The following is a brief summary of available benefits offered to all Full-Time, Full-Time Temporary, and Part-Time Permanent Lincoln County employees who work 20 hours or more a week. Benefits are subject to change and may differ according to collective bargaining agreements. Plan documents and eligibility requirements are provided upon hire. This information is subject to change at any time.
Lincoln County provides medical benefits through the Washington State’s Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB). Plan availability is based on the employee’s county of residence. The County pays a portion of the medical insurance premium, based on the current collective bargaining agreements of the Local 1254 Union and the Local 1254CH Union. Any amount in excess of the insurance premium will be contributed to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) via a Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association (VEBA). (Rates are below) Employees who choose not to participate in the County provided medical insurance, and can attest to alternate minimum essential coverage of health insurance are eligible to participate in the HRA VEBA. The current contribution rate is on the Rate sheet below.
The Section 125 Cafeteria Plan is a tax-savings plan for employees to pay for qualifying expenses, such as health insurance premiums, with pre-tax dollars.
BASIC LIFE INSURANCE
The County provides Basic Life Insurance coverage of $36,000, and Employee Assistance Plan coverage, at no cost to the employee.
LIFE FLIGHT MEMBERSHIP
Enrollment in the Life Flight Network Membership is included in your benefit package.
The County offers the following optional benefits, available through payroll deduction:
-Deferred Compensation through Lincoln National and John Hancock Financial
-Voluntary Life and Voluntary Accidental Death (AD&D) through Sun Life Insurance
-New York Life
-Washington National Cancer and Accident Coverage
-Dental Insurance through Washington Dental – Delta Dental PPO Plan (rates are below)
Employees of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office are covered under the Inland Empire Teamsters Trust (IETT), and opt out of the county-provided insurance coverage, with the exception of Life Flight and Basic Life Insurance. Any questions regarding enrollment and benefits from the IETT benefit plan can be directed to the IETT benefits coordinator at the Sheriff’s Administration Office.
2024 Medical Rates for Local 1254 Local 1254CH and Non Represented Employees
Open Enrollment Information:
PEBB For Your Benefit Newsletter October 2023
PEBB Open Enrollment Webpage for Employees and Retirees
2024 PEBB Medical Rates are posted in the link above.
Visit the Virtual Benefits Fair:
For information on UMP (PEBB) Plans (available in all WA Counties):
For Spokane County residents, information on Kaiser Permanente WA Plan:
Open Enrollment is November 1 through November 30 for changes effective on January 1, 2024
This period is the only time in which you can make changes to the type of coverage or plan unless you experience a qualifying life event, which will trigger a special open enrollment period. Please note there are time-limit considerations for special open enrollment periods.
PEBB Information & Helpful Links
Employees who have questions about:
- Benefit details (including Rx coverage)
- Finding a doctor or dentist
- ID cards
- Copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, or claims
- Health plan complaints or appeals
- Using the plan’s website
Take control of your benefits, check claims, and find an in-network Physician or Facility. Create or log in to your PEBB MyAccount: https://fortress.wa.gov/hca/pebbmyaccount/Login.aspx
If you have questions about eligibility, enrollment, or dependents, or need to update your personal information or change your address, contact the Lincoln County Commissioners Office.
RETIREMENT – PENSION
Eligible Lincoln County employees participate in the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems’ pension plans (PERS, PSERS, or LEOFF). With the exception of PERS plan 3, each plan is a “defined benefit” plan, meaning that your retirement benefits are based on your average compensation and earned service credits. PERS plan 3 is a hybrid plan incorporating both a “defined benefit” and a “defined contribution” element. All plans are funded by both employer and employee contributions. More information can be found at www.drs.wa.gov
RETIREMENT – MEDICAL PLAN – PEBB
Employees participating in the PEBB program may be eligible to continue their benefits through the PEBB Retiree Plan. For more information, a link to the benefits and contact information for PEBB is below.
Employee and Retiree Benefits
Monthly Retiree Webinars
Am I Eligible?