Changes Due to a Life Event
Certain life events allow you to change your medical and/or dental coverage. The ISC must receive your benefit elections within 60 days from the date of the event (your “special open enrollment” window), and any enrollment changes must correspond with your life event.
You can waive your Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) medical coverage if you’re enrolled in other comprehensive group medical coverage.
If you waive coverage for yourself, you cannot enroll your spouse, children, or other dependents in PEBB medical coverage.
You can’t waive dental coverage, which you keep even if you waive medical coverage.
You can review and update your beneficiary designations by contacting the company or organization that provides your insurance or retirement plan. You can sometimes do this online. Otherwise, you’ll have to complete, sign, and mail a paper form.
Academic student employees (ASE) are provided health coverage through the Graduate Appointee Insurance Program (GAIP). If eligible, you are automatically enrolled for this coverage, and may elect to enroll your dependents.
Your deadline to enroll for health and spending accounts is 31 days from the date you were hired into a benefits-eligible position (e.g., your hire date).
If you fail to enroll by your deadline, you will be automatically enrolled in the default options:
- Uniform Medical Plan, employee only, and charged the Tobacco Subsidy ($25/month)
- Uniform Dental Plan, employee only
- Basic Life Insurance ($35,000) and Long-term Disability Insurance (LTD) coverage
- The retirement plan aligned with your job type, with no opportunity to change at a later date
Your next opportunity to enroll in or change your health benefits will be during annual Open Enrollment in November, with a January 1 effective date.