Benefits

This is a brief outline of the benefit programs available to Kittitas County employees. 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.

Please contact the Human Resource Office for more detailed information.

Healthcare Insurance

The County is a member of the Washington Counties Insurance Fund (WCIF). Eligible employees may choose coverage for themselves and eligible family members from the plans offered by the vendors listed below.

Coverage will begin for new employees 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

  • Premera
  • Group Health Options Health Care

Dental

  • Washington Dental Service
  • Willamette Dental

Vision

  • Vision Service Plan (VSP)

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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.

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

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Insurance Premiums

Benefited county employees are required to participate in the County's group insurance plan by purchasing coverage for themselves (medical, dental, vision, and life). Dependents may be voluntarily covered at the employee's expense, following eligibility and enrollment rules.

The amount contributed by the County toward benefit premiums vary between employee groups and collective bargained agreements. Currently, employees not covered by a collectively bargained agreements receive $700.00 monthly with which they must purchase their coverage (medical, dental, vision, and life). 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.

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Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Kittitas County 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 available to employees covered by a medical plan and includes anyone who resides in the employee's household. The EAP offers problem assessment, short-term counseling, and referral to appropriate community and private services. 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 those residing with the employee 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.

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Leave Benefits

Benefited county employees will participate in each type of leave plan. The amount of leave an employee may accrue and bank will vary between employee groups and collective bargained agreements. Types of leave include:

  • Legal Holidays
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Military Leave

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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 plan (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 may voluntarily participate in a choice of deferred compensation plans sponsored by the county and may defer funds from their pay checks not to exceed an 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 deferred compensation vendors listed below.

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