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(Effective until January 1, 2017.)

WAC 182-12-262

When may subscribers enroll or remove eligible dependents?

(1) Enrolling dependents in public employees benefits board (PEBB) benefits. A dependent must be enrolled in the same health plan coverage as the subscriber, and the subscriber must be enrolled to enroll his or her dependent except as provided in WAC 182-12-205 (2)(c). Subscribers may enroll eligible dependents at the following times:
(a) When the subscriber becomes eligible and enrolls in public employees benefits board (PEBB) benefits. If eligibility is verified and the dependent is enrolled, the dependent's effective date will be the same as the subscriber's effective date.
(b) During the annual open enrollment. PEBB health plan coverage begins January 1st of the following year.
(c) During special open enrollment. Subscribers may enroll dependents during a special open enrollment as described in subsection (3) of this section. The subscriber must satisfy the enrollment requirements as described in subsection (4) of this section.
(2) Removing dependents from a subscriber's health plan coverage.
(a) A dependent's eligibility for enrollment in health plan coverage ends the last day of the month the dependent meets the eligibility criteria in WAC 182-12-250 or 182-12-260. Employees must notify their employing agency when a dependent is no longer eligible. All other subscribers must notify the PEBB program when a dependent is no longer eligible. Consequences for not submitting notice within sixty days of the last day of the month the dependent loses eligibility for health plan coverage may include, but are not limited to:
(i) The dependent may lose eligibility to continue health plan coverage under one of the continuation coverage options described in WAC 182-12-270;
(ii) The subscriber may be billed for claims paid by the health plan for services that were rendered after the dependent lost eligibility;
(iii) The subscriber may not be able to recover subscriber-paid insurance premiums for dependents that lost their eligibility; and
(iv) The subscriber may be responsible for premiums paid by the state for the dependent's health plan coverage after the dependent lost eligibility.
(b) Employees have the opportunity to remove dependents:
(i) During the annual open enrollment. The dependent will be removed the last day of December; or
(ii) During a special open enrollment as described in subsections (3) and (4)(f) of this section.
(c) Retirees, survivors, and enrollees with PEBB continuation coverage under WAC 182-12-133, 182-12-141, 182-12-142, 182-12-146, or 182-12-148 may remove dependents from their insurance coverage outside of the annual open enrollment or a special open enrollment by providing written notice to the PEBB program. Unless otherwise approved by the PEBB program, the dependent will be removed from the subscriber's insurance coverage prospectively. Insurance coverage will end on the last day of the month in which the written notice is received by the PEBB program. If the written notice is received on the first day of the month, coverage will end on the last day of the previous month.
(3) Special open enrollment. Subscribers may enroll or remove their dependents outside of the annual open enrollment if a special open enrollment event occurs. The change in enrollment must correspond to and be consistent with the event that creates the special open enrollment for the subscriber, the subscriber's dependents, or both.
• Health plan coverage will begin the first of the month following the later of the event date or the date the required form is received. If that day is the first of the month, the change in enrollment begins on that day.
• Enrollment of an extended dependent or a dependent with a disability will be the first day of the month following eligibility certification.
• The dependent will be removed from the subscriber's health plan coverage the last day of the month following the later of the event date or the date the required form is received. If that day is the first of the month, the change in enrollment will be made the last day of the previous month.
• If the special open enrollment is due to the birth or adoption of a child, or when the subscriber has assumed a legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption of a child, health plan coverage will begin or end the month in which the event occurs.
