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Enroll in a health plan

Don’t delay — you’ve got important health care decisions ahead and only 31 days to make them. During your first 31 days on the job, you need to enroll in a medical and dental plan. Otherwise, you’ll be automatically enrolled in the default plans and your coverage will be delayed.

But don’t worry — you’ve got a lot of resources at hand to help you choose.

Get started by reviewing the Benefits website. Here are the five steps you should take to pick a plan that’s best for you and your family:

  1. Determine which plan network has the doctors and clinics that you want to use
  2. Estimate how often you visit the doctor, then compare two important health plan costs: premiums and deductibles
  3. Review medical plan details: Uniform Medical Plan, Group Health, or Kaiser Permanente
  4. Review dental plan details
  5. Before the deadline, enroll in the plan that’s best for you

Deadline for enrolling

You have 31 days to choose your plan and enroll. This 31-day window begins on the day you become eligible for benefits, which in most cases is your first day of employment.

Don’t miss the deadline. If you do, your access to health insurance could be delayed up to 90 days. Plus, you won’t get to choose a plan. Instead, you’ll be automatically enrolled in Uniform Medical Plan Classic and the Uniform Dental Plan and won’t get to change plans or enroll dependents until the next annual open enrollment period.

Enroll yourself only

To enroll yourself in a medical and dental plan:

  1. Complete the 2016 Health Insurance Enrollment / Change Form (PDF) form
  2. Within 31 days, return all necessary documents to the Benefits office (hard copy only, no faxes or emails)

Your coverage starts on the first day of the month following your first day on the job. If you first day falls on the first business or calendar day of the month, coverage begins that day.

Enroll your spouse or partner

If you’re newly eligible and haven’t enrolled yet, you can enroll your spouse or partner along with yourself. See the steps below. However, if you’re already enrolled and want to add someone to your plan, see add or remove a dependent from your insurance.

To enroll your spouse in a medical or dental plan:

  1. Complete the 2016 Health Insurance Enrollment / Change Form (PDF) form
  2. Provide a copy of dependent verification required by PEBB
  3. Within 31 days, return all necessary documents to the Benefits office (hard copy only, no faxes or emails)

To enroll your partner in a medical or dental plan:

  1. Complete the 2016 Health Insurance Enrollment / Change Form (PDF) form
  2. Provide a copy of dependent verification required by PEBB
  3. Complete the Declaration of Tax Status (PDF) form
  4. Within 31 days, return all necessary documents to the Benefits office (hard copy only, no faxes or emails)

Once coverage has been approved, your spouse or partner’s insurance will begin on the first day of the following month.

Enroll your child

If you’re newly eligible and haven’t enrolled yet, you can enroll your dependent child along with yourself. See the steps below. However, if you’re already enrolled and want to add someone to your plan, see add or remove a dependent from your insurance.

To enroll your child in a medical or dental plan:

  1. Complete the 2016 Health Insurance Enrollment / Change Form (PDF) form
  2. Provide a copy of dependent verification required by PEBB
  3. Return all necessary documents to the Benefits office (hard copy only, no faxes or emails)

If you’re adding the child of your partner, then you need to also submit the Declaration of Tax Status (PDF) form.

Once coverage has been approved, your child’s insurance will begin on the first day of the following month.