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WAC 182-12-131

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How do eligible employees maintain the employer contribution toward insurance coverage?

The employer contribution toward insurance coverage begins on the day that public employees benefits board (PEBB) benefits begin under WAC 182-12-114. This section describes under what circumstances an employee maintains eligibility for the employer contribution toward insurance coverage.
(1) Maintaining the employer contribution. Except as described in subsections (2), (3), and (4) of this section, an employee who has established eligibility for benefits under WAC 182-12-114 is eligible for the employer contribution each month in which he or she is in pay status eight or more hours per month.
(2) Maintaining the employer contribution - Benefits-eligible seasonal employees.
(a) A benefits-eligible seasonal employee (eligible under WAC 182-12-114(2)) who works a season of less than nine months is eligible for the employer contribution in any month of his or her season in which he or she is in pay status eight or more hours during that month. The employer contribution toward insurance coverage for seasonal employees returning after their off season begins on the first day of the first month of the season in which they are in pay status eight hours or more.
(b) A benefits-eligible seasonal employee (eligible under WAC 182-12-114(2)) who works a season of nine months or more is eligible for the employer contribution:
(i) In any month of his or her season in which he or she is in pay status eight or more hours during that month; and
(ii) Through the off season following each season worked.
(3) Maintaining the employer contribution - Eligible faculty.
(a) Benefits-eligible faculty anticipated to work the entire instructional year or equivalent nine-month period (eligible under WAC 182-12-114 (3)(a)(i)) are eligible for the employer contribution each month of the instructional year, except as described in subsection (7) of this section.
(b) Benefits-eligible faculty who are hired on a quarter/semester to quarter/semester basis (eligible under WAC 182-12-114 (3)(a)(ii)) are eligible for the employer contribution each quarter or semester in which the employee works half-time or more.
(c) Summer or off-quarter/semester coverage: All benefits-eligible faculty (eligible under WAC 182-12-114(3)) who work an average of half-time or more throughout the entire instructional year or equivalent nine-month period and work each quarter/semester of the instructional year or equivalent nine-month period are eligible for the employer contribution toward summer or off-quarter/semester insurance coverage.
Exception:
Eligibility for the employer contribution toward summer or off-quarter/semester insurance coverage ends on the end date specified in an employing agency's termination notice or an employee's resignation letter, whichever is earlier, if the employing agency has no anticipation that the employee will be returning as faculty at any institution of higher education where the employee has employment. If the employing agency deducted the employee's premium for insurance coverage after the employee was no longer eligible for the employer contribution, insurance coverage ends the last day of the month for which employee premiums were deducted.
(d) Two-year averaging: All benefits-eligible faculty (eligible under WAC 182-12-114(3)) who worked an average of half-time or more in each of the two preceding academic years are potentially eligible to receive uninterrupted employer contribution to insurance coverage. "Academic year" means summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters or summer, fall, and spring semesters and begins with summer quarter/semester. In order to be eligible for the employer contribution through two-year averaging, the faculty must provide written notification of his or her potential eligibility to his or her employing agency or agencies within the deadlines established by the employing agency or agencies. Faculty continue to receive uninterrupted employer contribution for each academic year in which they:
(i) Are employed on a quarter/semester to quarter/semester basis and work at least two quarters or two semesters; and
(ii) Have an average workload of half-time or more for three quarters or two semesters.
Eligibility for the employer contribution under two-year averaging ceases immediately if the eligibility criteria is not met or if the eligibility criteria becomes impossible to meet.
(e) Faculty who lose eligibility for the employer contribution: All benefits-eligible faculty (eligible under WAC 182-12-114(3)) who lose eligibility for the employer contribution will regain it if they return to a faculty position where it is anticipated that they will work half-time or more for the quarter/semester no later than the twelfth month after the month in which they lost eligibility for the employer contribution. The employer contribution begins on the first day of the month in which the quarter/semester begins.
(4) Maintaining the employer contribution - Employees on leave and under the special circumstances listed below.
(a) Employees who are on approved leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) continue to receive the employer contribution as long as they are approved under the act.
(b) Unless otherwise indicated in this section, employees in the following circumstances receive the employer contribution only for the months they are in pay status eight hours or more:
(i) Employees on authorized leave without pay;
(ii) Employees on approved educational leave;
(iii) Employees receiving time-loss benefits under workers' compensation;
(iv) Employees called to active duty in the uniformed services as defined under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); or
(v) Employees applying for disability retirement.
(5) Maintaining the employer contribution - Employees who move from an eligible to an otherwise ineligible position due to a layoff maintain the employer contribution toward insurance coverage under the criteria in WAC 182-12-129.
(6) Employees who are in pay status less than eight hours in a month. Unless otherwise indicated in this section, when there is a month in which an employee is not in pay status for at least eight hours, the employee:
(a) Loses eligibility for the employer contribution for that month; and
(b) Must reestablish eligibility for PEBB benefits under WAC 182-12-114 in order to be eligible for the employer contribution again.
(7) The employer contribution toward insurance coverage ends in any one of these circumstances for all employees:
(a) When the employee fails to maintain eligibility for the employer contribution as indicated in the criteria in subsection (1) through (6) of this section.
(b) When the employment relationship is terminated. As long as the employing agency has no anticipation that the employee will be rehired, the employment relationship is terminated:
(i) On the date specified in an employee's letter of resignation; or
(ii) On the date specified in any contract or hire letter or on the effective date of an employer-initiated termination notice.
(c) When the employee moves to a position that is not anticipated to be eligible for benefits under WAC 182-12-114, not including changes in position due to a layoff.
The employer contribution toward PEBB medical, dental and life insurance for an employee, spouse, state registered domestic partner, or child ceases at 12:00 midnight, the last day of the month in which the employee is eligible for the employer contribution under this section.
Exception:
If the employing agency deducted the employee's premium for insurance coverage after the employee was no longer eligible for the employer contribution, insurance coverage ends the last day of the month for which employee premiums were deducted.
(8) Options for continuation coverage by self-paying. During temporary or permanent loss of the employer contribution toward insurance coverage, employees have options for providing continuation coverage for themselves and their dependents by self-paying the full premium set by the health care authority (HCA). These options are available according to WAC 182-12-133, 182-12-141, 182-12-142, 182-12-146, 182-12-148, and 182-12-270.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2012 2nd sp.s. c 3. WSR 13-22-019 (Admin. 2013-01), § 182-12-131, filed 10/28/13, effective 1/1/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 12-20-022 (Order 2012-01), § 182-12-131, filed 9/25/12, effective 11/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2011 c 8. WSR 11-22-036 (Order 11-02), § 182-12-131, filed 10/26/11, effective 1/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 10-20-147 (Order 10-02), § 182-12-131, filed 10/6/10, effective 1/1/11; WSR 09-23-102 (Order 09-02), § 182-12-131, filed 11/17/09, effective 1/1/10; WSR 07-20-129 (Order 07-01), § 182-12-131, filed 10/3/07, effective 11/3/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 41.05.165. WSR 04-18-039, § 182-12-131, filed 8/26/04, effective 1/1/05.]