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PDFWAC 182-30-020

Definitions.

The following definitions apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly indicates another meaning:
"Accidental death and dismemberment insurance" or "AD&D" means basic accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance paid for by the SEBB organization, as well as supplemental accidental death and dismemberment insurance offered to and paid for by school employees for themselves and their dependents.
"Annual open enrollment" means an annual event set aside for a period of time by the HCA when subscribers may make changes to their health plan enrollment and salary reduction elections for the following plan year. During the annual open enrollment, subscribers may transfer from one health plan to another, enroll or remove dependents from coverage, enroll in coverage, or waive enrollment in SEBB medical. School employees participating in the salary reduction plan may enroll in or change their election under the dependent care assistance program (DCAP), or the medical flexible spending arrangement (FSA). They may also enroll in or opt out of the premium payment plan.
"Authority" or "HCA" means the Washington state health care authority.
"Board" means the school employees benefits board established under provisions of RCW 41.05.740.
"Calendar days" or "days" means all days including Saturdays, Sundays, and all legal state holidays as set forth in RCW 1.16.050.
"Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act" or "COBRA" means continuation coverage as administered under 42 U.S.C. Secs. 300bb-1 through 300bb-8.
"Continuation coverage" means the temporary continuation of health plan coverage available to enrollees under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), 42 U.S.C. Secs. 300bb-1 through 300bb-8, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), 38 U.S.C. Secs. 4301 through 4335, or SEBB policies.
"Contracted vendor" means any person, persons, or entity under contract or agreement with the HCA to provide goods or services for the provision or administration of SEBB benefits. The term "contracted vendor" includes subcontractors of the HCA and subcontractors of any person, persons, or entity under contract or agreement with the HCA that provide goods or services for the provision or administration of SEBB benefits.
"Dependent" means a person who meets eligibility requirements in WAC 182-31-140.
"Dependent care assistance program" or "DCAP" means a benefit plan whereby school employees may pay for certain employment related dependent care with pretax dollars as provided in the salary reduction plan under chapter 41.05 RCW pursuant to 26 U.S.C. Sec. 129 or other sections of the Internal Revenue Code.
"Director" means the director of the authority.
"Employer-based group health plan" means group medical, group vision, and group dental related to a current employment relationship. It does not include medical, vision, or dental coverage available to retired employees, individual market medical or dental coverage, or government-sponsored programs such as medicare or medicaid.
"Employer contribution" means the funding amount paid to the HCA by a school employees benefits board (SEBB) organization for its eligible school employees as described under WAC 182-31-040 or 182-30-130.
"Enrollee" means a person who meets all eligibility requirements defined in chapter 182-31 WAC or WAC 182-30-130, who is enrolled in SEBB benefits, and for whom applicable premium payments have been made.
"Forms" or "form" means both paper forms and forms completed electronically.
"Health plan" means a plan offering medical, vision, dental, or any combination of these coverages, developed by the SEBB and provided by a contracted vendor or self-insured plans administered by the HCA.
"Insignificant shortfall" means a premium balance owed that is less than or equal to the lesser of $50 or ten percent of the premium required by the health plan as described in Treasury Regulation 26 C.F.R. 54.4980B-8.
"Life insurance" means any basic life insurance paid for by the SEBB organization, as well as supplemental life insurance offered to and paid for by school employees for themselves and their dependents.
"LTD insurance" or "long-term disability insurance" means any basic long-term disability insurance paid for by the SEBB organization and any supplemental long-term disability insurance offered to and paid for by the school employee.
"Medical flexible spending arrangement" or "medical FSA" means a benefit plan whereby eligible school employees may reduce their salary before taxes to pay for medical expenses not reimbursed by insurance as provided in the salary reduction plan established under chapter 41.05 RCW pursuant to 26 U.S.C. Sec. 125 or other sections of the Internal Revenue Code.
"Premium payment plan" means a benefit plan whereby school employees may pay their share of group health plan premiums with pretax dollars as provided in the salary reduction plan under chapter 41.05 RCW pursuant to 26 U.S.C. Sec. 125 or other sections of the Internal Revenue Code.
