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(Effective until January 1, 2020)

PDFWAC 182-12-211

May an employee who is determined to be retroactively eligible for disability retirement enroll in public employees benefits board (PEBB) retiree insurance coverage?

(1) An employee who is determined to be retroactively eligible for a disability retirement is eligible to enroll or defer enrollment (as described in WAC 182-12-200 or 182-12-205) in public employees benefits board (PEBB) retiree insurance coverage if:
(a) The employee submits the required form and a copy of the formal determination letter they received from the Washington state department of retirement systems (DRS) or the appropriate higher education authority;
(b) The employee's form and a copy of their Washington state-sponsored retirement system's formal determination letter are received by the PEBB program no later than sixty days after the date on the determination letter; and
(c) The employee immediately begins to receive a monthly pension benefit or a supplemental retirement plan benefit under their higher education retirement plan (HERP), with exceptions described below from WAC 182-12-171(2):
(i) A retiring employee of a state agency, Washington state school district, Washington state educational service district, Washington state charter school, or an employer group participating under a Washington state sponsored retirement plan, who receives a lump sum payment instead of a monthly retirement plan payment is only eligible if the department of retirement systems offered the employee the choice between a lump sum actuarially equivalent payment and the ongoing monthly payment, as allowed by the plan; or
(ii) A retiring employee of a state agency, Washington state school district, Washington state educational service district, Washington state charter school, or an employer group participating under a Washington state sponsored retirement plan, who is a member of a Plan 3 retirement plan, also called a separated employee (defined in RCW 41.05.011(25)), must meet their Plan 3 retirement eligibility criteria. The employee does not have to receive a retirement plan payment to enroll in PEBB retiree insurance coverage; or
(iii) A retiring employee of a Washington higher education institution who is a member of a higher education retirement plan (HERP) must immediately begin to receive a monthly retirement plan payment, or meet their HERP plan's retirement eligibility criteria, or be at least age fifty-five with ten years of state service.
(2) Premiums and applicable premium surcharges are due from the effective date of enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage. The employee, at their option, must indicate the effective date of PEBB retiree insurance coverage on the form. The employee may choose from the following dates:
(a) The employee's retirement date as stated in the formal determination letter; or
(b) The first day of the month following the date the formal determination letter was written.
(3) The director may make an exception to the date PEBB retiree insurance coverage begins; however, such request must demonstrate extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the retiree.
(4) If a retiring employee elects to enroll a dependent in PEBB health plan coverage, the dependent must be enrolled in the same PEBB medical and PEBB dental plan as the retiring employee.
Exception:
If a retiring employee selects a medicare supplement plan, nonmedicare enrollees will be enrolled in the Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) Classic. If a retiring employee selects any other medicare plan, they must also select a nonmedicare plan with the same contracted vendor available to nonmedicare enrollees.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160 and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 18-20-117 (Admin #2018-02), § 182-12-211, filed 10/3/18, effective 1/1/19; WSR 17-19-077 (Order 2017-01), § 182-12-211, filed 9/15/17, effective 1/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160, 2015 c 116, and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 15-22-099 (PEBB Admin # 2015-01 Rev 1), § 182-12-211, filed 11/4/15, effective 1/1/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2013 2nd sp.s. c 4. WSR 14-20-058 (PEBB Admin 2014-02), § 182-12-211, filed 9/25/14, effective 1/1/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2012 2nd sp.s. c 3. WSR 13-22-019 (Admin. 2013-01), § 182-12-211, filed 10/28/13, effective 1/1/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2011 c 8. WSR 11-22-036 (Order 11-02), § 182-12-211, filed 10/26/11, effective 1/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 09-23-102 (Order 09-02), § 182-12-211, filed 11/17/09, effective 1/1/10; WSR 07-20-129 (Order 07-01), § 182-12-211, filed 10/3/07, effective 11/3/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 41.05.165. WSR 04-18-039, § 182-12-211, filed 8/26/04, effective 1/1/05.]
(Effective January 1, 2020)

PDFWAC 182-12-211

May an employee or a school employee who is determined to be retroactively eligible for disability retirement enroll or defer enrollment in public employees benefits board (PEBB) retiree insurance coverage?

