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Due to the quickly changing situation related to the Coronavirus, on March 31st Kern County extended the essential staffing model to May 1 at 5:00 PM.  During this period, most County buildings will be closed to the public with only essential services being offered.


New Permanent Employees Health Benefits

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Enrollment Forms

New Hire Health Plan Enrollment: Medical, Dental and Vision

Kern County has multiple options for employees to consider for medical, dental, and vision coverage.  If you have coverage from another employer sponsored health plan, you may choose to decline coverage.  Failure to select from one of the options will lead to auto-enrollment in the lowest-cost plain option available.

Complete your New Hire Plan enrollment form through our secure online enrollment portal within 20 days of you date of hire.


Benefits Effective Date

Health benefits coverage will go into effect the first day of the biweekly pay period following one month of continuous service, beginning on the day the employee physically reports to duty in the benefits-eligible position.


Health Plan Cost Comparison


Summary of Benefits and Coverage Plan Information

Medical Plans

Kern Legacy Share Select - High Deducible EPO Plan

Kern Legacy Network Plus - Exclusive Network Health Plan

Kern Legacy Max Choice - Exclusive Network Health Plan

Kern Legacy Classic Choice - Anthem Network POS Health Plan (formerly County of Kern POS)

Kaiser Permanente

Dental Plans

Liberty Independence PPO Dental Plan

A 'Preferred Provider' (PPO) plan. This plan pays 90% of the costs (after deductibles) for work done by in-network dentists and 70% of the costs for work done by out-of-network dentists.

Liberty DHMO Cobalt Plus Dental Plan

An HMO-type plan under which the employee selects one permanent dentist from a pre-approved list and has cost limits

Vision Plan

Vision Service Plan (VSP)


Policies & Notices

Eligibility Policy

Important Notices


Employee Assistance Program

Balancing the demands of life can be stressful - the good news is we can help. Your Employee Assistance Program is available to help you take control of your life! Through Anthem Blue Cross, County employees and their dependents can access three free counseling sessions, per incident, to help through the tough times.