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The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

2020 Open Enrollment—Active Employees

Baltimore County is pleased to share some enhancements to your benefit programs effective January 1, 2020. Active employees will have three new plans to take advantage of, including Cigna voluntary long-term disability as well as two Commuter Choice plans from Benefit Strategies. The following benefit plan information is for active employees only.

Benefit Plan Announcements

The following benefit plan information is for active Baltimore County employees only:

  • All benefit-eligible employees will have access to Cigna’s Voluntary Long-Term Disability (LTD) Insurance, which provides income protection for unexpected events through a 100 percent employee-paid premium.
  • Baltimore County is partnering with Benefit Strategies, LLC to offer eligible employees two new benefit plans, Commuter Choice Parking and Transit Accounts, which help reduce the strain on your paycheck from work-related transportation expenses. The monthly pre-tax maximum election is $265 for each account.
  • Through our partnership with MetLife, active employees may enroll or increase their additional life, spouse, and child life insurance. Evidence of insurability may be required based on the coverage you elect.

Overview of Benefit Plan Choices

We continue to offer the following plans for active employees.

Medical Plans (Pharmacy Included)

  • Cigna Open Access Plus In-Network (OAPIN)
  • Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP)
  • Kaiser Permanente Select HMO

Dental Plans

  • CareFirst BCBS Traditional Dental
  • CareFirst BCBS Preferred Dental PPO
  • Cigna Dental Care HMO

Vision Plan

  • CareFirst Davis Vision

Other Plans

  • Health and Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Commuter Choice Parking and Transit Accounts
  • Basic, Legacy, Additional, Spouse and Child Life Insurance

Who Must Participate During Open Enrollment 2020

You will be required to participate if any of the following applies to you:

  • You want to enroll in life insurance, voluntary long-term disability or Commuter Choice parking and transit accounts
  • You want to enroll or change your medical, dental or vision plan
  • You need to add or remove a dependent from your benefit plans
  • You want to continue or enroll in a FSA for day care expenses or for health care expenses

Online Enrollment Process

To enroll or change medical, dental, vision, health and dependent flexible spending, log in to Employee Self Service (ESS). When accessing ESS, continue to use the same password used when viewing your paycheck. If you have questions about your user ID or password, contact the Service Desk at 410-887-8200.

To enroll or change your Life Insurance, Voluntary Long-Term Disability or Commuter Choice Parking and Transit Accounts, log in to your Benefits Solver account.  


  • If you do not make any changes to your benefits, your current plans and dependents on your plans will be continued for the 2020 plan year.
  • FSAs require re-enrollment every year.

Open Enrollment Meetings

View the complete schedule of open enrollment meeting dates, times and locations.

Revised October 15, 2019         


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