Any one of the following events may create a special open enrollment:
(a) Subscriber acquires a new dependent due to:
(i) Marriage or registering a domestic partnership;
(ii) Birth, adoption, or when a subscriber has assumed a legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption;
(iii) A child becoming eligible as an extended dependent through legal custody or legal guardianship; or
(iv) A child becoming eligible as a dependent with a disability;
(b) Subscriber or a subscriber's dependent loses other coverage under a group health plan or through health insurance coverage, as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA);
(c) Subscriber or a subscriber's dependent has a change in employment status that affects the subscriber's or the subscriber's dependent's eligibility for their employer contribution toward employer-based group health insurance;
(d) Subscriber or a subscriber's dependent has a change in enrollment under another employer-based group health insurance plan during its annual open enrollment that does not align with the PEBB program's annual open enrollment;
(e) Subscriber's dependent has a change in residence from outside of the United States to within the United States, or from within the United States to outside of the United States;
(f) A court order or national medical support notice (see also WAC 182-12-263) requires the subscriber or any other individual to provide insurance coverage for an eligible dependent of the subscriber (a former spouse or former registered domestic partner is not an eligible dependent);
(g) Subscriber or a subscriber's dependent becomes entitled to coverage under medicaid or a state children's health insurance program (CHIP), or the subscriber or a subscriber's dependent loses eligibility for coverage under medicaid or CHIP;
(h) Subscriber or a subscriber's dependent becomes eligible for state premium assistance subsidy for PEBB health plan coverage from medicaid or a state children's health insurance program (CHIP).
(4) Enrollment requirements. A subscriber must submit the required forms within the time frames described in this subsection. Employees submit the required forms to their employing agency. All other subscribers submit the required forms to the PEBB program. In addition to the required forms indicating dependent enrollment, the subscriber must provide the required documents as evidence of the dependent's eligibility; or as evidence of the event that created the special open enrollment.
(a) If a subscriber wants to enroll his or her eligible dependents when the subscriber becomes eligible to enroll in PEBB benefits, the subscriber must include the dependent's enrollment information on the required forms that the subscriber submits within the relevant time frame described in WAC 182-08-197, 182-08-187, 182-12-171, or 182-12-250.
(b) If a subscriber wants to enroll eligible dependents during the PEBB annual open enrollment period, the required forms must be received no later than the last day of the annual open enrollment.
(c) If a subscriber wants to enroll newly eligible dependents, the required forms must be received no later than sixty days after the dependent becomes eligible except as provided in (d) of this subsection.
(d) If a subscriber wants to enroll a newborn or child whom the subscriber has adopted or has assumed a legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption, the subscriber should notify the PEBB program by submitting the required form as soon as possible to ensure timely payment of claims. If adding the child increases the premium, the required form must be received no later than twelve months after the date of the birth, adoption, or the date the legal obligation is assumed for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption.
(e) If the subscriber wants to enroll a child age twenty-six or older as a child with a disability, the required forms must be received no later than sixty days after the last day of the month in which the child reaches age twenty-six or within the relevant time frame described in WAC 182-12-262 (4)(a), (b), and (f).
(f) If the subscriber wants to change a dependent's enrollment status during a special open enrollment, required forms must be received no later than sixty days after the event that creates the special open enrollment.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160, 2015 c 116, and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 15-22-099 (PEBB Admin # 2015-01 Rev 1), § 182-12-262, filed 11/4/15, effective 1/1/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2013 2nd sp.s. c 4. WSR 14-20-058 (PEBB Admin 2014-02), § 182-12-262, filed 9/25/14, effective 1/1/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160, 2013 2nd sp.s. c 4 and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 14-08-040, § 182-12-262, filed 3/26/14, effective 4/26/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2012 2nd sp.s. c 3. WSR 13-22-019 (Admin. 2013-01), § 182-12-262, filed 10/28/13, effective 1/1/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 12-20-022 (Order 2012-01), § 182-12-262, 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), § 182-12-262, filed 10/26/11, effective 1/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 10-20-147 (Order 10-02), § 182-12-262, filed 10/6/10, effective 1/1/11; WSR 09-23-102 (Order 09-02), § 182-12-262, filed 11/17/09, effective 1/1/10; WSR 08-20-128 (Order 08-03), § 182-12-262, filed 10/1/08, effective 1/1/09; WSR 08-09-027 (Order 08-01), § 182-12-262, filed 4/8/08, effective 4/9/08.]
(Effective January 1, 2017.)

WAC 182-12-262

When may subscribers enroll or remove eligible dependents?

