The County’s medical benefits are designed to help maintain
wellness and protect you and your family from major financial hardship in the
event of illness or injury. The County offers a choice of medical plans through
Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente.
Employees represented by Operating Engineers Union Local 3
have the option of enrolling in either the County program outlined below or
medical, dental and vision benefits provided by the Operating Engineers Trust
Fund program. For more information on that program, please contact the
Blue Shield PPO
Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) is a plan that allows
you to seek care from any provider, but offers significant savings if you
choose a Blue Shield network provider. The plan benefit is generally a
percentage of the allowed cost for a service after you have satisfied the
deductible. Staying in network ensures you’re charged the lowest amount your
plan offers, but knowing you can go out network, if you wish, gives you that
Kaiser Permanente HMO
A Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) in which patients
seek medical care within the plan’s own facilities. Under this plan, most
services and medicines are covered with a small co-payment. You select your
doctor, or Primary Care Provider (PCP), from the staff at a local Kaiser
Permanente facility. All of your care is provided at a Kaiser facility.
Services outside of a Kaiser facility are not covered except if it is a
Delta Dental PPO plus Premier
When you enroll in any County-sponsored medical plan, you
are automatically enrolled in dental coverage through Delta Dental. You may use
any dentist at any time, but if you use a Delta dentist you will save money on
your share of the expenses.
As with the dental plan, when you enroll in any
County-sponsored medical plan, you are automatically enrolled in vision
coverage through VSP. You may use any eye doctor at any time, but if you use a
VSP provider you will save money on your share of the expenses.
For assistance with your health benefits contact:Heather Evans, Employee Benefits Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org or RiskManagement@edcgov.us