The Modified Benefit Option (MBO) provides the following:

A higher salary, 4% more per hour above the base rate of pay.

Flexible Paid Time Off (PTO) in lieu of separate use-specific leave accruals.

The following medical plan options:

  • Electing the lower-premium, higher deductible Blue Shield Access+ and Kaiser Choice HMO OR
  • Maintaining current medical plan, while receiving a lower Medical Premium Subsidy (MPS)

Additionally, your higher salary will be considered as part of the base hourly rate when calculating:

  • County contribution to the Retirement Medical Trust (RMT) 
  • County match to Employee’s contributions to 457(b)
  • Sick leave cash-outs pursuant to RMT Article 
  • Leave cash-outs
  • Retirement Benefit Amount
  • Qualified differentials (paid on a percentage basis)

Benefit By Occupational Unit (BbOU)


All regular full-time employees shall be provided an opportunity to convert from regular full benefits to modified benefits and a wage differential.

How to Enroll in MBO

New Hire/Qualifying Event/Open Enrollment

*If enrolling in the MBO open enrollment, changes cannot be made through EMACS self-service. Forms below must be completed and returned to your Payroll Specialist.

Step 1

Complete the Modified Benefit Option (MBO) Election Form

Step 2

Choose your benefit options

Existing Employee – Qualifying Event – If you are satisfied with your current health plan, no other forms are needed other than the MBO Election form.  If you want to make changes to your medical plan elections you will need to complete the following forms (as applicable).

New Employee – Decide which plans you wish to enroll in.

Premium Deduction Election Form Required if you choose to enroll in the MBO and wish to enroll in a medical and/or dental insurance plan.

Medical Plan Enrollment/Change Form – Required if you choose to enroll in any medical insurance plan.

Dental Plan Enrollment/Change Form – Required if you choose to enroll in a dental insurance plan.

Life Insurance and AD&D Enrollment Form – Required if you wish to enroll your Spouse/Domestic Partner, dependent children or yourself in Supplemental Life and/or Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance.

Step 3

Submit your completed forms to your Payroll Specialist.

How to Disenroll from the MBO