(1) Enrolling dependents in public employees benefits board (PEBB) benefits. A dependent must be enrolled in the same health plan coverage as the subscriber, and the subscriber must be enrolled to enroll his or her dependent except as provided in WAC 182-12-205 (2)(c). Subscribers may enroll eligible dependents at the following times:
(a) When the subscriber becomes eligible and enrolls in public employees benefits board (PEBB) benefits. If eligibility is verified and the dependent is enrolled, the dependent's effective date will be the same as the subscriber's effective date.
(b) During the annual open enrollment. PEBB health plan coverage begins January 1st of the following year.
(c) During special open enrollment. Subscribers may enroll dependents during a special open enrollment as described in subsection (3) of this section. The subscriber must satisfy the enrollment requirements as described in subsection (4) of this section.
(2) Removing dependents from a subscriber's health plan coverage.
(a) A dependent's eligibility for enrollment in health plan coverage ends the last day of the month the dependent meets the eligibility criteria as described in WAC 182-12-250 or 182-12-260. Employees must notify their employing agency when a dependent is no longer eligible. All other subscribers must notify the PEBB program when a dependent is no longer eligible. Consequences for not submitting notice within sixty days of the last day of the month the dependent loses eligibility for health plan coverage may include, but are not limited to:
(i) The dependent may lose eligibility to continue health plan coverage under one of the continuation coverage options described in WAC 182-12-270;
(ii) The subscriber may be billed for claims paid by the health plan for services that were rendered after the dependent lost eligibility;
(iii) The subscriber may not be able to recover subscriber-paid insurance premiums for dependents that lost their eligibility; and
(iv) The subscriber may be responsible for premiums paid by the state for the dependent's health plan coverage after the dependent lost eligibility.
(b) Employees have the opportunity to remove dependents:
(i) During the annual open enrollment. The dependent will be removed the last day of December; or
(ii) During a special open enrollment as described in subsections (3) and (4)(f) of this section.
(c) Retirees, survivors, and enrollees with PEBB continuation coverage as described in WAC 182-12-133, 182-12-141, 182-12-142, 182-12-146, or 182-12-148 may remove dependents from their PEBB insurance coverage outside of the annual open enrollment or a special open enrollment by providing written notice to the PEBB program. Unless otherwise approved by the PEBB program, the dependent will be removed from the subscriber's PEBB insurance coverage prospectively. PEBB insurance coverage will end on the last day of the month in which the written notice is received by the PEBB program. If the written notice is received on the first day of the month, coverage will end on the last day of the previous month.
(3) Special open enrollment. Subscribers may enroll or remove their dependents outside of the annual open enrollment if a special open enrollment event occurs. The change in enrollment must be allowable under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and Treasury regulations, and correspond to and be consistent with the event that creates the special open enrollment for the subscriber, the subscriber's dependents, or both.
• Health plan coverage will begin the first of the month following the later of the event date or the date the required form is received. If that day is the first of the month, the change in enrollment begins on that day.
• Enrollment of an extended dependent or a dependent with a disability will be the first day of the month following eligibility certification.
• The dependent will be removed from the subscriber's health plan coverage the last day of the month following the later of the event date or the date the required form is received. If that day is the first of the month, the change in enrollment will be made the last day of the previous month.
• If the special open enrollment is due to the birth or adoption of a child, or when the subscriber has assumed a legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption of a child, health plan coverage will begin or end the month in which the event occurs.
Any one of the following events may create a special open enrollment:
(a) Subscriber acquires a new dependent due to:
(i) Marriage or registering for a state domestic partnership;
(ii) Birth, adoption, or when a subscriber has assumed a legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption;
(iii) A child becoming eligible as an extended dependent through legal custody or legal guardianship; or
(iv) A child becoming eligible as a dependent with a disability;
(b) Subscriber or a subscriber's dependent loses other coverage under a group health plan or through health insurance coverage, as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA);
(c) Subscriber has a change in employment status that affects the subscriber's eligibility for his or her employer contribution toward his or her employer-based group health plan;
(d) The subscriber's dependent has a change in his or her own employment status that affects his or her eligibility for the employer contribution under his or her employer-based group health plan;
Exception:
For the purposes of special open enrollment "employer contribution" means contributions made by the dependent's current or former employer toward health coverage as described in Treasury Regulation 54.9801-6.
