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(Effective until January 1, 2022)

PDFWAC 182-31-080

When may a school employee waive enrollment in school employees benefits board (SEBB) medical and when may they enroll in SEBB medical after having waived enrollment?

A school employee may waive enrollment in school employees benefits board (SEBB) medical if they are enrolled in other employer-based group medical, a TRICARE plan, or medicare as described in subsection (1)(a) through (c) of this section. A special open enrollment event must be an event other than a school employee gaining initial eligibility for SEBB benefits. A school employee who waives enrollment in SEBB medical must enroll in dental, vision, basic life insurance, basic accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, and basic long-term disability insurance.
(1) To waive enrollment in SEBB medical, the school employee must submit the required form to their SEBB organization at one of the following times:
(a) When the school employee becomes eligible: A school employee may waive SEBB medical when they become eligible for SEBB benefits. The school employee must indicate their election to waive enrollment in SEBB medical on the required form and submit the form to their SEBB organization. The SEBB organization must receive the form no later than thirty-one days after the date the school employee becomes eligible for SEBB benefits (see WAC 182-30-080). SEBB medical will be waived as of the date the school employee becomes eligible for SEBB benefits.
(b) During the annual open enrollment: A school employee may waive SEBB medical during the annual open enrollment. The required form must be received by the school employee's SEBB organization before the end of the annual open enrollment. SEBB medical will be waived beginning January 1st of the following year.
(c) During a special open enrollment: A school employee may waive SEBB medical during a special open enrollment as described in subsection (4) of this section.
The school employee must submit the required form to their SEBB organization. The SEBB organization must receive the form no later than sixty days after the event that creates the special open enrollment. In addition to the required form, the school employee must provide evidence of the event that creates the special open enrollment to their SEBB organization.
SEBB medical will be waived the last day of the month following the later of the event date or the date the required form is received. If that day is the first of the month, SEBB medical will be waived the last day of the previous month. If the special open enrollment is due to the birth, adoption, or assumption of legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption of a child, SEBB medical will be waived the last day of the previous month.
(2) If a school employee waives SEBB medical, the school employee may not enroll dependents in SEBB medical.
(3) Once SEBB medical is waived, the school employee is only allowed to enroll in SEBB medical at the following times:
(a) During the annual open enrollment. The required form must be received by the school employee's SEBB organization before the end of the annual open enrollment. SEBB medical will begin January 1st of the following year.
(b) During a special open enrollment. A special open enrollment allows a school employee to revoke their election and make a new election outside of the annual open enrollment. A special open enrollment may be created when one of the events described in subsection (4) of this section occurs.
The school employee must submit the required form to their SEBB organization. The SEBB organization must receive the form no later than sixty days after the event that creates the special open enrollment. In addition to the required form, the school employee must provide evidence of the event that creates the special open enrollment to the SEBB organization.
SEBB medical will begin the first day of the month following the later of the event date or the date the required form is received. If that day is the first of the month, coverage is effective on that day. If the special open enrollment is due to the birth, adoption, or assumption of legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption of a child, SEBB medical for the school employee will begin on the first day of the month in which the event occurs. SEBB medical for the newly born child, newly adopted child, spouse, or state-registered domestic partner will begin as described in WAC 182-31-150 (3)(a)(iv).
(4) Special open enrollment: Any one of the events in (a) through (k) of this subsection may create a special open enrollment. The change in enrollment must be allowable under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and Treasury regulations, and correspond to and be consistent with the event that creates the special open enrollment for the school employee, the school employee's dependent, or both.
(a) School employee acquires a new dependent due to:
(i) Marriage or registering a state registered domestic partnership;
(ii) Birth, adoption, or when the school employee has assumed a legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption; or
(iii) A child becoming eligible as an extended dependent through legal custody or legal guardianship.
(b) School employee or a school employee's dependent loses other coverage under a group health plan or through health insurance coverage, as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA);
(c) School employee has a change in employment status that affects the school employee's eligibility for their employer contribution toward their employer-based group medical;
(d) The school employee's dependent has a change in their own employment status that affects their eligibility for the employer contribution under their employer-based group medical;
Note:
As used in (d) of this subsection "employer contribution" means contributions made by the dependent's current or former employer toward health coverage as described in Treasury Regulation 26 C.F.R. 54.9801-6.
(e) School employee or a school employee's dependent has a change in enrollment under an employer-based group medical plan during its annual open enrollment that does not align with the SEBB program's annual open enrollment;
(f) School employee's dependent has a change in residence from outside of the United States to within the United States, or from within the United States to outside of the United States and that change in residence results in the dependent losing their health insurance;
(g) A court order requires the school employee or any other individual to provide a health plan for an eligible dependent of the school employee (a former spouse or former state registered domestic partner is not an eligible dependent);
(h) School employee or a school employee's dependent enrolls in coverage under medicaid or a state children's health insurance program (CHIP), or the school employee or a school employee's dependent loses eligibility for coverage under medicaid or CHIP;
Note:
A school employee may only return from having waived SEBB medical for the events described in (h) of this subsection. A school employee may not waive their SEBB medical for the events described in (h) of this subsection.
(i) School employee or a school employee's dependent becomes eligible for state premium assistance subsidy for SEBB health plan coverage from medicaid or CHIP;
(j) School employee or a school employee's dependent becomes eligible and enrolls in a TRICARE plan, or loses eligibility for a TRICARE plan;
(k) School employee becomes eligible and enrolls in medicare, or loses eligibility for medicare.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160 and 2020 c 231. WSR 20-16-067 (Admin #2020-04), § 182-31-080, filed 7/28/20, effective 8/28/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, 2017 3rd sp.s. c 13, 2018 c 260, and SEBB policy resolutions. WSR 19-14-093 (Admin #2019-01), § 182-31-080, filed 7/1/19, effective 8/1/19.]
(Effective January 1, 2022)

