WSR 21-10-075
(Public Employees Benefits Board)
[Admin #2021-01.05—Filed May 3, 2021, 8:40 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 21-04-108.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 182-12-300 Public employees benefits board (PEBB) wellness incentive program eligibility and procedural requirements.
Hearing Location(s): On June 8, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. In response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, the agency will not provide a physical location for this hearing. This promotes social distancing and the safety of the citizens of Washington state. A virtual public hearing, without a physical meeting space, will be held instead. To attend the virtual public hearing, you must register at the following link, Webinar ID 384-227-715. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the information about joining the webinar.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not sooner than June 9, 2021.
Submit Written Comments to: Health Care Authority (HCA) Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, email, fax 360-586-9727, by June 8, 2021.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Amber Lougheed, phone 360-725-1349, fax 360-586-9727, telecommunication[s] relay service 711, email, by May 21, 2021.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose of this proposal is to amend WAC 182-12-300 to support the PEBB program.
Implement PEBB policy resolution:
Amended WAC 182-12-300 to implement policy resolution PEBB 2021-15 rescinding PEBB policy resolution #4 SmartHealth as adopted on July 12, 2017.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: See purpose statement.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160; policy resolution PEBB 2021-15.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 41.05.021, 41.05.160.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: Not applicable.
Name of Proponent: HCA, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Stella Ng, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, 360-725-0883; Implementation: Barbara Scott, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, 360-725-0830; and Enforcement: Scott Palafox, P.O. Box 42716, Olympia, WA 98504-2716, 360-725-1858.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to HCA rules unless requested by the joint administrative rules review committee or applied voluntarily.
The proposed rule does not impose more-than-minor costs on businesses. Following is a summary of the agency's analysis showing how costs were calculated. These rules do not apply to small businesses.
May 3, 2021
Wendy Barcus
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 20-16-062, filed 7/28/20, effective 1/1/21)
WAC 182-12-300Public employees benefits board (PEBB) wellness incentive program eligibility and procedural requirements.
The board annually determines the design of the PEBB wellness incentive program.
(1) All subscribers, except PEBB subscribers who are enrolled in both medicare Parts A and B, and in the medicare risk pool as described in RCW 41.05.080(3), are eligible to participate in the PEBB wellness incentive program.
(2) Effective January 1, 2020, to receive the PEBB wellness incentive of a reduction to the subscriber's medical plan deductible or a deposit to the subscriber's health savings account for the following plan year, eligible subscribers must complete PEBB wellness incentive program requirements during the current plan year by the following deadline:
(a) For subscribers continuing enrollment in PEBB medical and subscribers enrolling in PEBB medical with an effective date in January through September, the deadline is November 30th; or
(b) For subscribers enrolling in PEBB medical with an effective date in October through December, the deadline is December 31st.
(3) Subscribers who do not complete the requirements according to subsection (2) of this section, except as noted, within the time frame described are not eligible to receive a PEBB wellness incentive the following plan year.
All eligible subscribers can earn a wellness incentive. Subscribers who cannot complete the wellness incentive program requirements may be able to earn the same incentive by different means. The contracted vendor will work with enrollees (and their physician, if they wish) to define an individual wellness program that provides the opportunity to qualify for the same incentive in light of the enrollee's health status.
(4) ((Effective January 1, 2018, an eligible subscriber will receive a separate PEBB wellness incentive for completing the SmartHealth well-being assessment on or before December 31st, of the current plan year. An eligible subscriber may only earn this separate PEBB wellness incentive once per plan year. Once earned, subscribers must claim the incentive on or before December 31st of the same calendar year it was earned.
(5))) A PEBB wellness incentive will be provided only if:
(a) For the wellness incentive described in subsection (2) of this section the subscriber is still eligible for the PEBB wellness incentive program and is enrolled in a PEBB medical plan in the year the incentive applies;
(b) The funding rate provided by the legislature is designed to provide a PEBB wellness incentive program or a PEBB wellness incentive, or both; or
(c) Specific appropriations are provided for wellness incentives.