(e) Subscriber or a subscriber's dependent has a change in enrollment under an employer-based group health plan during its annual open enrollment that does not align with the PEBB program's annual open enrollment;
(f) Subscriber's dependent has a change in residence from outside of the United States to within the United States, or from within the United States to outside of the United States;
(g) A court order or national medical support notice (see also WAC 182-12-263) requires the subscriber or any other individual to provide insurance coverage for an eligible dependent of the subscriber (a former spouse or former state registered domestic partner is not an eligible dependent);
(h) Subscriber or a subscriber's dependent becomes entitled to coverage under medicaid or a state children's health insurance program (CHIP), or the subscriber or a subscriber's dependent loses eligibility for coverage under medicaid or CHIP;
(i) Subscriber or a subscriber's dependent becomes eligible for state premium assistance subsidy for PEBB health plan coverage from medicaid or a state children's health insurance program (CHIP).
(4) Enrollment requirements. A subscriber must submit the required forms within the time frames described in this subsection. Employees submit the required forms to their employing agency. All other subscribers submit the required forms to the PEBB program. In addition to the required forms indicating dependent enrollment, the subscriber must provide the required documents as evidence of the dependent's eligibility; or as evidence of the event that created the special open enrollment.
(a) If a subscriber wants to enroll his or her eligible dependents when the subscriber becomes eligible to enroll in PEBB benefits, the subscriber must include the dependent's enrollment information on the required forms that the subscriber submits within the relevant time frame described in WAC 182-08-197, 182-08-187, 182-12-171, or 182-12-250.
(b) If a subscriber wants to enroll eligible dependents during the PEBB annual open enrollment period, the required forms must be received no later than the last day of the annual open enrollment.
(c) If a subscriber wants to enroll newly eligible dependents, the required forms must be received no later than sixty days after the dependent becomes eligible except as provided in (d) of this subsection.
(d) If a subscriber wants to enroll a newborn or child whom the subscriber has adopted or has assumed a legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption, the subscriber should notify the PEBB program by submitting the required form as soon as possible to ensure timely payment of claims. If adding the child increases the premium, the required form must be received no later than twelve months after the date of the birth, adoption, or the date the legal obligation is assumed for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption.
(e) If the subscriber wants to enroll a child age twenty-six or older as a child with a disability, the required forms must be received no later than sixty days after the last day of the month in which the child reaches age twenty-six or within the relevant time frame described in WAC 182-12-262 (4)(a), (b), and (f).
(f) If the subscriber wants to change a dependent's enrollment status during a special open enrollment, required forms must be received no later than sixty days after the event that creates the special open enrollment.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, 2016 c 67, and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 16-20-080, § 182-12-262, 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), § 182-12-262, filed 11/4/15, effective 1/1/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2013 2nd sp.s. c 4. WSR 14-20-058 (PEBB Admin 2014-02), § 182-12-262, filed 9/25/14, effective 1/1/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160, 2013 2nd sp.s. c 4 and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 14-08-040, § 182-12-262, filed 3/26/14, effective 4/26/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2012 2nd sp.s. c 3. WSR 13-22-019 (Admin. 2013-01), § 182-12-262, filed 10/28/13, effective 1/1/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 12-20-022 (Order 2012-01), § 182-12-262, 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), § 182-12-262, filed 10/26/11, effective 1/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 10-20-147 (Order 10-02), § 182-12-262, filed 10/6/10, effective 1/1/11; WSR 09-23-102 (Order 09-02), § 182-12-262, filed 11/17/09, effective 1/1/10; WSR 08-20-128 (Order 08-03), § 182-12-262, filed 10/1/08, effective 1/1/09; WSR 08-09-027 (Order 08-01), § 182-12-262, filed 4/8/08, effective 4/9/08.]
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