Benefits

This is a brief outline of the benefit programs available to Kittitas County employees. Please contact the Human Resource Office for more detailed information.

Employees working in positions categorized as "full-time" or "part-time" are normally eligible for all benefit programs. Part-time positions are those regularly working at least 20 hours per week. Other categories of positions are normally excluded from benefits, with the exception of Paid Sick Leave, which is available to most compensated employees.

Healthcare Insurance

Eligible employees are provided with the healthcare options listed below. Each employee must select employee-only coverage, and may choose to purchase coverage for eligible family members.

For new employees, coverage will begin on the first day of the month following their date of hire. If employment begins on the 1st of the month, coverage begins on the date of employment.

Note: Members of the Line Deputy and Probation Services Collective Bargaining groups obtain their medical insurance through the Washington Teamsters Welfare Trust (WTWT). Line Deputies also obtain their Dental, Vision, and Life benefits through the WTWT. Please contact HR for more information.

Medical

  • Regence/Asuris
    • 5000 Deductible Plan
    • 1500 Deductible Plan

Dental

  • Guardian Dental (PPO)
  • Willamette Dental (HMO)

Vision

  • Vision Service Plan (VSP)

Employee Assistance Program

  • First Choice Health

Life Insurance & Supplemental Products

The County offers access to a basic life/accidental death and dismemberment insurance plan through The Standard as part of the core benefits program.

The medical plans offered through Regence/Asuris include a base Long Term Disability (LTD) Plan at no extra cost to the employee. Employees may choose a Buy-Up LTD plan to increase their disability earnings and reduce the waiting period. Premiums are paid through payroll deduction.

Supplemental products are available for eligible employees who choose to purchase them through AFLAC, Allstate, Colonial, and The Standard. These products include:

  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Disability Insurance
  • Cancer Insurance
  • Accident Insurance

Insurance Premiums

Benefit-eligible employees are required to participate in the County's medical, dental, vision and life insurance plans. Dependents may be voluntarily covered at the employee's expense, following eligibility and enrollment rules.

Employees may waive participation in the County’s Regence/Asuris plan ONLY if they meet the eligibility requirements. To be eligible they must be enrolled in another qualified group plan.

The amount contributed by the County toward benefit premiums varies between employee groups and Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs). Currently, employees not covered by a CBA receive the following monthly contribution, depending on who is enrolled in their medical plan:

Qualified to Waive Medical for Non-County Plan:
$700/mo.
Employee-Only County Medical:
$725/mo.
Employee + Spouse or Child(ren) Medical:
$900/mo.
Employee + Family Medical:
$1000/mo.

This monthly contribution must be used to purchase healthcare coverage (medical, dental, vision, and basic life) for the employee. Any monies remaining may be applied to the purchase of dependent coverage or placed into a VEBA health reimbursement account (HRA).

View the insurance premiums.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

All benefit-eligible County employees have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP provides confidential access to professional counseling services for help in confronting personal problems such as substance abuse, marital and family difficulties, financial or legal troubles, and emotional distress. The EAP is also available to employees’ eligible dependents. These services are not provided directly by Kittitas County, but are contracted with an outside agency specializing in counseling and referral.

There is no cost to covered employees or eligible dependents to consult with an EAP counselor. If further counseling is necessary, the EAP counselor will outline community and private services available. The counselor will also let employees know whether any costs associated with private services beyond EAP may be covered by their health insurance plan. Costs that are not covered are the responsibility of the employee.

Leave Benefits

Eligible county employees have access to a variety of leave programs. The amount of leave an employee may accrue and bank will vary between employee groups and collective bargaining agreements. Types of leave include, but are not limited to:

  • Legal Holidays
  • A Personal Holiday
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Military Leave

Retirement Plans

Most benefited County employees are eligible to participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS), or the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters Retirement System (LEOFF). Plans are administered by the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). Both PERS and LEOFF offer multiple plan programs. Which plan and program an employee participates in will depend upon the type or work they perform and the date that they entered public service.

Participation in a DRS program is mandatory for all eligible employees. Both the employee and the County contribute to the plan at a rate set the by State legislature.

For more information regarding DRS you may visit their website at http://www.drs.wa.gov/.

Employees who want to save additional dollars for retirement may do so by voluntarily participating in a choice of Deferred Compensation Plans (457 Plans) sponsored by the County. A 457 plan allows employees to defer funds through payroll deduction, up to a maximum amount set each year by the Internal Revenue Service. Taxes on the deferred amount are not payable until the employee actually receives the income.

Employees may choose from the DCP vendors listed below:

  • DRS Deferred Compensation Program
  • Empower Retirement Services (previously Great-West)
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions