WAC 182-16-020: Definitions

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Published: 2015

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(Effective until January 1, 2016.)
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As used in this chapter the term: "Authority" or "HCA" means the health care authority. "Business days" means all days except Saturdays, Sundays, and all legal holidays as set forth in RCW 1.16.050. "Calendar days" or "days" means all days including Saturdays, Sundays, and all legal holidays as set forth in RCW 1.16.050. "Continuance" means a change in the date or time of a hearing. "Denial" or "denial notice" means an action by, or communication from, either an employing agency, or the PEBB program that aggrieves an employee, or his or her dependent, with regard to PEBB benefits including, but not limited to, actions or communications expressly designated as a "denial," "denial notice," or "cancellation notice." "Dependent care assistance program" or "DCAP" means a benefit plan whereby state and public employees may pay for certain employment related dependent care with pretax dollars as provided in the salary reduction plan authorized in chapter 41.05 RCW. "Director" means the director of the authority. "Documents" means papers, letters, writings, e-mails, electronic files, or other printed or written items. "Employer group" means those employee organizations representing state civil service employees, counties, municipalities, political subdivisions, the Washington health benefit exchange, tribal governments, school districts, charter schools, and educational service districts participating in PEBB insurance coverage under contractual agreement as described in WAC 182-08-245. "Employing agency" means a division, department, or separate agency of state government, including an institution of higher education; a county, municipality, school district, educational service district, or other political subdivision; charter school; or a tribal government covered by chapter 41.05 RCW. "Enrollee" means a person who meets all eligibility requirements defined in chapter 182-12 WAC, who is enrolled in PEBB benefits, and for whom applicable premium payments have been made. "Final order" means an order that is the final PEBB program decision. "Health plan" means a plan offering medical or dental, or both developed by the public employees benefits board and provided by a contracted vendor or self-insured plans administered by the HCA. "Hearing" means a proceeding before a presiding officer that gives a party an opportunity to be heard in a dispute about a decision made by the PEBB appeals committee, including prehearing conferences, dispositive motion hearings, and evidentiary hearings. "Hearing representative" means a person who is authorized to represent the PEBB program in an administrative hearing. The person may be an assistant attorney general, a licensed attorney, or authorized HCA employee. "Institutions of higher education" means the state public research universities, the public regional universities, The Evergreen State College, the community and technical colleges, and the state board for community and technical colleges. "Insurance coverage" means any health plan, life insurance, long-term care insurance, long-term disability (LTD) insurance, or property and casualty insurance administered as a PEBB benefit. "LTD insurance" includes basic long-term disability insurance paid for by the employing agency and long-term disability insurance offered to employees on an optional basis. "Mail" or "mailing" means placing a document in the United States Postal system, commercial delivery service, or Washington state consolidated mail services properly addressed. "Medical flexible spending arrangement" or "medical FSA" means a benefit plan whereby state and public employees may reduce their salary before taxes to pay for medical expenses not reimbursed by insurance as provided in the salary reduction plan authorized in chapter 41.05 RCW. "PEBB" means the public employees benefits board. "PEBB appeals committee" means the committee that considers appeals relating to the administration of PEBB benefits by the PEBB program. The director has delegated the authority to hear appeals at the level below an administrative hearing to the PEBB appeals committee. "PEBB benefits" means one or more insurance coverages or other employee benefits administered by the PEBB program within the health care authority. "PEBB program" means the