Employees have three opportunities to enroll in benefits or make changes to their selections:
- When you are newly eligible
- During Annual Enrollment (held each fall)
- If you experience a qualifying event such as marriage, birth, change to part-time status, etc.
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Eligibility for Benefits
Permanent and long-term temporary classified and exempt employees scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week are eligible to enroll in certain benefits coverage.
- Only the plans you are eligible for will
appear in your OPUS enrollment options.
- Dependents eligible for coverage vary by plan and may include spouse, domestic partner, and children.
- If you and your spouse/partner both work for Pinellas County, you must each enroll in the plans for which you are eligible (i.e., not as a dependent).
How Do I Enroll?
- Your department will provide instructions to log into your OPUS account.
- Be prepared with the spelling of your dependents' and beneficiaries' names as well as their dates of birth, social security numbers and addresses.
- Log in to OPUS at home or at work to
complete your benefits enrollment:
- Use this direct link to OPUS, or
- Go to www.pinellascounty.org, select Online Services from the menu at the top, and then select OPUS. (If a window appears about viewing pages over a
secure connection, select OK).
- Once logged in, select PIN Employee Self Service, Benefits, and Benefits Enrollment. Make your selections.
- If you opt out of the health plan, you must designate that election and submit proof of valid coverage.
- Payroll deductions will begin in the pay period your elections are effective or as quickly as possible if elections are made after the effective date.
Domestic Partner Coverage
Employees who are unmarried and in a
committed relationship (same sex or opposite sex) may cover their
domestic partner on health and dental coverage.
The guidelines follow IRS regulations:
Changing Your Benefits / Qualifying Event
- Typically the benefits you select during your initial enrollment period or at Annual Enrollment will remain in effect for the entire calendar year.
- However, the IRS does allow you to make changes to your coverage outside of these periods if you experience a qualifying event and notify Benefits as required.
Qualifying Event (Family Status Change) Examples
- Birth or adoption of a child
- Dependent becomes ineligible
- Transfer between full and part-time
- Death of spouse, partner or child
- You have 30 days from the date of the qualifying event to notify Employee Benefits, make changes to your benefits that relate to the event, and provide appropriate documentation in support of the qualifying event.
- Examples of supporting documentation include:
- Marriage certificate
- Birth certificate
- Court order
- Documentation stating date of loss of coverage
Permanent full-time employees who have proof of alternate health insurance coverage may “opt out” of Pinellas County health plan coverage during benefits enrollment or a qualifying event.
- By selecting opt out in OPUS, which
indicates that you have alternate coverage, you will be eligible for a $98/month
- In order to receive opt out payments, submit a copy of your healthcare identification card with your County
employee number written on it to Employee Benefits by the end of your enrollment period.
- Opt out employees DO have access to the following Pinellas County benefits:
- Opt out employees do NOT have access to the following Pinellas County benefits:
- Mental health benefits
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