From March 1 through March 31, 2019, you will have a special, one-time open enrollment opportunity for optional long-term disability insurance. You can enroll or reduce your waiting period without providing evidence of insurability (proof of good health). Normally, you must submit proof of good health to take these actions after your initial 31-day eligibility period for PEBB benefits.
This opportunity is available to employees whose employer offers LTD insurance. Changes made during March 2019 will be effective May 1, 2019. Learn more about optional LTD, or calculate your LTD insurance needs, on The Standard’s website.
If you haven’t enrolled in optional LTD in the past, or didn’t want to provide proof of good health, now is a great time to reconsider this benefit.
Note: The current preexisting condition exclusion and 12-month exclusion period will still apply during the one-time open enrollment. Please read your certificate of coverage carefully to understand this benefit.
How do I take advantage of this opportunity?
To enroll or reduce your waiting period, complete the Long-Term Disability One-time Open Enrollment/Change Form and submit it to your personnel, payroll, or benefits office by March 31, 2019.
On behalf of Sheryl Gordon:
Starting in 2020, Washington State will be the fifth state in the nation to offer paid family and medical leave to workers. Washington State passed legislation in 2017 that established the “Paid Family and Medical Leave” (PFML) program that offers Washington workers the opportunity to receive partial wage replacement while on leave for qualifying family and/or medical events after establishing eligibility. This insurance program will allow workers to take up to 12 weeks, as needed, when they welcome a new child into their family, experience a serious illness, need to take care of a sick relative, and for certain military connected events. If workers experience multiple events in a given year, they may be eligible to receive up to 16 weeks, or up to 18 weeks if the employee experiences a serious health condition with a pregnancy that results in incapacity.
Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program is organized as an insurance program, and like most insurance programs, it is funded through premiums. Beginning on January 1, 2019, most employers will be required to withhold premiums from their employee’s paychecks, and many employers will be required to pay into the program too.
As directed by the Legislature, premium assessment begins on January 1, 2019 and benefits can be applied for starting January 1, 2020.
Green River College is opting to pay both the employer and the employee premiums to fund this new Paid Family & Medical Leave program!
Details on How It Will Work
Eligible Washington workers will be able to use Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits starting in 2020. The application and benefit payment process will be managed by the Washington State Employment Security Department. For more information about PFML, go to www.paidleave.wa.gov
On behalf of Sheryl Gordon:
Our Open Enrollment period is continuing but you’ve got just 15 days to make changes to your current plans! From now until November 30, you can make the following changes:
You make changes on your My Account feature on the PEBB website 24 hours/day.
Changes made during Open Enrollment become effective January 1, 2019.
Now that summer has officially begun, lots of us will be taking some time to enjoy travel and well-deserved “down time”. As you plan your vacations and leisure time, be sure to check out the articles and resources offered through our Employee Assistance Program. The link below will guide you to a number of informative articles to help you get the most out of your free time.
Travel and Leisure
As we’ve noted before, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers us a wealth of information and opportunities to improve our lives at work and away. One of the great resources they offer is the monthly Frontline newsletter. Check the link below for this month’s informative articles!
Our Employee Assistance Program continues to be a wonderful source of helpful information! This month’s EAP newsletter offers tips about a number of issues including:
- Distracted driving
- Social media
- Workplace defensiveness
Click the link below to take advantage of more ways to improve your work relationships and beyond!
In December, we let you know about the new services our EAP (Employee Assistance Program) offers, including legal and financial services. We’d like to take a moment to remind you of those services as well as bring you a few updates!
- Now there’s a new website shortcut for the EAP: bit.ly/eapweb. Once you enter (or copy and paste) you’ll enter our organization code GRC to get access.
- In addition to the great resources you already know about, did you know that our EAP also offers free e-learning and online seminars? These valuable professional development trainings are available in the orange boxes just on the main page. Trainings are about 15-20 mins long and offer you the option to print your certificate of completion!
See the flyer below for more options from our Employee Assistance Program!