

Dental Plans

Vision Plan

Employee Biweekly Premium Contribution

 

The employee’s biweekly premium contributions include premiums for medical, dental and vision coverage.

Health Benefits Coverage Periods

 

Note: The coverage periods for Health Benefits are not the same as the hours worked payroll periods.

Health Benefits End Date When Terminating Periods

 

Health Benefits coverage end on the last day of the bi-weekly payroll period during which employment ends.

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 https://myworkplace.net. 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 https://myworkplace.net

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.


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.

COBRA Administrator:

Customer Service Number:

Administrative Solutions, Inc.

(866) 777-1320

Original Signatures Required on Forms - Do Not FAX or email

Need to Add/Remove Dependent(s) to/from your Health Plans

 

You will need to complete a Health Benefits Change form if you wish to add/remove dependent(s) from your health plans. Supporting documentation will be required. A completed Health Benefits change form must be received by Health Benefits within 30 days of a permitting event, unless otherwise noted in the Health Benefits Eligibility Policy.

Need to Change your Beneficiary on the County-Paid Life Insurance

 

You will need to complete a new Beneficiary form, if you wish to change your beneficiary on the County-Paid Life Insurance. Kern County will always use the most recent dated Life Insurance Beneficiary from on file.

Need to Submit a Reimbursement from your Flexible Spending Account

 

You will need to complete a Flexible Spending Account Claim form, if you wish to submit a reimbursement to your Medical or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account.

Eligibility Policies

 

   ♦   County of Kern Health Benefits Eligibility Policy for Active Employees (PDF - revised 3/2015)
        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)

Important Notices

 

   ♦   COBRA Notification   (PDF)

   ♦   Health Benefits Plan HIPAA Privacy Policy   (PDF)

   ♦   Medicare and Prescription Drug Coverage Notice   (PDF)

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

   ♦   Lifetime Limits (Elimination)   (PDF)

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

   ♦   Extension of Dependent Coverage to Age 26   (PDF)

   ♦   Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)   (PDF)

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

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

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

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