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Benefits Information

If your employment at Western Washington University is ending, the information below is provided to assist you in making decisions about your health care, optional coverages, and retirement plan. Human Resources Benefits staff members are available to answer your questions. To schedule a one-on-one appointment or group session, please call Jeff Ritter at 360.650.7314. If you want materials mailed to you, make sure your W-2 address is current.

What Happens When You Leave Employment

Type of Benefit Coverage End Dates Options for Continuing Coverage
HEALTH CARE
Medical
Dental
Vision
Prescription drugs

Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB)
1.800.200.1004
www.pebb.hca.wa.gov/

 
PEBB coverage for employees and their dependents ends at midnight on the last day of the month you are employed.  For more information:

PEBB Initial Notice of COBRA and Continuation Coverage Rights

2010 Election Notice (18- 29- or 36-month qualifying events)
When Western notifies PEBB that your coverage is ending, PEBB will send you information on how to continue coverage by self-pay on COBRA and the plan Rates.

Retiring employees may choose to elect PEBB-sponsored retiree coverage if eligible.

Basic Health

Additional Alternative Private and Public Health Insurance (link me) Options
 

Life Insurance
ReliaStar Life Insurance Company
1.866.689.6990
Part A coverage ends at the end of the calendar month in which you were in pay status or the end of the month your approved leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act ends. 

If you have enrolled in additional optional coverage under Parts B, C, D or E, please see pages 16-18 of the plan booklet for coverage end dates.

Upon written application and payment of the applicable premium to ReliaStar Life Insurance Company within 31 days (60 days for persons retiring and their dependents), you or your insured dependents will be entitled, without evidence of insurability, to an individual policy of Life Insurance (without Disability, Accelerated Life, or Supplemental Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Benefits) on the date your insurance ceases because of termination of employment.
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Standard Insurance Company
1.800.368.2860
Basic long-term disability insurance ends at midnight on the date employment ends.  Optional coverage ends at midnight on the last day of the month in which employment ends or the last day in which the subscriber paid the premium. See the plan booklet for more information.
OPTIONAL COVERAGES
Auto/Home Insurance with Liberty Mutual
1.800.295.3753 
Your group insurance discounted rate will end on the last day of the month that you are employed. You may continue your auto/home insurance after employment ends.  Please contact Liberty Mutual for information at 1.800.295.3753.
 
Combined Fund Drive
360.664.1995
You may discontinue your contribution at any time.  Your final Payroll deduction ends as of the last pay check you are scheduled to receive. The Combined Fund Drive accepts donations made by check to favorite charities at any time.

Retirees who receive retirement benefits through DRS are able to give to the CFD by deduction from their retirement check.
 
Deferred Compensation Program (DCP)
1.888.327.5596
Your participation in DCP ends when you retire or separate from employment.
 
Employees cannot contribute to DCP after they have separated from service.  Upon separation, employees may withdraw their funds.  Contact DCP at the Department of Retirement Systems for more information at 1.888.327.5596.
 
Dependent Care Assistance
Call ASIFlex at
1.800.659.3035
You may continue to incur reimbursable expenses (to the extent of your account balance) for the remainder of the calendar year until your available funds are exhausted.  You must submit claims for these expenses to ASIFlex by March 31 following the close of the calendar year in which the expenses were incurred.
 
Participants cannot contribute to Dependent Care Assistance after they are no longer employed.
Flexible Spending Account
Call ASIFlex at
1.800.659.3035
Coverage ends with the final contribution but you may claim expenses that were incurred while you were actively employed by the State.  If you select this option, you have until March 31 following the close of the current plan year to submit claims. You may elect COBRA coverage and pay the monthly contribution amount on a post-tax basis.  This option allows you to extend your period of coverage for the remainder of the plan year.
Guaranteed Education Tuition
1.800.955.2318
Your participation in GET ends when you separate from employment. You may continue your GET account by choosing one of the four available options:
1) Convert your Custom Monthly Plan to a Lump Sum Plan and end your monthly payments.
2) Reduce the total number of units in your contract to lower your monthly payment.
3) Increase the total number of years in your contract to lower your monthly payment.  Please note that your contract must be paid in full before you can use your units.
4) Close the account and request a refund.  Please review the GET Cancellation and Refund Policy or call for details.
 
RETIREMENT
Washington State Retirement Systems (PRS, TRS, LEOFF)
1.800.547.6657
 

Upon termination, you may remain a member of a Washington State Department of Retirement Systems plan if you are hired into an eligible position by another DRS employer. 

You are not required to withdraw your contributions when you leave DRS-covered employment. If you leave your contributions with DRS, your funds will continue to accrue interest and your service credit will be preserved.

Your contributions are refundable only ifyou leave DRS-covered employment.  If you withdraw your contributions, you lose your right to future benefits. However, under certain circumstances you may restore your withdrawn contributions and re-establish your benefits.  You cannot withdraw contributions made by your employer.

If you have established membership in more than one Washington State public service retirement system, you may qualify as a dual member, and you may be able to combine service credit in order to qualify for retirement. 
 

If you meet the eligibility requirements for retirement under the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, you're considered retired once you begin receiving a retirement benefit.  This is usually the first of the month after you've separated from employment. 

If you separate from employment, but wait to start drawing a benefit, you'll be considered retired once you do begin receiving it. 

See the DRS website for more information and return to work rules.

Western Washington University Retirement Plan (WWURP) (link me)
360.650.6106
 

  Fund Sponsors:

     Fidelity

800.343.0860

 

     TIAA-CREF

800.842.2776

 

     Vanguard

800.523.1188

If you are a Western Washington University Retirement Plan member, your participation in the Plan ends
when you retire or separate from WWU employment, or you are transferred or reclassified to an ineligible position. 

Upon retirement or termination from employment, a participant may elect a retirement income option or combination of income options provided by each Fund Sponsor. Subject to the rules of Fund Sponsors, a participant may elect to withdraw up to 100 percent of Plan contributions upon retirement or separation from employment.
 

If you meet the eligibility requirements for retirement under the Western Washington University Retirement Plan, you must provide written notification of your intent to retire to your supervisor prior to the date of retirement.

You are a retiree as of the effective date of the written notice and may begin receiving your benefit as allowed by your plan sponsor. 

 

 

Voluntary Investment Program (link me) (VIP)
360.650.7713

Fund Sponsors:

     Fidelity

800.343.0860

 

     TIAA-CREF

800.842.2776

 

     Vanguard

800.523.1188

 

Participation in the VIP ends as of the last date of employment. Participants are entitled to receive benefits as allowed by the Fund sponsors.  Distributions may be paid only after a Participant attains age 59 1/2, severs from employment with WWU, dies or becomes disabled, or in the case of hardship.  Distributions made prior to attaining age 59 1/2 may be subject to early withdrawal penalties under the Internal Revenue Code.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
Compensatory and Holiday Compensatory Earned Hours
360.650.2991
All compensatory hours will be cashed out at the end of employment.
Vacation Cash Out
360.650.2991
You are eligible for a cash out of all your accrued but unused vacation hours at the end of employment.  Cash out typically occurs on your last pay date.
Sick Leave Cash Out
360.650.2991
 
Upon retirement, any unused sick leave accrued will be cashed out at a rate of one hour's pay for each four hours of sick leave.  If a VEBA plan is in effect, Benefits Services will send you a member information kit.  Once you complete the required enrollment form, Payroll will deposit your sick leave cash out into your VEBA account.  
Unemployment 1.800.318.6022

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Page Updated 06.03.2013