Employee Benefits

Many benefits are available to full-time or regular part-time employees of the City. Benefits are effective the first of the month following employment. Employees can elect and waive benefits online during open enrollment through Employee Navigator.

Benefits Summary(PDF, 532KB)

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 Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

  • PPO with option to add a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • 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 Telehealth (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)
Vacation: Accrued each pay period
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)


Retirement Plans

Mandatory participation for full-time, benefit-eligible employees

Mission Square

  • 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%
  • 457b


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Free confidential professional counseling assistance and referrals

Life Insurance + Disability Benefits

Provided through KPERS / KP&F and MetLife

Tuition Reimbursement

Up to $2,500 annually