Benefits

Mary Hao, Director, Human Resources
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Welcome to the County of Marin Benefits Homepage. We offer a robust benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance and retirement savings.  To learn more about the benefits offered to employees, please refer to the 2017 Open Enrollment Guide.

Open Enrollment for 2017

Open Enrollment for 2017 starts Monday, October 17, 2016 and ends Monday, November 14, 2016 at 5:00pm. Changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective on January 1, 2017. All changes and required documentation must be received in the Human Resources Department by 5:00pm Monday, November 14, 2016. Forms not received by the deadline will not be processed. This includes forms mailed but not delivered to the Human Resources Department by the deadline. 

During Open Enrollment you can:

  • Change your County of Marin medical plan
  • Add eligible dependents to the medical, dental and/or vision plan
  • Remove dependents from the medical, dental and/or vision plan
  • Cancel your existing medical coverage by completing a Waiver of Participation
  • Enroll in a County of Marin medical plan if you currently waive coverage
  • Apply for supplemental life insurance

Why is Open Enrollment Important?

Open Enrollment is the only time you can make changes to your health benefit elections, unless you have a “qualifying event”. That means once you have made your elections during the Open Enrollment period, no changes can be made unless you have a qualifying/life changing event such as marriage, divorce, birth, etc. 

 

2017 Open Enrollment Guides

Link to Health Benefits Guide for Employees

The 2017 Open Enrollment Benefits Guide for Regular-Hire Employees provides information about the benefits available to regular-hire full and part-time employees working part time or more. Review the information in this guide to learn about benefits available for the upcoming plan year and make decisions for Open Enrollment. Changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective on January 1, 2017.

 

Link to Health Benefits Guide for Extra Hires

The 2017 Open Enrollment Guide for Eligible Extra-Hire Employees provides information about the medical plan available to eligible extra-hire employees. Employees that work an average of 60 hours per pay period (30 hours per week) for at least 9-months in the current year, will be eligible for enrollment in the medical plan for the 2017 plan year. Review the information in this guide to learn about the medical plan available and make decisions for Open Enrollment. Changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective on January 1, 2017.

Actions to Take During Open Enrollment

  1. Learn about your health benefit options by reading the 2017 Open Enrollment Guide. 
  2. If you wish to make benefit changes for 2017, complete appropriate enrollment forms. Forms are listed alphabetically at ‘Forms’ under the Featured Links section on the left side of the page.
  3. If you plan to waive medical coverage in 2017, you must complete the Waiver of Participation Form in order to receive any cash back of unused fringe. See page 22 of the 2017 Open Enrollment Guide for more information. 
  4. If you plan to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (Health FSA or Dependent Care FSA), you must submit an enrollment form for 2017.  Enrollments from 2016 do not roll over into 2017.
  5. Submit all required forms and documentation to Human Resources by 5:00pm on Monday, November 14, 2016. Forms not received by Human Resources by the deadline will not be processed. This includes forms mailed but not delivered to Human Resources by the deadline.
  6. If you do not waive medical and do not plan on making any changes for 2017, no action is needed.

What's New in 2017

Kaiser and Anthem Plans Remain the Same

  • The same medical plans in 2016 are being offered in 2017.
  • Premium rates have gone up for 2017.
  • No changes to co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance.

Premium Contributions (Fringe) Changes

  • Fringe contributions will go up in 2017.
  • Premium and contribution (Fringe) changes will be reflected on the January 13, 2017 pay check.
  • Please review Fringe contributions before making your 2017 enrollment decisions.

Dental and Vision Changes

  • Employees will now be able to add or remove dependents in vision and/or dental plans annually during Open Enrollment.
  • Vision dependent coverage for children is now extended to age 26, regardless of student status.
  • Employees may now elect to add eligible dependent children up to age 26 on the Vision plan. Dental is currently available to dependent children up to age 26.

Medical Waiver Changes

  • Employees who waive medical coverage must submit a Waiver of Participation Form annually in order to receive cash back of unused fringe.
  • If you currently waive medical and receive cash back, you must submit a Waiver of Participation Form during this Open Enrollment or you will not receive cash back in 2017.
  • For more information about the Waiver of Participation, see page 22 of the 2017 Open Enrollment Guide.

Forms

Annual Employee Health and Wellness Fair

Get "Moving in the Right Direction" at the County of Marin's sixth annual Employee Health & Wellness Fair! The Fair will take place from 11am - 2pm at the Marin Center located at 10 Avenue of the Flags (next to the Showcase Theater). This is your annual opportunity to learn about our 2017 health and wellness benefits, get a free flu shot, win prizes and gather inspiration for championing your well-being — at work, at home, and beyond.

When: Thursday, November 3, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael

See the flyer for more information!

Read about the vendors.

Check out the FAQs.

See the Schedule of Events.

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