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Employee Benefits
The Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) is a South Carolina state government agency responsible for the administration and management of the state's employee insurance programs and retirement systems. They are dedicated to providing you, as a public employee or retiree, with the best possible insurance at the lowest possible cost to you and your employer.

Click on the types of benefits listed below for more information.

The State Health Plan offers the Standard Plan, the Savings Plan and, if you are retired and enrolled in Medicare, the Medicare Supplemental Plan. Eligible members of the military community may enroll in the GEA TRICARE Supplement Plan.

MoneyPlus is a tax-favored accounts program, which allows you to save money on eligible medical and dependent care costs. Employees can pay eligible expenses before taxes and increase their take-home pay. WageWorks administers the MoneyPlus program.

The State Health Plan includes prescription drug benefits. Prescription drugs are a major benefit to you and a major part of the cost of our self-insured health plan. Express Scripts is the pharmacy benefits manager. Benefits are paid only for prescriptions filled at network pharmacies or through Express Scripts mail-order pharmacy.

Selecting the right dental coverage for you and your family has never been easier. PEBA offers two plans to offset your dental expenses, Dental Plan or Dental Plus.

Good vision is crucial for work and play. It is also a significant part of your health. An annual eye exam can help detect serious illnesses. EyeMed administers the State Vision Plan.

Term life insurance with accidental death and dismemberment coverage is available to eligible employees. Beginning January 1, 2018, MetLife will underwrite the life insurance coverage.

Unexpected events can always occur, and many people think they will never become disabled. PEBA offers disability coverage, administered by Standard Insurance Company (The Standard).

Take advantage of these value-based benefits at no cost to you. PEBA Perks are available to State Health Plan primary members at network providers and pharmacies. These benefits can help make it easier for you and your family to stay healthy.

All full-time employees are required to elect into one of the three retirement plans. The State Optional Retirement Plan and South Carolina Retirement System are the most commonly used plans. To enroll in the Police Officer Retirement System you must be in an active law enforcement role.

State Optional Retirement Plan

The State Optional Retirement Program (State ORP) is a defined contribution retirement plan PEBA administers for employees of state agencies, public and charter school districts and public higher education institutions. State ORP is also available to individuals first elected to the South Carolina General Assembly at or after the general election in November 2012.

If you elect State ORP participation, you will select an service provider from four available companies with which PEBA contracts. A State ORP account will be set up for you with the service provider you select. The four State ORP service providers are:

 South Carolina Retirement System

The South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS) is a defined benefit retirement plan PEBA administers for employees of state agencies, public and charter school districts, public higher education institutions and other local subdivisions of government that participate in SCRS. SCRS also provides benefits for individuals first elected to the South Carolina General Assembly at or after the general election in November 2012.

 Police Officer Retirement System

The Police Officers Retirement System (PORS) is a defined benefit retirement plan PEBA administers primarily for public safety employees of state agencies, public and charter school districts, public higher education institutions and other local subdivisions of government that participate in PORS.

Certain police officers, firefighters, peace officers, coroners, magistrates, and probate judges are eligible for membership in PORS. To become a member of PORS, you must be actively employed by a PORS-participating employer and be making employee contributions to PORS. Unless your position is exempted by state law, you must earn at least $2,000 per year and devote at least 1,600 hours per year to this work.

 

The South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program (Program) is a powerful tool to help you reach your retirement dreams. As a supplement to other retirement benefits or savings that you may have, this voluntary program allows you to save and invest extra money for retirement through before-tax and after-tax contributions in a 401(k) and/or 457 plan.

For more information about SC Deferred Comp, please visit PEBA's website.

Open Enrollment 2019 Information

On September 25, 2018, Timothy Diamond (Benefits Manager with PEBA) came to our Pendleton Campus to speak to our employees about our benefits package for 2019 and what changes can be expected.  Please click on the linked topics below to open the video recordings of his session.  These videos are very informative for both current and new employees.