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Group Benefits Eligibility
- Any full-time career-service employee who has completed 60 days of employment is eligible. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following or coincident to 60 days of employment, as long as timely benefit elections are made. Employees must access the online New Hire Benefits Enrollment website through the eNet portal, to enroll in the County benefit plans.
- Any part-time employee who consistently works at least 60 hours biweekly and has completed 60 days of employment. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following or coincident to 60 days of employment provided timely benefit elections are made. The part-timer must continue to satisfy the minimum number of working hours requirement to remain eligible for benefits.
- Employees must be actively at work for disability or group life benefits to become effective.
- All employees are eligible to participate in the deferred compensation plan.
- Upon certain Qualifying Events, ex-spouses, children who cease to be dependents, employees going from full-time to part-time status and dependents of a deceased employee may be eligible for coverage
under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).
- Contact your Department Representative (DPR)
for further questions regarding your eligibility for group benefits.
You may cover your Spouse\Domestic Partner and dependent children under your medical, dental, and vision plans. Refer to the Benefits Handbook for additional information regarding dependent eligibility document requirements and domestic partner benefits. Premiums for overage children, domestic partner and children of a domestic partner will be deducted post-tax and subject to imputed income tax.
Coverage for a Spouse\Domestic Partner ends on the effective date of the divorce\dissolution of domestic partnership.
The limiting age for dependent children is the end of the calendar year that the child reaches age 26 for medical, dental and vision. Medical coverage may be extended to age 30, under the conditions listed below.
Adult Dependent Children Age 26+ to 30 (Florida statute (FSS 627.6562)
Medical coverage may be continued for adult children age 26+ through the end of the calendar year the child turns 30, if the child:
- Is not married and has no dependents (i.e. children, spouse\domestic partner), and
- Is not provided or otherwise have available other major medical health insurance, and
- Is either a resident of Florida or is a student in another state.
To enroll a new dependent age 26+ to 29 (not currently enrolled in a County medical plan) proof of other continuous creditable coverage (without a gap of more than 63 days), must be submitted to the health plan.
Dependent children who are incapable of sustaining employment because of mental or physical disability, and are dependent upon the employee for support, may continue to be covered beyond the limiting age, if enrolled prior to age 26. Proof of disability must be submitted to the plan on an ongoing basis.
It is the employee’s responsibility to contact their benefits specialist or human resource office when one of your enrolled dependents becomes ineligible for benefits coverage. Enrollment or continuation of an ineligible dependent may result in loss of benefits, disciplinary action, and repayment of claims. Dependents may be eligible to continue their medical, dental and vision coverage through COBRA (continuation coverage) if you notify your benefits specialist or human resources office within 60 days of a qualifying event.
Note: MDC is committed to offering a comprehensive benefit package to you and your family, but also realizes many dependents may no longer be eligible for coverage due to life status changes. Miami-Dade County will continue to conduct a Dependent Eligibility Audit in Calendar Year 2017. Employees will be required to provide documentation, such as birth or marriage certificates, for any dependents enrolled for healthcare benefits. More details regarding the audit will be provided separately.
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Online Benefits Enrollment
Be sure to review the reference materials available online. Once you have the answers you need, begin the enrollment process. Don’t wait until the last minute! If you have questions regarding plan benefits contact the plan directly during business hours for specific plan benefits and limitations. The Help Desk (305-596-Help) will assist only with technical issues (web access, password reset, etc.).
- Before you begin the online enrollment process review these steps in the Benefits Handbook
- To access the online New Hire Benefits Enrollment website, logon to eNet
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