Washington State

House of Representatives

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State Government & Tribal Relations Committee

HB 1220

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Brief Description: Adding a nonvoting representative from the office of the insurance commissioner to the public employees' benefits board.

Sponsors: Representatives Dolan, Volz, Cody, Ormsby, Stanford, Appleton and Tharinger.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Adds the Insurance Commissioner to the Public Employees' Benefits Board.

Hearing Date: 1/29/19

Staff: Jason Zolle (786-7124).


The Public Employees' Benefits Board (PEBB) is an entity within the Health Care Authority (HCA). The PEBB is required to study issues related to insurance benefits for state employees, including health care coverage, life insurance, and disability income insurance. The PEBB designs and approves insurance benefit plans and establishes eligibility criteria. Several criteria to guide the PEBB's decision making are established by statute. Generally speaking, the PEBB must balance access to quality coverage with cost containment. The PEBB follows administrative rules promulgated by the HCA.

Employees of K-12 school districts, educational service districts, and charter schools are served by PEBB through December 31, 2019. Starting January 1, 2020, benefits for school employees will be administered by the School Employees' Benefits Board.

Through December 31, 2019, the PEBB has nine members appointed by the Governor:

After December 31, 2019, the PEBB will have eight members—it will no longer have a representative from an association of school employees. The PEBB will have a representative of retired school employees only while the PEBB continues to serve retired school employees.

Members of the PEBB serve staggered two-year terms. Seven of the nine members are voting members. The Director is the chair of the PEBB and calls its meetings.

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) protects insurance consumers and oversees the insurance industry. The OIC licenses and audits insurers, reviews insurers' proposed rates, and investigates consumer complaints.

Summary of Bill:

After December 31, 2019, the PEBB will continue to have nine members. The Insurance Commissioner or the Commissioner's designee will join the PEBB.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Not requested.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect on December 31, 2019.