Changes to Your Benefits!
Employees covered under SEIU 721
are moving to CalPERS. Find out more by exploring
the guide.

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What You Need To Know

On January 28, 2020, the County of Riverside Board of Supervisors approved a tentative agreement with Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 721. The agreement included provisions related to Health benefits for employees represented by SEIU.

Effective July 1, 2020, medical coverage for employees covered by SEIU will be offered through the CalPERS Health Program. SEIU employees must make a new medical plan election for the remainder of the 2020 plan year, by submitting their enrollment option through the Employee Self-Service portal. A special enrollment period is being offered from March 30 through April 17, 2020 for employees to make new medical plan elections only. Plan changes to dental, vision and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) elections will be offered during the annual enrollment in Fall of 2020.

If you have questions, contact a benefits specialist at 951-955-4981, Option 1

What Do I Need To Do?

You must make a new medical plan election during the special enrollment period, which will occur from March 30 through April 17, 2020.  All changes must be made through the Employee Self-Service portal.  Prior to logging into the Employee Self-Service portal, please have the following information available:

  • Date of birth and Social Security Numbers for any dependent you will enroll
  • Your marriage or registration date if you are enrolling a spouse or domestic partner
  • Your Primary Care Physician’s Medical ID number, if required

If you elect the Medical Waiver option, you must make the election online and complete the Decline Coverage Acknowledgement form.  The Decline Coverage Acknowledgement form will be sent to you after your election is made.  Electing the Medical Waiver option, requires you to have other group coverage.  With this option, eligible employees will receive a reduced Flexible Benefit Credit based on your last date of hire. See Page 7 for Flexible Benefit Credit amounts.
 
You must provide the following information during your self-service enrollment about your other group coverage:

  • The name of the plan providing coverage (i.e.: Kaiser, Blue Shield)
  • The Plan Group Number
  • The Subscriber’s name – If you are covered as a dependent on another person’s plan, they are the subscriber.
  • The Subscriber’s Social Security Number

If you elect to Waive (decline) medical coverage, you must make the election online and complete the Decline Coverage Acknowledgement form.  The Decline Coverage Acknowledgement form will be sent to after your election is made.  Electing the Waiver (decline) option, will result in your forfeiting the Flexible Benefit Credit.  

How to Enroll

During this special enrollment period you will need to access the self service enrollment system click “Employee Self Service”. You will log in using your six-digit employee ID and password. This is the same ID and password you use to access your payroll information. Under “Self Service” you will select “Benefits Enrollment” to access the special enrollment event and make your elections.

Got Questions?

  1. Visit CalPERS new website – designed specifically by CalPERS to provide the guidance you need to select a health plan during this special enrollment period: www.calpers.ca.gov/newhealthmember
  2. Call CalPERS 800-874-7377 – Representatives are ready to answer your questions about the plans offered through the CalPERS Health Program
  3. Contact your Benefits team – Benefit Specialists are ready to help. E-mail – Benefits@rivco.org or call (951) 955-4981; option 1

Enrollment Workshops

Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, the Workshops listed in the guide have been cancelled. The County Benefits team and CalPERS are working together with the Health Plan Partners to provide additional resources to assist employees during this special enrollment election period and transition.

Please visit this special Benefits website for updates on additional resources, special announcements and other information.

You can also visit the CalPERS website at www.calpers.ca.gov/newhealthmember or speak to a representative at CalPERS about your health plan choices, by calling 800-874-7377.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes, you are not required to change your medical plan, but you are required to make an election under the CalPERS Health Program, even if you are electing the same plan (e.g. Kaiser or UHC) or choosing to decline coverage.

Your new medical election will become effective July 1, 2020.

No, you will continue to receive Flexible Credit Benefits to help pay for your medical, vision, and dental coverage. However, employees who receive excess flexible contributions in their pay check as cash, will lose the cash back in June 2020 when we begin deducting premiums for July 2020.

