¬†2015 OPEN ENROLLMENT...
Annual open enrollment for benefits will be done via self-service from October 31st¬†at 8am¬†- November 10th at 4pm!¬†
Click here¬†or¬†on the Open Enrollment tab for information including what is new for 2015, frequently asked questions, etc.
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.
The County is not responsible for plan and/or coverage elections selected by employees.¬† Insurance coverage may be subject to specific provisions of a collective bargaining agreement, therefore bargaining unit employees should refer to their respective contracts.
While retirees and current employees¬†are¬†offered the opportunity to participate in a subsidized medical insurance program until age 65, the ability to participate as well as the premium costs¬†are not guaranteed in the future and are subject, at any time, to change by the County Board of Commissioners.
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. While retirees and current employees are offered the opportunity to participate in a subsidized medical insurance program until age 65, the ability to participate as well as the premiums are not guaranteed in the future and are subject, at any time, to change by the County Board of Commissioners. If there is any conflict in the information state or otherwise communicated, the plan provisions prevail. Please contact Human Resources with any questions.
.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
¬†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.
Insurance Plan Information
Same Gender Marriage -Insurance Coverage Board Resolution
¬†¬†The PPO and HSA plans are administered by United Healthcare (UHC).¬†¬†
¬† Click the UHC logo¬†to view the¬†website.
Healthy Directions Wellness Program
Attention New Employees, please click here for information on our Wellness Program:¬† Information for New Hires on the Wellness Program.
Effective now, all PPO/HSA health plan covered employees¬†are able to participate in a new wellness program with¬†Viverae, our new wellness vendor.¬†¬†This health management program is run on a point system.¬† You earn points throughout the year for completing certain health related program activities.¬† Then, you redeem these points at the end of the year to receive your¬†incentive.¬† You will be required to complete a Biometric screening and a Member Health Assessment Survey as two of the mandatory activities.¬†
Click¬†here to find out how to enroll in the program¬†and sign up for¬†the Biometric screening - Viverae sign up instructions and information!¬†¬†¬†You can find out more about the Biometric testing here: Biometric Screening FAQ's. The Viverae website link found here,¬†My Viverae, will¬†help you track¬†your progress online,¬†schedule your screening date and time, and give great information on wellness and upcoming events.¬† It will be your personal health management site¬†with your own personal credentials.¬† All programs are confidential and in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).¬†
The Healthy Directions Program is a vital part of our overall benefits program.¬† Whether your goal is to have more energy, to lose weight, to manage stress, or to improve your diet, the Healthy Directions Worksite Wellness Program can help you.
Healthy Directions Wellness Committee
Commit To Be Fit
Our Mission: Building healthier lives for Douglas County employees by empowering lifestyle change though education and support.¬†
Kathy¬†Adair - Employee Benefits - Chair
Diane Battiato - Register Deeds
Jennifer Beisheim - Health Center
Maryann Borgeson - Commissioner
Suzette Moorman¬†- Public Defender¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Click on the Health Directions Apple
Mike Boyle - Commissioner¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† to connect to the website
Phil Rooney¬†- Health Department
Kevin Conlon - Sheriff
Jane Faust - County Clerk
Jan Johnson - Workers Comp
Lee Lazure - Human Resources
Debbie Otwell - Human Resources
Connie Lehman - Health Department
Jane Alexander - Clerk of the District Court
Dan Archie - Youth Center
Wade Stephens Jr. - Corrections
Dental Insurance Information¬†
¬†Dental coverage is also provided along with the medical coverage.¬† In order to¬†obtain the dental coverage,¬†employees must¬†enroll in the medical/vision insurance¬†also. The two plans are a package;¬†so the employee¬†must elect the same "tier"¬†level (employee coverage, employee plus one coverage, etc.)¬†for¬†both medical and dental insurance.
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.
Douglas County Delta Dental Summary.
Life Insurance Information
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:¬†
Evidence of Insurability - Life Insurance Application for New and Increased Amounts¬†
Click¬†here¬† for more information and premium rates.
Employee Life Insurance
Douglas County provides each benefits eligible employee with $15,000 Basic & AD&D life insurance coverage.¬† A new employee can elect optional life coverage up to six times their salary with a limit of $300,000 without providing evidence of insurability.¬† During each Open Enrollment, all employees may complete an evidence of insurability form and request to increase their optional life insurance.¬† They may request up to six times their salary with a maximum of $500,000.¬†
The Optional Life rates are payroll deducted on the first check of each month.¬† A premium rate chart is provided below.¬† To calculate your premium per month, find your age in the first column.¬† Then, determine how much insurance coverage you want.¬† Multiply your cost by the number of $10,000 increments. ¬†The answer is your monthly premium.
Spouse Life Insurance Coverage
A new employee may elect spouse life insurance in amounts of $10,000 or $20,000 NOT to exceed 50% of the employee‚Äôs optional life amount.¬† The premium rates for the spouse coverage are based on the table provided below. ¬†¬†During each Open Enrollment, all employees may complete an evidence of insurability form and make a request to increase the spouse life insurance coverage.¬† They may request up to 50% of the employee‚Äôs optional life coverage with a maximum of $250,000.¬† ¬†
Child Life Insurance and Premium Rates:
A newly eligible employee may elect dependent child life insurance in increments of $2,000 up to a maximum of $10,000.¬† The rate is $.20 per $2,000 of coverage.¬† Children are eligible from birth up to the attainment of age 26.¬†
Rates for Supplemental Employee Life Insurance
Rates for Supplemental Spouse and Child Life Insurance
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.
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Payflex is¬†our 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.¬†
If you are enrolled in the FSA, you can set up Direct Deposit for reimbursements online on PayFlex's website after the plan year begins.
Claim Form - Medical and Dependent Care
Claim Form - FSA- Parking
Dependent Care FSA Info
FSA Health Care Info
Reimbursement Info and Documentation
Click here for EAP website
Click here for more about the EAP Counselors
Don't know where to turn?¬†¬†Help is just a call a way!!
¬†402-398-5566¬† or 1-888-847-4975¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
Douglas County provides an EAP for its employees and their dependent family members.¬† Almost everyone experiences problems, at work and/or at¬†home, that can affect work performance.¬† When¬†problems become too big to handle, professional assistance might be helpful.¬† Problems can most successfully be resolved when they are identified early.¬† Without proper attention, personal problems could lead to a decrease in the quality of life and poor job performance.¬†¬†EAP counselors¬†work with employees and/or their family members in a confidential manner.¬†¬†Douglas County's EAP Counselors¬†have received training to work with individuals in a therapeutic setting.¬† All EAP counselors are state licensed, Master's level therapists.
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, Voya, 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 at the top of this page¬†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.