Learn about the Benefit Access Fee 

Are you covering a spouse or state-registered domestic partner on your King County medical plan next year? If so, a monthly Benefit Access Fee may apply, depending on the medical plan you choose and your employee benefit group, as shown below. The Kaiser Permanente SmartCare medical plan has no Benefit Access Fees. 

If you are eligible for an exemption to the Benefit Access Fee, you must select this each year during Open Enrollment, Nov. 1–15. 

Benefit Access Fee exemptions 

  • If your benefit group and medical plan have a Benefit Access Fee, it automatically applies each year. This monthly pre-tax payroll deduction begins in January. If you qualify for one of the following exemptions to the Benefit Access Fee, you must select the exemption every year during Open Enrollment: 
  • Your spouse or domestic partner is a King County benefits-eligible employee. 
  • Your spouse or domestic partner does NOT have access to medical coverage through their own employer. 
  • You are enrolling in the Kaiser SmartCare medical plan, or, for Regular and Deputy Sheriff employees, the KingCare Select plan. 

If you later notify the Benefits team that you qualify for an exemption and would like to discontinue the Benefit Access Fee, that change will be made going forward, but fees already deducted will not be refunded.  

Learn more about Benefit Access Fees and Open Enrollment