Active Employees

New Voluntary Benefit: LifeBalance Discount Program

LifeBalance is a well-being focused discount program that works like an online coupon book. From fitness clubs and family attractions to weight management and white-water rafting, LifeBalance offers discounts on purchases and activities that help County employees stay active, reduce stress, and live life to the fullest at no cost to employees.

Starting October 13:  log into Workday, click on “Open Enrollment” tab then click on “Enroll in Voluntary Benefits”- This will take you to our external Voluntary Benefit partner, AlliantChoice+, to create your free account.

Check out the informational videos for all of the voluntary benefits by visiting;https://protectus.mimecast.com/s/V65bCQWK6Js7mYrZcxNzo6

New Health Savings Account (HSA) Administrator

Benefits Coordinator Corporation (BCC) will replace Optum as the HSA administrator beginning 2021.

2021 Contribution Limits

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Healthcare FSA: $2,750
  • Dependent Care FSA: $5,000

Health Savings Account (HSA)

  • Individual: $3,600
  • Family: $7,200

* 2021 Deferred Compensation contribution limits are pending IRS announcement.

A New Blue Shield Medicare PPO Advantage Plan for Retirees 65 or over

If you are retiring soon, we wanted to let you know about our NEW Blue Shield Medicare PPO Advantage Plan for Retirees who are 65 or over. 

The County is excited to introduce this new Blue Shield Medicare PPO Advantage Plan with Prescription Drug being offered to Retirees who are 65 years or older. This new Medicare Advantage PPO Plan provides comprehensive medical coverage, at a significantly lower monthly premium cost, with access to see any Medicare contracted provider or hospital with a defined predictable co-payment schedule – not only in California, but nationwide. 

Plan ahead! Remember, the health plan you are enrolled in at the time of retirement is the Medicare health plan you will be enrolled in on your retirement date or when you turn 65.


The Ben-IQ app will be transitioning to this new and improved, MyBenefits.Life (MBL). MyBenefits.Life is a mobile application and web portal (tablet enabled) that gives you24/7 access to the following:

• Information on all of your benefit offerings
• Benefit plan details, plan summaries, documents, and more
• Plan contacts and web links
• Announcements and enrollment information
• Educational tools (informative articles, videos, glossary, etc.)

MyBenefits.Life is available for download for Android and iPhone smartphones.

Blue Shield Medicare Advantage PPO Plan

Beginning January 1, 2021, the County of San Mateo will replace the current Medicare COB (Coordination of Benefits) PPO Plan with our new Blue Shield Group Medicare Advantage with Prescription Drug (GMAPD) PPO Plan.

This plan offers PPO flexibility and freedom to see any Medicare provider nationwide including out-of-network providers that accept Medicare. You will be paying the same predictable and defined low copayments regardless if the provider is contracted with Blue Shield as long as they accept Medicare. This plan includes a NEW Vision coverage with eye exams for a $10 copay and $150 frames/lenses and contacts allowance and will give you access to gyms and fitness classes provided through the NEW SilverSneakers fitness program.

All current Blue Shield Medicare COB PPO plan members will be automatically enrolled into the new Blue Shield Medicare Advantage PPO plan on January 1, 2021.

To learn more about the new plan, view our recorded webinar, 2021 Blue Shield Medicare Advantage Plan Webinar or view our 2021 Blue Shield Medicare Advantage Plan Powerpoint.

To learn more about the VSP vision coverage that is embedded in this plan, please view our vision benefit details.

Fitness Perk for Kaiser Permanente Members

Kaiser Permanente has teamed up with fitness leader ClassPass to make it easier for you to exercise from the comfort of your own home. With ClassPass, KP members get:

• Over 4,000 online video workouts at no cost including HIIT, strength training, cardio, yoga, and more.
• Livestream fitness classes with reduced rates including boxing, Pilates, dance, yoga, and more.

For more information and to get access to ClassPass, please visit kp.org/exercise.

*The Silver and Fit Pilot Program will end on 12/31/2020 due to low enrollment and impact to premium cost.

  • You will be mailed an enrollment packet on early October outlining your current coverage elections, your sick leave balance (if applicable) with an enclosed enrollment form.

  • Open Enrollment changes must be submitted on the open enrollment form mailed to you. Enrollment forms are not required if you are not making changes to your Retiree Health coverage.

  • View the updated Sick Leave Credit conversion table for selected unions.