Using Your Benefits
Eligibility and Dependents
Who is Eligible
Full-time permanent employees;
Part-time permanent employees who generally work at least 15 hours per week;
Limited-Term Grant-Funded contract positions that include funding for medical benefits are eligible to participate in the Cigna PPO and HMO health care plan only; and
Active Accessors and Judges (Circuit and District Court).
Eligible dependents include:
Your lawful spouse, as defined by the Federal Government; and
Children and stepchildren under the age of 26*.
If you want to add dependent(s) to your coverage, you must provide documentation to verify their eligibility as outlined in the chart below.
|Eligible Dependent||Required Document(s)|
|Natural born child|
|Guardianship (up to age 18)|
|Adoption (child is eligible at the time of placement)|
|Adoption in a foreign country (child is eligible at the time of placement)|
All documents must be submitted to the OHRM Benefits and Pensions Division within 30 days of your date of hire, qualifying life event, or Open Enrollment. Unverified dependents will be dropped from coverage within 30 days of enrollment.
Complete the Dependent Verification Cover Form and send a copy of the required documentation:
Mail or hand-deliver: 1400 McCormick Drive, Suite 245, Largo, MD 20774
If you are a new employee, we strongly encourage you to bring the required documentation to the New Employee Orientation.
* Child(ren) includes a natural child; a stepchild; a legally adopted child or a child legally placed for adoption; a child under your legal guardianship. Children who are physically or mentally incapable of self-support as determined by medical certification may continue on your County coverage beyond the normal age limit if the disability continues and the child remains unmarried. The child must already be covered under the plan. You may be asked to provide certification of the child's disability every two to three years. Documentation must be on file prior to the child reaching the limiting age.