This information applies to employees who are laid off—either totally (100%) or partially (reduced percent time). If you are being laid off, contact the Benefits Office to learn about continuing your insurance coverage during the months in which you will not be working at the UW.
If you are enrolled in the state Public Employees’ Benefits Board (PEBB) insurance plans and your position ends due to lack of work, lack of funding, or reorganization, you may have options for continuing some of your benefits for up to 24 months—we call this "Layoff Benefits Eligibility."
There are three ways to continue your medical/dental insurance eligibility following layoff:
At the end of the 24-month layoff benefit eligibility period you may be eligible to purchase additional months of coverage under the federal COBRA law. Please contact the Washington State Health Care Authority at 1-800-200-1004 for more information.
Your group term life insurance plan coverage terminates at the end of the month in which your paid UW employment ends. You can convert your life insurance coverage (not AD&D) to an individual whole life policy. As an alternative, you can self-pay your life insurance during the 24 months of layoff benefits eligibility or pay via payroll deduction if you work at least 8 hours of eligible UW employment in a month.
Life insurance ends if your premiums are not continued and kept current. You would have to reapply with Evidence of Insurability upon return to eligible UW employment. Life insurance employee premiums are paid at the same rate as while you were in UW pay-status, with the addition that you must also pay the employer basic life insurance premium. Once layoff benefits eligibility ends, there is a conversion option which can allow you to retain the life insurance at individual whole life rates. AD&D cannot be converted.
Basic and optional LTD insurances end the last day of the month in which your paid UW employment ends. LTD insurances can be reinstated on your return to either a temporary or permanent position at the UW.
Removal from layoff benefits eligibility occurs at the end of the 24-month eligibility period. Employees who accept permanent employment, then are released from that employment due to probationary period rejection or personal choice, continue to be eligible for insurance benefits until the end of the 24-month eligibility period.
A child enrolled at one of the UW's on-site childcare centers may remain enrolled for up to 30 days after your employment end date. Please notify the childcare center directly of your situation.
For assistance in making new child care arrangements, contact UW CareLink at 1-866-598-3978 or check out UW CareLink’s Child/Adult Care Referral Services. You are eligible to use the services for up to 30 days after your employment end date.
Your medical FSA ends at the end of the month in which you received your last paycheck (i.e. the 10th or 25th of the month). Claims for services up to the end of that month will be honored. After layoff, you may continue your FSA through the end of the calendar year by special arrangement directly with the vendor, ASI. Contact ASI at 1-800-659-3035. If you do not continue your FSA by arrangement with ASI, remember that only claims incurred prior to the end of the month in which you received your last paycheck can be submitted to the account for reimbursement.
If you leave UW employment or if you are a current employee but no longer want your U-PASS, return your U-PASS to Commuter Services to stop the charges. You continue to be financially responsible for the cost of the annual U-PASS until the U-PASS is returned. No refunds are issued for the quarterly U-PASS.
Layoff Resources Topics
View the Layoff Support Website for a comprehensive source of layoff support information