PDFWAC 182-31-080

When may a school employee waive enrollment in school employees benefits board (SEBB) medical and when may they enroll in SEBB medical after having waived enrollment?

A school employee may waive enrollment in school employees benefits board (SEBB) medical only if they are enrolled in other employer-based group medical, a TRICARE plan, or medicare as described in subsection (1)(a) through (c) of this section. A school employee who waives enrollment in SEBB medical must enroll in SEBB dental, SEBB vision, basic life insurance, basic accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, and employer-paid long-term disability (LTD) insurance. A school employee will also be enrolled in employee-paid LTD insurance automatically unless the school employee declines their employee-paid LTD insurance as described in WAC 182-30-080.
Exception:
A school employee may waive their enrollment in SEBB medical to enroll in public employees benefits board (PEBB) medical only if they are enrolled in PEBB dental. A school employee who waives enrollment in SEBB medical to enroll in PEBB medical also waives enrollment in SEBB dental and SEBB vision.
(1) To waive enrollment in SEBB medical, the school employee must submit the required form to their SEBB organization at one of the following times:
(a) When the school employee becomes eligible: A school employee may waive SEBB medical when they become eligible for SEBB benefits. The school employee must indicate their election to waive enrollment in SEBB medical on the required form and submit the form to their SEBB organization. The SEBB organization must receive the form no later than thirty-one days after the date the school employee becomes eligible for SEBB benefits (see WAC 182-30-080). SEBB medical will be waived as of the date the school employee becomes eligible for SEBB benefits.
(b) During the annual open enrollment: A school employee may waive SEBB medical during the annual open enrollment. The required form must be received by the school employee's SEBB organization before the end of the annual open enrollment. SEBB medical will be waived beginning January 1st of the following year.
(c) During a special open enrollment: A school employee may waive SEBB medical during a special open enrollment only if they are enrolled in other employer-based group medical, a TRICARE plan, or medicare as described in subsection (4) of this section. A special open enrollment event must be an event other than a school employee gaining initial eligibility or regaining eligibility for SEBB benefits.
The school employee must submit the required form to their SEBB organization. The SEBB organization must receive the form no later than sixty days after the event that creates the special open enrollment. In addition to the required form, the school employee must provide evidence of the event that creates the special open enrollment to their SEBB organization.
SEBB medical will be waived the last day of the month following the later of the event date or the date the required form is received. If that day is the first of the month, SEBB medical will be waived the last day of the previous month. If the special open enrollment is due to the birth, adoption, or assumption of legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption of a child, SEBB medical will be waived the last day of the previous month.
(2) If a school employee waives SEBB medical, the school employee may not enroll dependents in SEBB medical.
(3) Once SEBB medical is waived, the school employee is only allowed to enroll in SEBB medical at the following times:
(a) During the annual open enrollment. The required form must be received by the school employee's SEBB organization before the end of the annual open enrollment. SEBB medical will begin January 1st of the following year.
(b) During a special open enrollment. A special open enrollment allows a school employee to revoke their election and make a new election outside of the annual open enrollment. A special open enrollment may be created when one of the events described in subsection (4) of this section occurs.
The school employee must submit the required form to their SEBB organization. The SEBB organization must receive the form no later than sixty days after the event that creates the special open enrollment. In addition to the required form, the school employee must provide evidence of the event that creates the special open enrollment to the SEBB organization.
SEBB medical will begin the first day of the month following the later of the event date or the date the required form is received. If that day is the first of the month, coverage is effective on that day. If the special open enrollment is due to the birth, adoption, or assumption of legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption of a child, SEBB medical for the school employee will begin on the first day of the month in which the event occurs. SEBB medical for the newly born child, newly adopted child, spouse, or state-registered domestic partner will begin as described in WAC 182-31-150 (3)(a)(iv).
