Employee Eligibility

 

You are eligible to enroll in the City of Lee’s Summit’s Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA, FSA, Accident, Critical Illness, Universal Life, and EAP benefit plans if you are a regular, full-time employee scheduled to work at least 30 hours per week. 

You are also eligible for the City of Lee’s Summit’s Basic Life/AD&D, Voluntary Life/AD&D, Short-Term Disability, and Long-Term Disability benefit plans if you are a regular, full-time employee scheduled to work at least 40 hours per week.

As a regular, full-time employee, you are eligible for benefits on the first day of the month following 30 days of employment.

Dependent Eligibility

 

You may also cover your eligible dependents, including:

  • Your legal spouse.

  • Your eligible children through the end of the year they turn age 26 for medical, dental and vision coverage.

    • “Children” are defined as your natural children, stepchildren, legally-adopted children and children for whom you are the court-appointed legal guardian.

  • Physically or mentally disabled children of any age who are incapable of self-support. Proof of disability may be requested.

    • If your child becomes ineligible for coverage (i.e., turning age 26), you must notify Human Resources.

New Hire

 

When you first join City of Lee's Summit, you have 30 days to enroll yourself and your dependents for benefits.  Coverage begins the first of the month following 30 days of employment.  The next opportunity to enroll will be the annual Open Enrollment unless you experience a qualifying life event (such as a marriage, birth of child, etc.) 

 

The City has teamed with Avant Specialty Benefits for you to have a one-on-one telephonic enrollment meeting with a benefit counselor to explore your benefit options for the upcoming year.

 

How to Enroll

You must participate in a one-on-one enrollment session with a benefits counselor to complete new hire benefits enrollment.

 

  1. Carefully review your enrollment materials to determine which benefit plans will meet you and your family's needs.

  2. Review the City's benefit plans at http://www.cityoflsbenefits.com

  3. Look at your spouse's plan.  Compare the costs of coverage and the benefits provided to see which coverage makes sense for you and your family.

  4. Enroll on time.  Your benefits are effective the first of the month following 30 days of continuous, active employment.  You have 30 days from your date of hire to enroll in your benefits for the upcoming year.

  5. Call Avant Specialty Benefits within 30 days of your date of hire to complete your new hire benefits enrollment.

 

Avant Benefit Counselors are available Monday through Friday 8am-5pm CST at 844-350-4040.

Open Enrollment

 

2021 Open Enrollment: October 19 – November 6

 

Open enrollment is the yearly period when employees can make changes to their current benefit elections.  Open Enrollment for 2021 runs from October 19th  through November 6th.

 

  • October 19, 2020 – Open Enrollment Begins.  This is the first day that you can apply for, keep, or change your coverage.

  • November 6, 2020 – Last day to enroll for new coverage effective January 1, 2021.  If you want to change your plan effective January 1, you must do so by this day.

Qualifying Life Events

 

Once you make your benefit elections, these choices remain in effect until the next annual Open Enrollment unless you have a qualified status change or you or your eligible dependents become eligible for coverage through special enrollment rules.

If you have a qualified status change or you have another allowable event, you can make certain changes during the plan year. However, you must make your enrollment change within 30 days of the event by completing a Benefit Changes/Enrollment form and returning it to Human Resources. If you do not return your form within 30 days, you will have to wait until the next Open Enrollment to make new elections.

Qualified status changes include, but are not limited to:

  • Change in number of eligible dependents due to birth, adoption, placement for adoption or death

  • Gain or loss of dependent status (i.e., your child reaches the age limit for eligibility)

  • Change in legal marital status, including marriage, divorce, or death of a spouse

  • Change in residence or workplace that changes your or your dependent’s eligibility for coverage

  • Change in employment status, such as starting or ending employment, for you, your spouse or your children

  • End of the maximum period for COBRA coverage

 

For a more complete list of qualified status changes, please contact Human Resources.