The following definitions apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly indicates another meaning:
"Authority" or "HCA" means the health care authority.
"Benefits eligible position" means any position held by an employee who is eligible for benefits under WAC 182-12-114
, with the exception of employees who establish eligibility under WAC 182-12-114
(2) or (3)(a)(ii).
"Board" means the public employees benefits board established under provisions of RCW 41.05.055
"Comprehensive employer-sponsored medical" includes insurance coverage continued by the employee or their dependent under COBRA. It does not include an employer's retiree coverage, with the exception of a federal retiree plan.
"Creditable coverage" means coverage that meets the definition of "creditable coverage" under RCW 48.66.020
(13)(a) and includes payment of medical and hospital benefits.
"Defer" means to postpone enrollment or interrupt enrollment in a PEBB medical insurance by a retiree or eligible survivor.
"Dependent" means a person who meets eligibility requirements in WAC 182-12-260
"Dependent care assistance program" or "DCAP" means a benefit plan whereby state and public employees may pay for certain employment related dependent care with pretax dollars as provided in the salary reduction plan authorized in chapter 41.05
"Director" means the director of the authority.
"Effective date of enrollment" means the first date when an enrollee is entitled to receive covered benefits.
"Employer group" means those employee organizations representing state civil service employees, counties, municipalities, political subdivisions, the Washington health benefit exchange, tribal governments, school districts, and educational service districts participating in PEBB insurance coverage under contractual agreement as described in WAC 182-08-245
"Employing agency" means a division, department, or separate agency of state government, including an institution of higher education; a county, municipality, school district, educational service district, or other political subdivision; or a tribal government covered by chapter 41.05
"Enrollee" means a person who meets all eligibility requirements defined in chapter 182-12
WAC, who is enrolled in PEBB benefits, and for whom applicable premium payments have been made.
"Faculty" means an academic employee of an institution of higher education whose workload is not defined by work hours but whose appointment, workload, and duties directly serve the institution's academic mission, as determined under the authority of its enabling statutes, its governing body, and any applicable collective bargaining agreement.
"Health plan" or "plan" means a medical or dental plan developed by the public employees benefits board and provided by a contracted vendor or self-insured plans administered by the HCA.
"Institutions of higher education" means the state public research universities, the public regional universities, The Evergreen State College, the community and technical colleges, and the state board for community and technical colleges.
"Insurance coverage" means any health plan, life insurance, long-term care insurance, LTD insurance, or property and casualty insurance administered as a PEBB benefit.
"Layoff," for purposes of this chapter, means a change in employment status due to an employer's lack of funds or an employer's organizational change.
"LTD insurance" includes basic long-term disability insurance paid for by the employing agency and long-term disability insurance offered to employees on an optional basis.
"Life insurance" includes basic life insurance paid for by the employing agency, life insurance offered to employees on an optional basis, and retiree life insurance.
"Medical flexible spending arrangement" or "medical FSA" means a benefit plan whereby state and public employees may reduce their salary before taxes to pay for medical expenses not reimbursed by insurance as provided in the salary reduction plan authorized in chapter 41.05
"Open enrollment" means a time period when: Subscribers may apply to transfer their enrollment from one health plan to another; a dependent may be enrolled; a dependent may be removed from coverage; or an employee who previously waived medical may enroll in medical. Open enrollment is also the time when employees may enroll in or change their election under the DCAP, the medical FSA, or the premium payment plan. An "annual" open enrollment, designated by the director, is an open enrollment when all PEBB subscribers may make enrollment changes for the upcoming year. A "special" open enrollment is triggered by a specific life event. For special open enrollment events as they relate to specific PEBB benefits, see WAC 182-08-198
"PEBB" means the public employees benefits board.
"PEBB appeals committee" means the committee that considers appeals relating to the administration of PEBB benefits by the PEBB program. The director has delegated the authority to hear appeals at the level below an administrative hearing to the PEBB appeals committee.
"PEBB benefits" means one or more insurance coverages or other employee benefits administered by the PEBB program within the health care authority.
"PEBB program" means the program within the HCA which administers insurance and other benefits for eligible employees (as defined in WAC 182-12-114
), eligible retired and disabled employees (as defined in WAC 182-12-171
), eligible dependents (as defined in WAC 182-12-250
) and others as defined in RCW 41.05.011
"Premium payment plan" means a benefit plan whereby state and public employees may pay their share of group health plan premiums with pretax dollars as provided in the salary reduction plan.
"Salary reduction plan" means a benefit plan whereby state and public employees may agree to a reduction of salary on a pretax basis to participate in the DCAP, medical FSA, or premium payment plan as authorized in chapter 41.05
"Seasonal employee" means an employee hired to work during a recurring, annual season with a duration of three months or more, and anticipated to return each season to perform similar work.
"State agency" means an office, department, board, commission, institution, or other separate unit or division, however designated, of the state government and all personnel thereof. It includes the legislature, executive branch, and agencies or courts within the judicial branch, as well as institutions of higher education and any unit of state government established by law.
"Subscriber" means the employee, retiree, COBRA beneficiary or eligible survivor who has been designated by the HCA as the individual to whom the HCA and contracted vendors will issue all notices, information, requests and premium bills on behalf of enrollees.
"Termination of the employment relationship" means that an employee resigns or an employee is terminated and the employing agency has no anticipation that the employee will be rehired.
"Tribal government" means an Indian tribal government as defined in Section 3(32) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), as amended, or an agency or instrumentality of the tribal government, that has government offices principally located in this state.
"Waive" means to interrupt an eligible employee's enrollment in a PEBB health plan because the employee is enrolled in other comprehensive group medical coverage as required under WAC 182-12-128
, or is on approved educational leave and obtains comprehensive group health plan coverage as allowed under WAC 182-12-136
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. 12-20-022 (Order 2012-01), § 182-12-109, filed 9/25/12, effective 11/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2011 c 8. 11-22-036 (Order 11-02), § 182-12-109, filed 10/26/11, effective 1/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. 10-20-147 (Order 10-02), § 182-12-109, filed 10/6/10, effective 1/1/11; 09-23-102 (Order 09-02), § 182-12-109, filed 11/17/09, effective 1/1/10; 08-20-128 (Order 08-03), § 182-12-109, filed 10/1/08, effective 1/1/09; 07-20-129 (Order 07-01), § 182-12-109, filed 10/3/07, effective 11/3/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 41.05.068. 06-23-165 (Order 06-09), § 182-12-109, filed 11/22/06, effective 12/23/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 41.05.165. 04-18-039, § 182-12-109, filed 8/26/04, effective 1/1/05.]