Find out if the tobacco use premium surcharge and the spouse or state-registered domestic partner coverage premium surcharge apply to you.
About the surcharges
The Legislature, under Section 504 of ESSB 6032, requires school employees to pay two surcharges, if they apply, in addition to the monthly medical plan premiums, starting January 1, 2020:
Tobacco use premium surcharge
A monthly $25 premium surcharge per account if you or a dependent (age 13 and older) enrolled on your SEBB medical plan uses a tobacco product
Spouse or state-registered domestic partner coverage premium surcharge
A monthly $50 premium surcharge if you have a spouse or state-registered domestic partner enrolled on your SEBB medical plan, and they have elected not to enroll in their employer-based group medical insurance that is comparable to the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program's Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) Classic. (The comparison is to this plan even if you are not enrolled in it.)
These surcharges apply to SEBB benefits-eligible subscribers who:
- Are enrolled in a SEBB medical plan, and
- Do not have Medicare Part A and Part B as their primary coverage.
When you enroll in or add a dependent to your SEBB medical, you must attest (respond) on your enrollment form to whether the tobacco use and spousal coverage premium surcharges apply.