County Secretary Benefit Programs
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Adobe Connect Recordings regarding Calendar Year 2016 subsidy:
July 9th meeting | slide show (PPT)
July 14th meeting | slide show (PPT)
The county secretary benefit program is the result of several year's effort by individuals, county councils, county commissions, the state extension council, the University of Missouri and the Missouri General Assembly.
Health care and retirement benefits are available to to benefit eligible county secretaries. Benefit eligible county office secretaries are regularly scheduled to work at least ¾ time (.75 or greater FTE, which is 30 or more hours per week). Not all county extension councils participate in the health or retirement benefits.
For administration questions contact the county secretary benefits plan administrator, Tamra Robbins, at email@example.com, 573-882-7755 (phone) or 573-882-2595 (fax).
The committee oversees the benefits program. If you have questions, comments or concerns about this benefits program, contact the committee.
Extension will continue to provide a tax-free subsidy to County Extension Councils toward the employer's share of employer-sponsored health insurance for the secretary's health insurance coverage not to be used toward spouse or dependent's premium, dental or vision insurance premiums). New for Calendar Year 2016 year, and at this time only for this year, the subsidy (or at least part of the subsidy) may be used as an additional retirement contribution by the Council toward the secretary's retirement program with Nationwide Retirement Solutions, as noted below.
The Calendar Year 2016 Extension Secretary Subsidy may be used toward:
- the employer's share of employer-sponsored health insurance only, or
- employer sponsored health insurance and toward an additional council contribution to the secretary retirement program, or
- as an additional Council contribution to the secretary retirement program only.
The subsidy for employer-sponsored health insurance or employer-sponsored health insurance plus additional retirement contribution may be up to $400 a month. The subsidy for an additional employer contribution toward secretary retirement may be up to $150 a month.
The subsidy may not be used toward employer reimbursement arrangements (i.e., private (individual) health care premiums or out-of-pocket health expenses nor may it be used for any other retirement contribution outside of the program with Nationwide Retirement Solutions.
To receive the funds the Extension Subsidy Verification 2016 form must be submitted.
Two Adobe Connect meetings were held regarding Calendar 2016 secretary benefits:
July 9th meeting (recorded) | slide show (PPT)
July 14th meeting (recorded) | slide show (PPT)
To assist in the expenditure and to encourage county extension councils (councils) in offering health benefits, the University of Missouri Extension will provide an extension health subsidy (subsidy) to participating councils.
University of Missouri Extension will no longer be providing oversight to employer-sponsored health insurance. It is the employer's (Council's) responsibility to insure the health insurance meets employer-sonsored requirements to remain tax free and conforms to all laws/regulations (reference IRS regulations, Affordable Health Care Act, etc.).
The retirement plan has been designed to be a portion of an individual’s long-term financial plan and encourages secretaries to plan extended careers with extension.
County extension secretaries are covered under the University of Missouri Workers' Compensation program.
Extension health plan and retirement detailed policies.
Information on enrolling in the benefits programs.