Benefits Enrollment

New Employees

Newly-eligible employees have 30 days to enroll in the various benefit plans. If an employee does not enroll within 30 days of eligibility, the next available time to enroll will be during the yearly Open Enrollment. Some benefits may have eligibility requirements that must be met in order to participate if enrollment was not completed during the first 30 days of eligibility. 

If you are ready to make your medical benefit decision and enroll, please log in at Employee Online.

If you are new to the WA State Department of Retirement System, you have a choice between two retirement plans: Plan 2 or Plan 3.  You have 90 days from your hire date to choose your plan.  Go to www.drs.wa.gov/choice to learn more about your options.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is the only time during the year you have the opportunity to change the medical and dental plans you are currently enrolled in.  Open Enrollment takes place November 1st - November 30th each year. Changes made take effect January 1st.

If you are going to have any changes in your family during the year, Open Enrollment is the time to determine if your plan still meets your needs.  Are you expecting a child? Is your spouse retiring or changing jobs? All of these events may change your coverage and your out-of-pocket cost. If you wish to enroll in the Flexible Spending Account plans for the upcoming year, you must also do so during the Open Enrollment period.

Open Enrollment is also a great time of year to look at your optional insurance coverage levels and re-evaluate your needs.  This is especially true if you have had a change in position, hours or family status.

Remember, if you want a flexible spending account, you must re-enroll every year.  This benefit does NOT renew automatically.

Open Enrollment changes are done, November 1st through November 30th, by logging in at Employee Online.

Special Enrollment (Changes Outside of Open Enrollment Due to Qualifying Events)

Under certain circumstances, mid-year changes are permitted outside of Open Enrollment due to a qualifying event, such as the birth of a child or marriage. Also, if you declined enrollment for yourself or your dependents because of other health insurance coverage, you may be able to enroll yourself or your dependents on this plan if this other coverage ends, provided that you request enrollment within 30 days of the other coverage ending and provide a certificate of insurance and evidence of losing coverage.

Qualifying Event Important Reminders:

  • You have 60 days after the birth of a child to add them to your insurance.
  • You have 30 days after date of marriage to add your new spouse to your insurance.
  • You have 30 days after change in other coverage to add or drop dependents.

Special Enrollment changes can be done by logging in at Employee Online. Be sure to submit the appropriate documentation to the Benefits Office, for example, marriage certificate, COBRA notice, etc.