Note: This is a printed version of https://isc.uw.edu/your-benefits/oe/attesting-to-the-spouse-partner-premium-surcharge-during-open-enrollment. Please visit this page on the ISC website to ensure you're referencing the most current information.
Attesting to the Spouse/Partner Premium Surcharge During Open Enrollment
If you are newly enrolling a spouse or state-registered domestic partner (SRDP) on your medical plan, or if you cover your spouse/partner on your current year medical plan and will continue to cover them next year, you may need to attest or re-attest to the $50 per month spouse/partner coverage premium surcharge during Open Enrollment.
Open Enrollment for 2020 runs November 1-30.
Wondering if the Spouse/Partner Premium Surcharge Applies to You?
- You will need to attest to the Spouse or SRDP (Partner) Surcharge if you are enrolling a spouse or SRDP who is not on your current (this year) medical plan.
- You may need to re-attest to the Spouse or SRDP (Partner) Surcharge if you are already covering your spouse/partner and will continue to cover them in the next plan. Interestingly, not everyone does. If you do need to re-attest, you will receive a letter in mid- to late-October from the Health Care Authority (HCA) notifying you of this requirement.
If you are still left wondering if this requirement applies to you, beginning November 1, you can quickly determine if you need to attest or re-attest by logging into Workday and selecting the Open Enrollment Change action item in your Workday Inbox. (Or, if you have already submitted your Open Enrollment changes, you can use the Benefits worklet on the Workday homepage, then select the Change Open Enrollment button.)
- You DO need to re-attest if the field in the Coverage column of the “Spouse or SRDP (Partner) – PEBB – Does this apply to you?” row reads Declined to attest for enrolled spouse or partner (will be subject to the $50 monthly premium surcharge). This is Workday’s default answer for anyone who needs to attest.
Once Open Enrollment begins, you will be able to refer to the ISC’s Open Enrollment User Guide for guidance on selecting the most appropriate response for your circumstances.
- For anyone else, this field will auto-populate with their response from the current plan year; you do not need to change this field unless you are changing your medical plan election for the next plan year during Open Enrollment.
Additionally, please keep an eye out on your UW inbox for emails from Workday or the ISC during Open Enrollment; employees will receive reminder notification emails from Workday during Open Enrollment if they need to attest to the Spousal Premium Surcharge.
If you need to re-attest to the spousal premium surcharge for your spouse or state-registered domestic partner (SRDP) who is currently enrolled on your current year medical plan and will continue to be enrolled on your medical plan for next year, you do NOT need to re-enroll your spouse/partner or add dependent verification for your spouse/partner. You will simply need to choose the most appropriate response found in the Coverage column of the Spouse or SRDP (Partner) – PEBB – Does this apply to you? line in your Open Enrollment Change action item and then Submit your response.
If you DO need to re-attest, once Open Enrollment begins, you will be able to refer to the ISC’s Open Enrollment User Guide for step-by-step guidance.
If you need to attest, you may notice that, in the “Spouse or SRDP (Partner) – PEBB – Does this apply to you?” row, the Elect/Waive cell is grayed out – that’s because you can’t change the response from Elect.
However, if you scroll over, you’ll notice that the Coverage column is NOT grayed out. You can place your cursor in the search field in the Coverage column, select the “menu” icon on the right of the search field, then select the most appropriate response for your circumstance.
Once Open Enrollment begins, you will be able to refer to the ISC’s Open Enrollment User Guide for step-by-step guidance.