Maricopa County is committed to providing affordable, quality health care benefits coverage to its employees and their families.
This website provides access to benefits information 24/7. Find a health care provider, view a summary of benefits, download forms, and access vendor's websites.
Delta Dental Refund for Plan Year 2014-2015
Employees who participated in the Delta Dental Plan during Plan Year 2014-2015 will be refunded a portion of the premium they paid that year. The refund will be issued as a single, lump-sum distribution to both active and former employees. Because the premiums were pre-tax deductions, the refund will be subject to income taxes.
Active employees, including those on leave, will be issued the refund on their November 18, 2015 paycheck, and the earnings description on their paycheck will be reflected as “DeltaRefnd”. Former employees will be sent a refund check to their home address on file.
The reason for the refund is that for Plan Year 2014-2015, Delta Dental reduced its rates after employees had already completed their Open Enrollment elections. For Plan Year 2015-2016, the premiums charged for coverage were adjusted to reflect Delta Dental’s reduced rates.
For questions regarding the Delta Dental refund, contact the Maricopa County Employee Benefits Division at (602) 506-1010.
Important Reminder - FY 2014-2015 Flexible Spending Accounts
September 15, 2015 was the deadline for active employees enrolled in the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) or the Limited Scope Flexible Spending Account (LSFSA) to incur expenses for which they could be reimbursed. Any funds remaining in either of these two accounts after September 15, 2015 were forfeited.*
November 30, 2015 is the deadline for active employees enrolled in the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) or the Limited Scope Flexible Spending Account (LSFSA) to submit claims for reimbursement of eligible expenses for services incurred between July 1, 2014 and September 15, 2015. Exceptions to the November 30, 2015 deadline are not permitted, so please take timely action to submit your reimbursement requests. Employees whose benefits terminate have their claims filing date limited to 60 calendar days from their benefit termination date.
*Note: Employees enrolled in the HCFSA for FY 2014-15 who then enrolled in the UnitedHealthcare High Deductible Health Plan for FY 2015-16 and opened up a Health Savings Account (H.S.A.) had only until June 30, 2015 to use all funds in their FY 2014-15 HCFSA. Due to IRS guidelines, an employee covered by a High Deductible Health Plan AND a HCFSA that pays or reimburses for qualified medical expenses generally cannot make contributions to an H.S.A, including the County contribution.
Get a Healthy Start with A Healthy Pregnancy Program
One of the best things you can do at the start of your pregnancy is to enroll in your healthcare provider’s Healthy Pregnancy Program. Once you enroll you can connect telephonically with a nurse 24 hours a day to address your questions or talk over any concerns you may have. You will also learn and practice healthy pregnancy habits and protect the well-being of your baby, and you can get rewarded for doing so.
If you are enrolled in a County-sponsored medical plan, you will receive an incentive when you participate and complete either Cigna’s or UnitedHealthcare’s Healthy Pregnancy Program. This year the incentives have increased, you can earn a $500 incentive if you enroll in the program before the end of your first trimester, or $250 if you enroll before the end of your second trimester.
To enroll call either:
- Cigna | 1.800.615.2906
- UnitedHealthCare | 1.888.246.7389
Changes in the Healthcare Industry
There are two major changes in the healthcare industry that you should be aware of.
Catamaran is now OptumRx
Catamaran and OptumRx have combined to become one company – OptumRx. You may gradually start seeing the name changed from Catamaran to OptumRx in marketing materials, the web portal, letters, and e-mail messages.
If you are a participant in the Catamaran Co-Insurance Prescription Plan, nothing is changing when it comes to your current prescription benefits. Click here to view responses to some frequently-asked questions.
Cigna will become Anthem
Cigna and Anthem have announced an agreement to become one global health service company. This merger is expected to be completed in the second half of 2016, and until then, the two companies remain separate.
If you are a participant in a Cigna medical or dental plan, this change has no effect on your current plan benefits including coverage details, ID cards, copays, deductibles, and out-of-pocket maximums. As more information becomes available, it will be communicated to you.
Change in Eligibility for Group Health Benefits
In response to the October 17, 2014 U.S. District Court ruling, same-sex marriage is now legal in Arizona, and same-sex couples legally married in other states are now recognized as legal spouses under Arizona law.
The eligibility rules for coverage under the Maricopa County Benefits Plan have been updated to allow employees to add their same-sex spouse and eligible dependents to coverage, provided all other eligibility requirements are met. (Click here for more information.)
Magellan Healthcare presents a monthly webinar that focuses on a variety of subjects.
The webinar for Wednesday, December 9, 2015 is "Avoiding Caregiving Burnout." Highlights include caregiving within a family, challenges caregivers face, and becoming a better caregiver. The webinar is 12:00-1:00 pm MST.
Click here to register for the webinar.
Premise Health Care Center / Walgreens Pharmacy @ Administration Building, 301 W. Jefferson
The Premise Health Care Center (480.347.4791) and Walgreens Pharmacy (602.283.9925) conveniently located on the second floor of the Administration Building provides onsite pharmacy, health care, and laboratory services Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The center is closed daily for lunch from 1:00-1:30 pm.
Newly Benefits-Eligible Employees:
Employees enrolled in a County-sponsored medical plan can log on to the StayWell Wellness Portal at maricopa.staywell.com to:
- Schedule a Biometric/Tobacco Screening
- Take a Health Assessment
- Complete a Tobacco Free Affidavit
Completing these assessments can help employees reduce their medical premium. Starting with Plan Year 2015-16, the wellness incentives are bundled, and applied on a prospective basis.