¬†EMPLOYEES WELCOME TO OUR BENEFITS HOMEPAGE!!
Douglas County is providing this information as a convenient source for current employees and retirees to gain an overview of information regarding insurance benefits.¬† Some of the information relies on the accuracy of data provided by various insurance companies or third party administrators.¬† Also, information presented on this website does not promise or guarantee plan participation, coverage, or premium rates.
Disclaimer: The provisions of this information are not intended and do not create an express or implied contract of employment or an offer of employment between the County and its employees nor any guarantee or promise that¬† benefits referenced here are permanent or cannot be changed.If¬†you have any questions, would like more specific information,¬†or would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your benefits in greater detail, please contact one of the following individuals:
Benefits Admin. Manager
County Board extends Benefits Eligibily to Same Gender Spouses
Open Enrollment is now through December 13th.¬† Click here for details...
See Human Resources¬†to enroll.¬† Deadline is 4pm on December 13th.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
¬†Medical/Vision Insurance Information
Douglas County offers medical/vision coverage to all employees.¬† The County provides two types of plans: Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and a Health Savings Account (HSA).¬† Most employees are eligible to select between the two plans.¬† Some, however, are not, per their collective bargaining agreement.¬† If you are not certain, please contact a Benefit Team members listed above.
Healthy Directions Wellness Program
Our Mission: Building healthier lives for Douglas County employees by empowering lifestyle change though education and support.¬†
Dental Insurance Information¬†
¬†Dental coverage is also provided along with the medical coverage.¬† In order to
Click on the¬†DELTA DENTAL logo above for website and provider listings.¬†Douglas County employees may use providers in¬†the Delta Dental PPO and Delta Dental Premier networks.
Employee Optional Life Insurance-
The total maximum optional life amount allowed under our plan is increasing from $300,000 to $500,000.¬† But an employee still cannot elect more than 6 times their salary.¬†
Example:¬†¬† Employee‚Äôs Annual Salary is $30,000 x 6= $180,000 (maximum election the employee may request*)
Spouse Life Insurance-
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Employees with Dependent life coverage in 2013 will retain the previous coverage of $5,000.
Spouse life insurance will now be offered in $10,000 increments*, not to exceed 50% of the employee‚Äôs optional life amount.
Child Life Insurance-
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Employees with Dependent Life coverage in 2013 will retain the previous coverage amount of $2,000.¬† Child life coverage will
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† now be offered in $2,000 increments up to a maximum of $10,000*.
**A Minnesota Life evidence of insurability form must be completed to request any additional coverage
If you are applying for life insurance for the first time (and are not a new employee) or increasing coverage, you will need to complete the following form:
Minnesota life also offers the County's employees Travel and/or Will Preparation assistance.¬† To get more information on¬†the Travel Assistance go to www.lifebenefits.com/travelassistance¬†and for the Will Preparation visit the www.lifeworks.com site.
Payflex is the new FSA provider!¬†¬†FSA accounts can¬†save employees on their unreimbursed medical expenses, dependent day care, and/or parking expenses through reductions in taxes when these benefit¬†are selected.¬†
2013 WageWorks FSA forms:
Alegent Creighton Health EAP¬†
Don't know where to turn?¬†¬†Help is just a call a way!!
¬†402-398-5566¬† or 1-888-847-4975¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
The County offers, on a voluntary basis, a 457 deferred compensation program, so employees can set aside additional monies for retirement.¬† The contributions to these plans are tax deferred and are not taxable until they are withdrawn.¬† Edward Jones, ING, and Nationwide each have a program that you can choose from.¬† They administer these plans.¬† To get materials and more information about these plans,¬†contact one of the Benefit Team members listed above or¬†speak directly to the companies.¬† Refer¬†to the Quick Links tab for vendor's contact information.
Defined Benefit Pension Plan
The Douglas County Retirement Plan was established January 1, 1963.¬† This is a mandatory pension plan in that everyone eligible for benefits will contribute 8.5% of their gross pay beginning with their first paycheck.¬† The County also contributes 8.5% of the gross payroll of all employees.¬†¬† By law the county cannot contribute more than the employee contributions.¬† The contributions are invested with several investment managers and overseen by an investment adviser, an asset consulting group, the Pension Committee, and the County Board.
An employee becomes partially vested after 5 years of full-time employment and is fully vested after 10 years of full-time service.¬† For more information go to the Douglas County Pension Website.