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 Insurance webpage.
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.
State employees eligible for the SLIP program are:
- Executive branch employees except for SPOC-covered 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.
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|
Following are the steps to calculate your SLIP account.
- Identify the total number of hours of accrued sick leave on the last day of work.
- 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.
- 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 pay warrant upon retirement.)
- 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.
- Multiply the remaining amount times the conversion rate.
- The result is the SLIP account balance in dollars (not hours).
The final calculated dollar value will be credited to your SLIP account.
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).
Subtract $2,000 from the total.
|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%)
|Credited to the retiree's SLIP account||
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.
For general information about state of Iowa's health insurance plans, go to the DAS Health Insurance website.
Each month, your former department pays the state share of the selected group health insurance premium from your SLIP account.
You are responsible for the 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.
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.
You are eligible to participate in the SLIP program until:
- Your sick leave fund has been depleted
- You become eligible for Medicare
- You return to permanent State of Iowa employment
- You cease participation in the state group health insurance program
- You fail to pay any employee share of the premium
- You die (benefits in this program are not transferable)
Note: Dollars in your SLIP account are not transferable.
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.
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.