Welcome to the PEBB Program
The information here will help you as a new employee to:
- Decide which plans are right for you and your family.
- Understand how and when to enroll.
This is only a brief summary. For details, see our Employee Enrollment Guide.
See monthly premiums for PEBB medical coverage.
You only need to pay premiums for medical coverage, supplemental life insurance, and optional long-term disability insurance (if you choose to enroll). Your employer will pay premiums for your dental, basic life, and basic long-term disability benefits.
Benefits and how to enroll
Follow steps 1-7 below to learn about each of your benefit options.
Give all enrollment forms and documents to your personnel, payroll, or benefits office unless directed otherwise. You must submit your forms within 31 days, or else you'll lose certain benefit rights. (Exception: You have 60 days to voluntarily enroll in supplemental life insurance.)
Step 1: Choose a medical plan
Step 2: Choose a dental plan
- DeltaCare (administered by Delta Dental of Washington)
- Willamette Dental Group Plan
- Uniform Dental Plan (UDP) (administered by Delta Dental of Washington)
- Choose one plan. (You can't waive PEBB dental coverage.)
- Follow the same steps listed for medical enrollment (above). You'll include your dental choice on the same form.
If you don't select a plan, you'll be automatically enrolled in UDP as a single subscriber. Your dependents won't be enrolled.
Step 3: Consider enrolling in a flexible spending arrangement (FSA) and/or the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) (optional)
Step 4: Consider supplemental life insurance (optional)
Step 5: Consider long-term disability coverage (optional)
PEBB provides basic and optional long-term disability (LTD) plans through Standard Insurance Company.
You'll automatically receive basic LTD insurance at no cost to you.
You can add on to your basic plan with an Optional LTD Plan that lowers your benefit waiting period and increases your benefit amount.
You'll automatically be enrolled in basic LTD insurance as an employee.
To enroll in the Optional LTD Plan:
- Fill out a Long Term Disability (LTD) Enrollment/Change Form.
- Submit the form to your employer’s personnel, payroll, or benefits office within 31 days after you become eligible.
Step 6: Consider PEBB auto and home insurance (optional)
Step 7: Consider long-term care insurance (optional)
PEBB offers group long-term care insurance through John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.).
Call John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.) at 1-800-399-7271 for an enrollment packet.
If you apply within 31 days after you become eligible, you'll have simplified underwriting.
When coverage starts
If you're newly eligible:
Medical, dental, basic life, and basic LTD insurance coverage begins on the first day of the month after you become eligible for PEBB benefits (generally the first day of employment). If you becomes eligible on the first working day of the month, these PEBB benefits begin on that day.
If you're a faculty member hired on a quarter/semester to quarter/semester basis:
Medical, dental, basic life, and basic LTD insurance begins on the first of the month after the beginning of the second consecutive quarter/semester of halftime or more employment. If the first day of the second consecutive quarter/semester is the first working day of the month, these PEBB benefits begin on that day.
After you enroll, your plan(s) will send you an identification (ID) card to show providers when you receive care.
If you have questions about your ID card, contact your plan directly. (The Uniform Dental Plan does not mail ID cards, but you may download one from the plan’s website.)
What if I want to change my coverage later?