PEBB's October For Your Benefit newsletter

Mon, 10/12/2020

October newsletter now available!

The Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program's For Your Benefit newsletter is your source for information and updates about your health benefits.

Read the full issue:

Since the newsletter was printed, there have been updates. See updates for employees, retirees, and PEBB Continuation Coverage.

In this issue...

What's changing with your PEBB health coverage in 2021

Read about changes to PEBB medical and dental plans, contribution amounts for the health savings account (HSA), Medical Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), and PEB Board policy resolutions. All changes are effective January 1, 2019.

2021 monthly premiums

Find out your 2021 monthly premiums for state agency/higher-education, retirees, and PEBB Continuation Coverage. K-12 and employer group employees should contact their personnel, payroll, or benefits office.

Changes you can make during open enrollment

Changes made online through My Account must be completed by midnight on November 30, 2020. If you are submitting forms, your payroll or benefits office must receive your forms by November 30. University of Washington employees must use Workday to make changes. All changes must be completed by midnight on November 30, 2020.

A new kind of benefits fair

We understand how important benefits fairs are to our members, which is why we are offering a new way to learn about benefits from the comfort and safety of your home. A virtual benefits fair is a great way to learn about your benefit options through an online experience — and it’s available anytime, day or night, during open enrollment.

Covering a spouse or state-registered domestic partner for 2021?

Non-Medicare subscribers only: Even if you do not make plan changes, you may have to reattest to the $50 spouse or state-registered domestic partner coverage premium surcharge if you attested in 2020 and will continue to cover
your spouse or partner on your PEBB medical in 2021.

Who to contact for help

Need help? Check out this contact list to find the right person to assist you.

How to tell the two Delta Dental plans apart

The PEBB Program offers two Delta Dental plans: DeltaCare and Uniform Dental Plan (UDP). Sometimes members intend to enroll in one Delta Dental plan
but accidentally enroll in the other. During open enrollment, be careful to choose the one you want.

You don't have to handle COVID-19 stress alone

Washington Listens is a program that provides non-clinical support to people experiencing stress due to COVID-19. Speak to a support specialist and get connected to community resources in your area. The program is anonymous. Call Washington Listens at 1-833-681-0211, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and weekends, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Important dates to remember

Put these dates on your calendar. You don't want to miss an important deadline during open enrollment!

Summary of Benefits and Coverage available

The Affordable Care Act requires the PEBB Program and its contracted medical plans to provide a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) to help you compare medical plan benefits, terms, and your costs for care from network and out-of-network providers. (View Kaiser Permanente NW SBCs, Kaiser Permanenete WA SBCs, or UMP SBCs.)

Annual notice of creditable prescription drug coverage

If you or a family member is (or will soon be) enrolled in Medicare, you may hear about your opportunity to enroll in Medicare Part D for prescription drug coverage.

Premera Blue Cross Medicare Supplement plans do not provide creditable prescription drug coverage. The new UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans include Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.

All other PEBB medical plans provide creditable prescription drug coverage, so you do not have to enroll in Medicare Part D. The prescription drug coverage offered by these PEBB medical plans is expected to pay out, on average, as much as Medicare Part D coverage.