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 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.
- 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 31 days from the date of the qualifying event to submit the Qualifying Event Status Change Form along with supporting documentation to Employee Benefits. A list of acceptable documents is provided on page 2 of the form and includes:
- Marriage license or divorce decree
- Birth certificate or death certificate
- Court order
- Documentation showing loss of other coverage
Employees who are enrolled in other qualified medical benefit coverage may “opt out” of Pinellas County's health plan coverage when newly eligible for coverage, during Annual Enrollment, or due to a qualifying event.
- The Opt Out Incentive is $98.00 monthly credited to the employee's payroll checks and treated as taxable income.
- In order to receive opt out payments:
- Select Opt Out of Health in OPUS
- Submit a notarized Opt Out Summary and Affidavit to Benefits (copies of medical ID cards are no longer accepted.)
- Not all plans are considered alternate coverage for this benefit. Review the Opt Out Summary and Affidavit for more information.
- If you opt out, you are still enrolled in the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
- If you opt out, you may still enroll in:
- If you opt out, you will not be enrolled in the following benefits:
- Managed mental health
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