HR

FAQs

  1. Can you please explain the Mandatory 401a plan?

    • All benefit eligible employees are enrolled in the mandatory 401a plan upon hire.
    • The mandatory employee contributions are as follows: 5% for years 0-5 in the plan; 7% for years 6-10 in the plan; 8% for years 10+ in the plan.
    • These mandatory contributions cannot be adjusted but you can contribute more with the other plans that are available such as a voluntary 401(a) after tax, or a 457(b) pre tax or Roth account. To enroll in these plans, complete the online election forms available on the 401(a) and 457(b) pages.
  2. Yes, all family members that are enrolled in a medical plan each get the $500 Lifestyle Education credit per calendar year.* Click here for more information on the Lifestyle Education Program.

    *Subject to the deductible for those enrolled in the High Deductible Health Plan.

    • MEDICAL
      Click here: account.meritain.com/Portal/Registration
      (You will need your member ID number and Group # 17498, in order to register your account. Email the Benefits team to request your Member ID number.)
    • DENTAL
      Click here: www.deltadentalco.com/members.html
  3. VSP does not provide ID cards; you can verify eligibility by providing your Social Security Number and DOB to your provider. Your member ID is your social security number.

  4. The IRS defines what is a qualifying event for benefit status changes. Examples include: Marriage, Divorce, Birth, Adoption, Dependent gains coverage through a new job, Dependent loses coverage due to termination of employment, Spouse’s open enrollment, etc.

    Due to these IRS regulations, you only have 31 days from the date of the change to complete the Benefit Status Change Form and submit documentation as required.

  5. Your baby is NOT automatically added to your coverage. You will need to complete the Benefit Status Change form within 31 days from baby's birth date per IRS regulations for us to add your baby to your insurance.

    We do not need the baby’s Social Security Number to add them to coverage, that can be provided to HR Benefits staff later upon receipt.

  6. Open Enrollment will be held annually in the Fall. Open Enrollment is required every year for you to continue your benefits for the following plan year.

    For example, Open Enrollment this year will be 10/24-11/4 to enroll in benefits for 2023. If you do not enroll in benefits during Open Enrollment, you will not have benefits for the 2023 plan year.

  7. For those on those on the Choice or Standard PPO plan, the first 8 visits of the calendar year are free, then it’s a $25 copay per visit for any subsequent visits.*

    *Subject to the deductible for those enrolled in the High Deductible Health Plan.

    • Open-Network means that your provider does not need to accept Aetna/Meritain insurance.
    • It’s a $25 copay whether the provider is in or out of network for those on the Choice or the Standard PPO plan.*
    • If the provider does not accept Aetna/Meritain, they may or may not bill insurance directly. If they do not, you would need to pay in full, get an itemized receipt with a diagnostic code from the provider, and submit your claim to Meritain for reimbursement on the member portal. Instructions on how to submit a claim can be found here.

    *Subject to the deductible for those enrolled in the High Deductible Health Plan

    • Open-Network means that your provider does not need to accept Aetna/Meritain insurance.
    • It’s a $50 copay whether the provider is in or out of network for those on the Choice or the Standard PPO plan.*
    • If the provider does not accept Aetna/Meritain, they may or may not bill insurance directly. If they do not, you would need to pay in full, get an itemized receipt with a diagnostic code from the provider, and submit your claim to Meritain for reimbursement on the member portal. Instructions on how to submit a claim can be found here.

    *Subject to the deductible for those enrolled in the High Deductible Health Plan

    • Open-Network means that your provider does not need to accept Aetna/Meritain insurance.
    • It’s a $200 copay whether the provider is in or out of network for those on the Choice or the Standard PPO plan.*
    • If the provider does not accept Aetna/Meritain, they may or may not bill insurance directly. If they do not, you would need to pay in full, get an itemized receipt with a diagnostic code from the provider, and submit your claim to Meritain for reimbursement on the member portal. Instructions on how to submit a claim can be found here.

    *Subject to the deductible for those enrolled in the High Deductible Health Plan

  8. Yes, you must enroll your children in Dental coverage in order to qualify for this benefit.

  9. If hired between the 1st and 15th of the month, your benefits begin on the 1st day of the next full month. If hired between the 16th and 31st of the month, your benefits begin on the 1st day of the second full month.

    **For example, If your date of hire is 1/3/2022, your benefits would begin on 2/1/2022. If your start date was 1/16/2022, your benefits would begin on 3/1/2022.

  10. On the last day of the month that employment ends.

    **For example, if your termination date is 3/31/2022, your benefits would terminate on 3/31/2022. If your last day of employment was on 4/1/2022, your benefits would terminate on 4/30/2022.

    • You must be enrolled in the county medical plan.
    • This can be used for any appointments at the clinic (even for massages) and/or Larimer County sponsored events such as Biometric Screenings, Flu Shot Clinics, Mammograms, etc.
    • You must be enrolled in the county medical plan.
    • Yes, since massages and acupuncture are covered under our medical plan, time away from work can be used as sick time.
  11. Access Code: larimer

  12. Please email the Benefits team to inform us and we’ll look into your claim.

  13. Click here to be directed to our list of vendors.

  14. Yes, you can email the Benefits team to inquire about attending a Benefit Orientation.

  15. The County does not require you to drop from our medical coverage when you turn age 65. For more Medicare information, you can contact Trozan Insurance Agency at 970-224-5500

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PO Box 1190, Fort Collins, CO 80522
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