Benefits

Mary Hao, Director, Human Resources

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 Employee Benefits Guide.

Open Enrollment for 2019

Open Enrollment for 2019 starts Monday, October 15, 2018 and ends Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 4:30pm. Changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective on December 31, 2018. All changes and required documentation must be received in the Human Resources Department by 4:30pm Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Forms not received by the deadline will not be processed, no exceptions. 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 “mid-year change in status". That means once you have made your elections during the Open Enrollment period, no changes can be made unless you have a “mid-year change in status" event such as marriage, divorce, birth, etc. 

 

2018 Employee Benefits Guide

2019 Employee Benefits Guide

Employee Benefits Guide

The 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, 2019.

 
Contingent Hire Benefits Guide

The Benefits Guide for Contingent Hire Employees provides information about the medical plan available to eligible contingent 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 2019 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, 2019.

 

2018 Employee Benefits Guide

2018 Employee Benefits Guide

2018 Regular Employees Benefits Guide

The Employee 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 December 31, 2017.

Contingent Hire Benefits Guide

The Employee Benefits Guide for Eligible Contingent-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 2008 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 December 31, 2017.

Actions to Take During Open Enrollment

  1. Learn about your health benefit options by reading the 2019 Employee Benefits Guide. 
  2. If you wish to make benefit changes for 2019, 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 2019, you must complete the Waiver of Participation Form in order to receive any cash back of unused fringe. See page 25 of the 2019 Employee Benefits 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 2019.  Enrollments from 2018 do not automatically roll over into 2019.
  5. Submit all required forms and documentation to Human Resources by 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 13, 2017. Forms not received by Human Resources by the deadline will not be processed, no exceptions. This includes forms mailed but not delivered to Human Resources by the deadline.
  6. If you do not waive medical insurance, do not plan to have an FSA account and do not plan on making any changes for 2019, no action is needed.

What's New in 2019

Kaiser Dental and Vision Plans Remain the Same

  • The same Kaiser medical plans in 2018 are being offered in 2019.
  • Kaiser Premium rates have gone up for 2019.
  • Dental Premium rates have not change in 2019.
  • No changes to co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance.

New HMO and PPO Plans Offered

  • In addition to the Kaiser plans:
    • Employees are offered Western Health Advantage as a new HMO option.
    • Employees previously covered by Anthem Blue Cross PPO will default to the Teamsters Anthem Blue Cross PPO unless a new enrollment form is filled out.

Premium and Employer Contributions (Fringe) Changes

  • Employer Fringe contributions will increase for 2019. See page 30 of the Employee Benefits Guide for more information.
  • Premium and Employer Fringe Contribution changes will be reflected on the January 12, 2019 pay check.
  • Please review plan costs and Employer Fringe contributions before making your 2019 enrollment decisions.

Life and Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance

  • Premiums for Life and LTD will remain the same for 2019.
  • Life/LTD coverage remains the same in 2019.

Reminder - Medical Waiver Requirement

  • 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 2019.
  • For more information about the Waiver of Participation, see page 25 of the 2019 Employee Benefits Guide for more information on these requirements.

Forms

Annual Employee Health and Wellness Fair

Come "Find Your Fit" at the County of Marin's eighth 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 2019 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 1, 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!
See who’s coming, here’s a list of vendors.

Human Resources Benefits Department Representatives

Freeman Suen
473-7843

Meloni Page
473-7006

Suzanne Griffiths
473-6375