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(Effective until January 1, 2021)

PDFWAC 182-12-171

When is a retiring employee or a retiring school employee eligible to enroll in public employees benefits board (PEBB) retiree insurance coverage?

A retiring employee or a retiring school employee is eligible to continue enrollment or defer enrollment in public employees benefits board (PEBB) insurance coverage as a retiree if they meet procedural and substantive eligibility requirements as described in subsections (1), (2), and (3) of this section. An elected and full-time appointed official of the legislative and executive branch of state government is eligible as described in WAC 182-12-180.
(1) Procedural requirements. A retiring employee or a retiring school employee must enroll or defer enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage as described in (a) through (d) of this subsection:
(a) To enroll in PEBB retiree insurance coverage, the required form must be received by the PEBB program no later than sixty days after the employee's or the school employee's employer-paid coverage, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) coverage, or continuation coverage ends. The effective date of PEBB retiree insurance coverage is the first day of the month after the employee's or the school employee's employer-paid coverage, COBRA coverage, or continuation coverage ends;
(b) The employee's or the school employee's first premium payment for PEBB retiree insurance coverage enrollment and applicable premium surcharges are due to the health care authority (HCA) no later than forty-five days after the election period ends as described in (a) of this subsection. Following the employee's or the school employee's first premium payment, premiums and applicable premium surcharges must be paid as described in WAC 182-08-180 (1)(c); and
(c) If a retiring employee or a retiring school employee elects to enroll a dependent in PEBB health plan coverage, the dependent must be enrolled in the same PEBB medical and PEBB dental plan as the retiring employee or the retiring school employee;
Exception:
If a retiring employee or a retiring school employee selects a medicare supplement plan, nonmedicare enrollees will be enrolled in the Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) Classic. If a retiring employee or a retiring school employee selects any other medicare plan, they must also select a nonmedicare plan with the same contracted vendor available to nonmedicare enrollees.
(d) To defer enrollment in a PEBB health plan, the employee or the school employee must meet substantive eligibility requirements in subsection (2) of this section and defer enrollment as described in WAC 182-12-200 or 182-12-205.
(2) Substantive eligibility requirements.
(a) An employee who is eligible for PEBB benefits through an employing agency, or a school employee who is eligible for SEBB benefits through a SEBB organization or basic benefits through an educational service district as defined in RCW 28A.400.270 and ends public employment after becoming vested in a Washington state-sponsored retirement plan may enroll or defer enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage if they meet procedural and substantive eligibility requirements.
To be eligible to continue enrollment or defer enrollment in PEBB insurance coverage as a retiree, the employee or the school employee must be eligible to retire under a Washington state-sponsored retirement plan when the employee's or school employee's employer-paid coverage, COBRA coverage, or continuation coverage ends.
(b) A retiring employee of a state agency must immediately begin to receive a monthly retirement plan payment, with exceptions described below:
(i) A retiring employee who receives a lump sum payment instead of a monthly retirement plan payment is only eligible if the department of retirement systems offered the employee the choice between a lump sum actuarially equivalent payment and the ongoing monthly payment, as allowed by the plan; or
(ii) A retiring employee who is a member of a Plan 3 retirement plan, also called a separated employee (defined in RCW 41.05.011(25)), must meet their Plan 3 retirement eligibility criteria. The employee does not have to receive a retirement plan payment to enroll in PEBB retiree insurance coverage.
(c) A retiring employee of a Washington higher education institution who is a member of a higher education retirement plan (HERP) must immediately begin to receive a monthly retirement plan payment, or meet their HERP plan's retirement eligibility criteria, or be at least age fifty-five with ten years of state service;
(d) A retiring employee of an employer group participating in PEBB insurance coverage under contractual agreement with the authority must be eligible to retire as described in (i) or (ii) of this subsection to be eligible to continue PEBB insurance coverage as a retiree, except for an educational service district employee who must meet the requirements as described in subsection (2)(e) of this section.
(i) A retiring employee who is eligible to retire under a retirement plan sponsored by an employer group or tribal government that is not a Washington state-sponsored retirement plan must meet the same age and years of service requirements as if they were a member of public employees retirement system Plan 1 or Plan 2 during their employment with that employer group or tribal government.
(ii) A retiring employee who is eligible to retire under a Washington state-sponsored retirement plan must immediately begin to receive a monthly retirement plan payment, with exceptions described in subsection (2)(b)(i) and (ii) of this section.
