The state Legislature has established insurance eligibility criteria for temporary employees, also known as "nonpermanent" employees. The insurance described here includes: medical and dental, life and accidental death and dismemberment, long term disability, and insurance continuation.
As temporary staff you are eligible for employer-paid Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) insurances if you work an average of half time or more (480 hours: 80 hours x 6 months) in a consecutive six-month period, with at least eight hours or more in each of the six months. Note: If you are temporary, part-time faculty, different rules govern your eligibility. Please see faculty eligibility rules at Eligibility for Faculty, Staff, and Librarians.
For temporary employees to become eligible and activate insurance benefits beginning the seventh month of continuous employment, you must also work at least eight hours into the seventh month.
There are two ways for temporary employees to obtain PEBB insurance eligibility:
The UW Benefits Office determines when eligibility is established by monitoring all employment and hours worked at UW. Note: Student employment is not eligible for consideration towards faculty and staff benefits.
In the event you become eligible for insurance benefits, the Benefits Office sends written notice to your home address, so make sure you keep your home address updated in UW Employee Self Service (ESS). Log onto ESS with your UW NetID to view your address and other payroll and benefits information. If you do not have easy access to a computer, your department’s Payroll Coordinator can also update your home address for you.
You may appeal an eligibility determination in writing to the Benefits Office within 30 days of receiving an eligibility notice. Note the specific reason(s) for your appeal. If you need more information about the appeal process, visit the Health Care Authority site.
As soon as you get a letter from the Benefits Office notifying you of your eligibility, you must act promptly and enroll yourself and any dependent(s) in your desired coverage. Important: Return your insurance forms to the Benefits Office within 31 days of your eligibility date. Returning your forms within 31 days is essential because if you do not:
The 31-day enrollment deadline applies to all insurances except life insurance which provides a 60-day initial enrollment window. Medical premiums are due retroactive to the eligibility date for the medical plan you select. If you do not enroll in a medical plan, you can waive participation on the Medical/Dental form.
Here are a few resources to help you decide on coverage:
As an eligible temporary employee you will also find details here: