Wyoming Department of Health Employee Benefits

The Big Picture
State employees receive competitve wages, but there is so much more than just a paycheck!  The state's total compensation package for employees includes an outstanding number of benefits, many of which are listed below:

Health Insurance
The health plan is underwritten by Cigna (Great West). The State pays roughly 85% towards the employees elected health, dental and life insurance premiums monthly, with a minimum of 80 hours of work time reported each month. Various deductibles are offered; the State Health Plan pays in-network and in-state providers for covered medical expenses at 80 or 85 percent. This amount may be less, if care is received from an out-of-state non-network provider. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following employment.

The State also offers a Health Savings Account (HSA) option. An HSA is like an IRA for medical care and requires a great deal of thought before electing to participate due to the restrictions and limitations. There are, however, some very attractive aspects to this option for certain individuals. If you think you may be interested, please request additional information on this option.

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Preventive Optional and Dental Insurance
If health insurance is chosen then preventive dental insurance must be chosen.  The dental plan is underwritten by Delta Dental.  The preventive dental plan covers two dental exams in a calendar year separated by five consecutive months; bitewing x-rays once every 12 months and full mouth x-rays once in a 24-month period. The optional dental plan is voluntary and is for basic and major services paid at 50 percent with a $50/$100 deductible (maximum benefit per person $1200 per year).  The optional dental plan does not cover orthodontics. 

Life Insurance
The group life insurance plan is underwritten by Minnesota Life and provides up to $50,000 basic, plus $20,000 accidental death or dismemberment coverage through age 59 and declines afterwards.  The cost increases with age.  Also available is $4,000 dependent coverage for spouse and each dependent child. Additional group decreasing term life insurance is available through Prudential, 1-800-786-6525. Group term costs $16 per month and open enrollment is also conducted from September 1st through November 30th each year.

Vision, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, and Long Term Care
The State of Wyoming offers these voluntary plans without state contribution.  Vision has two affordable eye care plans offered by VSP.  the Standard offers voluntary STD and LTD insurance designed to pay a benefit to you in the event you cannot work due to a covered illness or injury and after you have exhausted all accrued and donated leave.  This benefit replaces a portion of your income to help you meet your financial commitments in time of need.  Genworth offers voluntary Long Term Care to help you protect yourself, your parents, and your family to cover the high cost of this care.

Flexible Spending Accounts
Flexible medical spending has two parts: 1) Flexible Spending Account allows you to pay for eligible medical insurance premiums on a pre-tax basis; and 2) Reimbursements Accounts where money from earnings can be set aside, on a pre-tax basis, to pay eligible medical expenses or money from earnings can be set aside, on a pre-tax basis, to pay for eligible dependent care expenses.  These reimbursement accounts are "use or lose" plans.

Retirement Program
The State employees’ retirement program includes both the benefits of the Wyoming Retirement System and Social Security System.  An employee becomes fully vested upon completion of four years of service. Early withdrawal of retirement funds results in forfeiture of employer matching contributions and interest on employer contributions. 

The Wyoming Retirement System Public Employee Plan currently requires contributions of 14.62% of your salary, with the employee contribution only 1.68% of that amount. The overall contribution is increasing to 15.87% effective 7/1/14 through June 30, 2015, with the employee contribution increasing to 2.055%.  Your contribution will be taken pre-tax, resulting in less taxable income.   In addition, 50% of this contribution, plus interest, is refundable to the employee upon termination, and the entire contribution is payable to beneficiaries in the event of the employee’s death. For more detailed information on the State retirement benefits, please contact Wyoming Retirement at http://retirement.state.wy.us or Wyoming Retirement System, 6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 500, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002 (307) 777-7691.

Deferred Compensation
The State of Wyoming offers a plan under which employees may defer a portion of their income to provide a return in investment options elected by the employee. The amounts deferred may be before tax dollars and therefore reduce the current tax rate. Minimum investment in the plan is $20. WDH will also contribute $20 for employees who invest in the plan.   No federal income taxes are paid on deferred income until the investment is returned either upon retirement, termination or an unforeseeable emergency withdrawal.  (Contact Wyoming Retirement System, Deferred Compensation Plan at 777-3325 or 1-800-989-9324).

Vacation Leave Accrual
Employees earn annual leave according to the number of hours worked in the month and the number of months you have been employed by the state.  Upon termination of employment, employees are paid for the current balance of unused vacation leave.

Number of Months Employed               Hours Earned Each Month

  01 -   48 months                                               8 hours per month (12 days per year)
  49 - 108 months                                             10 hours per month (15 days per year)
109 - 168 months                                             12 hours per month (18 days per year)
169 - 228 months                                             14 hours per month (21 days per year)
over 229 months                                               16 hours per month (24 days per year)

Sick Leave
Employees accrue leave based on the number of hours worked in the month and may earn up to eight hours per month (12 days per year) for 160 hours per month worked with unlimited accumulation.  Upon termination of employment, the employee is paid 50 percent of accumulated sick leave to a maximum of 60 days.  Eligible employees who have a need for donation of sick leave can also submit a Request for Sick Leave Donations.

Bereavement Leave
24 hours of paid leave may be granted for a death in the employee's immediate family, as defined in Wyoming State Personnel Rules, Chapter 10-3(a).

Longevity Pay
Additional $40 per month for each five years of unbroken service, unlimited accrual.

Paid Holidays
State observes nine legal holidays each year, plus any other days that may be designated by the Governor.

Military Leave
Any state employee who is a member of the Wyoming National Guard or U.S. military reserve units is eligible for 15 working days of leave with pay each year to attend duly authorized encampments, training cruises or similar training programs.  Orders must be submitted to Human Resources prior to the leave being taken.

Workers’ Compensation
All employees are covered by a liberal schedule of benefits.

Family Medical Leave Act
Any employee that has worked for the State of Wyoming a total of 12 months and completed a total of 1250 hours of work during those 12 months is eligible.  FMLA entitles eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for specified family and medical reasons.  Eligible employees whose spouse, son, daughter or parent is on covered active duty or is called to covered active duty status may use their 12-week leave entitlement to address certain qualifying exigencies.  FMLA also includes a special leave entitlement that permits eligible employees to take up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a covered service member during a single 12-month period. 

State of Wyoming Memberships and Discounts
Several credit union memberships are available to employees. Verizon Wireless, YMCA and many Health and Fitness Centers offer a state discount.