(iii) A retired employee of an employer group, except a Washington state educational service district, that ends participation in PEBB insurance coverage is no longer eligible to continue enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage if they enrolled after September 15, 1991. Any retiree who loses eligibility for this reason may continue health plan enrollment as described in WAC 182-12-146.
(iv) A retired employee of a tribal government employer that ends participation in PEBB insurance coverage is no longer eligible to continue enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage. Any retiree who loses eligibility for this reason may continue health plan enrollment as described in WAC 182-12-146.
(e) A retiring school employee must immediately begin to receive a monthly retirement plan payment, with exceptions described below:
(i) A retiring school employee who ends employment before October 1, 1993; or
(ii) A retiring school employee who receives a lump sum payment instead of a monthly retirement plan payment is only eligible if the department of retirement systems offered the school employee the choice between a lump sum actuarially equivalent payment and the ongoing monthly payment, as allowed by the plan, or the school employee enrolled before 1995; or
(iii) A retiring school employee who is a member of a Plan 3 retirement system, also called a separated employee (defined in RCW 41.05.011(25)), must meet their Plan 3 retirement eligibility criteria; or
(iv) A school employee who retired as of September 30, 1993, and began receiving a monthly retirement plan payment from a Washington state-sponsored retirement system (as defined in chapters 41.32, 41.35 or 41.40 RCW) is eligible if they enrolled in a PEBB health plan no later than the HCA's annual open enrollment period for the year beginning January 1, 1995.
(3) A retiring employee or a retiring school employee and their enrolled dependents who are entitled to medicare must enroll and maintain enrollment in both medicare Parts A and B if the employee or the school employee retired after July 1, 1991. If a retiree or an enrolled dependent becomes entitled to medicare after enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage, they must enroll and maintain enrollment in medicare Parts A and B to remain enrolled in a PEBB retiree health plan. If an enrollee who is entitled to medicare does not meet this procedural requirement, the enrollee is no longer eligible for enrollment in a PEBB retiree health plan. The enrollee may continue PEBB health plan enrollment as described in WAC 182-12-146.
(4) Washington state-sponsored retirement plans include:
(a) Higher education retirement plans;
(b) Law enforcement officers' and firefighters' retirement system;
(c) Public employees' retirement system;
(d) Public safety employees' retirement system;
(e) School employees' retirement system;
(f) State judges/judicial retirement system;
(g) Teachers' retirement system; and
(h) State patrol retirement system.
(i) The two federal retirement systems, Civil Service Retirement System and Federal Employees' Retirement System, are considered Washington state-sponsored retirement systems for Washington State University Extension for an employee covered under PEBB insurance coverage at the time of retirement.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, and PEBB policy resolution. WSR 19-17-073 (Admin #2019-01), § 182-12-171, filed 8/20/19, effective 1/1/20; WSR 18-20-117 (Admin #2018-02), § 182-12-171, filed 10/3/18, effective 1/1/19; WSR 17-19-077 (Order 2017-01), § 182-12-171, 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, § 182-12-171, 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), § 182-12-171, 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), § 182-12-171, 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), § 182-12-171, filed 10/28/13, effective 1/1/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 12-20-022 (Order 2012-01), § 182-12-171, 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), § 182-12-171, filed 10/26/11, effective 1/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 10-20-147 (Order 10-02), § 182-12-171, filed 10/6/10, effective 1/1/11; WSR 09-23-102 (Order 09-02), § 182-12-171, filed 11/17/09, effective 1/1/10; WSR 08-20-128 (Order 08-03), § 182-12-171, filed 10/1/08, effective 1/1/09; WSR 07-20-129 (Order 07-01), § 182-12-171, filed 10/3/07, effective 11/3/07; WSR 06-11-156 (Order 06-02), § 182-12-171, filed 5/24/06, effective 6/24/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160, 41.05.350, and 41.05.165. WSR 05-16-046 (Order 05-01), § 182-12-171, filed 7/27/05, effective 8/27/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 41.05.165. WSR 04-18-039, § 182-12-171, filed 8/26/04, effective 1/1/05.]
(Effective January 1, 2021)

PDFWAC 182-12-171

When is a retiring employee or a retiring school employee eligible to enroll in public employees benefits board (PEBB) retiree insurance coverage?

A retiring employee or a retiring school employee is eligible to continue enrollment or defer enrollment in public employees benefits board (PEBB) insurance coverage as a retiree if they meet procedural and substantive eligibility requirements as described in subsections (1), (2), and (3) of this section. An elected and full-time appointed official of the legislative and executive branch of state government is eligible as described in WAC 182-12-180.
