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The County Board approved participation in the HELPS Act for retired public safety workers, which allows for medical, dental, long-term care and Medicare supplement premium payments from their monthly pension payments to be deducted pretax, up to $3000 a year. 

There is a one-time setup fee of $25.00 to participate.  

To participate, the Affidavit and Authorization form and Election designation form (links below) must be completed and returned to the Human Resources Department.

A 45-day notice is required prior to any deductions occurring. 

Any questions or concerns please contact Colleen Fredrickson, Compensation and Benefits Manager at (402) 444-6099.

Information Fact Sheet on HELPS ACT

Below are the current eligible positions as approved by the Pension Committee. Please note that this list is in no way an assurance that these positions actually qualify for Section 845 tax exclusion or an assurance that positions absent from this list do not qualify. This list is NOT an official IRS document, and retirees should NOT rely on this list as an authority on whether a particular position is eligible or ineligible for the Section 845 Tax Exclusion. 

Neither Douglas County or the Douglas County Employees Retirement Plan, its administrators, committee members, and/or its staff and advisers are responsible should a retiree’s participation in this program result in unexpected tax liability, including interest and penalties or liability arising from the administration of payments to any insurer.

911 Communications Eligible Positions

Corrections Eligible Positions

Youth Center Eligible Positions

Affidavit of Public Safety Officer and Election Authorization.doc

Douglas County - Premium Withholding Election Form - 6148 - For retirements PRIOR to March 2003

Douglas County - Premium Withholding Election Form - 12795 - For retirements AFTER March 2003