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 to learn more about your options.


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.