Open Enrollment

PEBB Benefits annual Open Enrollment is
November 1-30, 2020

The PEBB Open Enrollment period is the annual window when you can:

Medical and Dental
  • Make changes to your medical and dental plan elections
  • Add/remove dependents
  • Enroll in a medical plan if you’ve previously waived coverage
  • Waive enrollment in PEBB medical coverage (if you have or are enrolling other employer-based group medical insurance, TRICARE, or Medicare)
  • Change your election under the state’s premium payment plan
  • Re-attest for the Tobacco Use surcharge and Spousal surcharge
Optional Benefits

*If you elect a consumer-directed health plan (CDHP-HSA), you are ineligible for a FSA.

One-Time Special Optional Life Insurance Enrollment Opportunity

MetLife is offering employees a simplified enrollment opportunity to enroll in or increase your or your spouse’s/SRDP’s optional life insurance coverage by answering just five health questions. This one-time opportunity is unique and will only be available during open enrollment in 2020. To take advantage of this opportunity by signing into MetLife MyBenefits.

Virtual Benefits Fair

In an effort to keep your health and safety a number one priority during the COVID-19 pandemic, and following the state guidelines for large gatherings, we will not offer in-person benefit fairs this November.

We understand the importance of benefits fairs, which is why the Health Care Authority is offering a new way to learn about benefits from the comfort of your home. A virtual benefits fair is a new way to learn about your benefit options through an online experience — and it’s available anytime, day or night, during open enrollment.

You will find links to videos, webinars, downloadable content, provider searches, and other information to help you choose the right benefits for you and your dependents. Use your computer, tablet, or smartphone to explore at your own pace.

Virtual Benefits Fair

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PEBB plan changes for 2021

The Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) approved a number of changes to PEBB Program rules, policies, benefits, and premiums that will go into effect on January 1, 2021. More information and a summary of Open Enrollment changes are available at the Health Care Authority’s website. Look for more information in the For Your Benefit newsletter distributed to all PEBB members in mid-October.

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When to make changes to your insurance plan enrollment

If you are satisfied with your current health plan and it will be available to you next year, you do not need to do anything and your health plan election will remain the same.

You will need to make changes during Open Enrollment, however, if any of the following apply to you:

  • You wish to enroll in, or continue, your FSA and/or DCAP coverage (re-enrollment is required every year)
  • You have been notified by PEBB that you need to attest or re-attest to the spousal premium surcharge
  • You wish to reinstate previously waived medical coverage for yourself or your eligible dependent.
  • You have eligible dependents not previously enrolled that you wish to be added to your plan without having a qualifying life event.
  • You wish to change your Section 125 medical premium deduction election from pre-tax to post-tax or vice versa.
  • You moved during the year and your health plan is not available in your new area.

Some life circumstances may be considered a “qualifying life event,” which may trigger a special open enrollment opportunity allowing you to make insurance plan changes outside of the fall open enrollment as long as you submit within 60 days from the date of the event.

Note: Per WAC 182-12-262, you are required to notify the UW of changes in dependent eligibility within 60 days of the date in which your dependent is no longer eligible.

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How to make changes to your health insurance plan enrollment

Open Enrollment changes for UW faculty and staff are made in Workday – Visit the Integrated Service Center’s Open Enrollment page for comprehensive information about making changes to your health insurance or dental plan, attesting to your spousal surcharge or tobacco use premium surcharge, or enrolling in FSA or DCAP in Workday during this annual event.

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Learn more about Open Enrollment

Disclaimer: The information on this page does not substitute for official plan documents. If there is a conflict between the information on this site and an official plan document, the official plan document will govern.

Plan availability and eligibility may change depending on your employment status and/or actions of the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), the agency that purchases and coordinates health insurance benefits for public employees, including employees of the University of Washington, through the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) program.


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