Pierce County provides an excellent choice of medical plans for eligible employees and their dependents. Unrepresented employees, and employees represented in 120J, 120W, 612S, and U612 are offered PEBB benefits.
Most employees covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement have a choice of medical plans offered by Washington Teamsters Welfare Trust (WTWT). WTWT offers a choice of the WTWT Plan A PPO plan or the WTWT Kaiser HMO plan. Details about these plans are provided below.
All medical plans include vision and pharmacy coverage through their designated insurance provider.
Employees are eligible for PEBB benefits upon employment if the employer anticipates the employee will work an average of at least 80 hours per month and for at least eight hours each month for more than six consecutive months.
To become eligible, employees must meet the requirements in your collective bargaining agreement, consistent with Trust guidelines. You also must be an active employee with the minimum number of compensable hours or hours worked (usually 80) during a month for any one employer who makes Plan contributions.
Lag Month Rule
The Trust uses a lag month system — the Trust advances eligibility for one month while you continue working enough hours each month for a contribution to be made on your behalf. For example, if you work enough hours in January and your employer makes a contribution in February (the lag month), your coverage is effective in March (rather than February). This continues until you have a break in contributions.