If a school employee who is eligible for the employer contribution toward SEBB benefits was enrolled as a dependent in PEBB medical and PEBB dental and is removed by the PEBB subscriber, the health care authority will notify the school employee of their removal from the PEBB subscriber's account and that they have experienced a special enrollment event. The school employee will be required to return from waived enrollment and elect SEBB medical, SEBB dental, and SEBB vision. If the school employee's SEBB organization does not receive the school employee's required forms indicating their medical, dental, and vision elections within sixty days of the school employee losing PEBB medical and PEBB dental, they will be defaulted into employee-only SEBB medical, SEBB dental, and SEBB vision as described in WAC 182-30-080 (1)(b)(i) through (iii).
(4) Special open enrollment: Any one of the events in (a) through (k) of this subsection may create a special open enrollment that allows the school employee to enroll in SEBB medical after having waived enrollment. The change in enrollment must be allowable under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and Treasury regulations, and correspond to and be consistent with the event that creates the special open enrollment for the school employee, the school employee's dependent, or both.
(a) School employee acquires a new dependent due to:
(i) Marriage or registering a state registered domestic partnership;
(ii) Birth, adoption, or when the school employee has assumed a legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption; or
(iii) A child becoming eligible as an extended dependent through legal custody or legal guardianship.
(b) School employee or a school employee's dependent loses other coverage under a group health plan or through health insurance coverage, as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA);
(c) School employee has a change in employment status that affects the school employee's eligibility for their employer contribution toward their employer-based group medical;
(d) The school employee's dependent has a change in their own employment status that affects their eligibility for the employer contribution under their employer-based group medical;
Note:
As used in (d) of this subsection "employer contribution" means contributions made by the dependent's current or former employer toward health coverage as described in Treasury Regulation 26 C.F.R. 54.9801-6.
(e) School employee or a school employee's dependent has a change in enrollment under an employer-based group medical plan during its annual open enrollment that does not align with the SEBB program's annual open enrollment;
(f) School employee's dependent has a change in residence from outside of the United States to within the United States, or from within the United States to outside of the United States and that change in residence results in the dependent losing their health insurance;
(g) A court order requires the school employee or any other individual to provide a health plan for an eligible dependent of the school employee (a former spouse or former state registered domestic partner is not an eligible dependent);
(h) School employee or a school employee's dependent enrolls in coverage under medicaid or a state children's health insurance program (CHIP), or the school employee or a school employee's dependent loses eligibility for coverage under medicaid or CHIP;
Note:
A school employee may only return from having waived SEBB medical for the events described in (h) of this subsection. A school employee may not waive their SEBB medical for the events described in (h) of this subsection.
(i) School employee or a school employee's dependent becomes eligible for state premium assistance subsidy for SEBB health plan coverage from medicaid or CHIP;
(j) School employee or a school employee's dependent becomes eligible and enrolls in a TRICARE plan, or loses eligibility for a TRICARE plan;
(k) School employee becomes eligible and enrolls in medicare, or loses eligibility for medicare.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160 and Policy resolutions SEBB 2021-02, 2021-03, 2021-04, 2021-05, 2021-06, 2021-07, 2021-08, 2021-09, 2021-11. WSR 21-13-115 (Admin #2021-01.02), § 182-31-080, filed 6/21/21, effective 1/1/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160 and 2020 c 231. WSR 20-16-067 (Admin #2020-04), § 182-31-080, filed 7/28/20, effective 8/28/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160, 2017 3rd sp.s. c 13, 2018 c 260, and SEBB policy resolutions. WSR 19-14-093 (Admin #2019-01), § 182-31-080, filed 7/1/19, effective 8/1/19.]
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