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Sick Leave Insurance Program (SLIP)

The Sick Leave Insurance Program (SLIP) offers retirement-eligible employees an option for using all or part of their unused sick leave balance to pay the state share of their group health insurance premiums after they retire until they become eligible for Medicare (usually at age 65.)

For general information on continuing insurance benefits at retirement, review the DAS Retiree Health and Dental Insurance General Information website

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Sick Leave Insurance Program (SLIP) Premiums SLIP Calculation Estimate Form
Eligibility Forms
Program Overview SLIP Enrollment Form
Sick Leave Conversion Chart Group Insurance Direct Pay Continuation Form
SLIP Calculation SLIP Enrollment Checklist for Human Resources Associates
Applying for the SLIP SLIP Retiree Rehire Authorization
Health Plans Available to SLIP Retirees Wellmark Applications
SLIP Account Process Health Insurance Application (except Blue Advantage)
Income Tax Considerations Blue Advantage Insurance Application
Double Spouse Coverage and SLIP Authorization for Automatic Bank Account Withdrawal
SLIP Coverage Ends  
Reemployment with the State of Iowa Executive Branch  
Deferred Compensation, Flexible Spending Accounts, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance and SLIP  
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Sick Leave Insurance Program (SLIP) Premiums

If you retired from:

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Eligibility

State employees eligible for the SLIP program are:

  • Executive branch employees represented by AFSCME
  • Executive branch employees represented by UE/IUP
  • Executive branch Non-Contract employees
  • Community Based Corrections employees (not administered by centralized payroll)

This program does not include:

  • Elected officials
  • Board of Regents employees
  • Executive branch employees represented by SPOC

Similar programs are offered to Judicial Branch and Legislative Branch state employees.

In addition to being in an eligible class of employees:

  • You must have attained at least age 55 by your retirement date.
  • You must being eligible for and receive a monthly retirement benefits from the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System. If you rescind your retirement and do not receive a pension benefit, you will not be considered to have taken retirement and will not be eligible for this program.
  • The value of your converted sick leave balance must be greater than $2,000 PLUS the cost of at least one month of the state share of your group health insurance premium.

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Program Overview

You are able to use the value of your accrued sick leave balance at the time of retirement to pay the state share of group health insurance premium. Your sick leave hours are converted into dollars based on a percentage of your sick leave hours at retirement.

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Sick Leave Conversion Chart

Your accrued sick leave hours are converted into dollars based on the following table.

If the sick leave balance is: The conversion rate is:
Zero to 750 hours 60% of value
Over 750 hours to 1,500 hours 80% of value
Over 1,500 hours 100% of value

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SLIP Calculation

Following are the steps to calculate your SLIP account.

  1. Identify the total number of hours of accrued sick leave on the last day of work.
  2. Multiply your sick leave hours balance at retirement by your regular hourly rate of pay at retirement to get the total sick leave balance dollar value.
  3. Subtract the $2,000.00 sick leave payout from the total sick leave balance dollar value. (You are paid up to $2,000.00 in unused sick leave on your final warrant upon retirement.)
  4. Use the table in the previous section to determine the sick leave conversion rate. The conversion rate is based on your sick leave balance on your last day of work.
  5. Multiply the remaining amount times the conversion rate.
  6. The result is the SLIP account balance in dollars (not hours).

The final calculated dollar value will be credited to your SLIP account.

SLIP Calculation Example

Below is an example of how SLIP account is calculated.

Assumption: An employee has a sick leave balance of 1,000 hours and an hourly rate of $30.00 at retirement.

Multiply the total number of sick leave hours by the regular rate of pay
(1,000 * $30.00).
$30,000.00
Subtract $2,000 from the total.
-$2,000.00
Subtotal
$28,000.00
Multiply the remaining amount times the conversion rate (80% x $28,000)

(Conversion rate for sick leave balance between 750 – 1,500 hours is 80%)
$22,400.00
Credited to the retiree's SLIP account
$22,400.00

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Applying for the SLIP

Complete the Sick Leave Insurance Enrollment Form and any other forms applicable. Submit the completed agreement and other forms to your department's personnel assistant prior to your retirement date.

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Health Plans Available to SLIP Retirees

Health Plans available for individuals who retired from:
Executive Branch Non-Contract Position before January 1, 2014
Executive Branch AFSCME or UE/IUP-covered Position
Judicial Branch Position
Legislative Branch before January 1, 2016

  • Blue Access
  • ​Iowa Select
  • Program 3 Plus
  • Deductible 3 Plus

Health Plans available for individuals who retired from:
Executive Branch Non-Contract Position after January 1, 2014
Legislative Branch after January 1, 2016

  • Blue Access
  • Blue Advantage
  • Iowa Select
  • Deductible 3 Plus

The same health plan provisions that govern active employees’ coverage also apply to retirees’ coverage. If a new health plan is offered to active employees, retirees have the same opportunity to elect the new plan. If a health plan is no longer offered to active employees, retirees must select a new health plan.

