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Employee Eligibility

Employee Eligiblity

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

Dependent Eligibility

Depenent 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

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 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

Choose a time and date for an enrollment session with an enrollment counselor with Avant Specialty Benefits by using the online scheduling tool.  Go to, click “Book Now,” and then choose an available date and start time.  Enter a cell number where you can be reached and an email address.  You’ll receive an email reminder of your scheduled time.  Then one of the enrollment counselors will call you at the time and date you’ve chosen.  Avant Specialty Benefits counselors are available Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm CST at 844-350-4040.  You are required to speak to the Call Center even if you are declining some benefits..

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is the yearly period when employees can make changes to their current benefit elections.  


Qualifying Life Events

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.

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