Information for 2025 started to be provided in May, 2024. As updates come in, this site will be updated.

The annual open enrollment period runs from October 28 – November 25 with an effective date of January 1, 2025 for all changes. All changes will be made through Workday, and the activity will be posted to your Workday box on October 28.

OE is the one time each year when you can:

  • Change your medical or dental plan
  • Add or remove dependents from coverage
  • Enroll or re-enroll in Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)/Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) for the next year, and
  • Re-attest to the spousal surcharge questionnaire.
  • And, this year you will need to select a vision plan, separate from your Medical plan.

Workday Help

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Medical Premium Rates


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Presentations (TBA)

WSU HRS Benefits will offer several presentations in the weeks leading up to and during Open Enrollment to help you understand your benefits and any changes that may affect you.

Additional webinars will also be provided by the individual plan vendors and be posted here once those are announced.

Upcoming Sessions: (TBA)

Past Sessions (to be posted as they occur)

Presentation Recordings (to be posted as they occur)

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Benefits Fairs

The Pullman Benefit Fair is scheduled for November 5, and will be in the concourse/lobby of the first floor of Lighty Student Services and French Administration. The full list of fairs state-wide and additional information will be posted when available.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make the changes to my medical, vision and/or dental plans in Workday?

On October 28, you will receive an Open Enrollment benefits change item in your Workday inbox. You can open each individual coverage type/tile (medical, vision, dental, etc.) and select from the list of plans. Step by step instructions can be found at the JIRA knowledge base.

How can I verify which plan I am currently enrolled in?

In Workday, click on the Benefits & Pay application. Expand Benefits in the left hand column, then select Benefit Elections.

How can I compare coverage between the different medical plans?

PEBB has a medical benefit comparison tool you can use. (to be updated when available)

What is the amount that WSU pays in addition to what I pay for medical premiums towards my benefits package? 

In 2025, WSU will pay a flat $1170 as the employer contribution for each benefit-eligible employee, to cover the majority of the medical premium, all of the vision and dental premiums, and the basic life and long term disability coverage.   

How do I sign up for a primary care provider under the Uniform Plans, and the Kaiser NW and Kaiser WA Plans?  

Under the UMP Classic, CDHP and Select Plan, you do not have to name a primary care provider and are able to see anyone listed as a preferred provider.  The UMP Plus Accountable Care plans require you to reside in an area where those plans are offered and select a provider in the UMP Plus Network; current counties covered at Chelan, Douglas, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston and Yakima. 

The Kaiser plans require you to designate a primary care provider.  You will not make this election in Workday or via enrollment through WSU, but directly with Kaiser.  If you do not choose a physician, Kaiser will match you with one that you can change at any time. 

How can I find a health care provider in the UMP/Regence network who would be covered as a preferred provider?

Visit the “Find a Doctor” UMP/Regence website.  If you are already a member, log into/sign up for your online account.  If you are not a UMP member, follow the links under “For Guests”.

How can I find a health care provider or participating Kaiser NW or Kaiser WA clinic?

For Kaiser NW, visit the Kaiser NW website, and then click on the Doctors and Locations tab. 

For Kaiser WA, visit the Kaiser WA provider search website.  Remember that all locations have a Kaiser WA Clinic, so you can search by provider service or name.

Is Kaiser WA still available on bordering Idaho counties?

In most of the published documentation, Kaiser WA is not identified a plan available in Idaho.  However, Kaiser WA will allow individuals who live on bordering Idaho counties to elect their plan provided they work in a WA County in which Kaiser WA is offered.  Technically, Kaiser WA is not listed to be available in Idaho, and it is important to be aware that if you see a provider further from a WA covered county, you would find no Kaiser providers.

If I elect to change my medical plan for 2025, will I be required to switch my dental plan as well?

No.  Medical and dental plan elections are separate elections.  It would only be if you wanted to change you dental plan as well, that you would need to submit that as an Open Enrollment change.

How are premium rates negotiated?

WSU’s benefits are part of the state’s Public Employee Benefit package and negotiated at the state level by the Health Care Authority on behalf of all Washington Higher Education Institutions and General Government agencies as a group benefits package. 

When negotiating new benefits a rates, the following are reviewed/considered in the negotiation process: 

  • The submitted bid from the insurance plan to offer the identified benefits for the coming year, with supporting documentation
    • Claims experience review – did the claims go up or down during the current period compared to prior periods
    • Enrollment shifts – did enrollment go up or down during the current period compared to prior periods
    • Projected costs of the insurance usage in the future
    • Underlying medical costs and trends
  • The benefits being offered are unable to be adjusted for the current year, since that benefit structure has already been established and approved by the State.  It could be reviewed/modified in future years, which could have potential impact on the insurance costs. 

See “Why are Kaiser medical insurance premiums increasing so much?” for additional information on why Kaiser submitted a higher premium bid for 2024. 

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Communications (will be added once posted)

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