For general information about state of Iowa's health insurance plans, go to the DAS Health Insurance website.

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SLIP Account Process

Each month, your former department pays the state share of the selected group health insurance premium from your SLIP account.

You are responsible for any additional premiums associated with the retiree share.
Wellmark will send you an invoice each month for the employee's portion of the premium, if applicable, or you can elect to have the premium automatically deducted from your bank account.

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Income Tax Considerations

The value of the state share of the premium paid from your SLIP account is not subject to federal and state income taxes. Taxes are still paid on the amount of any vacation payout along with the $2,000 of the sick leave payout.

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Double Spouse Coverage and SLIP

When a husband and wife are both benefit-eligible state employees, they can elect one family health insurance plan (double spouse). The state’s contribution to double spouse family coverage is the full premium. The double spouse option is only available when both the husband and wife are active employees.

SLIP dollars can only be used by the retiree that accrued the sick leave. SLIP dollars cannot be transferred to another individual or “pooled” together, such as married state employees that retire.

If you and your spouse are covered under the double spouse option and one of you retires, the double spouse option is not available. In the case when you or your spouse retires, you and your spouse have the following options.

  • Both of you convert to single coverage. The spouse who retired would use his or her SLIP dollars to pay for state’s share of the premium.
  • One of you converts to single coverage and the other spouse remains with family coverage if there are other dependents. The spouse who retired would use his or her SLIP dollars to pay the state’s share of the premium.

If your spouse is a SLIP participant and exhausts his or her SLIP account or his or her SLIP eligibility ends, you can enroll your spouse in your coverage as an active employee.

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SLIP Coverage Ends

You are eligible to participate in the SLIP program until:

  • Your sick leave fund has been depleted
  • You die (benefits in this program are not transferable)
  • You become eligible for Medicare
  • You return to State of Iowa employment
  • You cease participation in the state group health insurance program
  • You fail to pay any employee share of the premium

Note: Dollars in your SLIP account are not transferable.

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Reemployment with the State of Iowa Executive Branch

A SLIP retiree cannot return to permanent State employment and continue to receive SLIP benefits. A SLIP retiree who wishes to become reemployed with the State in a permanent position waives all current and future SLIP benefits. You are eligible to return to state government once your SLIP benefits cease.

A SLIP retiree may be hired in a temporary position for a fixed term appointment if the hiring authority has received approval from the Department of Administrative Services. Approval will be for short-term situations only. Long-term continued employment in a temporary status will not be permitted. A SLIP Retiree Rehire Authorization form (CFN 552-0719) must be completed and submitted to your DAS Personnel Officer.

A SLIP retiree is not prohibited from performing services for the State if the SLIP retiree:

  • Is an independent contractor
  • Is employed by an entity that contracts with the State, or
  • Is employed by a temporary placement agency.

If you are a SLIP retiree from the Judicial branch, contact your district court administrator if you have any questions about reemployment.

Check with IPERS regarding their rules about returning to IPERS covered employment. If you become ineligible for IPERS, you will also be ineligible for SLIP.

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Deferred Compensation, Flexible Spending Accounts, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance and SLIP

Deferred Compensation

You may join or increase contributions to the Retirement Investors' Club (RIC), the state's deferred compensation program at any time until the date of retirement. This program does not offer any benefits related to the retirement investors club. For information regarding your options for deferred compensation after retirement, review the DAS Retirement Investors Club website.

Flexible Spending Accounts

You may not change the amount of an annual contribution or enroll in the FSA program at this time. If already enrolled, you may continue to make claims and receive reimbursement for qualified expenses through the end of the calendar year in which retirement occurs. If you prepay for health flex coverage for the remainder of the calendar year with your final paycheck, you may incur new claims for the remainder of the year. If you choose not to prepay for coverage, you may incur new health flex claims through the end of the month in which you make your final payroll contribution.

Life Insurance

All group life insurance ends on the last day of the calendar month in which an employee retires. This program does not offer any benefits for life insurance coverage. For information regarding your options for life insurance after retirement, review the DAS Continuing Life Insurance website.

Long Term Disability

Long Term Disability (LTD) coverage ends on the last day worked. This program does not offer any benefits for the long term disability program.

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For More Information

For general questions, call your department's human resources associate.

For IPERS questions, call 800.622.3849 or 515.281.0020.

For income tax questions, call the Department of Administrative Services, State Accounting Enterprise at 515.281.3976.

For health insurance questions related to the Sick Leave Insurance Program, call the Department of Administrative Services, Human Resources Enterprise at 866.895.2464. 

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