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PEBB Benefits Annual Open Enrollment
for Faculty, Staff & Librarians: November 1-30

UNDERSTAND

As a UW employee who is eligible for Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB) benefits, you are allowed to make changes to your medical and dental plan choices during the annual open enrollment period. The State's healthcare open enrollment period typically runs through the entire month of November with specific dates announced by the Health Care Authority in mid-summer.

During this time, you may also enroll or re-enroll in a flexible spending account (FSA)—unless you elect a consumer-directed health plan with a health savings account (CDHP-HSA). You can also enroll or re-enroll in the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP). These are optional pre-tax savings programs available to you.

Medical and dental plan benefits and premiums change yearly. Open enrollment is a good time to evaluate your health insurance plans and decide whether to make a change.

Some life circumstances may be considered a "qualifying life event," which may trigger a Special Open Enrollment opportunity allowing you to make insurance plan changes outside of the fall open enrollment.

When Changing Enrollment is Necessary

If you are satisfied with your current health plan and it will be offered next year, you do not need to do anything and your plan elections will remain the same. However, you must change your plan enrollment if any of the following circumstances apply to you:

Note: Per WAC 182-12-262, you are required to notify the UW of changes in dependent eligibility within 60 days of the date in which your dependent is no longer eligible.

Upcoming Changes for 2015

At its July 2014 meeting, the PEBB approved changes to state employees' medical plan monthly premiums and cost-sharing in 2015. All changes take effect January 1, 2015.

More details will become available on PEBB's website www.hca.wa.gov/pebb/ and in PEBB's For Your Benefit newsletter, which will be mailed to PEBB member homes in mid-October. To ensure you receive it, please review your profile in Employee Self Service (ESS) at http://www.uw.edu/ess and make any updates or changes before mid-September.

Action Required

If you continue to cover a spouse or domestic partner under your PEBB medical coverage for 2015, you must re-attest to the spousal coverage surcharge, even if you do not make any plan changes.

Changes to Medical Plan Benefits

Uniform Medical Plan will:

Group Health will:

View approved 2015 changes to medical plans including Kaiser Permanente.

View approved 2015 monthly medical premiums for all plans.

Changes to Dental Plan Benefits

There are no changes to the PEBB dental plans' benefits next year. The UW continues to cover 100% of dental premiums.

Changes to Life Insurance Benefits

There are no changes to the PEBB life insurance benefits next year. However, employees enrolled in PEBB's optional supplemental life insurance will see an increase in their premiums next year. Look for new premium rates to be posted here in October.

Changes to Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance Benefits

The PEBB Program's LTD insurance carrier, Standard Insurance Company, will eliminate the gap between the end of LTD insurance benefits and beginning of a member's Social Security entitlement date, aligning with the member's Social Security normal retirement age. (Your Social Security normal retirement age is dependent on your date of birth.  Check the Social Security website to identify the age that applies to you.) As a result, employees enrolled in optional LTD will see an increase in their premiums next year. Look for new premium rates to be posted here in October.

Changes to the 2015 SmartHealth Wellness Program

To qualify for a SmartHealth wellness incentive for 2016, you must meet two requirements in 2015:

ACT

Online option for making changes to your insurance plan enrollment

Review your current enrollment in one of two ways:

  1. UW Employee Self-Service (ESS): Log in to ESS with your UW NetID to view your current benefits package. You can also update your home and campus address information.
  2. PEBB Online Inquiry and Enrollment: The PEBB offers E-Coverage to make online open enrollment medical/dental plan changes. E-Coverage is by inquiry only until the first day of open enrollment.

Beginning on the first day of open enrollment, UW employees can use the E-Coverage site to change insurance plans or providers. E-Coverage has the following advantages:

Paper option for adding a dependent and/or making changes to your insurance plan enrollment

To add or reinstate a dependent who is not currently enrolled on your insurance plan, you must complete and submit the following forms with verification documentation by November 30:

All forms are listed at the Most Requested Forms page.

While you cannot add a dependent online, you can still use one of these online options to review your current coverage:

  1. UW Employee Self-Service (ESS): Log in to ESS with your UW NetID to view your current benefits package. You can also update your home and campus address information.
  2. PEBB online inquiry through E-Coverage.

Enroll in a Flexible Spending Account

Whether you are a first-time or returning participant of a PEBB flexible spending account, you must re-enroll each year if you wish to participate. Enroll in FSA.

Enroll in the Dependent Care Assistance Program

Whether you are a first-time or returning participant of the Dependent Care Assistance Program, you must re-enroll each year if you wish to participate. Enroll in DCAP.

EXPLORE


Disclaimer: The information on this page 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. Refer to the Benefits Forms & Publications page.

Plan availability and eligibility may change depending on your employment status and/or actions of the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), the agency that purchases and coordinates health insurance benefits for public employees, including employees of the University of Washington, through the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) program.

Medical & Dental Insurance Topics

It's Easy!
Verify your medical/dental insurance coverage and/or make plan changes during open enrollment, go to E-Coverage starting November 1.

Open Enrollment Tool Box:

 

Making Changes Outside of Open Enrollment
Did you know that some changes can be made to your insurance plans at any time? Likewise certain IRS Qualified Life Events can trigger Special Open Enrollment opportunities that allow you to make changes outside of fall open enrollment. Learn more.