Benefit Enrollment Changes
There are specific times when you can enroll in or make changes to your benefits. When you first become eligible benefits as a new hire, during the County's annual Open Enrollment period, or during as a special enrollment after a qualifying life event.
New Employee Enrollment
New employees receive a detailed overview of Pierce County benefits and the benefit enrollment process in their new employee orientation. Employees have 31 days from their hire date to enroll in benefits. Find more information about benefit eligibility and waiting period in the New Employee page.
Employees have a chance every year to make new enrollment choices for most benefits. Open Enrollment takes place each November. Any enrollment changes made by the employee go into effect on the first of the following year and remain in effect for the entire plan year. Find more information on the Open Enrollment page.
Employees can make mid-year changes to their benefit enrollment when there is a "qualifying event," provided they do so within 31 days of the event or within 60 days of the birth or adoption of a child.
Coverage effective date:
The first day of the month after the later of the qualifying event date or the date the enrollment change request and valid documents are received. If the later date is the first day of the month, the enrollment date is that day.
Birth or adoption events - enrollment of the newborn or newly adopted child is effective the day of the birth or adoption.
These coverage effective dates are determined in WAC 182-12-262:.
Making Benefit Enrollment Changes
How employees make enrollment changes depends on which benefits they are eligible for, in accordance to their employee group's benefit options: