The District has an agreement with the State of California, Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) to participate in the State's health insurance plans. The earliest a new employee can be covered by a District health plan is the first of the month after hire date, providing all required paperwork is completed and returned to the Benefits Office in a timely manner. Employees enrolling one or more dependent on their health plan may incur a one-time double deduction if the initial enrollment form is received after a payroll is missed based on payroll close dates or prorated 1st month salary limitations. An employee has 60 days from hire date to sign up for health insurance.
There are twelve health plans to choose from: Three PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) plans and nine HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) plans. The plans we offer to eligible regular employees and the level of salaries we pay meet the standards for an "affordable healthcare plan" under federal law. Please see the Affordable Care Act section of this website (link to this section in Benefits) for more information.
The District pays the employee only health insurance premium, the dependent(s) premium(s) will be offset using the allotted benefit dollars. When adding dependents to your health plan, a copy of the dependent's social security card will be required, as well as: copy of marriage certificate/registration of domestic partnership when adding a spouse/domestic partner, or, copy of birth certificate for dependent children.
To enroll in health coverage, complete the member information form you received when first hired, and return to the Benefits Office within 60 days of hire date. If choosing an HMO plan, excluding Kaiser, it is best to list a primary care doctor. If no doctor is indicated the chosen carrier will enroll you in an office accepting new patients based on your residence address. Health insurance will become effective the first of the month following receipt of the member information form in the Benefits Office if received within 60 days from date of hire, or, the first of the month following a 90-day waiting period if receipt of the request is received in the Benefits Office more than 60 days from date of hire. The earliest effective date is the first of the month following the employee's hire date.
You can make changes to your health coverage every year during the open enrollment period, usually held mid-September through mid-October. The Benefits Office mails information to all employees prior to the open enrollment period, with updated information on plans and forms to complete and return to the Benefits Office.
If electing not to enroll in health insurance, $300 will be added to the annual fringe benefit dollar amount ($25.00 monthly).
Anthem Blue Cross
Health Net of California
OptumRx Pharmacy Benefits
Sharp Health Plan