**2020 Health Benefits Open Enrollment**

September 9 – October 4, 2019

Starting in 2020 PORAC is an eligible option for all CAL FIRE L2881 Members that have enrolled with PORAC.  Register with PORAC.

Direct Link to CalHR Benefits Orientation web page.

Medical Insurance

Direct Link to CalHR Health Benefit web page.

Health Benefits


  • CalPERS offers 12 health plans.
  • Open Enrollment is held each fall to allow members to make health plan changes.
  • You can continue coverage into retirement if you retire within 120 days of your separation date.
  • You can enroll in the CalPERS Health Program if your employer contracts for it and you meet the eligibility requirements.

The CalPERS Board approved the following rates for the 2020 Health Plan year:

Vision Insurance

Direct Link to CalHR Vision web page.

VSP® Vision Care

Vision care is personal and so is your
relationship with your eye doctor.
That’s why we provide you with access
to care from great eye doctors,
quality eyewear, and the affordable care
you deserve.

Vision Benefits

If you’re a permanent state employee working half-time or more, you’re eligible for the state’s Vision Program. You may receive an eye examination, lenses and a frame once every calendar year.

Represented employees in Bargaining Unit 6 have vision coverage through their union trust fund and are not eligible to enroll in the state’s vision program unless otherwise designated by the state as eligible for this program. Contact your personnel office for additional information regarding eligibility. Conditions of eligibility are subject to collective bargaining.

If you’re a Permanent-Intermittent (PI) employee, you must work a minimum of 480 hours in the January-June or July-December control period to be eligible for the vision benefit.

The state offers you a choice of two vision plans. The Basic Plan will be provided at no cost to you or, you can upgrade to the Premier Plan for a small monthly cost.

Vision Premiums

2020 Vision Plan Premiums

Dental Insurance

Direct Link to CalHR Dental web page.


Indemnity and DPO Plans

Delta Dental
Prepaid Plans
DeltaCare USA

Premier Access
1-888-534-DHMO (1-888-534-3466)


Western Dental

Dental Benefits Page Content Main

You and your dependents may be eligible for state-sponsored dental insurance, available from one of several dental plans. Eligible employees may enroll in a dental plan within the first 60 days of employment or eligibility or during the annual Open Enrollment period. Changes in coverage are also permitted during Open Enrollment.

Your collective bargaining designation determines which plans are available to you. The state pays all or part of your premium, depending on the plan you select and the number of dependents you wish to cover.

If you are in Bargaining Units 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, and 21 and have dental coverage through another source, such as your spouse, you may choose to receive cash in lieu of the state’s dental benefit. This additional cash is treated as taxable income. You may enroll in this “cash option” when you are hired, during the annual Open Enrollment, or when you experience a permitting event which makes you newly eligible. The cash option is also available in lieu of health benefits.

If you are in Bargaining Units 2, 7, 8, 16, 17, 18, 19, or an excluded employee, you can receive cash in lieu of health benefits, or in lieu of health and dental combined, but you cannot receive cash in lieu of just dental benefits.

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Dental Plan Premiums

Open Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions

Employee Assistance Program

Direct Link to CalHR EAP web page.

Employee Assistance Program

As a State of California Employee, you and your eligible dependents have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This program is provided by the State of California as part of the state’s commitment to promoting employee health and wellbeing. It is offered at no charge to the employee and provides a valuable resource for support and information during difficult times, as well as consultation on day-to-day concerns. EAP is an assessment, short-term counseling, and referral service designed to provide you and your family with assistance in managing everyday concerns.

If you need help, call toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

Magellan Healthcare
Phone: 866-EAP-4SOC (866-327-4762)
TDD callers: 800-327-0801
Website: www.eap.calhr.ca.gov

Customer service representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to confidentially discuss your concerns and ensure that you receive the assistance you need. You may also contact your departmental EAP coordinator, or the statewide EAP benefits manager at (916) 324-9353.

email from
Rochelle Wherry,

Wherry, Rochelle@CALFIRE
Thu 8/15/2019 5:24 PM

On behalf of State Personnel Services:

To all State Employees:

The 2019 Open Enrollment Period is September 9 through October 4, 2019. Please use the links below to access information regarding 2020 Plans and Benefits.


2019 Open Enrollment Newsletter:

2020 CALHR Plan Highlights and changes:

2020 Health Benefit Summary (to assist you in making informed decision about your health benefits):

2020 Health Plan Rates:

2020 Coben Allowance Rates:

**Premier Vision enrollment forms will no longer be accepted (see link above for 2019 CALHR Open Enrollment facts).**
If you wish to enroll in or change Premier Vision during Open Enrollment please utilize the online enrollment form:

Important Reminders:

Please do not submit Open Enrollment forms prior September 9, 2019. Any changes to your benefit plans during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1, 2020.

Open enrollment forms will not be accepted if received by State Personnel Services after 10/4/2020.

If you have questions regarding Open Enrollment 2018 please contact your Personnel Specialist.

Thank you,

Rochelle Wherry

Personnel Supervisor I

Riverside Unit – State Personnel Services

(951) 940-6975 phone

(951) 940-6865 fax

[email protected]