At Roanoke County, we recognize that we can only provide services to our citizens through a talented and dedicated workforce. We appreciate and value our employees' contributions, and, in return, our goal is to provide a comprehensive program of competitive benefits to attract and retain the best employees available.
We strive to support the needs of our employees and their dependents by providing a benefit package that is easy to understand, easy to access, and affordable for all of our employees.
Roanoke County offers a benefit package that provides you with many options from which to choose. For a summary of benefits available to full-time County employees, please review this Roanoke County Benefits Trifold Brochure. The contents of this website provide you with details about your benefits so that you can make informed enrollment decisions.
Comprehensive Benefit Guide
The County is utilizing Flipbook technology which allows you to go directly to a specific topic for the benefit information you wish to review.
If you prefer to watch a presentation containing the same information, rather than using the Flipbook technology, please see the Benefits Overview video below.
Overview of Benefits Effective July 1, 2023
Roanoke County offers health insurance through Anthem. The health plan offered is KeyCare 1000 with a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA). The HRA is administered by Flexible Benefits Administrators. Enrolling in the County's health insurance plan will automatically enroll you in the prescription drug coverage and the embedded Blue View Vision plan at no additional cost to you. The embedded Blue View Vision program is separate from the optional employee-paid Vision Insurance.
The Transparency in Coverage rule requires health insurers and group health plans to post publicly available machine-readable files (MRFs) of all provider payment information. The MRF data must be updated monthly and made publicly available. Below you will find the link to access this information:
Search for a provider and cost information for many common healthcare services using Anthem's Find Care Tool or Anthem's Sydney Health Mobile App.
The current health insurance rates are shown below. Prescription Drug Coverage is included with your Health Insurance plan at no additional cost. Employees MUST provide documentation to show that their dependents are eligible for the County health plan.
|Coverage Tier||Non-wellness Biweekly Premium||Wellness Biweekly Premium**|
|Employee plus 1 Minor||$227.48||$124.68|
|Employee plus Spouse||$380.17||$219.29|
** Employees pay the non-wellness rate until the required wellness engagement steps are completed. Once complete, the rate will change to the wellness rate. More information about the County's Wellness Incentive Program can be found on the Wellness tab.
Roanoke County partners with Marathon Health for management of our Wellness Program. The Wellness Program began because of our desire to help employees lead healthier lives and to stabilize the increasing costs of health care. As long as you're enrolled in the County's health insurance plan, you are eligible to use the onsite health center and access all other services provided by Marathon. Your participation is completely confidential as the County does NOT have access to any of your personal health information.
Once you are engaged in the Wellness Program, you will receive an incentive to help offset your insurance costs. The incentive has two parts: a reduced health insurance premium, and a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) funded by Roanoke County.
The employee must complete Marathon's 3-Steps to Wellness in order to receive the lower premium and HRA Contribution. Your spouse, if covered on the health insurance plan, must also complete the 3-Steps to Wellness in order to receive an additional HRA contribution. You may submit lab results from your physician in lieu of going to the Wellness Center for your Biometric Screening. You will be required to have your physician complete the Biometric Screening Form.
|Coverage Level||Monthly Premium Savings||Prorated Employee HRA||Prorated Spouse HRA|
|Employee plus 1 Minor||$205.60||$1,000||-|
|Employee plus Spouse||$312.76||$500||$500|
|Family (no spouse)||$417.96||$1,000||-|
|Family (with spouse)||$417.96||$500||$500|
* The HRA is prorated based on the month the person engages in the Wellness Program. There is a $500 or $1,000 maximum annual HRA contribution.
Roanoke County offers dental insurance through Delta Dental of Virginia. The plan offered is Delta Dental PPO Plus Premier, which covers dental and preventative services such as x-rays, cleanings, and oral exams.
The current dental rates are shown below. Employees MUST Provide documentation to show that their dependents are eligible for the County's dental plan.
|Coverage Tier||Biweekly Premium|
|Employee plus One (spouse or dependent)||$11.47|
Roanoke County offers a voluntary vision insurance plan called Blue View Vision. This coverage is provided through Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.
The current vision insurance rates are shown below. Employees MUST provide documentation to show that their dependents are eligible for the County's vision insurance plan.
|Coverage Tier||Biweekly Premium|
|Employee plus Child(ren)||$5.35|
|Employee plus Spouse||$5.35|
Roanoke County offers two Flexible Spending Accounts that are administered by Flex Benefits Administrators. These plans allow employees to pay for certain health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax money.
Flex Spending Account
Maximum Annual Election
|Health Care FSA|
Dependent Care FSA
$5,000 ($2,500 if married but filing separately)
The IRS has a strict "use it or lose it" rule for the Health Care Flexible Spending Account. Your plan has a $610 rollover provision. However, if you do not use the full amount in your FSA, you will lose any remaining funds that are in excess of $610.
