Employee Benefits

Health Insurance

Eligible 1st of month following employment

Medical and Prescription Drug Coverage 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of KC

Merriam offers two Medical/RX plans through BlueCross & BlueShiled. One PPO option and a Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA).


Dental Coverage

MetLife Dental

  • Comprehensive coverage including two cleanings and one full X-ray set each year covered at 100%
  • Basic services covered at 80%
  • Yearly benefit maximum $1,500 
  • Orthodontia for children under 26 up to lifetime max. $1,000


Vision Coverage

MetLife Vision 

  • Comprehensive vision exam once per year
  • Glasses lenses once per year; frames once per 2 years ($130 frame allowance; $150 on featured frames) 
  • Contact lenses (in lieu of glasses lenses) once per year ($110 allowance)


Free telephonic / video telehealth

First Stop Health (Must be enrolled in City medical plan)

  • Medical consult with board-certified physician
  • Avoid costly visits to ER & Urgent Care
  • Unlimited consultations for you and your dependents
  • No intermingling with sick people in waiting rooms


Paid Leave

Holidays: 9 per year (approved by Council)

Personal: 24 hours per year (pro-rated depending on start date)

Sick: Accrue at a rate of 3.7 hours per pay period; cap at 520 hours

Volunteer time: 24 hours per year (pro-rated depending on start date)

Vacation: Accrued each pay period


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Free confidential professional counseling assistance
available through MetLife.

Life Insurance + Disability Benefits

Provided through KPERS / KPF and KC Life.

Retirement Plans


Mandatory participation for full-time, benefit-eligible employees. 

401(a) (KPERS members only)

Irrevocable option to contribute 0% or 3% of base pay 

  • You contribute 0% ▶ City contributes 3% 
  • You contribute 3% ▶ City contributes 10%



Deferred Compensation Plan and ROTH IRA options.

Tuition Reimbursement

Program includes educational advancement as well as vocational coursework up to $2,500 annually.