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:

11/17/17 Active Employees Open Enrollment is now closed.
  Extra-Help and Temporary Employees Open Enrollment is now closed.



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

2018 Plan Comparison Charts


Summary of Benefits and Coverage

2018 Medical Plan Benefits Comparison Chart  (PDF)

2018 Dental Plan Benefits Comparison Chart  (PDF)

2018 Plan Costs Comparison Chart  (PDF)

2017 Plan Comparison Charts


2017 Medical Plan Benefits Comparison Chart  (PDF)

2017 Dental Plan Benefits Comparison Chart  (PDF)

2017 Plan Costs Comparison Chart  (PDF)

Medical Plan Web Sites (including prescription drug coverage)


Kern Legacy Network Plus

County of Kern EPO Plan

Kaiser Permanente

County of Kern POS

County Programs


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

2018 Rates and Dates


   ♦   Health Benefits Employee Contribution Rates  (PDF)

   ♦   COBRA Health Benefits Rates  (PDF)

2017 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)



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 - 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 Questions on active Flexible Spending Accounts should be directed to Administrative Solutions, Inc (ASi) at (866) 777-1320.

Insurance Products



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.


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

2018 COBRA Rates  (PDF)

2017 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 8/2017)

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
        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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