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Benefits News 

  Last Updated: October 31, 2016

Open Enrollment for 2017 Benefit Plan Year

Annual benefits enrollment starts Monday, October 10 and ends on Friday, November 4, 2016.  Any changes you make will take effect January 1, 2017.  The 2017 Employee Benefits Plan Handbook provides a general overview of all the programs available to you.  Please see attached handbook (The handbook has also been mailed to all employees.).

Important for 2017

There have been no significant plan changes for 2017


Effective January 1, 2017, three DHMO dentists on the special County network located in the Santa Barbara area will no longer be available on the DHMO plan. The dentists are Dr. Linda Benedetto, Dr. Cris Shepard, and Dr. Catherine Streegan. If one of these providers is currently the primary dentist for you or one of your dependents, you will need to choose another DHMO dentist prior to January 1. You may receive dental services from these three dentists until December 31. Effective January 1, you will receive dental services from the new DHMO dentist that you have chosen. If you do not make a selection, a dentist will automatically be assigned to you and/or your dependent based on your geographical convenience and availability.

Dr. Benedetto, Dr. Shepard and Dr. Streegan are contracted providers under the Self-Funded DPPO plan that the County offers. If you would like to keep one of these dentists, you will need to change to the Delta Dental DPPO plan during this Open Enrollment period.

Proof of Dependent Eligibility required

If you add any dependents currently not on County benefit plans (spouse, registered domestic partner and/or dependent children) during Open Enrollment, the County of Santa Barbara requires that you verify their eligibility.

You have until November 16, 2016 to fax the documentation* that verifies your dependents eligibility to the Employee Wellness and Benefits Division at 805-568-3272 or to mail copies (not originals) to County of Santa Barbara - Employee Wellness and Benefits Division, 1226 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

PLEASE NOTE: If the verification documents to add dependents during Open Enrollment have not been received by November 16, 2016, no dependents will be added to your health plans.

*You will find a list of acceptable documentation you can provide to verify that your dependents meet the County’s eligibility requirements by clicking here.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace/Healthcare Exchange Notice

For more information about Healthcare Exchanges and to review the Marketplace Notice please click here.


Do You Need To Do Anything For The 2017 Plan Year Open Enrollment?

You only need to take action during Open Enrollment if you want to:

  • Enroll in any of the County-sponsored plans and voluntary benefits for the first time;
  • Change or cancel your plan elections;
  • Add dependent coverage; You must provide the required eligibility documentation to add dependents
  • Drop dependent coverage (Please Note: If you cancel a dependent's coverage during open enrollment, that dependent is not eligible for COBRA);
  • Select, enroll, change, or cancel your Optional Life, Personal Accident, Compass Critical Illness, and Compass Accident Insurance;
  • Participate in Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Healthcare or Dependent Care for the 2017 plan year;
  • Make changes to your Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution;
  • Waive participation in County-sponsored medical and dental benefits; and/or
  • Combine coverage with a spouse or registered domestic partner who is also a benefit-eligible County employee.

REMEMBER:  If you want to continue with your FSA Healthcare and/or Dependent Care Account in 2017 you have to re-enroll in an FSA Healthcare and/or Dependent Care Account every year – if you do not, you will not have an FSA Healthcare and/or Dependent Care Account for the 2017 plan year! The deadline to enroll or re-enroll is Friday, November 4, 2016.

Please direct all benefit questions to this mailbox: (Division, Benefits)


How Do You Make Changes or Enroll During Open Enrollment?

For the 2017 Plan Year ALL plan changes, dependent addition or deletions, FSA enrollment, address changes and personal information updates can only be completed online using the County's eBenefit’s website, . If you have not yet created a BenXcel User Account, review the Employee Guide to BenXcel and create your login ID. If you have forgotten your user name and or password please contact BenXcel. To view or print a copy of this guide please click on this link - Employee Guide to BenXcel - and follow the instructions in the guide.

If after reading the Employee Guide you still have any questions about how to create your online login ID and password, please call BCC Customer Service at 1-800-685-6100 between 6:00 AM and 3:00 PM PST. 



  New Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Notice

The New Health Insurance Marketplace Notice required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be viewed by clicking here.


For more information on all the Health Insurance Exchange options available to you, you can go to or


For information about Employee Health Benefits please go to the Health Benefits page.