County Extension Benefits



County Paid Extension employees in half-time (0.5FTE) positions or greater are eligible to participate in the following ISU benefit programs.

Employees can enroll within 31 days of their hire date, with a qualifying life event or during the annual Open Enrollment Period.  The annual open enrollment will take place in November, with an effective date of January 1.  

Eligible dependents include: spouse, domestic partner, dependent children. Dependent children may be covered until December 31 of the year they turn age 26. If covering a dependent child over age 26, they must be an unmarried, full-time student (student status verification is required).  

** Covering a domestic partner, domestic partner's child(ren) or dependent children over age 26 may be subject to imputed income. Please contact for additional details.  **

ISU Plan - Medical, Prescription and Dental Insurance

Medical Plan options include the ISU PPO Plan (Wellmark BluePPO) or the ISU HMO Plan (Wellmark BlueHMO) administered by Wellmark BCBS. The Medical Plan includes a pharmacy program, Express Scripts, that is administered separately from the medical plan but does not have a separate premium. Dental insurance is administered by Delta Dental of Iowa with basic or comprehensive plan options.

Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance Program

The health care flexible spending account (FSA) and dependent care assistance program (DCAP) help you save money on medical and dependent child care expenses. Use these accounts to leverage your household’s savings. By contributing a portion of your pay into an FSA or DCAP on a pre-tax basis, you may save from 25% to 40% on the cost of eligible expenses you are already incurring. These plans are administered through ASIFlex.

Future Changes

Qualifying Life Events, Open Enrollment Period Information, and COBRA.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to enroll?, What is a Primary Care Physician?, When Changes Can Be Made?, etc.

Required Notices and Resources

Healthcare Reform, Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), etc.


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