(1) Procedural requirements. A retiring employee or a retiring school employee must enroll or defer enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage as described in (a) through (d) of this subsection:
(a) To enroll in PEBB retiree insurance coverage, the required form must be received by the PEBB program no later than sixty days after the employee's or the school employee's employer-paid coverage, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) coverage, or continuation coverage ends. The effective date of PEBB retiree insurance coverage is the first day of the month after the employee's or the school employee's employer-paid coverage, COBRA coverage, or continuation coverage ends;
Exception:
Enrollment in the PEBB program's medicare advantage or medicare advantage-prescription drug plan may not be retroactive so the required forms must be received by the PEBB program no later than the last day of the month prior to the month the employee's or the school employee's employer-paid, COBRA coverage, or continuation coverage ends. If the forms are received after the date enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage is to begin, a retiring employee or a retiring school employee may not select a medicare advantage or medicare advantage-prescription drug plan until a special enrollment period as described in WAC 182-08-198(2).
(b) The employee's or the school employee's first premium payment for PEBB retiree insurance coverage and applicable premium surcharges are due to the health care authority (HCA) no later than forty-five days after the election period ends as described in (a) of this subsection. Following the employee's or the school employee's first premium payment, premiums and applicable premium surcharges must be paid as described in WAC 182-08-180 (1)(c); and
(c) If a retiring employee or a retiring school employee elects to enroll a dependent in PEBB health plan coverage, the dependent must be enrolled in the same PEBB medical and PEBB dental plan as the retiring employee or the retiring school employee;
Exception:
If a retiring employee or a retiring school employee selects a medicare supplement plan or medicare advantage-prescription drug plan, nonmedicare enrollees will be enrolled in the Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) Classic. If a retiring employee or a retiring school employee selects any other medicare plan, they must also select a nonmedicare plan with the same contracted vendor available to nonmedicare enrollees.
(d) To defer enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage, the employee or the school employee must meet substantive eligibility requirements in subsection (2) of this section and defer enrollment as described in WAC 182-12-200 or 182-12-205.
(2) Substantive eligibility requirements.
An employee who is eligible for PEBB benefits through an employing agency, or a school employee who is eligible for SEBB benefits through a SEBB organization or basic benefits through an educational service district as defined in RCW 28A.400.270 who ends public employment may enroll or defer enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage if they meet procedural and substantive eligibility requirements.
To be eligible to continue enrollment or defer enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage, the employee or the school employee must be vested in and eligible to retire under a Washington state-sponsored retirement plan when the employee's or school employee's employer-paid coverage, COBRA coverage, or continuation coverage ends. An exception to the requirement to be vested in and eligible to retire under a Washington state-sponsored retirement plan is provided for employees of an employer group in (c)(i) of this subsection.
(a) A retiring employee of a state agency must immediately begin to receive a monthly retirement plan payment, with exceptions described below:
(i) A retiring employee who receives a lump sum payment instead of a monthly retirement plan payment is only eligible if the department of retirement systems offered the employee the choice between a lump sum actuarially equivalent payment and the ongoing monthly payment, as allowed by the plan; or
(ii) A retiring employee who is a member of a Plan 3 retirement plan, also called a separated employee (defined in RCW 41.05.011(25)), must meet their Plan 3 retirement eligibility criteria. The employee does not have to receive a retirement plan payment to enroll in PEBB retiree insurance coverage.
(b) A retiring employee of a Washington higher education institution who is a member of a higher education retirement plan (HERP) must immediately begin to receive a monthly retirement plan payment, or meet their HERP plan's retirement eligibility criteria, or be at least age fifty-five with ten years of state service;
(c) A retiring employee of an employer group participating in PEBB insurance coverage under contractual agreement with the authority must be eligible to retire as described in (c)(i) or (ii) of this subsection to be eligible to continue PEBB retiree insurance coverage, except for an educational service district employee who must meet the requirements as described in (d) of this subsection.
(i) A retiring employee who is eligible to retire under a retirement plan sponsored by an employer group or tribal government that is not a Washington state-sponsored retirement plan must meet the same age and years of service requirements as if they were a member of public employees retirement system Plan 1, if their date of hire with that employer group or tribal government was before October 1, 1977, or Plan 2, if their date of hire with that employer group or tribal government was on or after October 1, 1977.
(ii) A retiring employee who is eligible to retire under a Washington state-sponsored retirement plan must immediately begin to receive a monthly retirement plan payment, with exceptions described in (a)(i) and (ii) of this subsection.
