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Medical/Dental Insurance
for Faculty, Staff & Librarians — Medical Premiums for PEBB Employees

Special Open Enrollment: April 1 - May 15, 2014

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is implementing Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) changes regarding health care coverage costs that will require you to take action starting April 1, 2014. If no action is taken, you may incur one or both surcharges to your regular monthly medical premium starting July 1, 2014.

The two surcharges, which were passed by the state legislature in 2013, are the spousal or domestic partner coverage surcharge and the tobacco use surcharge.

Learn more at PEBB.

Monthly Premium Rates for 2014

Health Plans Employee Employee & Spouse/QDP** Employee & Children Full Family
Uniform Medical Classic
$79
$168
138
227
Uniform Medical CDHP-HSA*
25
60
44
79
Group Health Classic
117
244
205
332
Group Health Value
65
140
114
189
Group Health CDHP-HSA*
21
52
37
68
Kaiser Permanente Classic
116
242
203
329
Kaiser CDHP-HSA*
23
56
40
73

*CDHP: Consumer-Directed Health Plan

**QDP: Qualified Domestic Partner

Dental Insurance Premium: There is no employee or dependent contribution for dental insurance coverage. The UW pays the entire premium.

Birth or Adoption: The PEBB 2014 Enrollment Guide (page 16) states: "If the child’s date of birth or adoption is before the 16th day of the month, you pay the higher premium for the full month (if adding the child increases the premium). If the child's date of birth or adoption is on or after the 16th, the higher premium will begin the next month."


Section 125 Plan

The Section 125 Plan provides tax savings by deducting employee medical premiums from your gross salary prior to calculation of federal income and social security taxes, as allowed under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 125.

Medical premiums will automatically be taken as pre-tax, unless a Section 125 Waiver form is submitted to the Benefits Office. Learn more and download the form.

Newly eligible employees may elect to waive Section 125 at the time they choose a medical plan; otherwise, it can only be waived during the open enrollment, for a January 1 effective date.


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.

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