Last year the state legislature established two premium surcharges for state employees, which go into effect July 1, 2014. There is a $25 tobacco use surcharge and a $50 surcharge for medical coverage for your spouse/partner who has chosen not to enroll in his/her own employer sponsored coverage comparable to the Uniform Medical Plan. These surcharges will be added to your monthly medical premium.
You must respond to the mailing sent to your home address from Health Care Authority, which gives instructions to create your account online to provide an “attestation” regarding tobacco use and other medical coverage. You have between April 1 to May 15, 2014 to respond to avoid defaulting payment of surcharges.
The first notice was mailed to your home address on February 28 from the Health Care Authority.
The letter offers suggestions on what you can do now to prepare for the attestation period:
- Register as a New User on My Account on the PEBB website, if you haven’t done so. On October 1, 2013, My Account changed to include a new level of security, which requires subscribers to create a user name and password. Starting April 1, you will be able to use My Account to attest to the premium surcharges and wellness incentive. See the How do I register? link.
- Choose a primary care provider and complete your PEBB medical plan’s health assessment. To find out how to do these, see the wellness incentive page.
- If your spouse or domestic partner is enrolled on your PEBB medical coverage and eligible for other employer-sponsored medical coverage but chose not to enroll, find out whether you need to gather information about it. Go to the online Spousal Plan Questionnaire to answer the five preliminary questions.
Have questions? Visit the frequently asked questions page to find more information about the premium surcharges and the wellness incentive. These FAQs will be updated frequently, so be sure to check back for new FAQs. Benefits-eligible employees will also receive a follow-up letter in late March with more details on how to respond to the premium surcharges and wellness incentive starting April 1.
A second notice will be sent by Health Care Authority to your home address.