Health Insurance & Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment occurs each year in October and is usually the only opportunity each year to enroll in or change health insurance plans. Mark the month of October on your calendar every year as “Open Enrollment” so that it does not pass you by if you miss any of the insurance news mailings. Plans, benefits and rates may differ from year to year and from one Plan Sponsor to the next. The insurance plan year runs from January 1st through December 31st each year. There are mailings to you in September and October to provide information about plans and rates for the coming year.

Open enrollment for the 2020 plan year is from October 1, 2019 through November 1, 2019. SBCERS must receive all enrollments, changes and cancellations (if any) NO LATER THAN Friday, November 1, 2019.

After Friday, November 1, 2019, your next opportunity to make health plan changes will be in October 2020, for the 2021 plan year. Keep each year’s Guide to Retiree Health Plans & Open Enrollment book on-hand all year and consult it (or the electronic version linked below) for important benefit and contact information.

Be sure to review the Health Reimbursement benefit information when considering canceling your insurance.

2019 Open Enrollment Meeting Schedule and Dates (for 2020)

2019 Retiree Health Insurance Open Enrollment for the 2020 Plan Year: Videos Coming Soon!

Videos of the 2020 Plan Year informational meeting will be posted after the October 17th recording date.

Health Insurance Information and Forms, by Plan Sponsor

County of Santa Barbara

Summaries of Benefits & Coverage (“SBC’s”) – County of Santa Barbara:

Kaiser Traditional HMO Low Option-
Kaiser Senior Advantage HMO Low Option-
Kaiser Traditional HMO High Option-
Kaiser Senior Advantage HMO High Option-
UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage HMO Low Option-
UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage HMO High Option-

Health Insurance Forms – County of Santa Barbara

Other Resources – County of Santa Barbara

Carrier Contact Information can also be found inside the back cover of the Open Enrollment Guide

Santa Barbara Superior Court

Summaries of Benefits & Coverage (“SBC’s”) – Superior Court:

Health Insurance Forms – Santa Barbara Superior Court:

Other Resources – Santa Barbara Superior Court:

Carrier Contact Information can also be found inside the back cover of the Open Enrollment Guide