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At the City of Boulder, we provide competitive salaries and valuable benefits to our employees. Eligibility for benefits is determined by the employee’s position.

  • Retirement: Defined benefit plan through Colorado PERA and optional 401(k) and 457 plans
  • Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance: Up to 1.5 times annual salary, depending on the employee group
  • Medical Insurance: Two medical options available through Cigna Healthcare
  • Dental Insurance: Two dental options available through Delta Dental of Colorado
  • Vision Insurance: Two vision options available through VSP
  • V oluntary Supplemental Benefits:
    • Accident, Critical Illness and Hospital Indemnity 
    • Legal Assistance 
    • Identity Theft Protection
    • Pet Insurance
    • Additional Life Insurance for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Employee Assistance Program: Confidential resources and secure tools to help guide employees through difficult times
  • Leave Programs: Vacation leave, paid parental leave, sick leave, emergency leave and more
  • Holidays: Nine full-day holidays and two half-day holidays, depending on employee group and hours worked
  • Well-Being Program: Recreation Center passes, wellness education, training classes, wellness challenges, insurance premium discounts and more
  • Other Benefits: Short-term and Long-term disability, flexible spending plan choices, health savings accounts, free transportation passes and more
  • Discounts: Special savings on various purchasing or services such as childcare, fitness facilities, computers, phone plans, home and auto insurance, financial services and more

Benefits Overview

Enrollment and Change Forms

Medical Plans

Dental and Vision Plans

HSA and FSA Information

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) allow employees to set aside pre-tax money from their paychecks to pay for eligible out of-pocket healthcare expenses. HSAs must be paired with a High Dedcutible Health Plan (HDHP). The City of Boulder also contributes funds to eligible employee's HSAs. 

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) allow employees to set aside pre-tax money from their paychecks to pay for eligible out-of-pocket expenses for healthcare and dependent care. Because the money put into these accounts is not considered taxable, employees save by paying less Federal, State and FICA taxes. Depending on personal circumstances, these plans can mean a significant tax savings. Healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts cannot be paird with a High Dedcutible Health Plan (HDHP).

24HourFlex Healthcare FSA pdf

24HourFlex Dependent Care FSA pdf

24HourFlex Mobile App pdf

Seasonal & Temporary - Benefit Enrollment


Seasonal & Temporary employees’ benefits eligibility is determined on an average of 30 hours worked per week during the city measurement period, November 1st – October 31st. All seasonal & temporary employees that meet the eligibility requirements may participate in medical, HSA, 401K, 457, voluntary accident, critical illness, hospital indemnity and wellness benefits.

  • Seasonal & Temporary employees that do not meet the minimum number of 30 hours worked per week are eligible for 401K, 457, and wellness benefits.

Open Enrollment for Seasonal/Temporary Employees:

All seasonal & temporary employees currently enrolled in benefits will need to enroll by completing the enrollment form during the Open Enrollment period, October of each year. If your position is ending in November or December, you too should complete the enrollment form to ensure you receive the proper COBRA paperwork if you wish to continue your benefits into the next year.

To enroll in medical benefits, complete the enrollment form and return all paperwork to [email protected]

If you are continuing your employment into the next year, you can sign up for available voluntary benefits during the Open Enrollment period. To enroll in these voluntary benefits, fill out the necessary forms associated with each benefit.

If your position terminates in the current year and you return to work for the City of Boulder the following year, you will have the opportunity to reenroll in medical and voluntary supplemental benefits upon rehire.

2021 Benefits Guide for Non-Union City Employees pdf

Benefit Enrollment - Temp/Seasonal pdf

Aflac Enrollment Form pdf

Accident Plan pdf

Accident Plan Rate Sheet pdf

Critical Illness Brochure pdf

Critical Illness Rate Sheet pdf

Hospital Indemnity Brochure pdf

Hospital Indemnity Rate Sheet pdf

ACA Presentation Handout pdf


Retirement Process Timeline pdf

Employees are eligible for retirement pension benefits through the Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA). Visit Colorado PERA for more information.

Supplemental retirement plan options include a 401(k) plan through PERA and a 457 plan through ICMA-RC. Visit Colorado PERA and ICMA-RC for details.

Cobra & Retirees Benefits Enrollment-Change Form pdf

Cobra & Retirees Benefits Life Event Change Form pdf

Voluntary Supplemental Benefits

LGBTQIA+ Resources

As a part of Boulder County, a wide range of resources are available to the LGBTQIA+ community and can be found here. The City of Boulder is committed to supporting LGBTQIA+ employees and their families are part of our rich benefit offerings. Highlights include:

  • Medical Benefits:
    • Domestic Partner/Common Law Spousal coverage
    • The City of Boulder offers transition-related health care benefits, including gender confirmation surgery, hormone therapy, and mental health counseling, among other transition-related procedures, as it relates to treating gender dysphoria according to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care (2011).
  • Paid Parental Leave which includes foster placement and adoption benefits


The City of Boulder has selected MDLive to provide you with 24/7/365 access to board-certified primary care doctors and pediatricians by secure video, phone or e-mail if you are enrolled in one of the City’s medical plans.

Whether you are at home, work, traveling or in need of a convenient way to visit a doctor without having to sit in an office, MDLive is easy and convenient to use. If you are enrolled in the $1,250 Deductible Health Plan you will only pay your copay. If you are enrolled in the $2,000 High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP), you will pay a consult fee.

  • When to use MDLive

If you are considering going to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care for a non-emergency medical issue because your primary care doctor is unavailable, if you have sick kids at home, are traveling or are at work and cannot make it to the doctors office, MDLive is very useful.

  • What can be treated through MDLive?

    • Allergies
    • Asthma
    • Bronchitis
    • Colds and Flu
    • Ear Infections
    • Sinus/Respiratory Infections
    • Joint Aches and Pains
    • More
  • How to use MDLive

Signing Up is Easy! Set up and create an account at or by calling 888-726-3171.

  • Enter your name, gender, date of birth and your Cigna ID (from your ID Card)
  • Complete your medical history using MDLive "virtual clipboard"
  • Download the MDLive app to your smartphone/mobile device

Learn more about 24/7 Care with MDLive pdf

Annual Notices to Employees