PEBB - Thinking about retirement?

Limited time to enroll

You have 60 days to complete an application to enroll in or defer PEBB retiree coverage after your employment or  COBRA coverage ends. If you don’t complete an application in time, you could lose rights to enroll with us in the future.

See the Enrollment section of the Retiree Enrollment Guide

Am I eligible for PEBB retiree coverage?

Use the right checklist below to find out if you're eligible:

What benefits are included?

As an eligible retiree, you can apply for medical and dental coverage through the PEBB Program for yourself and your eligible family members. You may also apply for retiree term life insurance if you were enrolled in PEBB life insurance as an employee before retirement.

Why choose PEBB?

We offer a comprehensive health care package providing choice, access, value, and stability. We also contract with other insurers to accommodate your range of insurance needs.

How do I enroll? 

Follow this three-step timeline to enroll.

Step 1: Contact the Social Security Administration

About 90 days before your active employment or COBRA ends, contact the Social Security Administration to enroll in Medicare Part A and Part B if you or any family members you wish to cover are entitled to Medicare.

Step 2: Request a retiree enrollment packet

Sixty days before your active employment or COBRA ends request a retiree enrollment packet. Call 1-800-200-1004 or 360-725-0440 in the Olympia area. We'll send you a Retiree Enrollment Guide (including applications and information).

Step 3: Return your completed retiree application

Within 60 days after your active employment or COBRA coverage ends return your completed retiree application and any applicable forms to the PEBB Program

If you or any covered dependents are entitled to Medicare, you must enroll in Part A and Part B and remain enrolled to keep your PEBB coverage. Please include a copy of the Medicare card with your enrollment form(s).

How much does it cost?

See monthly premiums. Generally, rates change every January 1.

How do I pay the premiums?

You can pay for your PEBB retiree coverage through:

  • Pension deduction
    The premium deduction for the current month will come out of your end-of-the-month pension check.
  • Automatic bank account withdrawal
    Complete an Electronic Debit Service Agreement to authorize.
  • Personal check or money order
    Make payable to the Washington State Treasurer.
  • Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association (VEBA) Trust account reimbursement
    (Available if you have a VEBA account)
    You must contact the VEBA administrator at 1-888-828-4953 to make reimbursement arrangements.

We won't enroll you until we receive your first month's premium payment. If you tell us on your enrollment form to have your premiums deducted from your monthly pension check, you don't need to send payment for your first month's premium.

Who should I contact for help?

For questions about:

  • Premium payments, contact the PEBB Accounting Department at 1-800-200-1004.
  • A plan's providers, benefits, or prescription drug coverage, contact the plan.
  • Eligibility, enrollment, or deferring your retiree coverage, contact PEBB Benefits Services at 1-800-200-1004 or see PEBB Rules and Policies