Yes. When the deductions for the July 2020 premiums commence, which begins with Pay Period 11/2020 (pay date 06/03/2020), the Flexible Benefits Credit will be applied toward your medical, dental and vision plan premiums only. Any remaining flexible benefit credits will no longer been applied to your paycheck as cash and will be directed into the health plan pool to lower rates for all employees.

Employees will stop receiving excess flexible benefit credit on Pay Period 11/2020 (pay date 06/03/2020), when we begin deducting premiums for July 2020.

The deadline to submit your enrollment during the special CalPERS enrollment period is April 17, 2020.

Your medical coverage will terminate on July 1, 2020 and you will be without any medical coverage for the remainder of the year. Additionally, you will not receive any flexible benefits credits if you are not enrollment a County sponsored medical plan.
If you are currently electing the medical waiver option and do not submit new elections during the special enrollment your reduced flexible benefit credit will cease to be forfeited.

Your new medical election will become effective July 1, 2020.

In September 2020, during the annual open enrollment period, you may choose to remain in the plan you selected during the initial CalPERS enrollment period or change your selection. Any changes made during the Annual Open Enrollment period in September 2020 will be for plan year 2021.

You will see a change in premium rates for elections you make during the initial enrollment begin on Pay Period 11/2020 (pay date 06/03/2020), when premiums are deducted from your paycheck.

CalPERS medical plan rates are available here (Select Public Agency & School Members option and locate area in which you live)

No, during the CalPERS Initial Open Enrollment period, you will only be permitted to change your medical plan election. Changes to your dental, vision and FSA elections may be made during the Annual Open Enrollment period in September 2020 for the 2021 plan year.

Yes, the Exclusive Care plan will remain as an option for medical coverage to employees covered by the SEIU 721 Resolution. You will still need to complete the special CalPERS enrollment and elect Exclusive Care as your medical plan.

You can use the Find a Medical Plan tool, which is available by logging into your my|CalPERS account at my.calpers.ca.gov. Before you choose a health plan, you should call the health plan’s member services to inquire about physician availability. Either way, you should confirm that the doctor is taking new patients in the plan you select.

Employees whose last date of hire was before November 11, 2004 will continue to be eligible for the Medical Waiver program and will receive a monthly flexible benefit credit of $465 when they elect to waive County medical coverage AND provide evidence that they are enrolled in other group medical coverage (i.e. a dependent on their spouse’s plan).
Beginning on July 1, 2020 employees hired on or after November 11, 2004 will be eligible for a new Medical Waiver program and will receive a monthly flexible benefit credit of $200 when they elect to waive County medical coverage AND provide evidence that they are enrolled in other group medical coverage.

Yes.

Yes. If you request to add a dependent, you will be required to show proof of the dependent(s) eligibility by providing required documents, such as marriage or birth certificates, court approved adoption documentation, and/or personal tax returns.

Yes, after your enrollment has been completed you will receive a confirmation statement. If you elect Exclusive Care, Medical Waiver option or choose to Waive (Decline) coverage, your statement will come from the County. If you elect CalPERS medical plan you will receive a statement from CalPERS confirming your enrollment and providing additional information about your coverage. Please be sure to immediately review the statement and report any errors or concerns to the Benefits Divsion by calling (951) 955-4981, Option 1 or via e-mail at benefits@rivco.org. We will not have the flexibility to make corrections if you do not report errors early.

We anticipate that you will receive your new ID cards in Mid-June 2020


Resources


Health Plan Resources

  • Anthem
  • Blue Shield
  • HealthNet
  • Kaiser
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • PERSSelect/Choice/Care
  • OptimumRX

Important Dates

  • March 30 - April 17, 2020 - CalPERS Special Enrollment Period
  • April 17, 2020 - Deadline to Complete your Enrollment
  • July 1, 2020 - Effective Date of New Coverage

my|CalPERS

Get customized assistance selecting the health plan that is right for you and your family by logging into your my|CalPERS account at my.calpers.ca.gov, selecting the "Health" tab and then selecting "Find a Medical Plan".