PEBB - Spouse or Registered Domestic Partner Coverage Premium Surcharge

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What is this surcharge?​

A monthly $50 surcharge will apply in addition to your medical plan premium if you have a spouse or registered domestic partner enrolled on your PEBB medical coverage, and they have elected not to enroll in their employer-based group medical insurance that is comparable to Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) Classic. (Comparison must be to UMP Classic even if you are not enrolled in the plan.)
You must attest (respond) to the premium surcharge to find out whether it applies to your account.

Who needs to attest?

You need to attest to this surcharge if you are enrolling your spouse or registered domestic partner on your PEBB medical coverage and you are one of the following medical plan subscribers:
  • Employee
  • Retiree not enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B
  • COBRA not enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B
  • Leave Without Pay (LWOP)

You do not need to attest if you are not one of the subscribers listed above, or if you are not enrolling your spouse or registered domestic partner on your PEBB medical coverage. The surcharge will not apply to your account.

How do I attest or reattest?

Attest

Complete and submit the appropriate enrollment form as directed on the form. Use the Premium Surcharge Help Sheet to fill out the premium surcharge sections of the form.

Reattest

Use one of the following options to report a change to your previous attestation:

What happens if I do not attest?

You will pay a monthly $50 surcharge in addition to your medical plan premium if you have a spouse or registered domestic partner enrolled on your PEBB medical coverage.

When can I report a change (reattest)?

You can only report a change to this surcharge in the following situations:

  • When adding a spouse or registered domestic partner to your PEBB medical benefits.
  • During PEBB's annual open enrollment November 1–30.
  • Within 31 days of the day you regain eligibility for the employer contribution toward PEBB benefits.
  • Within 60 days of the event, if there is a change in your spouse’s or registered domestic partner’s employer-based group medical insurance. 

Tools to help attest or reattest

Note: If you use the interactive version of the Spousal Plan Calculator, you must click Enable Content for the calculator to work (see the example image below). Do not print or submit the interactive tool.

When do my attestations or changes take effect?

Generally, attestations or changes will affect surcharges starting the first of the month after the changes were received. If attestation changes are received on the first day of the month, the change begins that day. 

The attestation you make during open enrollment (or a corrected attestation received no later than December 31, 2015) will take effect January 1, 2016 unless there is a change in your spouse or registered domestic partner’s status that allows or requires you to reattest.