program within the HCA which administers insurance and other benefits for eligible employees (as defined in WAC 182-12-114), eligible retired and disabled employees (as defined in WAC 182-12-171), eligible dependents (as defined in WAC 182-12-250 and 182-12-260), and others as defined in RCW 41.05.011. "Prehearing conference" means a proceeding scheduled and conducted by a presiding officer to address issues in preparation for a hearing. "Premium payment plan" means a benefit plan whereby state and public employees may pay their share of group health plan premiums with pretax dollars as provided in the salary reduction plan. "Premium surcharge" means a payment required from a subscriber, in addition to the subscriber's premium contribution, due to an enrollee's tobacco use or a subscriber's spouse or registered domestic partner choosing not to enroll in his or her employer-based group medical insurance when: • Premiums are less than ninety-five percent of Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) Classic premiums; and • The actuarial value of benefits is at least ninety-five percent of the actuarial value of UMP Classic benefits. "Presiding officer" means an impartial decision maker who is an attorney, presides at an administrative hearing, and is either a director designated HCA employee or an administrative law judge employed by the office of administrative hearings. "Record" means the official documentation of the hearing process. The record includes recordings or transcripts, admitted exhibits, decisions, briefs, notices, orders, and other filed documents. "Salary reduction plan" means a benefit plan whereby state and public employees may agree to a reduction of salary on a pretax basis to participate in the DCAP, medical FSA, or premium payment plan as authorized in chapter 41.05 RCW. "State agency" means an office, department, board, commission, institution, or other separate unit or division, however designated, of the state government and all personnel thereof. It includes the legislature, executive branch, and agencies or courts within the judicial branch, as well as institutions of higher education and any unit of state government established by law. "Subscriber" means the employee, retiree, COBRA beneficiary or eligible survivor who has been designated by the HCA as the individual to whom the HCA and contracted vendors will issue all notices, information, requests and premium bills on behalf of enrollees. "Tobacco products" means any product made with or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product. This includes, but is not limited to, cigars, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, and other tobacco products. It does not include United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved quit aids or e-cigarettes until their tobacco related status is determined by the FDA. "Tobacco use" means any use of tobacco products within the past two months. Tobacco use, however, does not include the religious or ceremonial use of tobacco. "Tribal government" means an Indian tribal government as defined in Section 3(32) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), as amended, or an agency or instrumentality of the tribal government, that has government offices principally located in this state. [Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2013 2nd sp.s. c 4. WSR 14-20-058 (PEBB Admin 2014-02), § 182-16-020, filed 9/25/14, effective 1/1/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160, 2013 2nd sp.s. c 4 and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 14-08-040, § 182-16-020, filed 3/26/14, effective 4/26/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2012 2nd sp.s. c 3. WSR 13-22-019 (Admin. 2013-01), § 182-16-020, filed 10/28/13, effective 1/1/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 12-20-022 (Order 2012-01), § 182-16-020, filed 9/25/12, effective 11/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2011 c 8. WSR 11-22-036 (Order 11-02), § 182-16-020, filed 10/26/11, effective 1/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 09-23-102 (Order 09-02), § 182-16-020, filed 11/17/09, effective 1/1/10; WSR 08-20-128 (Order 08-03), § 182-16-020, filed 10/1/08, effective 1/1/09; WSR 07-20-129 (Order 07-01), § 182-16-020, filed 10/3/07, effective 11/3/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.010 and 34.05.250. WSR 91-14-025, § 182-16-020, filed 6/25/91, effective 7/26/91.]

(Effective January 1, 2016.)
WAC 182-16-020

Definitions.

