The County of Orange offers health care
coverage that allows active employees to choose from 4 health plans,
2 Preferred Provider Organization health Plans (PPO) and
2 Health Maintenance Organization Plans (HMO). The County
pays 95% for your health insurance premium
as a full time, employee only coverage. If you have dependent deductions
or are a part time employee your bi-weekly deductions
are taken on a before-tax basis which allows you to reduce
your gross taxable salary by the amount of your share
of dependent health premium costs.
The Health Care Reimbursement Account
(HCRA) and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA)
allow you to set aside before-tax dollars from each paycheck
to help pay for unreimbursed eligible health care and
dependent care expenses for you and your family. In most
cases, you never pay taxes on this money.
This assistance provides confidential
consultation information and referrals for employees and
employees' families who are facing personal problems.
It is available 24 hours a day. For more information or
assistance call 1-(800) 221-0945 or (714)978-7915.
The Defined Contribution Program is
a voluntary, supplemental long-term retirement program
that permits you, through payroll deductions, to defer
(postpone, delay) some of your salary on a regular basis.
Taxes on the money and earnings are deferred until they
are withdrawn, at separation/retirement from the County.
Participants may defer up to $15,500 (for 2008) annually
from their salary. The amount deferred is deducted before
taxes to be withheld are calculated. Taxes are paid at
the time the employee receives the money back, either
in the form of an annuity at the time of retirement or
when the employee leaves the County of Orange.
The County’s Defined Contribution Program is administered
by Great West Retirement Services.
The Orange County Employees Retirement
System (OCERS) provides retirement benefits for employees
of the County that belong to OCERS. While you’re a member,
both you and the County make contributions to the
Retirement System. When you retire, you’ll receive a monthly
allowance that is based on your tier (determined
by your date of membership into OCERS), your age at retirement, your
average monthly earnings, and your years of service.
If you require additional information about OCERS,
call 1-888-570-6277 or visit the web site at
The County of Orange offers a Retiree Medical Insurance Program which assists retirees with the cost of retiree health insurance premiums and/or Medicare premiums. Eligible retirees receive a monthly grant based upon years of service and age at separation.
You are invited to attend a live New
Employee Benefits Orientation. This orientation is conducted
by the Office of Human Resources, Employee Benefits Division
and will provide you with important information on your
health plan options, enrollment and other benefit programs,
including 457 Defined Contribution Program, Health Care
and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts, and the Employee
Assistance program. You now have the opportunity to learn about your benefits
and the enrollment process before you attend a live presentation
and/or receive your Benefits Enrollment Guide and Benefits
Enrollment Summary from the Benefits Center.If you would like to take the opportunity
to view this presentation on-line click here, click on either the County Employee or the Eligibility Workers/Craft and Plant Employee page to view your orientation.
New Employee Benefits Orientations are scheduled for the first Monday of each month, unless it is a Holiday, and then the New Employee Benefits Orientation will be conducted on the first Tuesday of the month. All orientations will be at 9:00 a.m., in the Hall of Administration, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd, 2nd floor, Room 214/216.