Open Enrollment 2017 - February 15th through March 1st
Open Enrollment for Snohomish County employees will 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.
- February 15th | 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Cathcart Operations Center | Building A
- February 16th | 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Main Campus | Robert Drewel Building
- List of Changes - Review a complete list of Open Enrollment 2017 plan changes
- Group Health Plan Changes
- Review the Group Health network changes FAQ; Review the Group Health Core HMO User Guide. If you have questions related to this change, please stop in and discuss them with our Group Health representative at the benefit fairs.
- Kaiser Permanente has acquired Group Health effective February 1, 2017. Beginning in March 2017, you'll see the Kaiser Permanente name in Group Health facilities, online, and in other materials. Members will receive a welcome letter from Kaiser Permanente and a new Kaiser Permanente ID card.
- 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.
- Add or remove dependent's coverage
- Waive/cancel your own coverage
- Enroll in a Health Care or Day Care Flexible Spending Account (must re-enroll annually)
- Enroll in or change your medical healthcare plan - Review your applicable comparison chart:
- AFSCME; Non-represented employees; Management Exempt; Law Enforcement Support; Corrections Support; Clerk's Association; Corrections Support Supervisors (Categories A,B,C,E,I, and Junior Taxing Districts)
- Sheriff Deputies/Sergeants (DSA); Sheriff Lieutenants/Captains (SOMT); Airport Fire Fighters (Categories D & G)
- Corrections Guild; Corrections Sergeants and Lieutenants (Categories F & H)
- Enroll in or add dependents to your vision plan - Review the Vision Plan Summary
- Enroll in or change your dental plan - Review the Dental Plans Comparison Chart
- Enroll in or make changes to your AFLAC plans
- Enroll in or make changes to your Supplemental Life Insurance
- Enroll in or make changes to your AD&D insurance
- To enroll in or make changes to your Nationwide Deferred Compensation, schedule a 1:1 appointmentMike Ferguson.
- Review your current benefits & personal information in Employee Self Service (EMSS) and make any necessary updates
- Review Open Enrollment plan changes and the 2017-2018 monthly healthcare premiums
- Determine if you would like to make to make any changes to your current benefit selections
- Consider reviewing your DRS or Deferred Compensation beneficiaries online and make any necessary updates
- Consider reviewing your life insurance beneficiaries - schedule an appointment with Human Resources to review
- Enroll in a Health Care or Day Care Flexible Spending Account (re-enrollment is required annually) - Review eligible expenses
- Gather required documentation if you are adding/removing dependents
- Attend a Benefits Fair to speak with benefit representatives
- Review the health insurance glossary to get a better understanding of health insurance terms
- Review health plan notices and Medicare Part D Notice of Creditable Coverage
- Ensure that all changes/forms are received by Human Resources no later than 5 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 Summaryto learn more about qualified status changes.