Disability retirement

Must meet PEBB eligibility and procedural requirements per WAC 182-12-171 or 182-12-211.

Note: Request a disability estimate from DRS if you participate with DRS or contact your appropriate higher-education authority regarding your disability retirement.

    Enroll in PEBB retiree insurance coverage

    If you are enrolling in PEBB retiree insurance coverage:

    1. Once you are approved by DRS, or the appropriate higher-education authority for disability retirement, request a Retiree Enrollment Guide.
    2. Contact Social Security Administration (SSA) to enroll in Medicare Part A and Part B if you or any family members you wish to cover are entitled to Medicare due to either age or disability.
    3. Send PEBB your Retiree Coverage Election/Change form and any other applicable forms, including:
      1. Payment for your first month’s health coverage premium (if not using pension deduction).
      2.  A copy of your Medicare ID card showing enrollment in Medicare Part A and Part B (if entitled). Write your full name and the last four digits of your Social Security number on the copy of your card. If you wish to enroll dependents who are entitled to Medicare, include a copy of their Medicare ID card.
      3.  A copy of the formal determination letter from DRS, or the appropriate higher-education authority approving the disability retirement.

        PEBB must receive the form no later than 60 days after the date of the Washington State-sponsored retirement systems formal determination letter. 

    Defer PEBB retiree insurance coverage

    If you are deferring PEBB retiree insurance coverage:

    • Once you are approved by DRS, or the appropriate higher-education authority for disability retirement, request a Retiree Enrollment Guide.

    Submit retiree coverage election/change form

    Send your Retiree Coverage Election/Change form along with a copy of the formal determination letter from DRS, or the appropriate higher-education authority approving the disability retirement to PEBB. PEBB must receive the form no later than 60 days after the date of the Washington State-sponsored retirement systems formal determination letter. You must be continuously enrolled in other qualified insurance to reenroll in the future.

    Contact

    The PEBB Program

    Department of Retirement Systems (DRS)
    Online
    360-664-7000
    Toll-free: 1-800-547-6657