(1) An employee or a school employee who is determined to be retroactively eligible for a disability retirement is eligible to enroll or defer enrollment (as described in WAC 182-12-200 or 182-12-205) in public employees benefits board (PEBB) retiree insurance coverage if:
(a) The employee or the school employee submits the required form and a copy of the formal determination letter they received from the Washington state department of retirement systems (DRS) or the appropriate higher education authority;
(b) The employee's or the school employee's form and a copy of their Washington state-sponsored retirement system's formal determination letter are received by the PEBB program no later than sixty days after the date on the determination letter; and
(c) The employee or the school employee immediately begins to receive a monthly pension benefit or a supplemental retirement plan benefit under their higher education retirement plan (HERP), with exceptions described below from WAC 182-12-171(2):
(i) A retiring employee of a state agency, an employer group participating under a Washington state sponsored retirement plan, or a retiring school employee who receives a lump sum payment instead of a monthly retirement plan payment is only eligible if the department of retirement systems offered the employee the choice between a lump sum actuarially equivalent payment and the ongoing monthly payment, as allowed by the plan; or
(ii) A retiring employee of a state agency, an employer group participating under a Washington state sponsored retirement plan, or a retiring school employee who is a member of a Plan 3 retirement plan, also called a separated employee (defined in RCW 41.05.011(25)), must meet their Plan 3 retirement eligibility criteria. The employee or the school employee does not have to receive a retirement plan payment to enroll in PEBB retiree insurance coverage; or
(iii) A retiring employee of a Washington higher education institution who is a member of a higher education retirement plan (HERP) must immediately begin to receive a monthly retirement plan payment, or meet their HERP plan's retirement eligibility criteria, or be at least age fifty-five with ten years of state service.
(2) The employee or the school employee, at their option, must indicate the date of enrollment or deferment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage on the form. The employee or the school employee may choose from the following dates:
(a) The retirement date as stated in the formal determination letter; or
(b) The first day of the month following the date the formal determination letter was written.
(3) The director may make an exception to the date of PEBB retiree insurance coverage described in subsection (2)(a) and (b) of this section; however, such request must demonstrate extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the retiree.
(4) Premiums and applicable premium surcharges are due from the effective date of enrollment in PEBB retiree insurance coverage.
(5) If a retiring employee or a retiring school employee elects to enroll a dependent in PEBB health plan coverage, the dependent must be enrolled in the same PEBB medical and PEBB dental plan as the retiring employee or the retiring school employee.
Exception:
If a retiring employee or a retiring school employee selects a medicare supplement plan, nonmedicare enrollees will be enrolled in the Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) Classic. If a retiring employee or a retiring school employee selects any other medicare plan, they must also select a nonmedicare plan with the same contracted vendor available to nonmedicare enrollees.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 19-17-073 (Admin #2019-01), § 182-12-211, filed 8/20/19, effective 1/1/20; WSR 18-20-117 (Admin #2018-02), § 182-12-211, filed 10/3/18, effective 1/1/19; WSR 17-19-077 (Order 2017-01), § 182-12-211, filed 9/15/17, effective 1/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160, 2015 c 116, and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 15-22-099 (PEBB Admin # 2015-01 Rev 1), § 182-12-211, filed 11/4/15, effective 1/1/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2013 2nd sp.s. c 4. WSR 14-20-058 (PEBB Admin 2014-02), § 182-12-211, filed 9/25/14, effective 1/1/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2012 2nd sp.s. c 3. WSR 13-22-019 (Admin. 2013-01), § 182-12-211, filed 10/28/13, effective 1/1/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2011 c 8. WSR 11-22-036 (Order 11-02), § 182-12-211, filed 10/26/11, effective 1/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 09-23-102 (Order 09-02), § 182-12-211, filed 11/17/09, effective 1/1/10; WSR 07-20-129 (Order 07-01), § 182-12-211, filed 10/3/07, effective 11/3/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 41.05.165. WSR 04-18-039, § 182-12-211, filed 8/26/04, effective 1/1/05.]
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