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Benefits

VITA Benefits

Work/Life balance for you to be more efficient, happier and healthier both inside and outside of the workplace.

Excellent benefits to include:

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Annual, sick and family personal leave
  • Health and dental care coverage
  • Family medical leave
  • Group life and optional life insurance
  • Retirement benefits
  • Deferred compensation plan (457A)
  • Flexible reimbursement account (FSA)
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Short and long-term disability

Wellness practices into workplace culture

We spend the majority of our waking hours on the job, and that means that the culture in our worksites has a big impact on our wellbeing. By integrating wellness practices into workplace culture and infrastructure we can improve the health and wellbeing of our workforce and boost employee productivity, creativity and retention.

Health Benefits

The Commonwealth of Virginia health benefits program offers multiple plan options statewide – COVA Care (Anthem), COVA HealthAware (Aetna) and COVA HDHP (High Deductible Health Plan) – to full-time and part-time classified employees and their qualifying family members. The Kaiser Permanente regional health maintenance organization is available to members in Northern Virginia only and the Northern Neck. Optima Health HMO is available primarily in Hampton Roads.

Enroll in a health and/or dependent care FSA

Enrolling in a health and/or dependent care flexible spending account allows employees who are health plan members to set aside part of their salary on a pre-tax basis each pay period to pay for certain out-of-pocket expenses. You can use a health FSA to pay for medical, dental and vision care expenses not covered by your health plan. A dependent care FSA can be used to reimburse eligible child care or dependent self-care expenses so that you and your spouse can work or actively look for work.

Available for members

The employee assistance program provided to health plan members offers up to four visits at no cost to you or members of your household for counseling in such areas as mental health, substance abuse, work and family issues and financial or legal matters.

Work-from-home options

As part of the Commonwealth’s effort to offer more flexibility and improve work-life balance, employees may qualify as being eligible to telework some or all of their workweek from home or an alternate work location. This effort will not only reduce the Commonwealth’s carbon footprint on the environment, but it will also support Continuity of Operation Plans, sustain the hiring and retention of a highly qualified workforce, and reduce transportation costs, office and parking space.  

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Group Life Insurance Plans

Upon employment, full-time classified employees automatically are enrolled in a group life insurance policy at no cost to the employee. This plan provides natural death, accidental death and dismemberment coverage. Coverage is the equivalent of two times the employee's annual salary for natural death and four times the employee's annual salary for accidental death.

Optional Life Insurance

State employees are eligible to apply for optional life insurance coverage to enroll themselves, their spouse and/or eligible children. The employee pays the premiums.

Disability: Short and Long-Term

The Virginia Sickness and Disability Plan (VSDP) provides state employees with income security when they cannot work because of a partial or total disability. The program includes sick, family and personal leave; short-term disability benefits; long-term disability benefits and a long-term care program. VSDP benefits cover non-work-related and work-related conditions.

The VSDP focuses on helping employees make a safe return to full duties following a disability. Return-to-work plans such as job modifications or vocational/medical rehabilitation may be developed in consultation with the employer and treating healthcare or medical professional to assist in the employee's recovery and return to a regular schedule.

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