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), and if you wish to enroll dependents who are entitled to Medicare, include a copy of their Medicare ID.
      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 re-enroll in the future.

    Contact

    The PEBB Program

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