Integrated Service Center

Enrollment Changes & Life Events

Last updated Monday, July 29, 2019

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.

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.

Life Events


Other Special Open Enrollment Events

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

Special Open Enrollment Events


Waive Medical Insurance Coverage

You cannot waive PEBB dental coverage, which you keep even if you waive your PEBB medical coverage.

You can waive your Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) medical coverage as long as you’re already enrolled in other comprehensive group medical coverage.

If you waive PEBB medical coverage for yourself, you cannot enroll your spouse, children, or other dependents in PEBB medical coverage.

To waive your PEBB medical coverage:

  • If you are newly eligible for benefits, you have 31 days following your eligibility date to waive your PEBB medical coverage. You can waive your medical coverage as part of the benefits enrollment process in Workday. Refer to the Benefits – Enrollment – PEBB Health and Other Insurance Plans User Guide, paying particular attention to the To decline PEBB Medical coverage information in step 3.
  • If you are past your initial 31 day eligibility window, you can waive your medical coverage either:
    • when making changes to your benefits as the result of a life event that occurred within the past 60 days. Refer to the Life Events page for event-specific details, including links to the relevant User Guide.
      -or-
    • during Open Enrollment every November. Refer to the Open Enrollment page for more details; note that information specific to the current calendar year’s Open Enrollment is published as November approaches.

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 UWHR 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 UWHR Benefits website.


Manage Beneficiaries

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 managing beneficiaries


Nearing Retirement

Information on continuing health and life insurance during retirement and other preparations you can make for retirement.