Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment 2017 - February 15th through March 1st

Open Enrollment 2017 for Snohomish County employees is be February 15, 2017 through Wednesday, March 1, 2017. This is your opportunity to make changes to your current benefit elections, enroll in new benefits, enroll or re-enroll in a Flexible Spending Account, add eligible dependents to your benefits, and/or remove dependents from your benefits.

All changes/forms must be received by Human Resources no later 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2017. This deadline will not be extended, so please be sure to submit your documents on time.


  • Group Health Plan Changes
  • Healthcare Premiums
    • Regular full-time employees: If you work 35 or more hours per week, you will pay these monthly premiums for medical insurance. The County pays the monthly premiums for vision, dental, and basic life insurance.
    • Regular part-time employees: If you work between 20 and 34 hours per week, you will pay pro-rated monthly premiums for medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. The County’s contribution toward the premium for an employee in a regular part-time appointment will be pro-rated in an amount equal to the F.T.E. percentage the employee is assigned.
    • Healthcare premiums are paid for with pre-tax dollars (unless you request otherwise and/or if you enroll your Domestic Partner).
    • The 2017 plan year rates are effective from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. Any applicable employee premium changes will begin on your March 22nd paycheck.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) - The 2017 IRS Health Care FSA annual maximum election amount increased from $2,550 to $2,600; the Daycare FSA annual maximum election remains at $5,000. If you wish to renew or begin participation in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you must complete a new FSA Enrollment Form annually for each subsequent plan year (April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018). Debit cards for the Health Care FSA will only be reissued for new or replacement cards or expiring debit cards.
  • Deadline - All changes/forms must be received by Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2017.

Note: You are not required to take any action if you intend to keep your current healthcare benefit plans (excluding FSAs, which require re-enrollment annually for each plan year). The choices you make during Open Enrollment remain in effect through March 31, 2018. You cannot cancel your coverage or change your benefit choices until next year’s open enrollment period unless you have a qualified change in status or qualify for a special enrollment right. Please refer to Change in Status & Special Enrollment Rights Summary to learn more about qualified status changes.

Contact Human Resources for assistance: