County contributions ceased in 2016 based on the terms of the bargaining unit's MOU. The Active HRA was established for the benefit of eligible employees enrolled in a County sponsored medical plan. The County contributions varied by bargaining unit and the level of coverage (self, self +1, and self+2) you were enrolled in at the time of the contribution.
Funds in an Active HRA automatically rollover into the next calendar year and continue rolling over each year, even after employment ends, until funds in the account are exhausted.
The Retiree HRA was established for the benefit of eligible employees hired on or after January 1, 2009. In general, when a full-time employee becomes eligible after a 2 year qualification period, the County will make a one-time lump sum contribution of up to $2,400 deposited into an HRA account established in their name. The contribution for eligible part-time employees is pro-rated. Each pay period following the initial contribution, the County will contribute $.58 for every paid hour up to a maximum of 80 hours biweekly (excluding overtime).
During the qualification period, allocated contributions will be held in a trust account. If an employee separates employment before meeting the eligibility requirement, the employee shall receive no benefit.
The funds in the Retiree HRA are restricted, and can only be accessed upon; termination of employment and attainment of age 50, or retirement from SCERA, whichever is earlier, and after the participant notifies the Benefits Unit to transfer their funds to the Retiree HRA for Retirees.
Sonoma County Association of Retired Employees (SCARE) vs. County of Sonoma Settlement HRA
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