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News… 2016 Open Enrollment
Welcome to the Open Enrollment period for the 2016 plan year!  All employees of the Superior Court should have received an Open Enrollment letter which was mailed in late September.  In our continued effort to keep health plan costs low, this years' Open Enrollment is being performed electronicall and all documents are available by clicking on the appropriate links below.

Open Enrollment periods are an excellent time to make changes to your health benefit plan, such as adding or deleting dependents when otherwise you would be unable to do so without sustaining a qualifying life event, such as a marriage, divorce, birth or death.  Additionally, Open Enrollment is also the time each year when elections to the FSA Plans must be made, as participation in this plan must be renewed each year and remaining benefit elections do not rollover to the next plan year.

This year, the Court's Active Open Enrollment period will run from Thursday, October 1, 2015 through Friday, October 30, 2015, with all forms being received by the Human Resources Department, no later than Friday October 30th at 5:00 p.m.  It is important to note that any changes made during the Open Enrollment period are not effective until January 1st of the new plan year (January 1, 2016).  Please also note that in order to add new dependents, you must complete the 2016 HealthComp Enrollment Form and attach supporting documentation of the dependent(s) relation to you, such as marriage and/or birth certificates, or other court-reated documentation showing proof of relationship.

As with years past, for those employees who contribute to the benefit plans, the Court is pleased to announce that we will experience only a modest increase in benefit premiums this year.  Additionally, the Court will continue to offer the ability to enroll in the PPO Medical, Prescription, Dental and Vision plans; or, if you have an HMO plan that you are pleased with, but are lacking the Dental and Vision component, you have the ability to obtain just the Dental and Vision component, as our PPO Medical/Rx Plan does not coordinate benefits with HMO plans and could become problematic for some employees if enrolled in both the HMO plan and the Court's full coverage plans.  *Please note that proof of other health insurance is required at the time of enrollment if you will be electing the Dental and Vision only component.

Rates fot the 2016 Plan year are as follows:
Total PremiumCourt-FundedEmployee-FundedTotal PremiumCourt-FundedEmployee-Funded
Employee, plus One Dependent$665.40$600.21$65.19$40.15$36.46$3.69
Employee, plus Two + Dependents$991.31$860.93$130.38$59.18$51.68$7.50
The rates above continue to be rather extraordinary given that the Court's benefit plan has incorporated all of the past plan design changes required under the Federally mandated Health Care Reform Laws, and when comparing to other group health insurance plans, most of which have seen quite a steep increase to the benefit premiums over the past few years.  As always, employees who were hired prior to April 15, 1997 will incur no premium contribution, and those hired after that date will see the above mentioned rate changes relfected in their bi-weekly paychecks in pay period 2015-25 (1/5/2016 pay date).

Annual Flu Vaccinations

It's that time of year when the dreaded flu seems to be making its rounds.  In an attempt to keep Court employees as healthy as possible this season, the Court will be offering on-site Flu Vaccination Clinics at most Court locations.  If you have not already done so, you may wish to complete the online survey to show your interest in obtaining a vaccine and to register.  If you are not available on the dates and times the Clinics will be held, you may always go to any local retail pharmacy that offers the vaccine and the Court will reimburse you up to $35 for that vaccine.  Dependents who are enrolled as eligible participants in the Court's Medical plan may also receive reimbursement for any flu vaccine obtained at a retail pharmacy.  Flu Vaccination Clinic dates and times will be released and posted shortly. Additionally, Claim for Reimbursement forms will also be posted shortly.   
Claim for Reimbursement - Flu Vaccine

For more information, please contact Human Resources Analyst Kristin Bush at 868-6173, or kristin.bush@kern.courts.ca.gov.

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