EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

The County of Santa Cruz offers comprehensive benefits to eligible employees and their dependents. Browse our plan rates, plan highlights and make sure to follow our Beneficial Information slide show which features important information, updates and current events.

Beneficial Information

BENEFITS Open Enrollment

September 20 — October 15, 2021Make the Most of your Benefits

 

- PayFlex FSA -
Certain Personal Protective Equipment Expenses Treated as Medical Expenses

The IRS recently announced that amounts paid for personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 are treated as amounts paid for medical care under the Internal Revenue Code (Code). This means that amounts paid for PPE are also eligible to be reimbursed under health flexible spending arrangements, health reimbursement arrangements, or health savings accounts. Group health plans, including H-FSAs, may be amended to provide for reimbursements of expenses for PPE incurred for any period beginning on or after January 1, 2020. The amendment must be adopted no later than the last day of the first calendar year beginning after the end of the plan year in which the amendment is effective. Plan sponsors should work with section 125 administrators or third party administrators to determine if an amendment is necessary and to adopt any necessary amendment addressing these reimbursements.

 

ICMA-RC Announces Plans for a New Name

MissionSquare Retirement to Build on ICMA-RC’s Heritage

ICMA-RC announces that it is becoming MissionSquare Retirement, a new name that reinforces the company's foundation and solidifies its vision for the future.

 

CalPERS Basic Pharmacy Benefits 2021

90-Day Supply Fills at Retail Pharmacies

Effective January 1, 2021, Basic members will have greater access to 90-day supplies of maintenance medications at retail pharmacies. Major pharmacy chains, including CVS, Rite Aid, Safeway, Costco and others which were previously limited to a 30-day supply, will now be able to fill 90-days of maintenance medications.

  • Will I be able to get my maintenance medications at any pharmacy?
  • How will I know if my pharmacy can fill 90 days of my maintenance medication(s)?
  • Can I continue to fill 30 days of my maintenance medication?
  • What is the copay for 90-day supplies of maintenance medications?
  • Will I still get the 90-day supply for two 30-day copays?
 
Watsonville Mental Health and Wellness
NOW OPEN!
You have many convenient ways to get care by phone, online, or in person.
 
Coping with COVID-19
What you need to know
 
This is a great time to take advantage of using your health plan from the confines of your own home. Explore the available resources for your particular health plan.
Virtual Care
Doctors are available 24/7 and offer care for common health conditions including the flu, a cold, infections and rashes, and can:
  • Assess the members condition.
  • Give medical advice.
  • Send a prescription to the pharmacy elected by the member, if needed.
 
Planning a Vacation?
Dependents Moving Out?
Does Your Medical Plan Offer
Coverage Away From Home?
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Benefits Unit
701 Ocean Street, Room 510
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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831-454-2245

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831-454-2241