(Public Employees' Benefits Board)
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: The purpose of amending the existing rule is to implement provisions of chapter 345, Laws of 2006, which changed the eligibility criteria for surviving dependents of emergency service personnel killed in the line of duty to include survivors of emergency service employees who were killed in the line of duty prior to January 1, 1998.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 182-12-250.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 41.05.160.
Other Authority: RCW 41.05.080.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 06-16-107 on August 1, 2006.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: October 3, 2006.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-18-039, filed 8/26/04, effective 1/1/05)
WAC 182-12-250 Insurance eligibility for surviving dependents of emergency service personnel killed in the line of duty. Surviving dependents of emergency service personnel who ((
were)) are killed in the line of duty (( on or after
January 1, 1998,)) are eligible (( to participate in)) for
health plan coverage administered by the HCA.
(1) This section applies to the dependents of emergency
service personnel "killed in the line of duty" as determined
consistent with Title 51 RCW)) by the Washington state
department of labor and industries.
(2) "Emergency service personnel" means law enforcement
,)) and fire fighters as defined in RCW 41.26.030,
and reserve officers(( ,)) and fire fighters as defined in RCW
(( 41.26.030 and)) 41.24.010.
(3) "Surviving dependent" means:
(a) A lawful spouse ((
(b) An ex-spouse as defined in RCW 41.26.162; ((
(b))) (c) Dependent children. The term "children"
includes the following unmarried ((
stepchildren and legally adopted)) children of the emergency
service worker who are: Under the age of twenty or under the
age of twenty-four (( for)) if he or she is a dependent student
attending high school or registered at an accredited secondary
school, college, university, vocational school, or school of
nursing. Disabled dependents as defined in RCW 41.26.030(7)
are eligible at any age. "Children" are defined as:
(i) Biological children (including the emergency service worker's posthumous children);
(ii) Stepchildren; and
(iii) Legally adopted children.
Premium rates will be subsidized consistent with
rates established by PEBB for non-Medicare retirees under RCW 41.05.022 and for Medicare-entitled retirees under RCW 41.05.085.
(5))) Surviving dependents ((
that)) who are entitled to
Medicare(( -entitled)) must enroll in both parts A and B of
(6))) (5) The surviving dependent must send a completed
enrollment (( application)) form (to either enroll or defer
public employees' benefits board (PEBB) coverage) to PEBB
benefits services department no later than (( sixty)) one
hundred eighty days after the latter of:
(a) The death of the emergency service worker;
(b) The date on the letter from the department of retirement systems or the board for volunteer fire fighters and reserve officers that informs the survivor that he or she is determined to be an eligible survivor;
(c) The last day ((
of)) the surviving dependent was
covered under any (( coverage extended by the employing agency
of)) health plan through the emergency service (( employee who
died in the line of duty)) worker's employer; or
(b))) (d) The last day (( of coverage extended through))
the surviving dependent was covered under the Consolidated
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) coverage from (( any
employing agency)) the emergency service worker's employer.
(6) Survivors that do not choose to defer PEBB coverage may choose among the following options for when their PEBB coverage will begin:
(a) June 1, 2006, for survivors whose enrollment form is received by PEBB benefit services no later than September 1, 2006;
(b) The first of the month that is no more than sixty days before the date that PEBB benefit services receives the enrollment form (for example, if PEBB benefit services receives the enrollment form on August 29, the survivor may request coverage to begin on July 1); or
(c) The first of the month after the date that PEBB benefit services receives the enrollment form.
For surviving dependents who enroll, monthly premiums for PEBB health plan coverage must be paid by the survivor except as provided in RCW 41.26.510(5).
(7) Surviving dependents must choose one of the following
two options ((
for maintaining)) to maintain eligibility for
(( participation under)) PEBB health plan coverage:
(a) Enroll in PEBB health plan coverage:
Enrollment)) Enroll in (( the)) medical (( portion of
PEBB health plan)) coverage (( is required.)); or
Enrollment in the dental portion of PEBB health
plan coverage is optional. Once enrolled in)) Enroll in
medical and dental coverage.
(iii) The ((
person)) dependent must (( maintain
enrollment)) stay enrolled in dental coverage for (( a minimum
of)) at least two years before dental coverage can be dropped.
(iii))) (iv) Dental only coverage is not (( available))
(b) Defer enrollment:
(i) Surviving dependents may defer enrollment in PEBB
health plan coverage if they are enrolled in ((
sponsored)) comprehensive medical coverage through (( their
employment)) an employer.
(ii) Surviving dependents may enroll in PEBB health plan
coverage when ((
their)) they lose employer (( sponsored))
coverage (( ends)). (( Proof of continuous enrollment))
Dependents will need to prove they were continuously enrolled
in (( other)) comprehensive (( employer sponsored)) coverage
(( must be submitted with the application)) through an employer
when applying for (( enrollment to the HCA)) PEBB coverage, and
apply within sixty days after the date (( that)) their other
(iii) PEBB health plan coverage and premiums will begin the first day of the month following the day that the other coverage ended for dependents that reenroll.
Enrollees)) Surviving dependents may change their
health (( carrier selection)) plan during open enrollment. In
addition to open enrollment, (( enrollees)) they may change
health (( carriers)) plans if they move out of their health
(( carrier's)) plan's service area or into a service area where
a health (( carrier)) plan that was not previously offered is
(9) Surviving dependents may not add new dependents acquired through birth, marriage, or establishment of a qualified same-sex domestic partnership.
(10) Surviving dependents will ((
forfeit)) lose their
right to enroll in PEBB health plan coverage if they:
(a) Do not ((
make application)) apply to enroll or defer
PEBB (( before)) health plan coverage within the (( date
specified)) timelines stated in subsection (( (6))) (5) of this
(b) Do not maintain continuous enrollment in
comprehensive coverage through an employer ((
coverage)) during the deferral period, as provided in
subsection (7)(b)(i) of this section.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 41.05.165. 04-18-039, § 182-12-250, filed 8/26/04, effective 1/1/05.]