What options are available if an employee is approved for the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

(1) An employee on approved leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may continue to receive the employer contribution toward public employees benefits board (PEBB) insurance coverage in accordance with the federal FMLA. The employee may also continue current optional life and optional long-term disability. The employee's employing agency is responsible for determining if the employee is eligible for leave under FMLA and the duration of such leave.
(2) If an employee's monthly premium or premium surcharge remains unpaid for sixty days from the original due date, the employee's PEBB insurance coverage will be terminated retroactive to the last day of the month for which the monthly premium and premium surcharge was paid.
(3) If an employee exhausts the period of leave approved under FMLA, PEBB insurance coverage may be continued by self-paying the premium and applicable premium surcharge set by the HCA, with no contribution from the employer, as described in WAC 182-12-133(1) while on approved leave.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160 and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 17-19-077 (Order 2017-01), § 182-12-138, filed 9/15/17, effective 1/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, 2016 c 67, and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 16-20-080, § 182-12-138, filed 10/4/16, effective 1/1/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160, 2015 c 116, and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 15-22-099 (PEBB Admin # 2015-01 Rev 1), § 182-12-138, filed 11/4/15, effective 1/1/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 12-20-022 (Order 2012-01), § 182-12-138, 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), § 182-12-138, filed 10/26/11, effective 1/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 09-23-102 (Order 09-02), § 182-12-138, filed 11/17/09, effective 1/1/10; WSR 08-20-128 (Order 08-03), § 182-12-138, filed 10/1/08, effective 1/1/09; WSR 07-20-129 (Order 07-01), § 182-12-138, filed 10/3/07, effective 11/3/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 41.05.165. WSR 04-18-039, § 182-12-138, filed 8/26/04, effective 1/1/05.]
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