Providing great benefits for Sarasota County employees, retirees and their families! We understand that taking great care of customers starts with making sure you’re also taken care of. Sarasota County is the recipient of the 2016 State & Local Government Benefits Association (SALGBA) Innovation Challenge Award for developing innovate programs to address the health needs of its workforce!  

Annual Enrollment

It’s time for 2018 Open Enrollment!  The 2018 Open Enrollment period begins Sept. 18 and continues through Oct. 6.  Retirees should review the 2018 Retiree Benefit Guide and complete the change form on page 19 to make any changes to their 2018 benefits.  The form is not necessary if no changes are being made.  See the links below and plan to attend a 2017 Health and Safety Expo coming in September! 

2018 Benefit Guide
2018 Annual Notices
2018 Retiree Benefit Rates

Health, Benefits and Safety Expos Coming Soon!

Compass Health Pro Services

Compass makes your life easier! You no longer have to take time from your busy day to manage your health related tasks. Here’s an example of some of the services that Compass can provide:

  • Help you find a high-quality physician, hospital, or other health service provider.

  • Explain your benefits and anticipated out-of-pocket costs.

  • Schedule medical appointments for you.

  • Review your bills to confirm you are paying the correct amount.

  • Track health insurance reward credits offered through the County’s Wellness Program.

In addition, Compass can help ensure that you don’t miss out on the County’s premium reduction program. To learn more, log on to the Compass Member Portal now or call Compass at 1-855-777-0532. You may also email Sarasota County's Health Pro Consultant, Elizabeth Buchanan, at:

2017 Requirements to Quality for a Premium Reduction in 2018

*All requirements must be complete by 09/30/17

Medical Benefits

The Sarasota County Health Plan is a self-funded medical, dental and health management plan for the employees and their eligible family members, including all of the Constitutional Agencies. What does Self-Funded or Self-Insured mean? It means Sarasota County Government uses their own plan design and pays for all health care directly instead of paying an insurance company to handle it. Although the Health Plan was created and designed by the Employee Benefits Division and is managed by the Employee Health Benefits Manager, a "Third Party Administrator" (Aetna) is used to process claims, provide customer service support to members, and to run the Provider Network.

Two medical benefit plans are offered, the Aetna Choice Point of Service (POS) II plan and the Aetna Health Fund plan. Click on the links below to learn more about the plans. You can also visit the Forms page for additional information about these benefits.

Save up to 20% off your medical premiums through the County’s Premium Reduction Program  by completing required medical and lab services. Click on the link to learn more. 

Medical Plan Comparison

Interactive Medical Plan Comparison

Aetna Choice POS II Plan Summary of Benefits and Coverage
Aetna Health Fund Plan Summary of Benefits and Coverage
Aetna Choice POS II Plan Document
Aetna Health Fund Plan Document
2018 Benefit Costs

Pharmacy Benefits

Both medical benefit plans have the same prescription benefits offered through the County’s third-party administrator, BeneCard PBF. Maintenance medications must be filled at a Publix pharmacy or BeneCard’s central fill pharmacy. Click on the links below to learn more. You can also visit the Forms page for additional information about these benefits. 

Prescription Benefit Description

Maintenance Medication Frequently Asked Questions

Dental Benefits

Two dental benefit plans are offered, the Aetna PPO plan and the Aetna DMO plan. Click on the links below to learn more about the plans. You can also visit the Forms page for additional information about these benefits. 

Plan Comparison
PPO Plan Summary of Benefits
DMO Plan Summary of Benefits

2018 Benefit Costs

Vision Benefits

Sarasota County offers two ways for members to save money on vision care. Employees may enroll in the Advantica Select Plus 150 Plan. In addition, discounts for vision services are offered by Aetna through the County’s medical plans. Click on the links below to learn more. You can also visit the Forms page for additional information about these benefits. 

Advantica Vision Plan Summary of Benefits

2018 Benefit Costs

Life Insurance

Upon retirement, you may elect to continue a $5,000 term life insurance policy with Sun Life. The premium is $8.75 per month. You may also convert additional life insurance that was in force by contacting Sun Life within 31 days of separation. Please visit the Forms page for additional information about these benefits. 

Sun Life Insurance Plan Document-Life and Long Term Disability

2018 Benefit Costs

Individualized Nutrition Coaching and Counseling

Do you know you should eat more nutritiously but unsure how to begin? Or has your medical provider told you that you should cut back on your carbohydrates and sugar but you’re unsure how to go about it. Or maybe your blood pressure or cholesterol is higher than is preferred.  Let our on-site registered dietician; Heidi Kaplan assist you in navigating these and any other nutrition concerns or changes you are considering. Heidi is also a certified diabetes educator who is available to you and your dependents to help manage not only your weight, cholesterol, blood pressure or digestive issues but diabetes as well. She can customize a healthy eating plan and encourage lifestyle changes that can result in an enhanced well-being. 

•This benefit is free to all retirees who are a participants on one of the county offered medical plans.

•Limited early morning and evening appointments available upon request.

•Call 941-861-6833 to make your appointment for your FREE personalized nutritional coaching session.

Free Fitness Centers

Hate paying for expensive gym fees? Well then don’t! There are several free on-site county fitness center locations available to employees and spouses. Complete the fitness center form below and start your free membership today.

Three Convenient Locations

County Administration Building

1660 Ringling Blvd.; 5th floor

Available 24/7


1301 Cattlemen Road, Bldg. B.

Use entrance facing Cattlemen Road

Available 24/7


Englewood Sports Complex

1300 River Road

Limited Hours

Fitness Center Membership Form - Retiree


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