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.  Coverage is subject to carrier certification and approval. 

  • 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?

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