Employee Benefits Information

Here you will find helpful information to help you with any benefit needs. We hope you will take advantage of what is available and easily find what you need.  Please see below for further information. We encourage you to visit your benefit providers website and create free member logins as they offer many on-line tools that are helpful.

Summary of Health Insurance Coverage

Flexible Spending Account
A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) allows you to reduce your taxable income by setting aside pre-tax dollars for certain health care  and dependent care expenses. Each year you have the option to enroll in one or both of these accounts.  Contributing to an FSA, through payroll deduction, helps you make the most tax-effective use of your salary.

COBRA (Continuation of Coverage)
Cobra is a federally mandated program that allows you to continue your medical, dental and vision benefits. COBRA provides extended health benefits coverage after loss of coverage situations. We will send a COBRA election notification at the time of loss of coverage by an employee or dependent

Employee Assistance Program

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) -  To apply for an FMLA or inquire about an existing FMLA, contact Stephanie Keith at 517-272-4187 or email SKeith@ingham.org

You can also read below the Employee Guide to the FMLA, and FMLA application form if you need one.

Retirement Plan

The Municipal Employees' Retirement System (MERS) provides retirement benefits for employees of Ingham County. While you’re a member, both you and the County make contributions to the Retirement System. If you require additional information about the County retirement plan, contact Karen Bowen at KBowen@ingham.org or 517-887-4373. You may also visit the web site at https://www.mersofmich.com/

Voluntary Deferred Contribution (457b)
The Defined Contribution is a voluntary, supplemental long-term retirement program that permits you, through payroll deductions, to defer (postpone, delay) some of your salary on a before-tax basis. Taxes on the money and earnings are deferred until they are withdrawn, at separation/retirement from the County. The County’s Defined Contribution Program is administered by Nationwide and Equitable.  For more information, contact Karen Bowen at  KBowen@ingham.org or call 517-887-4373

Other Benefits

Student Loan Forgiveness
As a public service employee, you may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on your Federal Direct Loan Program loans.