Pinellas County provides medical health insurance to its employees through United Healthcare. Two health plans are available: a Point of Service Plan and a Consumer Driven Health Plan with Health Savings Account.
Group Health Plan coverage is available to all permanent and long-term temporary employees scheduled to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
All documents are in PDF format.
Effective Date of Coverage:
Coverage is effective the first day of the month after 30 days of employment. An ID card will be mailed to you.
United Healthcare Resources:
Visit United Healthcare at www.myuhc.com or download the Health4Me app to
For more information:
- Contact Pinellas County's Nurse Liaison.
- Contact United Healthcare Member Services for questions on claims or coverage at (888) 478-4752 or by email at Advocate4Me@uhc.com (the contact information is also listed on the back of your ID card).
- Call the free 24-Hour Nurse at (888) 478-4752 for non-emergency health care concerns (the number is also listed on the back of your ID card).
Tax Saving Plans
Reduce your health care costs with the following options:
- Pre-Tax/Payroll Deductions - Payroll deductions for health and dental coverage may be deducted under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Service Tax Code, Section 125. Each year, during the County's annual enrollment, you have an opportunity to elect pre-tax health or dental premiums.
- Flexible Spending Accounts - The County offers FSAs to help you reduce out-of-pocket expenses for healthcare expenses (for employee and dependents) or dependent care expenses such as daycare costs by paying for them on a pre-tax basis. You do not have to be enrolled in the Group Health Plan to participate.
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives employees the right to continue health and dental insurance coverage for themselves and covered dependents if they lose their Group Health Plan coverage in certain instances, such as termination of employment.
The County's COBRA administrator is Discovery Benefits. COBRA insurance rates reflect the full cost with no subsidy from Pinellas County so the premium is significantly higher than an active employee's rates.
- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is known as HIPAA.
- HIPAA protects plan participants by limiting exclusions for preexisting medical conditions.
- The law also requires plans to adopt Group Health Plan Privacy Practices with regard to employees' confidential medical information.
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