Human Resources

Employee Benefits & Rewards Division

Our programs include medical and dental insurance, supplemental term life and long term disability (LTD) insurance, health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts, accident insurance and many more.

For more information on the 2018 Employee Benefits available to the County of Santa Barbara employees please click on this link - Employee Benefits Handbook 2018

OPEN ENROLLMENT: October 16, 2017 – November 5, 2017

County benefits are designed to meet the changing needs of your life. 

This year, we are pleased to announce that there will be no changes to our benefit plans and minimal increases in participant plan costs. However, even though our plans are not changing, you may have different needs than last year.

Open Enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to review existing benefit elections and:

·         Change your plan choices

·         Add or drop dependents

·         Enroll in Flexible Spending Accounts for 2018 (you must re-enroll every year)


During Open Enrollment, you are selecting your benefits for October 16 – November 5, 2017. After Open Enrollment ends, you cannot change your benefit elections until the next Open Enrollment in 2019, unless you have a “qualified status change” like a change in your marital status or the birth of a baby or loss of coverage.

NEW FOR 2018

·         Rx ‘n Go – a voluntary Plan change

·         Higher County contribution amounts into your HSA account

·         Expanded Advocacy Services – CareCounsel,  your first point of contact for all benefit questions/issues/concerns

·         Carrum Health – bariatric surgery is now available

·         New BenXcel portal for Open Enrollment


If you are not making any changes:

If you are not making any enrollment changes or reenrolling in the 2018 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), congratulations – you’re done with Open Enrollment! No action is necessary to continue your current benefit choices.

To make changes or enroll in an FSA:

1.            Log on to https://benxcel.netClick here for the Employee user Guide

You must create a new username and password using the example below.
User Name is first 2 letters of your first name, then first 2 letters of your last name, 
then the last 4 digits of your SSN.

Ex: Mary Smith would be masm1234 - 
Password is your date of birth. Ex: 12/30/50 would be 12301950

Company Code : COSB

2.           Review your personal information and benefits selections and make changes as needed.

3.           Click Review and Finalize when done. 

4.            Print Election Summary for your records.

The following programs are not managed by the Employee Benefits & Rewards Division. By clicking on the link below you will be taken directly to their website where you will be able to find more information.

How to update/change your Health Savings Account (HSA) Contributions, address and personal information for benefits.

To make any changes, or updates, to dependent information, life insurance beneficiary information, personal information, address and/or Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions please use the County's eBenefits website, If you have not yet created a BenXcel User Account, review the Employee Guide to BenXcel guide by clicking on this link Employee Guide to BenXcel and follow the instructions in the guide.

Pharmacy information and provider finder tools: 

Pharmacy Benefit for Blue Shield EPO Low, EPO High and PPO Plan Members - For the EPO and PPO plans Express Scripts is your Pharmacy Benefit Manager. To contact Express Scripts customer service please call 1-800-711-0917 (TTY:1-800-759-1089) or go to to create a login account. Your Blue Shield Member ID Card will not work at a pharmacy; you have to use your Express Scripts card when obtaining prescription drugs at a pharmacy or for Mail Order prescriptions through Express Scripts

Pharmacy Benefit for Blue Shield HDHP Plan Members - Your Pharmacy Benefit Manager is Blue Shield and not Express Scripts. Whenever you obtain prescription drugs at a pharmacy you need to present your Blue Shield Member ID card, regardless if you have met your annual deductible. For Mail Order Pharmacy you will be using Prime Mail. Please see the documents below on how to use the Prime Mail system:



Blue Shield Customer Service - Please contact 1.855.256.9404 - Mon through Fri 7am-7pm PST.



Dental Insurance (Delta Dental)


  • County Self-funded Delta Dental PPO - For more information and to find a Dentist click on this link - Delta Dental DPPO
  • DeltaCare USA DHMO - For more information and to find a Dentist click on this link - DeltaCare USA DHMO


Vision Insurance



Maya Barraza, Marcie Segura and Tina Meier
Your Benefits & Rewards Team