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Health & Mental Insurance

Health and Mental Health Insurance are provided through Aetna. If you enroll in one of the City of Wichita medical plans, you will automatically receive prescription drug coverage. Prescription Benefits are provided through MEDTRAK RX.

Aetna Premium PPO & Select PPO Benefit Comparison Aetna Premium Summary of Benefits & Coverage Aetna Select Summary of Benefits & Coverage

Vision Insurance

Vision Insurance is provided through VSP. This is charged through your Health premiums.

The medical plan is a large PPO that does not require selecting a physician or referrals for specialty care. A self-referral option is included. Both the Premium and Select plans include medical, Rx and vision benefits.

ASI Cobra

Continued coverage is available under federal COBRA provisions. You will receive information soon after leaving employment and have 60 days to respond. If you choose COBRA coverage, it will be effective the date after the regular coverage ended. The benefits are the same, but you will pay 102% of the total premium. (COBRA coverage is also available to dependents that lose coverage because of divorce, reaching limiting age, or marriage.) There are limits to how long COBRA coverage last.


Aetna provides mental health and substance abuse services through MHNet Behavioral Health. Aetna and MHNet work with you to help address behavioral health issues and improve your well-being. MHNet provides confidential support and treatment through a network of licensed and certified professionals, covering a variety of specialities to address your emotional wellness needs.

Dental Health Insurance

Dental Health Insurance is provided by Delta Dental of Kansas.

The City offers two Delta Dental plans - Traditional and Preferred. It is IMPORTANT for you to be sure you know which plan you are in because different dentist networks apply. You could have the extra expense, or perhaps no benefit at all if you do not pay attention to your network.

Traditional Summary of Dental Plan Benefits Preferred Summary of Dental Plan Benefits Dental Insurance Premium Cost

Traditional Plan

If you are in the Traditional plan, there is a large list of dentists who participate. If you use a dentist who does not participate, you still have coverage but will pay a bigger share than if you stay in the network.

Preferred Plan

The Delta Preferred network is a much smaller dentist list. You may use anyone on the list and change anytime, but must stay on that list, or you have no coverage.

Flexible Spending Benefits

An FSA is a plan designed to help you manage the rising cost of health care by allowing you to set aside up to $2,500 on a pre-tax basis to pay for eligible medical, dental and vision expenses and a separate $5,000 for dependent care expenses.

There are two types of FSA available to help you save - Healthcare FSA and Dependent Care FSA.

Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, Dependents Life Insurance, Additional Term Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance and Dependents Life Insurance are provided by the Standard. Additional Term Life Insurance is also offered.

Basic Life Insurance

Basic Life for all employees is two (2) times your annual salary. The City of Wichita pays for 2/3 of your cost for the basic amount of life insurance.

There are 4 Class Definitions:

  • Class 1: City Council members and City Managers - maximum amount = $600,000
  • Class 2: Firefighters who are members of IAFF - maximum amount = $600,000
  • Class 3: Police officers, members of Fraternal Order of Police, members of SEIU and Teamsters - maximum amount $150,000
  • Class 4: All non-union employees - maximum amount $400,000

The premium is based on income and increases as income increases.

Dependents Life Insurance

Dependents Life insurance for your spouse is available in the amount of $4,000. You may also elect $4,000 of Dependents Life insurance for your eligible children (unmarried child from live birth through age 25).

This plan also included AD&D insurance from the Standard.

Additional Term Life Insurance

If you are insured under Basic Life coverage, you may apply for Additional Life coverage of 1 time, 2 times, 3 times or 4 times your annual earnings.

Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

Accidental Death & Dismemberment offers more AD&D coverage than the Group Life plan. Employees may choose additional amounts for themselves only or include family members, ranging from $25,000 to a maximum of $500,000.

Long Term Care Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance is provided through UNUM.

Long Term Care is ongoing personal assistance for an individual who, as the result of an accident, illness or age, needs help to perform daily activities or to maintain their health.

This plan provides coverage in the form of a fixed dollar indemnity monthly benefit if you become Disabled and you are receiving care while confined in a Long Term Care Facility or Assisted Living Facility. If you purchase Total Home Care or Professional Home Care Services coverage, we will pay you a benefit if you eleect to receive care other than in a Long Term Care Facility or Assisted Living Facility.

Coverage is subject to policy limitations, benefit maximums and elimination periods.

Pension and Deferred Compensation

The City of Wichita provides a mandatory pension for its employees.

Wichita Employee Retirement Plan 3

Wichita Employee Retirement Plan 3 membership covers all civilian (noncommissioned) full-time employees of the City of Wichita hired on or after January 1, 1994. Employees are Plan 3 members until becoming vested after completing seven (7) years of service. Their membership then automatically converts to Plan 2. To remain a member of Plan 3, the employee must make a irrevocable election within ninety (90) days of becoming vested.

Police & Fire System Plan C-79

Police & Fire System Plan C-79 membership covers all full-time commissioned Police and Fire Officers employed by the City of Wichita on or after January 1, 1979, and Safety Officers at the Wichita Airport transferred to the Police & Fire System or employed after June 29, 1966.

Employees excluded from Plan C-79 membership:

  1. Civilian employees;
  2. Seasonal, temporary, limited, or part-time employees;
  3. Employee permanently appointed to position of Chief of Police whose employment offer provided the option of membership in the International City Management Association Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC) unless an election was made to select membership in the Police & Fire system.

Deferred Compensation or 457 (b)

Deferred Compensation or 457 (b) is a retirement savings program that is provided through EMPOWER.

Other Benefits

Learning Quest provides an opportunity to save for your education or for anyone else's. It is provided through American Century.

Wellness Program

The City provides a comprehensive Wellness Program for its employees and participation is strictly voluntary. If you participate in this program, you can earn up to 3% of the total costs of health coverage.

Non-subscribing employees and all spouses and dependents are not eligible for the cash incentive.

Learning and Development

The City has a comprehensive training program for all employees.​