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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Find answers to commonly asked questions about employee benefits.
On April 2, 2020, the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEB Board) held a special telephonic meeting to approve policy resolutions that establish temporary eligibility for PEBB coverage for certain job classes hired during the Governor’s state of emergency due to COVID-19. Learn more about the approved emergency resolutions.
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How long do I have to enroll?
To enroll in PEBB benefits, your payroll or benefits office must receive your enrollment forms no later than 31 days after the date you become eligible for PEBB benefits.
Generally, you become eligible your first day of employment. Ask your payroll or benefits office when your eligibility begins. More enrollment information is available on How to enroll.
How do I enroll my dependents?
If you enroll dependents on your PEBB insurance coverage, you must provide proof of their eligibility within the enrollment timelines listed above or the dependents will not be enrolled. See Dependent verification.
What documentation do I need to submit to enroll a dependent?
For a complete list of valid dependent verification documents required to enroll a dependent, see Dependent verification.
What is an extended dependent?
An extended dependent may be your grandchild, niece, nephew, or other child for whom you, your spouse, or state-registered domestic partner have legal custody or guardianship. The legal responsibility is demonstrated by a valid court order and the child’s official residence with the custodian or guardian. This does not include foster children, unless you, your spouse, or your state-registered domestic partner has assumed a legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption. For more information, see Definition of children.
What medical plan options are available?
For a list of the medical plans and benefit comparisons available through the PEBB Program, visit Medical plans and benefits.
What dental plan options are available?
For a list of the dental plans and benefit comparisons available through the PEBB Program, visit Dental plans and benefits.
- Auto and home insurance
Coverage to all PEBB members through Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.
- Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP)
Allows you to set aside money from your paycheck on a pretax basis to help pay for qualifying child care or elder care expenses. (State agency and higher-education institution employees only).
- Life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance
The PEBB Program provides basic life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance through MetLife at no cost to employees enrolled in the full benefits package. Additional optional life and AD&D insurance is available for purchase.
- Long-term disability (LTD) insurance
The PEBB Program provides basic long-term disability insurance through The Standard Insurance Company at no cost to employees enrolled in the full benefits package. Additional optional LTD insurance is available for purchase.
- Medical Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)
Allows you to set aside pretax money from your paycheck to pay for out-of-pocket health care costs. (State agency and higher-education institution employees only).
How do I change my address?
Complete an Employee Enrollment/Change form and return it to your personnel, payroll, or benefits office. If you move out of your plan’s service area, you may need to change plans. You must report your new address to your personnel, payroll, or benefits office no later than 60 days after your move. University of Washington employees use Workday.
How do I waive medical coverage?
You may waive enrollment in PEBB medical if you are enrolled in other employer-based group medical, a TRICARE plan, or Medicare. A few other special open enrollment events allow you to waive enrollment in PEBB medical. You cannot waive enrollment in dental, basic life, or basic long-term disability insurance. You must submit a form to waive enrollment in PEBB medical. If you waive enrollment for yourself, you cannot enroll your eligible dependents in PEBB medical. See Waiving medical coverage.
Note: You cannot waive enrollment in PEBB medical and enroll in or remain enrolled in PEBB retiree insurance coverage.
How do I cancel (terminate) my coverage?
Employees cannot terminate medical, dental, basic life insurance, basic accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, or basic long-term disability insurance. To terminate your supplemental life insurance, supplemental AD&D insurance, supplemental long-term disability insurance, and your Medical FSA or DCAP, visit cancel coverage.
For details about life and AD&D insurance, please visit Life insurance.
I can’t login to My Account.
For help accessing your PEBB My Account, visit Help with My PEBB Account login.
Note: PEBB My Account is not available to University of Washington (UW) employees. UW employees must use Workday to access their account.