Benefits Enrollment

Before Enrolling

First review your options in the Benefits Handbook. For questions, contact the vendor or Benefits.

Benefits Handbook

Need Help?

Once you are ready to enroll in OPUS, follow these step-by-step instructions.

New Hire Enrollment Guide

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When can I enroll?

Employees have three opportunities to enroll in benefits or make changes to their selections:

  • When you are newly eligible (deadline is 30 days from your date of hire which is your first day of work)
  • During Annual Enrollment held each fall (deadline is the last day of enrollment)
  • If you experience a qualifying event such as marriage, birth, change to part-time status, etc. (deadline is 31 days from the event)

Am I eligible for benefits?

Permanent and long-term temporary classified and exempt employees scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week are eligible to enroll in certain benefits coverage:

  • Only the plans you are eligible for will appear in your OPUS enrollment options.
  • Dependents eligible for coverage vary by plan and may include spouse, domestic partner and children.
  • If you and your dependent (e.g. spouse, partner, child, etc.) both work for Pinellas County, you must each enroll separately in the plans for which you are eligible.

How do I enroll?

  • Enroll in OPUS at at home or at work (accessible 24 hours a day).
    • Your department will provide your OPUS username and password instructions.
    • Be prepared with the spelling of your dependents’ and beneficiaries’ names as well as their dates of birth, social security numbers and addresses.
    • After you log into OPUS, select PIN Employee Self Service, then Benefits.
    • Print or save your Benefits Enrollment Confirmation Statement as proof of enrollment.
    • For step-by-step instructions, see the Enrollment Guide and Enrollment Video (10 minutes).
  • If you opt out of the medical plan, you must designate that election.
  • You have 30 days from your date of hire to make your benefit elections in OPUS. If you fail to make elections within 30 days, you will have to wait until Annual Enrollment in the fall to select coverage to begin the following January 1.
  • Benefits are effective the first of the month after 30 days of service (i.e. If you are hired Feb. 16, your benefits are effective April 1).
  • Bi-weekly premium deductions will begin in the pay period your elections are effective or as quickly as possible if elections are made after the effective date.
  • Please notify Benefits immediately if you are currently covered under the Pinellas County medical plan as a spouse, domestic partner or dependent of an active employee.
  • After you enroll, check your paycheck stub to make sure the correct amount is being deducted and all of the benefits you elected are included.
  • Any changes/corrections must be made within the first 30 days of enrollment by contacting Benefits.

What benefits are available?

Below is a brief summary. For details, see the Benefits Handbook and Employee Benefit Plans.

  • Medical – Includes health (Cigna), prescription (Express Scripts), vision (EyeMed), behavioral/mental health (Cigna) and the Employee Assistance Program (Cigna). Choose from two plans:
    • Open Access Plus (OAP)
    • Choice Fund Open Access Plus HSA (Health Savings Account)
  • Dental (Cigna) – Choose from three plans:
    • Basic PPO
    • PPO with Orthodontia
    • HMO
  • Flexible Spending Account (TASC) – Choose one or both types of FSA:
    • Healthcare
    • Dependent Care
  • Life Insurance (Securian Financial) – Group term life is provided at no cost. You may also purchase:
    • Supplemental insurance
    • Dependent coverage up to $20,000 spouse/$10,000 child(ren)
  • Voluntary Benefits – The following optional plans are available, fully paid by the employee:
    • Supplemental medical (Aflac) for accident, hospital and critical illness
    • Legal plan (ARAG)
    • Identify protection (AIP)

What is a beneficiary?

  • Beneficiaries are those who will receive the proceeds of your life insurance should you pass away.
  • You may designate or change your life insurance beneficiary at any time.
  • It’s important to check your beneficiary information in OPUS at least once a year to ensure it is up-to-date.
  • To review or change your beneficiary in OPUS:
    • Select PIN Employee Self Service > Benefits > Current Benefits > Beneficiaries > Update Beneficiaries.
    • You will need to enter the Social Security number for your beneficiary.
  • If you select yourself as a beneficiary, your life insurance would go to your estate.
  • Contingent beneficiary(ies) receive benefits if your primary beneficiary is deceased. For example, if your spouse is your primary and you both pass away at the same time, your contingent beneficiary (such as your adult children) will receive your life insurance.
  • You can choose anyone as your beneficiary, but keep in mind that minor children will not receive the funds directly. To protect their interests, consider establishing a trust. For more information, see life insurance.

How do I cover a domestic partner?

Employees who are unmarried and in a committed relationship (same sex or opposite sex) may cover their domestic partner and their child(ren) on health and dental coverage. The guidelines follow IRS regulations:

How long are my children eligible for benefits?

Dependent children are eligible for coverage under your benefits plan(s) up to a certain age, as shown below. In addition, disabled children may quality for coverage regardless of age. Please contact Benefits for more information.

Maximum Age Eligibility for Children

BenefitMaximum Age Eligibility
Medical Plan (including Vision and Behavioral / Mental Health)Age 26*
Dental PlanAge 25*
Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA)Age 26*
Life Insurance DependentDay Prior to 26th Birthday

*Eligible for coverage through the end of the calendar year in which they reach the age listed.

Can I change my benefits if I have a qualifying event?

  • Typically the benefits you select during your initial enrollment period or at Annual Enrollment will remain in effect for the entire calendar year.
  • However, the IRS does allow you to make changes to your coverage outside of these periods if you experience a qualifying event and notify Benefits as required. The type of qualifying event will determine what benefit changes can be made. If you are unsure if your status change is a qualifying event, contact Benefits.

Qualifying Event (Family Status Change) Examples

  • Birth or adoption of a child
  • Dependent becomes ineligible
  • Marriage, divorce, or domestic partner relationship change
  • Transfer between full and part-time
  • Change in other coverage
  • Death of spouse, partner or child
  • You have 31 days from the date of the qualifying event to submit the Qualifying Event Status Change Form along with supporting documentation to Employee Benefits. In the event that documentation (such as a birth certificate) is delayed, please submit the form within the 31 days and follow up as soon as you receive the documentation. A list of acceptable documents is provided on page 2 of the form and includes:
    • Marriage license or divorce decree
    • Birth certificate or death certificate
    • Court order
    • Documentation showing loss or gain of other coverage
  • Add your dependent in OPUS via Employee Self Service > Personal Information > Dependents and Beneficiaries including their Social Security number and date of birth.

How do I opt out of benefits?

Employees who are enrolled in other qualified medical benefit coverage may “opt out” of Pinellas County’s medical plan coverage when newly eligible for coverage, during Annual Enrollment or because of a qualifying event:

How do I decline benefits?

  • Medical: if you do not qualify for the opt out stipend and you do not wish to enroll for coverage, you need to select Decline in OPUS.
  • Dental and Voluntary Benefits: If you do not wish to enroll for coverage, you need to select Decline in OPUS.

What if I need assistance?

Contact us:

  • Human Resources Employee Benefits
    400 S. Fort Harrison Ave., First Floor
    Clearwater, FL 33756
    (727) 464-3367, option 1