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Waive Insurance Coverage


As a UW employee, you may waive your Public Employee’s Benefits Board (PEBB) medical coverage if you are enrolled in other comprehensive group medical coverage. If you waive coverage for yourself, you cannot enroll your eligible dependents in PEBB medical coverage.

Dental, basic term life insurance, and basic long term disability (LTD) insurance cannot be waived. These are provided by the UW at no cost to UW employees. Even if you waive medical coverage, you can still enroll yourself and your dependents in dental coverage.


Waive Initial Medical Coverage

If you are newly eligible for medical insurance coverage, you may waive medical coverage by submitting a completed (signed and dated) Employee Enrollment/Change Form to the UW Benefits Office no later than 31 days after the date you become eligible for PEBB benefits. Specify on the Enrollment/Change form that you wish to waive medical insurance coverage, then select the dental plan of your choice and add any dependents you wish to cover under your dental insurance.

Your medical coverage will be waived effective the first day coverage begins. If payroll deductions for medical insurance have begun, those deductions will usually be automatically refunded to you within two payroll cycles.

Dual PEBB Enrollments

If you are newly-eligible for your own coverage but are already covered as a dependent under another Washington State employee’s coverage, please contact the Benefits Office at 206-543-2800 or for assistance with your enrollment options. Be sure to make an enrollment choice within 31 days of your initial eligibility date or you will be removed from coverage as a dependent and enrolled in the Uniform Medical and Uniform Dental plans with employee only coverage.

Waive Existing Medical Coverage

To waive existing medical coverage, you must have recently experienced a special open enrollment event allowing you to waive coverage and you must be covered under another comprehensive medical plan. If this case, proceed to Special Open Enrollment, select the relevant event(s), and follow instructions for waiving coverage. Remember, you have 31 days to submit documentation to UW Benefits.

Your medical coverage will be waived effective the first of the month following the date the form is received by UW Benefits.

Reenrolling for Medical Coverage

After you waive medical coverage, you may reenroll if you or one of your dependents experiences a special open enrollment event or during annual open enrollment in November each year.


WAC 182-12-128

Disclaimer: The Qualifying Life Event(s) shown above highlights benefit options arising from a change in family status. It does not substitute for official plan documents. If there is a conflict between the information on this site and an official plan document, the official plan document will govern. Plan availability and eligibility may change depending on your employment status and/or actions of the Washington State Health Care Authority.

Changing Enrollment