Who are eligible dependents?
To be enrolled in a health plan, a dependent must be eligible under this section and the subscriber must comply with enrollment procedures outlined in WAC 182-12-262
The public employees benefits board (PEBB) program verifies the eligibility of all dependents and will request documents from subscribers that provide evidence of a dependent's eligibility. The PEBB program will remove a subscriber's enrolled dependents from health plan enrollment if the PEBB program is unable to verify a dependent's eligibility. The PEBB program will not enroll or reenroll dependents into a health plan if the PEBB program is unable to verify a dependent's eligibility.
The subscriber must notify the PEBB program, in writing, when his or her dependent is not eligible under this section. The notification must be received by the PEBB program no later than sixty days after the date his or her dependent is no longer eligible under this section. See WAC 182-12-262
(2)(a) for the consequences of not removing an ineligible dependent from insurance coverage.
The following are eligible as dependents:
(1) Lawful spouse. Former spouses are not eligible dependents upon finalization of a divorce or annulment, even if a court order requires the subscriber to provide health insurance for the former spouse.
(2) Registered domestic partner is defined to include the following:
(a) Effective January 1, 2010, a state registered domestic partner, as defined in RCW 26.60.020
(b) A domestic partner who was qualified under PEBB eligibility criteria as a domestic partner before January 1, 2010, and was continuously enrolled under the subscriber in a PEBB health plan or life insurance; and
(c) Former registered domestic partners are not eligible dependents upon dissolution or termination of a partnership, even if a court order requires the subscriber to provide health insurance for the former partner.
(3) Children. Children are eligible up to the last day of the month in which their twenty-sixth birthday occurred except as described in (i) of this subsection. Children are defined as the subscriber's:
(a) Children as defined in RCW 26.26.101
establishment of parent-child relationship;
(b) Biological children, where parental rights have not been terminated;
(c) Stepchildren. The stepchild's relationship to a subscriber (and eligibility as a PEBB dependent) ends, for purposes of this rule, on the same date the subscriber's legal relationship with the spouse or registered domestic partner ends through divorce, annulment, dissolution, termination, or death;
(d) Legally adopted children;
(e) Children for whom the subscriber has assumed a legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption of the child;
(f) Children of the subscriber's registered domestic partner;
(g) Children specified in a court order or divorce decree;
(h) Extended dependents in the legal custody or legal guardianship of the subscriber, the subscriber's spouse, or subscriber's registered domestic partner. The legal responsibility is demonstrated by a valid court order and the child's official residence with the custodian or guardian. "Children" does not include foster children for whom support payments are made to the subscriber through the state department of social and health services foster care program; and
(i) Children of any age with a developmental disability or physical handicap that renders the child incapable of self-sustaining employment and chiefly dependent upon the subscriber for support and maintenance provided such condition occurs before the age twenty-six:
(i) The subscriber must provide evidence of the disability and evidence that the condition occurred before age twenty-six;
(ii) The subscriber must notify the PEBB program, in writing, when his or her dependent is not eligible under this section. The notification must be received by the PEBB program no later than sixty days after the date that a child age twenty-six or older no longer qualifies under this subsection;
(iii) A child with a developmental disability or physical handicap who becomes self-supporting is not eligible under this subsection as of the last day of the month in which he or she becomes capable of self-support;
(iv) A child with a developmental disability or physical handicap age twenty-six and older who becomes capable of self-support does not regain eligibility under (i) of this subsection if he or she later becomes incapable of self-support;
(v) The PEBB program will periodically certify the eligibility of a dependent child with a disability beginning at age twenty-six, but no more frequently than annually after the two-year period following the child's twenty-sixth birthday.
(a) Parents covered under PEBB medical before July 1, 1990, may continue enrollment on a self-pay basis as long as:
(i) The parent maintains continuous enrollment in PEBB medical;
(ii) The parent qualifies under the Internal Revenue Code as a dependent of the subscriber;
(iii) The subscriber continues enrollment in insurance coverage; and
(iv) The parent is not covered by any other group medical plan.
(b) Parents eligible under this subsection may be enrolled with a different health plan than that selected by the subscriber. Parents may not add additional dependents to their insurance coverage.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160
, 2015 c 116, and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 15-22-099 (PEBB Admin # 2015-01 Rev 1), § 182-12-260, filed 11/4/15, effective 1/1/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160
and 2013 2nd sp.s. c 4s. WSR 14-20-058 (PEBB Admin 2014-02), § 182-12-260, filed 9/25/14, effective 1/1/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160
and 2012 2nd sp.s. c 3. WSR 13-22-019 (Admin. 2013-01), § 182-12-260, filed 10/28/13, effective 1/1/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160
. WSR 12-20-022 (Order 2012-01), § 182-12-260, 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), § 182-12-260, filed 10/26/11, effective 1/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160
. WSR 10-20-147 (Order 10-02), § 182-12-260, filed 10/6/10, effective 1/1/11; WSR 09-23-102 (Order 09-02), § 182-12-260, filed 11/17/09, effective 1/1/10; WSR 08-20-128 (Order 08-03), § 182-12-260, filed 10/1/08, effective 1/1/09; WSR 07-20-129 (Order 07-01), § 182-12-260, filed 10/3/07, effective 11/3/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160
, and 41.05.165
. WSR 05-16-046 (Order 05-01), § 182-12-260, filed 7/27/05, effective 8/27/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160
. WSR 04-18-039, § 182-12-260, filed 8/26/04, effective 1/1/05.]