"Premium surcharge" means a payment required from a subscriber, in addition to the subscriber's medical premium contribution, due to an enrollee's tobacco use or an enrolled subscriber's spouse or state registered domestic partner choosing not to enroll in their employer-based group medical when:
• The spouse's or state registered domestic partner's share of the medical premium is less than ninety-five percent of the additional cost an employee would be required to pay to enroll a spouse or state registered domestic partner in the public employees benefits board (PEBB) Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) Classic; and
• The benefits have an actuarial value of at least ninety-five percent of the actuarial value of PEBB UMP Classic benefits.
"Public employees benefits board" or "PEBB" means the board established under RCW 41.05.055.
"Salary reduction plan" means a benefit plan whereby school employees may agree to a reduction of salary on a pretax basis to participate in the dependent care assistance program, medical flexible spending arrangement, or premium payment plan offered pursuant to 26 U.S.C. Sec. 125 or other sections of the Internal Revenue Code.
"School employee" means:
• All employees of school districts and charter schools established under chapter 28A.710 RCW;
• Represented employees of educational service districts; and
• Effective January 1, 2024, all employees of educational service districts.
"School employees benefits board organization" or "SEBB organization" means a public school district or educational service district or charter school established under chapter 28A.710 RCW that is required to participate in benefit plans provided by the school employees benefits board.
"School year" means school year as defined in RCW 28A.150.203(11).
"SEBB" means the school employees benefits board established in RCW 41.05.740.
"SEBB benefits" means one or more insurance coverages or other school employee benefits administered by the SEBB program within the HCA.
"SEBB insurance coverage" means any health plan, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, or long-term disability insurance administered as a SEBB benefit.
"SEBB program" means the program within the HCA that administers insurance and other benefits for eligible school employees (as described in WAC 182-31-040 or 182-30-130) and eligible dependents (as described in 182-31-140).
"Special open enrollment" means a period of time when subscribers may make changes to their health plan enrollment and salary reduction elections outside of the annual open enrollment period when specific life events occur. During the special open enrollment subscribers may change health plans and enroll or remove dependents from coverage. Additionally, school employees may enroll in or waive enrollment in SEBB medical. School employees eligible to participate in the salary reductions plan may enroll in or revoke their election under the DCAP, medical FSA, or the premium payment plan and make a new election. For special open enrollment events related to specific SEBB benefits, see WAC 182-30-090, 182-30-100, 182-31-080, and 182-31-150.
"State registered domestic partner" has the same meaning as defined in RCW 26.60.020(1) and substantially equivalent legal unions from other jurisdictions as defined in RCW 26.60.090.
"Subscriber" means the school employee or continuation coverage enrollee who has been determined eligible by the SEBB program or SEBB organization, is enrolled in SEBB benefits, and is the individual to whom the SEBB program and contracted vendors will issue all notices, information, requests, and premium bills on behalf of an enrollee.
"Supplemental coverage" means any life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance coverage, or long-term disability coverage purchased by the school employee in addition to the basic coverage provided by the school employees benefits board (SEBB) organization.
"Tobacco products" means any product made with or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product. This includes, but is not limited to, cigars, cigarettes, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, and other tobacco products. It does not include e-cigarettes or United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved quit aids.
"Tobacco use" means any use of tobacco products within the past two months. Tobacco use, however, does not include the religious or ceremonial use of tobacco.
"Waive" means an eligible school employee affirmatively declining enrollment in a SEBB health plan because the school employee is enrolled in other employer-based group medical, TRICARE plans, or medicare as allowed under WAC 182-31-080.
"Week" means a seven-day period starting on Sunday and ending on Saturday.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, 2017 3rd sp.s. c 13, 2018 c 260, and SEBB policy resolutions. WSR 19-14-093 (Admin #2019-01), § 182-30-020, filed 7/1/19, effective 8/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160 and SEBB policy resolutions. WSR 19-01-055 (Admin #2018-01), § 182-30-020, filed 12/14/18, effective 1/14/19.]
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