Retiree Benefits

Click on a plan year below to view the Retiree Benefits Guide, Premium Rates, and benefit plan information for that plan year. If you would like to request a hard copy of the Retiree Benefits Guide, please send an email to ebsd@hr.sbcounty.gov with your name, address and phone number.

Carriers

Kaiser Permanente

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View the benefit plan information for Kaiser Permanente.
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Blue Shield

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View the benefit plan information for Blue Shield of California.

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Cigna Dental

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View the benefit plan information for Cigna Dental.

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Retiree Open Enrollment

View the 2017 Retiree OE Materials and Forms for open enrollment.


Retirement Eligibility

Eligible employees working at least 40 hours per pay period are automatically members of the San Bernardino County Employees' Retirement Association (SBCERA). As a member of SBCERA, you make contributions each pay period for your retirement and survivor benefits by payroll deduction.


Retiree Enrollment in SBCERA

Enrollment is automatic once you are eligible to become a member. You may change your retirement options each year during Open Enrollment. If you wish to change your retirement options, you must use eBenefits. Changes are effective pay period 17, and you will see the changes on your first pay warrant in August.


Employee Retirement Contribution Rates

For survivor benefit premiums and Employee Retirement Contribution Rates, view the 2016-2017 Employee Benefits Guide. As a member of SBCERA, you make contributions each pay period for your retirement and survivor benefits by payroll deduction. Your contributions are based on your membership classification and tier.

If hired prior to 1/1/2013, Tier 1 Member. If hired on or after 1/1/2013, Tier 2 Member.

You can find additional information about your retirement benefits and contributions at SBCERA’s The Compass.


Refundable and Nonrefundable Retirement Options

Retirement options may be changed each year during Open Enrollment using eBenefits. For more information on refundable/nonrefundable retirement options, visit www.SBCERA.org. For a table outlining some of the advantages and disadvantages regarding the two retirement options (refundable vs. nonrefundable), please view the Retirement Contribution Options Guide.

Refundable Retirement Contributions

If the retirement contribution is designated as refundable, then one dollar must be paid for each dollar required to meet the retirement contribution. If employment is left without retiring, this contribution plus earned interest may be withdrawn in one lump sum from the SBCERA. Generally, if an employee has less than five (5) years of full-time service, it may be beneficial to choose the refundable option.

Nonrefundable Retirement Contributions

If the retirement contribution is designated as nonrefundable, then the retirement obligation will be reduced for each dollar required to meet the retirement contribution. This reduction is determined by the Board of Retirement annually and is subject to change. Effective June 18, 2011, General employees pay $1.00 for every $1.11 required to satisfy their retirement obligation. Safety employees pay $1.00 for every $1.04 required. If employment is left without retiring, this contribution may not be withdrawn from the SBCERA. When, and if, eligibility requirements have been met, a retirement benefit may be received.


Retiree Wellness

Please click on one of the following links for information on Wellness Offerings for County of San Bernardino retirees.

Blue Shield: Silver Sneakers

Cigna Dental: Smile in Your Golden Years The Link Between Your Gums and Your Heart


How to Get in Touch with a Retirement Representative

For more information about retirement, refer to the Retirement Plan Booklet or contact the www.SBCERA.org at 909. 885.7980, or toll-free at 877.722.3721.

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