As used in this chapter the term: "Authority" or "HCA" means the health care authority. "Business days" means all days except Saturdays, Sundays, and all legal holidays as set forth in RCW 1.16.050. "Calendar days" or "days" means all days including Saturdays, Sundays, and all legal holidays as set forth in RCW 1.16.050. "Continuance" means a change in the date or time of a hearing. "Denial" or "denial notice" means an action by, or communication from, either an employing agency, or the PEBB program that aggrieves an employee, or his or her dependent, with regard to PEBB benefits including, but not limited to, actions or communications expressly designated as a "denial," "denial notice," or "cancellation notice." "Dependent" means a person who meets eligibility requirements in WAC 182-12-260, except that "surviving spouses, state registered domestic partners, and dependent children" of emergency service personnel who are killed in the line of duty is defined in WAC 182-12-250. "Dependent care assistance program" or "DCAP" means a benefit plan whereby state and public employees may pay for certain employment related dependent care with pretax dollars as provided in the salary reduction plan authorized in chapter 41.05 RCW. "Director" means the director of the authority. "Documents" means papers, letters, writings, e-mails, electronic files, or other printed or written items. "Employee" includes all employees of the state, whether or not covered by civil service; elected and appointed officials of the executive branch of government, including full-time members of boards, commissions, or committees; justices of the supreme court and judges of the court of appeals and the superior courts; and members of the state legislature. Pursuant to contractual agreement with the authority, "employee" may also include: (a) Employees of a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state and members of the legislative authority of any county, city, or town who are elected to office after February 20, 1970, if the legislative authority of the county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state seeks and receives the approval of the authority to provide any of its insurance programs by contract with the authority, as provided in RCW 41.04.205 and 41.05.021 (1)(g); (b) employees of employee organizations representing state civil service employees, at the option of each such employee organization, and, effective October 1, 1995, employees of employee organizations currently pooled with employees of school districts for the purpose of purchasing insurance benefits, at the option of each such employee organization; (c) employees of a school district if the authority agrees to provide any of the school districts' insurance programs by contract with the authority as provided in RCW 28A.400.350; (d) employees of a tribal government, if the governing body of the tribal government seeks and receives the approval of the authority to provide any of its insurance programs by contract with the authority, as provided in RCW 41.05.021 (1)(f) and (g); (e) employees of the Washington health benefit exchange if the governing board of the exchange established in RCW 43.71.020 seeks and receives approval of the authority to provide any of its insurance programs by contract with the authority, as provided in RCW 41.05.021 (1)(g) and (n); and (f) employees of a charter school established under chapter 28A.710 RCW. "Employee" does not include: Adult family home providers; unpaid volunteers; patients of state hospitals; inmates; employees of the Washington state convention and trade center as provided in RCW 41.05.110; students of institutions of higher education as determined by their institution; and any others not expressly defined as employees under this chapter or by the authority under this chapter. "Employer-based group medical insurance" means group medical insurance coverage related to a current employment relationship. It does not include medical insurance coverage available to retired employees, individual market medical insurance coverage, or government-sponsored programs such as medicare or medicaid. "Employer group" means those counties, municipalities, political subdivisions, the Washington health benefit exchange, tribal governments, school districts, educational service districts, and employee organizations representing state civil service employees, obtaining employee benefits through a contractual agreement with the authority as described in WAC 182-08-245. "Employing agency" means a division, department, or separate agency of state government, including an institution of higher education; a county, municipality, school district, educational service district, or other political subdivision; charter school; or a tribal government covered by chapter 41.05 RCW. "Enrollee" means a person who meets all eligibility requirements defined in chapter 182-12 WAC, who is enrolled in PEBB benefits, and for whom applicable premium payments have been made. "Final order" means an order that is the final PEBB program decision. "Health plan" means a plan offering medical or dental, or both, developed by the public employees benefits board and provided by a contracted vendor or self-insured plans administered by the HCA. "Hearing" means a proceeding before a presiding officer that gives a party an opportunity to be heard in a dispute about a decision made by the PEBB appeals committee, including prehearing conferences, dispositive motion hearings, status conferences, and evidentiary hearings. "Hearing representative" means a person who is authorized to represent the PEBB program in an administrative hearing. The person may be an assistant attorney general, a licensed attorney, or authorized HCA employee. "Institutions of higher education" means the state public research universities, the public regional universities, The Evergreen State College, the community and technical colleges, and the state board for community and technical colleges. "Insurance