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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

The County of Santa Cruz offers comprehensive benefits to eligible employees and their dependents.

 

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CalPERS

January 22, 2018

Member Education Bulletin

February Instructor-Led Classes

Planning Your Financial Future

Enhance your financial security by viewing our short video series Planning Your Financial Future and then using our Planning Your Financial Future Checklist.


CalPERS Benefits Education Events

The CalPERS Benefits Education Events are coming to San Luis Obispo, Sacramento, and Visalia! Find full details including schedules by visiting the CalPERS Benefits Education Events page on our website. We look forward to seeing you there.


Upcoming Instructor-Led Classes

CalPERS is offering a variety of informative instructor-led classes throughout the state in February. Visit the CalPERS Member Education page to access detailed class descriptions and find answers to frequently asked questions. Log in to my|CalPERS to review the schedule and enroll in the class of your choice.

Note: Various classes, including those listed below, are held regularly at our Regional Offices in Fresno, Glendale, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose, and Walnut Creek.

Instructor-Led Classes in February

Class Additional Locations
Planning Your Retirement Barstow, Camarillo, Encinitas, Hanford, Menifee, Mission Viejo, Mountain View, Norco, Rancho Cucamonga, Redwood City, Riverside, San Francisco, San Gabriel, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria
Completing Your Retirement Application San Luis Obispo

Social Security & Your CalPERS Pension

Learn how your CalPERS pension may affect your Social Security benefit.

Videos

Visit the CalPERSNetwork to view past web events and educational videos on retirement, health benefits, pensions and investments, and more.

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List of Physicians for Dignity Health Medical Network (aka: PMG) and PAMF

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PayFlex (FSA) Website UPDATE**

  • PayFlex has revamped their website making it easy to manage your account. Among many other resources, it offers interactive videos that explain how to save money, it gives an explanation for eligible expenses, and offers educational tools providing helpful tips to make the most of this tax savings program.
  • PayFlex FSA Website
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Don’t Forget to use your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) funds!

Your 2017 FSA plan year is quickly coming to an end on December 31, 2017*. According to the IRS, some or all of the unused funds left in your account (after your claim filing deadline) may be forfeited. The Below are some tips to help avoid losing your funds.

Tips to avoid losing your funds

Log in to the PayFlex member website at www.payflex.com then:

  • Check your account balance on My Dashboard.
  • Click on the Financial Center, select your FSA from the drop down menu. Here you can view your claim filing deadline and number of days left to spend your FSA dollars.
  • View a list of common eligible expense items under Quick Links to decide how to spend your remaining funds.
  • Submit your eligible claims to PayFlex before your claim filing deadline of March 30, 2018. You can also do this through the PayFlex Mobile® app, complete a paper claim form and fax, or mail it to us.

Questions?

Visit your PayFlex member website, and click Contact Us. PayFlex is available to help Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT.

*After 12/31/17 IRS provides 1/1/18 - 3/15/18 as a ‘grace period’ to spend any unused funds.

 
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Notes on re-enrolling into County Medical Coverage

Employees who opted-out of medical coverage during Open Enrollment for the 2018 Plan Year (September 11, 2017 – October 6, 2017). If you need to re-enroll into County medical coverage in the future due to loss of coverage or any other qualifying life event, you will need to submit the following documents to the Benefits Division within the Personnel Department:

  • HBD12
  • Proof of loss of alternate coverage 

**Please Note:  If you were enrolled in H-Care prior to opting out of County medical coverage, you will need to submit a new H-Care form to re-enroll in this program as well.

If you have any questions or need to submit enrollment forms, you can contact the Benefits Office Hotline at (831) 454-2241, the Benefits Office Email at benefits.questions@santacruzcounty.us, or the Personnel Fax line at 831-454-2245.

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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) REPORTING

Pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) employers are required to take the following actions related to healthcare coverage:

  • Issue employees proof of coverage statements (1095-C).
  • Submit required reporting to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about the coverage offered to employees.

The attached document contains frequently asked questions and answers about the 1095-C to provide a better understanding of the form and what to do when you receive one.

 

Contact Us

Benefits Unit
701 Ocean Street, Room 510
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
 
FAX: 831-454-2245
Benefits Hotline:  831-454-2241
Benefits Questions: email link

D-CARE

Dependent Care

H-CARE

Health Care Flexible Spending Account

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