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Employee Benefits
Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance

Comprehensive health care benefits, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, help make the County of San Bernardino an employer of choice. The County strives to provide employees with security, flexibility, and convenience.

Dependent Eligibility

If you are eligible to participate in County-sponsored medical and dental plans, your eligible dependents may also participate. Your eligible dependents are:

  • Your qualifying children
    • Your qualifying children include children up to age 26 that are born to you, your stepchildren, children legally adopted by you (including those children during any waiting period before the finalization of their adoption), children for whom you are the permanent legal guardian, and children you support as a result of a valid court order.

      Qualifying children over the age of 26 that are supported primarily by you and incapable of self-sustaining employment by reason of total and permanent mental or physical disability are also eligible for coverage.
  • Your qualifying relative
    • Qualifying relatives who are eligible for medical and dental coverage are limited to your spouse, your domestic partner's children, and your grandchildren (for Kaiser Permanente members only). Kaiser Permanente allows coverage for grandchildren if the dependent child was enrolled in Kaiser Permanente prior to the birth of the grandchild. Coverage for the grandchild may continue as long as the dependent child is covered. Other benefit plans do not allow for coverage of grandchildren. Please consult with the applicable Evidence of Coverage or contact the benefit plan directly for clarification before you submit your enrollment.

      Parents, grandparents, grandchildren, common-law spouses, divorced spouses, roommates, and relatives other than those listed above are not eligible for County-sponsored medical and dental plans.
  • Your state registered domestic partner

There are many choices and options for each plan. As you review comparison charts and plan highlights, keep these important questions in mind:

  • What are my current benefits need(s)?
  • Are these needs different than they were in the past?
  • Do I anticipate new or different needs for the coming year?
  • How do these needs affect my current elections and the choices I will make?

Medical Plans

Refer to the Employee Benefits Guide for detailed plan information and comparison charts.

Kaiser Permanente (HMO) click [here] for plan information

The Kaiser Permanente Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) is available only to employees and their eligible dependents living within the Kaiser Permanente zip code service areas of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Kern and Ventura Counties. Certain outlying zip codes within the County are not eligible for coverage through Kaiser Permanente.  Please contact Kaiser Permanente's member service number to verify that you are in an eligible service area. For detailed information refer to the Kaiser Permanente Evidence of Coverage (EOC).

Call Kaiser Permanente's member services, available seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at 1-800-464-4000, or go to Kaiser Permanente's web site at for more information.

Blue Shield Signature HMO click [here] for plan information

Blue Shield Signature HMO is a health maintenance organization (HMO) plan with a Point-of-Service (POS) provision. The HMO provision requires that the member selects a Primary Care Physician (PCP) from one of the Blue Shield Signature HMO Participating Physician Groups. The POS component gives you the option of seeking consultations and evaluations from any specialists within the Blue Shield Signature HMO network without a referral from your PCP. The HMO provision is referred to as Level 1 and the POS as Level 2. For detailed information refer to the Blue Shield Signature HMO Evidence of Coverage (EOC).

Call Blue Shield's member services at 1-800-642-6155 or go to Blue Shield's web site at for more information.

Blue Shield PPO click [here] for plan information

Blue Shield PPO is a preferred provider organization. A PPO is a medical plan that offers you a choice between an in-network group of providers who offer their services at discounted rates and out-of-network providers without discounted rates. For detailed information refer to the Blue Shield PPO Evidence of Coverage (EOC).

Call Blue Shield's member services at 1-800-642-6155 or go to the Blue Shield web site at for more information.

Dental Plans

Cigna Dental Care DHMO click [here] for plan information

Cigna Dental Care DHMO is a prepaid HMO-style dental plan that provides coverage through a network of contracted dental offices. For detailed information refer to the DHMO Evidence of Coverage CA or DHMO Evidence of Coverage AZ.

Call Cigna Dental Care DHMO at 1-800-238-5834 or visit their website

Cigna Dental DPPO click [here] for plan information

Cigna Dental DPPO allows you to choose to receive care from a network provider or from an out-of-network provider. It is your choice. You may change between in-network and out-of-network dentists anytime without notifying Cigna Dental DPPO in advance. With a network dentist, you pay a percent of the dentist’s discounted Cigna Dental DPPO rates. With an out-of-network dentist, you are subject to pay a higher percentage of Cigna Dental DPPO's maximum allowance, plus any additional cost charged by the provider. View tips on how to get the most out of your Cigna Dental DPPO plan. For detailed information refer to the Cigna Dental DPPO Evidence of Coverage (EOC).

Notice of Privacy Practices

Call Cigna Dental DPPO at 1-800-238-5834 or visit their website for more information.


EyeMed Vision Care

The County of San Bernardino has contracted with EyeMed Vision Care to provide vision care benefits to its employees. EyeMed is one of the leading managed vision care organizations in the industry; with the largest network of independent providers and the right mix of in-network retail providers that offer the ultimate in choice, quality, value and service for over 39 million members.

Vision Plan Benefits:

Call EyeMed Vision Care at 1-877-406-4146 or visit their website for more information.

For detailed information refer to the EyeMed Master Policy.


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