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The County offers employees a competitive benefits package. Within this site you will find information on medical, dental, vision, term life insurance, group legal, disability income protection plans, deferred compensation, retirement, wellness, and discount programs. Benefits are administered by the Benefits Administration Unit of the Internal Services Department, Human Resources. Employees should contact their Department Personnel Representative (DPR) for questions regarding their benefits eligibility.
Employees can estimate the biweekly premium cost for the various optional life and disability options available to eligible County employees by using the Benefits Calculator
Understanding your Benefits
We have tried to simplify understanding the benefits available to you as a member of the MDC family. In this Miami-Dade County Employee Benefits guide, we explain what is in included in our benefits program. Our goal is to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Read the guide and you will learn more about:
- Group Benefits Eligibility
- Changing Coverage
- Medical Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Flexible Spending Account
- Group Legal Services
- Short and Long Term Disability
- Deferred Compensation
- Tuition Refund
- Employee Support Services
- Smoking Cessation
- Employee Discount Program
- Paid Time Off & Leave of Absence
- Florida Retirement System (FRS)
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) is a federal law that requires most group health plans to provide a temporary continuation of group health coverage that otherwise might be terminated. COBRA requires continuation coverage to be offered to covered employees and their covered dependent(s) when group health coverage would otherwise be lost due to certain specific events.
When you retire, you'll want to maintain the lifestyle you currently have. Social Security and the Florida Retirement System are not intended to replace all of your income at retirement. It is wise to start a savings plan now. The Deferred Compensation Plan is a tax deferred savings plan that can be used at retirement to supplement your Florida Retirement System and Social Security benefits.
Eligible Miami-Dade County employees are guaranteed Group Medical, Dental, Vision coverage as long as they enroll during the initial benefits eligibility, during the annual benefits open enrollment or within 45 days of a status change or HIPAA qualifying event.
Leave of Absence
A leave of absence is an approved absence without pay for a maximum period of one year. This section addresses maintenance of group benefits while in a no-pay status. Questions regarding eligibility for leave of absence, including the process to request approval, must be directed to your departmental personnel representative.
The County provides Basic Group term life insurance and also lets employees purchase additional insurance called Optional Life Insurance. Information on County death benefits may be found under this section.
The content on this page is to provide an overview of the retirement benefits available to Miami-Dade County employees when they retire.
In addition to the health and life insurance plans, the employees may also participate in the employee-paid programs like Group Legal, STD\LTD, Flexible Spending accounts, etc.
Forms & Notices
The most frequently used benefit forms are listed on this page. Important informational and disclosure notices are also included.
Employee Support Services
The Miami-Dade Employee Support Services is a benefit designed to provide a confidential service to employees whose personal problems are affecting their ability to function on the job, at home, or in society.
Miami-Dade County's Employee Recognition Programs are designed to recognize employees who demonstrate exceptional service and achievements in their public duties. The Idea Machine is an online community where County employees can propose, suggest, brainstorm and initiate improvements and keep track of how these are implemented.
During the year the Benefits Administration Unit works with the County’s health care providers to bring a wide range of health screenings, educational information and health fairs to Miami-Dade County employees.
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