Health & Well-being

New Hanover County offers a competitive benefits package designed to encourage and support your health, well-being, and productivity. Benefit options include medical, dental, vision, 2.5% employer-paid 401k contribution, numerous supplemental benefits options, contributions to the North Carolina Retirement Plan, paid leave, and 100% employer-paid long-term disability. Employees who elect medical, dental, and vision coverage within the specified timelines provided during onboarding will have their insurance coverage effective on the date of hire.

New Hanover County offers the following health benefits:

  1. Medical Insurance

New Hanover County offers three health insurance plan options that are administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Choosing the right health insurance plan is an important decision. Take the time to learn about your options to ensure you select the right plan for you and your family.

  • The Buy Up Plan has the lowest deductibles but the highest employee premiums. This plan can be paired with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). FSAs set aside money from your paycheck pre-tax to be used to cover healthcare and childcare costs. The funds in an FSA cannot be rolled over year to year.
  • The Base Plan has lower employee premiums but higher deductibles. This plan can also be paired with a FSA to cover healthcare and childcare costs.
  • The HSA Plan is an option with the same deductibles and premiums as the base plan but can be paired with a Health Savings Account (HSA). An HSA is a personal bank account that you can use to pay out-of-pocket healthcare expenses with pre-tax dollars. Money deposited in the account stays with you regardless of employer or health plan, and unused balances roll over from year to year. NHC will also contribute to an employee's HSA between $750 and $2,250 annually.

Employees are encouraged to participate in the Insurance Premium Wellness Incentive Program to qualify for significantly reduced insurance rates. Read more about this program under the Wellness panel.

Employees who elect medical coverage through the plan options will have their insurance coverage effective on the date of hire.

Retired military can elect a Tricare supplement.

NHC Monthly Medical & Dental Plan Rates, eff. 8/1/2022

NHC Benefits at a Glance, eff. 8/1/2022

  1. Dental Insurance
  1. VISION PLAN
  1. Long-Term and Short-Term Disability
  1. Hospital Gap Plan
  1. Flexible Spending Accounts
  1. CANCER INSURANCE
  1. ACCIDENT INSURANCE
  1. VOLUNTARY LIFE INSURANCE PLANS
  1. CRITICAL ILLNESS
  1. EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Additionally, New Hanover County supports overall employee well-being by providing:

  1. WAY HEALTH CLINIC

The on-site WAY Health Clinic is a free, confidential, and convenient health resource for all regular benefits-eligible employees, spouses, and dependent children (age 13 or older) covered by the county's Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC medical plans.

A Nurse Practitioner is on staff and can provide medical education about chronic conditions such as:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cholesterol
  • Weight Management
  • Nutrition
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Other Personalized Health Coaching

The following services are also available:

  • Medical advice
  • Writing prescriptions
  • Performing blood testing
  • Treatment of minor medical conditions

To encourage the use of the facility, employees are provided with a special Wellness Clinic Leave for visits to the clinic.

  1. INSURANCE PREMIUM WELLNESS INCENTIVE PROGRAM
  1. WELLNESS CHALLENGES & EDUCATION PROGRAMS
  1. WAY PHYSICAL THERAPY
  1. WAY FITNESS STUDIO