Employee Benefits Summary


Below is a summary of the benefits programs offered to merit system Fairfax County employees. For more detail, view the current Employee Benefit Summary Handbook (in pdf format). The handbook shows current rates for all benefit programs including health, dental and life insurance. (The pdf format requires that the Adobe Acrobat Reader be installed on your computer.)

Fairfax County Post-Retirement Benefits Study, conducted by AON-Hewitt Consulting - Released January 17, 2012  

Presentation by AON-Hewitt Consulting on the Fairfax County Post-Retirement Benefits Study


Health Insurance

(Premiums are tax exempt)

  • Individual, two party, and family coverage available.
  • County pays 85 percent of cost for individual coverage, and 75 percent of cost for two-party or family coverage for employees scheduled to work more than 30 hours per week. Beginning with the 2010 premiums, the County will pay half that amount for part-time merit employees hired or rehired after July 3, 2009 who are scheduled to work 30 hours or less per week.
  • To assist in evaluating health insurance options, view this important notification regarding new health insurance marketplace coverage options.

Open Access Plus Co-Pay Plan (OAP-Co-pay): The OAP-Co-pay plan is managed by CIGNA. The plan features a national network of providers and a co-pay structure for office visits and other services. This plan allows members to see any licensed provider they choose but benefits are higher when they receive care from a provider in the OAP network. In addition, while members are encouraged to choose a primary care physician (PCP) to coordinate their care, no referrals are needed to access care from specialists.

Open Access Plus 90% Coinsurance Plan (OAP-90%): The OAP-90% plan is managed by CIGNA. The plan features a national network of providers and uses co-insurance and modest deductibles to help reduce the cost of the plan for participants. The annual out-of-pocket maximum protects you in the event of serious illness, injury or chronic conditions.  This plan allows members to see any licensed provider they choose but benefits are higher when they receive care from a provider in the OAP network. In addition, while members are encouraged to choose a primary care physician (PCP) to coordinate their care, no referrals are needed to access care from specialists.

Open Access Plus 80% Coinsurance Plan (OAP-80%): The OAP-80% plan is managed by CIGNA. The plan features a national network of providers and uses co-insurance and deductibles to help reduce the cost of the plan for participants. This plan does not provide the full range of covered benefits provided by the other Cigna managed plans, but offers a lower payroll contribution option for employees. The annual out-of-pocket maximum protects you in the event of serious illness, injury or chronic conditions. . This plan allows members to see any licensed provider they choose but benefits are higher when they receive care from a provider in the OAP network. In addition, while members are encouraged to choose a primary care physician (PCP) to coordinate their care, no referrals are needed to access care from specialists.

Health Maintenance Organization (HMO): The HMO plan is managed by Kaiser Permanente.  In this plan, each member must select a Primary Care Physician at the Kaiser center where they will receive most of their care. Centers are located in communities throughout the area. Patient records are maintained at the Center and decisions about patient care are made by the physicians there.

Benefits Enrollment Form

Dental Insurance

(Premiums are tax exempt)
The county currently offers Delta Dental DPPO in addition to the limited dental coverage available with two of the health plans. Individual, two party and family coverage is offered. The county pays 50% of the premium for employees scheduled to work more than 30 hours per week. Beginning with the 2010 premiums, the County will pay half that amount for part-time merit employees hired or rehired after July 3, 2009 who are scheduled to work 30 hours or less per week.

Benefits Enrollment Form

Vision Plan

The Davis Vision plan is provided at no cost to employees covered by county health insurance. It offers low cost eye exams and discounts for eyeglasses and contact lenses with both in-network and out-of-network benefits. Discounts are also available for laser vision correction services.

Annual Leave

Employees with less than 3 years of service earn 13 days of annual leave per year; between 3 and 15 years of service, 19 ½ days per year, over 15 years of service, 26 days per year. Employees may accumulate 30 days of annual leave (40 days after 10 years of service).

Sick Leave

Employees earn 13 days per year with unlimited accumulation.

Paid Holidays

Employees receive 12.5 paid holidays per year.

Periodic Salary Reviews

This is to ensure competitive salary structure.

Group Term Life Insurance

All benefit eligible employees receive county-paid term life insurance coverage equal to their annual salary (rounded to the next higher thousand). Employees have the option of an additional one, two, three, or four times annual salary, rounded up to the next higher thousand, at age-banded rates. (Note: Only one and two times coverage applied for during the first 30 days of employment are guarenteed). Employees can choose between two dependent coverage options:

OPTION
MONTHLY PREMIUM
SPOUSE / CHILD COVERAGE AMOUNT
Low $2.64
$10,000 / $5,000
High $5.30
$15,000 / $7,500

Benefits Enrollment Form and Group Term Life Insurance Beneficiary Form

Contributory Retirement Plan

(Contributions are tax deferred)
Fairfax County administers three defined benefit retirement systems: 

Each of these plans includes disability provisions and survivors benefits. The amount of employee contribution is determined by the provisions of the plan. For detailed information on the county's retirement plans, visit the Retirement System home page.

Deferred Compensation

(Contributions and earnings may be pre-tax, post tax or a combination of both.)

For 2014, you may contribute up to $17,500 per year. If you are age 50 or older, you may contribute an additional $5,500 (total $23,000) per year. Contributions must be earnings deducted from your paycheck. Newly eligible employees will receive an enrollment kit in the mail from T. Rowe Price.

Two Flexible Spending Programs

Medical Spending Account
A flexible spending account that is designed to help pay for out-of-pocket health and dental expenses. Employees can set aside up to $2,500 pre-tax to pay for these expenses.

Dependent Care Assistance Program
A flexible spending account which allows employees to set aside up to $5,000 pre-tax for child care expenses resulting in a lower taxable income for the employee.

Benefits Enrollment Form

Long-Term Disability Insurance

The plan pays a benefit of up to 60% of your monthly basic earnings up to $5,000. Premiums are based on age and monthly salary.

Benefits Enrollment Form

Employees' Child Care Center

Located at the Government Center complex, the Child Care Center serves children from six weeks until kindergarten age. All county employees working 20 or more hours per week are eligible to enroll their age-eligible children, space permitting.


Questions about benefits with Fairfax County? Email us or call HR-Central at 703-324-3311.


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