Gov. Joe Manchin recently signed legislation that removes the pre-existing condition limitation from PEIA PPB plans. The change will take effect on July 1, 2010.
The bill also tightens PEIA’s eligibility rules to:
1. Allow existing plan members to add dependents to their coverage only during the open enrollment period each spring or when they have a qualifying event (see chart on page 41 of the Shopper's Guide
2. Allow employees who declined health coverage to enroll in the plan only during open enrollment or at the time of a qualifying event.
Currently, PEIA PPB plan members can add dependents at any time by completing a change in status form, but those dependents are subject to pre-existing condition limitations.
For more information, contact PEIA Customer Service at 304-558-7850 or 1-888-680-7342.