If you are notified of a change in your employment status contact the Health Service System to learn about the options available for continuing your healthcare coverage.
This information offers a general outline and does not include all the information you may need to know. When you receive the notice informing you of your change in employment status there are three steps you should take to learn about your health coverage options:
Employees who change from permanent to temporary exempt status will maintain their medical, dental and vision benefits if they meet the following eligibility requirements:
HSS will continue to deduct employee premium con-tributions payments from part-time employee paychecks. If a payroll deduction is not sufficient to pay for premium contributions, the employee must contact HSS directly and pay premiums to HSS on a timely basis, via check, money order, credit or debit card. Missed premium payments will result in termination of coverage.
Employees who are placed on an eligible holdover roster may be eligible to continue medical, dental and vision benefits for themselves and their covered dependents for up to five years, as long as they meet all of the following three requirements:
Employees who have no holdover rights may be eligible to continue medical, dental and vision coverage under COBRA. The healthcare coverage you had as an active employee will end on the last day of the coverage period in which your employment terminates. For information about COBRA contact FBMC, the COBRA administrator at (800) 342-8017.
City employees may be able to continue healthcare coverage through HSS if placed on leave. Certain conditions apply. Read more about continuing healthcare benefits while on a leave of absence.
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) enacted in 1986 offers employees and their covered dependents the opportunity to elect a temporary extension of healthcare coverage in certain instances where coverage would otherwise end. Read more about COBRA.
California residents who are not eligible for HSS coverage should consider obtaining health insurance through the state insurance exchange, Covered California. In some cases, you may qualify for tax credits and other assistance to make health insurance more affordable. For information about Covered California health plans, call 1-888-975-1142 or visit coveredca.com. For information about the health insurance exchanges in other states visit healthcare.gov.