Enrollment Changes & Life Events
Certain life events allow you to change your Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) medical or dental coverage, to add/change a flexible spending plan, or to change life insurance.
Life Events – Overview
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.
Other Special Open Enrollment Events – Overview
Other types of Special Open Enrollment events include:
- HSA Enroll/Change
- Tobacco Use Attestation – Change in Medical Surcharge
- Spousal Premium Surcharge Reattestation
- DRS Investment Manager
- Optional LTD (outside of initial 31 day eligibility)
- PEBB Email Subscription
Waive Health Insurance Coverage
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.
There are two different processes for waiving coverage:
- Waive coverage as a new employee (during initial eligibility)
- Waive coverage after your initial eligibility period
- During Open Enrollment
- Due to a Life Event
Optional Retirement Plans
Save beyond your primary UW retirement plan or defer compensation for retirement.
UW Voluntary Investment Program (VIP): Enroll or change your contribution elections by logging in via Fidelity Investments, or speak with a Fidelity Representative at 1-800-343-0860. For more information, see the UW Benefits website.
Deferred Compensation (DCP): Enroll or change your contribution elections by logging in via the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems website, or call the DCP Information Line at 888-327-5596. For more information, see the UW Benefits website.
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.
Information on continuing health and life insurance during retirement and other preparations you can make for retirement.