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Higher-education retirement plan

These actions apply if you are: retiring or separating from employment under a higher-education retirement plan.

If you are enrolling in or deferring  PEBB retiree insurance coverage:

Timeframe

Action to take if you are enrolling: Action to take if you are deferring:

6 months prior to retirement

Contact your employer to determine if you meet the procedural and eligibility requirements to enroll in PEBB retiree insurance coverage as defined in WAC 182-12-171.

Contact your employer to determine if you meet the procedural and eligibility requirements to enroll in PEBB retiree insurance coverage as defined in WAC 182-12-171.

3 months prior to your 65th birthday or terminating employment at age 65 or older

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. Make sure you understand the Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) and Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Medicare and how these timelines affect the start date of Medicare.

 
3 months prior to retirement Request a Retiree Enrollment Guide. Request a Retiree Enrollment Guide.
30-60 days prior ​to retirement

Send PEBB:

  • Retiree Coverage Election/Change form and any other applicable forms A copy of your Medicare ID card showing enrollment in Medicare Part A and Part B (if entitled). If you wish to enroll dependents who are entitled to Medicare, include a copy of their Medicare ID card.
  • PEBB must receive the form no later than 60 days after employer-paid coverage, COBRA coverage or continuation coverage ends. If enrolling in a Medicare plan, PEBB should receive the forms prior to the month the retiree coverage begins.

  • Payment for your first month’s health coverage premium (if not using pension deduction). You may want to keep a copy of your forms for your files.

Contact

The PEBB Program

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