(iii) A retired employee of an employer group, except a Washington state educational service district, that ends participation in PEBB insurance coverage is no longer eligible to continue enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage if they enrolled after September 15, 1991. Any retiree who loses eligibility for this reason may continue health plan enrollment as described in WAC 182-12-146.
(iv) A retired employee of a tribal government employer that ends participation in PEBB insurance coverage is no longer eligible to continue enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage. Any retiree who loses eligibility for this reason may continue health plan enrollment as described in WAC 182-12-146.
(d) A retiring school employee must immediately begin to receive a monthly retirement plan payment, with exceptions described below:
(i) A retiring school employee who ends employment before October 1, 1993; or
(ii) A retiring school employee who receives a lump sum payment instead of a monthly retirement plan payment is only eligible if the department of retirement systems offered the school employee the choice between a lump sum actuarially equivalent payment and the ongoing monthly payment, as allowed by the plan, or the school employee enrolled before 1995; or
(iii) A retiring school employee who is a member of a Plan 3 retirement system, also called a separated employee (defined in RCW 41.05.011(25)), must meet their Plan 3 retirement eligibility criteria; or
(iv) A school employee who retired as of September 30, 1993, and began receiving a monthly retirement plan payment from a Washington state-sponsored retirement system (as defined in chapters 41.32, 41.35 or 41.40 RCW) is eligible if they enrolled in a PEBB health plan no later than the HCA's annual open enrollment period for the year beginning January 1, 1995.
(3) A retiring employee or a retiring school employee and their enrolled dependents who are eligible for medicare must enroll and maintain enrollment in both medicare Parts A and B if the employee or the school employee retired after July 1, 1991. If a retiree or an enrolled dependent becomes eligible for medicare after enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage, they must enroll and maintain enrollment in medicare Parts A and B to remain enrolled in a PEBB retiree health plan. If an enrollee who is eligible for medicare does not meet this procedural requirement, the enrollee is no longer eligible for enrollment in a PEBB retiree health plan. The enrollee's eligibility will end as described in the termination notice sent by the PEBB program. The enrollee may continue PEBB health plan enrollment as described in WAC 182-12-146.
Note:
For the exclusive purpose of medicare Part A as described in this subsection, "eligible" means the enrollee is eligible for medicare Part A without a monthly premium.
(4) Washington state-sponsored retirement plans include:
(a) Higher education retirement plans;
(b) Law enforcement officers' and firefighters' retirement system;
(c) Public employees' retirement system;
(d) Public safety employees' retirement system;
(e) School employees' retirement system;
(f) State judges/judicial retirement system;
(g) Teachers' retirement system; and
(h) State patrol retirement system.
(i) The two federal retirement systems, Civil Service Retirement System and Federal Employees' Retirement System, are considered Washington state-sponsored retirement systems for Washington State University Extension for an employee covered under PEBB benefits at the time of retirement.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, 42 C.F.R. § 422.62(b) and § 423.38(c) and PEBB policy resolution 2020-05. WSR 20-16-063 (Admin #2020-02), § 182-12-171, filed 7/28/20, effective 1/1/21. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, and PEBB policy resolution. WSR 19-17-073 (Admin #2019-01), § 182-12-171, filed 8/20/19, effective 1/1/20; WSR 18-20-117 (Admin #2018-02), § 182-12-171, filed 10/3/18, effective 1/1/19; WSR 17-19-077 (Order 2017-01), § 182-12-171, 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, § 182-12-171, 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), § 182-12-171, 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), § 182-12-171, 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), § 182-12-171, filed 10/28/13, effective 1/1/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 12-20-022 (Order 2012-01), § 182-12-171, 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), § 182-12-171, filed 10/26/11, effective 1/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 10-20-147 (Order 10-02), § 182-12-171, filed 10/6/10, effective 1/1/11; WSR 09-23-102 (Order 09-02), § 182-12-171, filed 11/17/09, effective 1/1/10; WSR 08-20-128 (Order 08-03), § 182-12-171, filed 10/1/08, effective 1/1/09; WSR 07-20-129 (Order 07-01), § 182-12-171, filed 10/3/07, effective 11/3/07; WSR 06-11-156 (Order 06-02), § 182-12-171, filed 5/24/06, effective 6/24/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160, 41.05.350, and 41.05.165. WSR 05-16-046 (Order 05-01), § 182-12-171, filed 7/27/05, effective 8/27/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 41.05.165. WSR 04-18-039, § 182-12-171, filed 8/26/04, effective 1/1/05.]
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