Full-time employees have access to Short-Term Disability (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD) plans. Disability coverage is intended to provide a certain level of income replacement during a disability period if you become disabled by sickness or injury and cannot work. Anthem administers the STD and LTD benefits; however, there are two plans that are very similar. The disability plan you will be enrolled in is dependent upon the VRS Plan under which you are covered.
All VRS Plans:
VRS Plan 1 & Plan 2:
VRS Hybrid Plan:
The County offers retirement benefits through the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). Membership is generally determined by the date an employee is hired into a VRS covered position. There are 3 different VRS Plans: VRS Plan 1, VRS Plan 2, and VRS Hybrid Plan. Regardless of the plan membership, employees are required to make a 5% contribution to their VRS Plan. The County also makes a contribution into your plan, which is currently 15.97% of your salary.
Basic Group Life Insurance
Full-time employees are enrolled in the Basic Group Life Insurance coverage from their first day of employment. VRS administers the coverage which is underwritten by Securian Financial (formerly Minnesota Life Insurance Company). Roanoke County pays 100% of the premiums for this benefit.
Optional Group Life Insurance
If covered under the Basic Group Life Insurance program, you may be eligible to purchase additional life insurance for yourself, your spouse, and dependent children through the Optional Group Life Insurance program. You pay the premiums for this additional coverage through payroll deductions.
Voluntary Long-Term Care Insurance
Voluntary Long-Term Care is offered through VRS and is administered by Genworth Life Insurance Company. This program provides assistance with long-term care expenses such as:
- Care in a nursing home or assisted living facility
- Home healthcare services
- Caregiver training
- Community-based care
The deferred compensation plan is an optional retirement plan that is administered by Empower. This plan is separate from your VRS benefits. Employee contributions are deducted from the employee's pay and contributed to a 457 plan. Contributions are deducted 26 times each year, and Roanoke County will match up to $25 each pay period which will be contributed to a 401(a) plan. You are vested in the deferred compensation plan 100% from the first day you enroll.
Please note that if you are a VRS Hybrid plan employee, you must contribute the 9% maximum employee contribution into your VRS Hybrid plan before you can participate in the Empower deferred compensation plan.
Flexible Leave Plan
The Flexible Leave Policy can be used for any reason without a designation of vacation, sick, etc. You must schedule foreseeable leave as directed by the department and follow call-in procedures for unscheduled absences.
Annual Flexible Leave Accruals
|Years of Service||8-Hour Shift Employees||Fire & Rescue 12- & 24-Hour Shift|
|0 - 4 years||160||224|
|5 - 9 years||184||257|
|10 - 14 years||208||291|
The Board has designated 10 holidays where County offices will be closed and 2 additional floating holidays in which County offices will be open.
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- Presidents' Day (floating)
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Veterans' Day (floating)
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The County offers an Employee Assistance Program to employees. The EAP is administered by Carilion. EAP is a voluntary, confidential service providing professional counseling and referral services designed to help you with your personal, job, or family problems.
Green Ridge Employee Membership
For more information about discounts available to County employees, please go to https://roanokecountyparks.com/employees.
Benefit Resource Center
BRC is offered through USI and is a resource for assistance with claims and for help with questions related to your Roanoke County health, dental and vision insurance, prescription coverage, and group STD and LTD benefits. BRC is offered as a free service to full-time County employees that are currently covered under our primary insurance offerings. You can reach BRC by calling toll free at 855-874-6699 M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, please review the Benefit Resource Center Flyer.
Additional Requirements for enrollment in County of Roanoke Insurance plans:
Proof of Marital Status
- First Page of the Federal Tax Return (You Can Black out Financial Information)
- Marriage Certificate State Issuing Driver's License
Proof of Dependent Eligibility - Child
- Adoption Paperwork
- Birth Certificate
- Court Order
- Custody Agreement: Must include a statement of responsibility for health coverage.
- Divorce Decree: Must include a statement of responsibility for health coverage.
- Hospital Birth Record
- Qualified Medical Child Support Order: Must include a statement of responsibility for health coverage.
Proof of Dependent Eligibility - Step Child
- A copy of the birth certificate reflecting the name of the natural parent
- Proof that the policyholder (employee) and the natural parent are married (acceptable documentation is reflected above).
Dependent Social Security Numbers for Health Insurance
If you are enrolling in Roanoke County's health insurance plan, you will need to provide the Social Security number for yourself and any eligible dependents you enroll. This information is required under the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"). Employers are required to report information to the IRS about individuals who are enrolled in the employer's health plan.