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SLIP FAQ

Sick Leave Insurance Program (SLIP)

 
This program is an opportunity for state employees who are eligible for an Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS) bona fide retirement to use all or part of their unused sick leave balance to pay the employer share of their health insurance premiums after they retire or until such time as they meet one of the ineligibility reasons, as listed below:
  • The retiree returns to permanent state employment
  • The retiree turns 65 years of age (Medicare bridge program)
  • The retiree exhausts their SLIP balance
  • The retiree becomes deceased
  • The retiree terminates insurance benefits with the State's group health insurance program
  • The retiree fails to pay any employee share due

Frequently Asked Questions

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  Q1: How do I make an address or name change?
  Q2: Who do I contact if I have questions about my SLIP account?
  Q3: Will I receive notification from someone when I am close to exhausting the funds in my SLIP account?
  Q4: If I was paying an employee share for a family plan when I was an active employee, who pays the employee/retiree share now that I am retired?
  Q5: Which State agency is responsible for making monthly premium payments to my insurance company?
  Q6: Who do I contact if I have questions about my health insurance coverage?
  Q7: Who do I notify if I need to make changes to my policy or individuals covered by my policy?
  Q8: Who do I contact if my spouse is or becomes Medicare eligible?
  Q9: Who do I contact if my spouse has Medicare and also has the Wellmark offered Medicare Part D insurance plan Med Blue RX?
  Q10: Can I return to work after I retire and still continue to receive benefits of the SLIP program?
  Q11: What is the definition of a bona fide IPERS retirement?
 

FAQs

 
Q1:   How do I make an address or name change?  
  A1:   Click here to make a "Change of Address". This form may be submitted electronically or printed and mailed to:
          Department of Administrative Services-State Accounting Enterprise, 3rd FL
          Attn: Barb McNulty
          Hoover Office Bldg
          1305 E. Walnut St.
          Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Please note this form will not change or update your address with any other program, such as Wellmark or IPERS. You must contact them separately.
 
     
  Q2:   Who do I contact if I have questions about my SLIP account?  
  A2:   For questions regarding your SLIP account, please contact Barb McNulty, Department of Administrative Services, State Accounting Enterprise at DAS-SAE at (515) 281-3714. top
     
  Q3:   Will I receive notification from someone when I am close to exhausting the funds in my SLIP account?  
  A3:   Yes, DAS-SAE will monitor the SLIP balances and will send out notices to retirees when they are within 60 to 90 days of exhausting their SLIP balance. top
     
  Q4:   If I was paying an employee share for a family plan when I was an active employee, who pays the employee/retiree share now that I am retired?  
  A4:   Employees are still responsible for the employee share of the health insurance premium, if any. Retirees will be billed directly by the health insurance company for their portion of the health insurance premium. top
     
  Q5:   Which State agency is responsible for making monthly premium payments to my insurance company?  
  A5:   The Iowa Department of Administration Services - State Accounting Enterprise is the state agency responsible for making the monthly state share premium payment for the health insurance to the health insurance companies. The retiree's former department is charged for these costs. top
     
  Q6:   Who do I contact if I have questions about my health insurance coverage?  
  A6:   For questions regarding your health insurance coverage, please contact DAS-HRE Group Insurance at (515) 281-6124. top
     
  Q7:   Who do I notify if I need to make changes to my policy or individuals covered by my policy?  
  A7:   To make changes on your plan coverage, such as adding a dependent or deleting a dependent, contact DAS-HRE, Group Insurance at (515) 281-6124.  
     
  Q8:   Who do I contact if my spouse is or becomes Medicare eligible?  
  A8:   If your spouse is or becomes Medicare eligible it is very important to contact DAS-HRE Group Insurance because the monthly health insurance premium amount that is charged is lower due to the Medicare coverage. Please contact DAS-HRE Group Insurance at (515) 281-6124. top
     
  Q9:   Who do I contact if my spouse has Medicare and also has the Wellmark offered Medicare Part D insurance plan Med Blue RX?  
  A9:   Please notify the Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise if you have a spouse that is covered by Medicare and that spouse has the Wellmark offered Medicare Part D insurance plan, Med Blue RX. The monthly premium that is charged is lower for all Wellmark plans due to the additional coverage of Med Blue RX for which the retiree is paying. Please contact DAS-HRE Group Insurance at (515) 281-6124. top
     
  Q10:   Can I return to work after I retire and still continue to receive benefits of the SLIP program?  
  A10:   Before returning to state employment or any IPERS-covered employer, please contact IPERS at (515) 281-0020 (8:00 am-4:30 pm) or 1-800-622-3849 (7:30 am-5:00 pm) to make sure you will not jeopardize your bona fide IPERS retirement. And remember, one of the terms of the SLIP benefit program is that you will forfeit your remaining benefits if you return to permanent State employment. top
     
  Q11:   What is the definition of a bona fide IPERS retirement?  
  A11:   To have a bona fide retirement, you must meet all of the following conditions:  
     
  • Apply for and begin receiving monthly benefit payments
  • Terminate employment with all IPERS covered employers, including non-covered service with covered employers
  • Remain unemployed with all IPERS covered employers for one month and not work in covered employment for three additional months.
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  If you have additional SLIP questions, visit the Human Resources Enterprise SLIP website.
     
For questions regarding your Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS) retirement, contact IPERS directly at:
(515) 281-0020 from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
or
(800)-622-3849 from 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
 
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Updated March 2018