Regular-hire full-time and part-time employees working half time or more are provided with an allowance that can be used to purchase health benefits including medical, dental, vision as well as life and long term disability insurance. Some of the unused portion of the cash allowance may be taken as taxable cash back according to the IRS (IRC, Section 125). All employees that are extra-hire status may be eligible only for the Kaiser high-deductible health plan (HDHP) medical plan. For more information about medical benefits for extra-hires see the Extra-Hire 2017 Open Enrollment guide.
Spouse or Domestic Partner
All benefits-eligible employees may enroll a legal spouse or registered domestic partner in the County’s benefits plans, including medical, dental, vision, and dependent life insurance. Proof of legal marriage or domestic partnership is required. Enrollment in benefits must be completed within 30 days of the date of marriage or partnership or during the Open Enrollment period.
Natural Children, Stepchildren, Adopted Children
A member’s natural child, stepchild, adopted child (including a child placed for adoption) and the natural or adopted child of a legal spouse or domestic partner are eligible for coverage in health benefits up to 26 years of age. The employee will be responsible for all taxes incurred under rules set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Franchise Tax Board regarding imputed income. Newly eligible dependents must be enrolled in the dental, vision, medical and/or life insurance plans within 30 days of their eligibility. Some examples of ‘newly eligible’ include: when an employee first becomes eligible for benefits (i.e. commencement of employment, employee change from extra-hire to at least half-time regular-hire status); when an employee marries; or when an employee welcomes a new child.