for Faculty & Staff
As a new employee, you have 31 days from your initial eligibility date to select and enroll in the medical and dental plan of your choice. Follow the steps below to determine if your position is PEBB insurance-eligible and how your initial eligibility date is determined.
New employees must turn in an enrollment form to activate medical and dental coverage. New employees who do not select and enroll in a plan within the 31-day deadline will lose the ability both to select among all the plans and to enroll dependents until the next annual medical/dental open enrollment (generally held November 1 - 30 and effective the next calendar year). Uniform Medical and Uniform Dental are the default plans if no action is taken by the employee. However, note that without an enrollment form, even the "default" enrollment will be delayed up to 90 days, limiting ability to access services. You cannot change your plan until the next open enrollment period unless there is a qualifying change in your family circumstances.
Current Staff and Faculty:
You can choose a new plan during the annual open enrollment period generally that runs from November 1st - 30th each year, with changes effective January 1st of the following year.
- Determine if your position is PEBB insurance-eligible by clicking here.
- Are your dependent children and/or spouse or qualified domestic partner eligible?
- Read the PEBB Medical and Dental Insurance Enrollment Guide here.
- Research the medical plans and dental plans available to PEBB-insurance eligible faculty and staff.
- Use the PEBB enrollment/change form to enroll in the insurance of your choice and return to the Benefits Office.
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. See the form pages under the Benefits Forms and Publications menu on the left.
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 Western Washington University, through the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) program.