coverage" means any health plan, life insurance, long-term care insurance, long-term disability (LTD) insurance, or property and casualty insurance administered as a PEBB benefit. "LTD insurance" includes basic long-term disability insurance paid for by the employing agency and long-term disability insurance offered to employees on an optional basis. "Mail" or "mailing" means placing a document in the United States Postal system, commercial delivery service, or Washington state consolidated mail services properly addressed. "Medical flexible spending arrangement" or "medical FSA" means a benefit plan whereby state and public employees may reduce their salary before taxes to pay for medical expenses not reimbursed by insurance as provided in the salary reduction plan authorized in chapter 41.05 RCW. "PEBB" means the public employees benefits board. "PEBB appeals committee" means the committee that considers appeals relating to the administration of PEBB benefits by the PEBB program. The director has delegated the authority to hear appeals at the level below an administrative hearing to the PEBB appeals committee. "PEBB benefits" means one or more insurance coverages or other employee benefits administered by the PEBB program within the health care authority. "PEBB program" means the program within the HCA that administers insurance and other benefits for eligible employees (as described in WAC 182-12-114), eligible retired and disabled employees (as described in WAC 182-12-171), eligible dependents (as described in WAC 182-12-250 and 182-12-260), and others as defined in RCW 41.05.011. "Prehearing conference" means a proceeding scheduled and conducted by a presiding officer to address issues in preparation for a hearing. "Premium payment plan" means a benefit plan whereby state and public employees may pay their share of group health plan premiums with pretax dollars as provided in the salary reduction plan. "Premium surcharge" means a payment required from a subscriber, in addition to the subscriber's premium contribution, due to an enrollee's tobacco use or a subscriber's spouse or registered domestic partner choosing not to enroll in his or her employer-based group medical insurance when: • Premiums are less than ninety-five percent of Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) Classic premiums; and • The actuarial value of benefits is at least ninety-five percent of the actuarial value of UMP Classic benefits. "Presiding officer" means an impartial decision maker who is an attorney, presides at an administrative hearing, and is either a director designated HCA employee or an administrative law judge employed by the office of administrative hearings. "Record" means the official documentation of the hearing process. The record includes recordings or transcripts, admitted exhibits, decisions, briefs, notices, orders, and other filed documents. "Salary reduction plan" means a benefit plan whereby state and public employees may agree to a reduction of salary on a pretax basis to participate in the DCAP, medical FSA, or premium payment plan as authorized in chapter 41.05 RCW. "State agency" means an office, department, board, commission, institution, or other separate unit or division, however designated, of the state government and all personnel thereof. It includes the legislature, executive branch, and agencies or courts within the judicial branch, as well as institutions of higher education and any unit of state government established by law. "Subscriber" means the employee, retiree, COBRA beneficiary or eligible survivor who has been designated by the HCA as the individual to whom the HCA and contracted vendors will issue all notices, information, requests and premium bills on behalf of enrollees. "Tobacco products" means any product made with or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product. This includes, but is not limited to, cigars, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, and other tobacco products. It does not include United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved quit aids or e-cigarettes until their tobacco related status is determined by the FDA. "Tobacco use" means any use of tobacco products within the past two months. Tobacco use, however, does not include the religious or ceremonial use of tobacco. "Tribal government" means an Indian tribal government as defined in Section 3(32) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), as amended, or an agency or instrumentality of the tribal government, that has government offices principally located in this state. [Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160, 2015 c 116, and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 15-22-099 (PEBB Admin # 2015-01 Rev 1), § 182-16-020, filed 11/4/15, effective 1/1/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2013 2nd sp.s. c 4. WSR 14-20-058 (PEBB Admin 2014-02), § 182-16-020, filed 9/25/14, effective 1/1/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160, 2013 2nd sp.s. c 4 and PEBB policy resolutions. WSR 14-08-040, § 182-16-020, filed 3/26/14, effective 4/26/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2012 2nd sp.s. c 3. WSR 13-22-019 (Admin. 2013-01), § 182-16-020, filed 10/28/13, effective 1/1/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 12-20-022 (Order 2012-01), § 182-16-020, filed 9/25/12, effective 11/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160 and 2011 c 8. WSR 11-22-036 (Order 11-02), § 182-16-020, filed 10/26/11, effective 1/1/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.160. WSR 09-23-102 (Order 09-02), § 182-16-020, filed 11/17/09, effective 1/1/10; WSR 08-20-128 (Order 08-03), § 182-16-020, filed 10/1/08, effective 1/1/09; WSR 07-20-129 (Order 07-01), § 182-16-020, filed 10/3/07, effective 11/3/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.010 and 34.05.250. WSR 91-14-025, § 182-16-020, filed 6/25/91, effective 7/26/91.]
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