Employee benefits are a significant part of your total compensation. Washington County is committed to providing employees a competitive benefits package. We also are committed to providing employee's tools and information to make an informed decision. This summary is intended to help benefits eligible employees and potential employees understand those benefits. This is only a summary and, as such, is not intended to override the plan contracts, County policies, personnel rules and regulations or bargaining agreements that govern these benefits. Eligibility and waiting period (30 days for most plans) requirements apply.

Benefit Announcements

2015 Open Enrollment

New Medical Plan


Open enrollment is your annual opportunity to make changes to your medical, dental, and vision benefit elections and sign up for flexible spending accounts (FSA). Your elections will be for the 2015 calendar year (January 1, 2015—December 31, 2015). With the introduction of Healthy Choices, there are changes to the medical plans as of January 1, 2015 so please review this information carefully.


The County Benefits Team will need an enrollment form by November 28th if you wish to do the following:

  • Change the plans for you and your family members
  • Add or drop coverage for you or a family member
  • Elect the Health Care FSA or Dependent Day Care FSA for 2015

If you do not want to make changes to your health benefit elections or elect a 2015 Flexible Spending Account (FSA), no further action is required.

2015 Medical Plans

Washington County introduced the Healthy Choices benefit level in 2014 asking employees to participate in voluntary health screenings and complete an online personal health assessment to earn a higher benefit level. Employees who completed the annual Wellness activities earned the Healthy Choices benefit level on their medical plan for 2015. Following the side by side benefit comparison are detailed carrier benefit summaries. 

2015 Medical Plan Chart

New Medical Plan Summaries:

Healthy Choices HMO - Kaiser $250 Ded)

Healthy Choices PPO  - Providence $500 Ded

Basic HMO -Kaiser $500 Ded

Basic PPO -Providence $1,000 Ded

Health Benefits

Washington County currently provides medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your eligible family members. Please refer to the plan summary for information regarding coverage levels and restrictions for each plan.

The county provides a choice between a Kaiser HMO plan or Providence PPO medical plan.

Employees qualify for the Healthy Choices benefit level (the lower out of pocket cost plan) by participating in Wellness activities throughout the prior year. If a new employee is hired after the close of the Healthy Choices activity period they will be placed in Healthy Choices benefit for the remainder of the benefit year. Employees will have an opportunity each year to qualify for the lower out of pocket cost plan by completing select Wellness activities. Current premium contribution rates are available by clicking here.

Healthy Choices HMO
(Kaiser $250 Ded)


Healthy Choices PPO
(Providence $500 Ded)


Basic HMO

(Kaiser $500 Ded)

Basic PPO

(Providence $1,000 Ded)

The following dental plans are available:

Moda Health Dental (formerly ODS) Premier Plan

Vision coverage is available through Moda Health Vision (formerly ODS) Vision Plan.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): This Program provides strictly confidential counseling (in-person or E-support) and referral services for all benefit-eligible Washington County employees and their family members enrolled on their insurance plan.


Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

Health Care and Dependent Care FSA: These voluntary plans are designed to provide you with tax savings on certain health care and dependent care expenses.  Annual maximum contributions for the plans are $2,500/year and $5,000/year, for the health and dependent care accounts, respectively.


Life Insurance

County-paid Life and AD&D: Washington County provides a certain amount of Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance for you, your spouse and your dependents.  The amount of County-paid coverage varies according to your bargaining unit, as outlined below.

Employee Group Coverage
Unrepresented (non-MAPPS) $10,000 Life
$10,000 AD&D
AFSCME, FOPPO & Teamsters $10,000 Life
$10,000 AD&D
ONA $10,000 Life
$10,000 AD&D
MAPPS 1x annual salary
WCPOA $50,000 Life
$50,000 AD&D
Certified Public Safety
$10,000 Occupational Life
Teamsters $10,000 spouse & dependents
All other groups $1,000 spouse & dependents

Voluntary Life Options

You also have the opportunity to apply for voluntary life insurance through Standard Insurance. Employees may purchase Voluntary Life coverage or increase their current coverage amounts up to $100,000 for employee and $25,000 for spouse without medical underwriting during the open enrollment period, July 1-17, 2015. Previous guarantee issue was $50,000 for employee and $10,000 for spouse. Coverage over the guarantee issue amount may be purchased, but will be subject to medical underwriting.

For more information you may contact Benefit's

Enrollment form  and  Rate sheet.  OR, contact Standard Insurance directly if you wish to exceed the guarantee issue amount.


Long-Term and Short-Term Disability

Long-Term and Short Term Disability Washington County provides you with long-term disability coverage through Standard Insurance Company.  The benefit replaces 60% of your monthly salary up to a maximum benefit of $2,500/month.  Benefits start once you have satisfied the 90-day elimination period or exhausted your sick leave, whichever occurs later.  

You also have the opportunity to apply for and purchase upon approval, additional Long Term Disability coverage to replace up to 66 2/3% of your monthly salary up to a maximum monthly benefit of $8,000.

Individual Short-Term Disability plans are available through Unum annually at Open Enrollment.



PERS: If you are working in a PERS-covered position, you will be enrolled in the PERS program automatically after fulfilling the required waiting period (6 months for most employees).  If you have already satisfied the 6 month waiting period, then you will be enrolled immediately.  Most PERS eligible employees pay a 6% employee contribution.  The County "picks-up" this 6% employee contribution for members of Washington County Police Officers Association (WCPOA).

Deferred Compensation: If you are a benefit-eligible employee, you are invited to participate in the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.  This voluntary program allows you to save money and defer taxes until you take distribution at retirement.  The County’s current investment providers are Great West and ICMA-RC. 


Paid Time-off Benefits

Vacation: All full-time (40 hrs/wk), regular employees shall be credited with vacation leave per the following schedule.  Part-time regular employees shall accrue vacation leave in an amount proportionate to that which would be accrued for full-time employment.  The maximum accrual for vacation leave is three hundred and sixty (360) hours. MAPPS (Management, Administrative, and Professional Personnel) employees are also eligible for Administrative Leave.

Length of Service Accrual/pp Days/year
1-130pp (1-5yrs) 3.69 hrs 12 (@8hr shift)
131-260pp (5-10yrs) 4.62 hrs 15
261-390pp (10-15 yrs) 5.54 hrs 18
391-520pp (15-20yrs) 6.46 hrs 21
521+ (20yrs) 7.38 hrs 24

Holiday: Washington County has ten paid holidays for non-represented employees.

Sick Leave: Full-time regular employees shall accrue sick leave at a rate of 3.69 hours per Qualified Payroll.  Part-time regular employees shall accrue sick leave in an amount proportionate to that which would be accrued for full-time employment. 

Other Benefits

Oregon College Savings Plan: For more information, visit

Oregon Military Assistance Helpline (ORMAH) - 1-800-511-6944

Cascade Centers, Inc. has announced that they have been awarded a contract to provide crisis line and resource services to ALL Oregon veterans, service members, and their families.  The new helpline is called the Oregon Military Assistance Helpline (ORMAH) and can be accessed by calling 1-800-511-6944 or by going online at

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