The South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) was created July 1, 2012, by the South Carolina General Assembly as part of Act No. 278. PEBA is a state agency responsible for the administration and management of the state's employee insurance programs and retirement systems.
Please use the links at left and above for more information about PEBA and the programs and systems it manages.
2014 Legislative Update - A summary of the General Assembly's 2014 legislative actions related to the S.C. Public Employee Benefit Authority.
Columbia, S.C. – November 20, 2014 – By recent decisions of the federal courts, South Carolina’s prohibition upon the recognition of same-sex marriages has been found unconstitutional. In light of those rulings, the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) is holding an enrollment period for subscribers who have valid, out-of-state same-sex marriages that predate November 18, 2014, to add insurance coverage for their same-sex spouses and children of their same-sex spouses through December 19. A subscriber who enters into a valid, same-sex marriage in South Carolina or another state after November 18, 2014, will have the usual 31 days from the date of marriage in which to add coverage for his or her spouse or stepchild.
To enroll a same-sex spouse, individuals eligible for insurance coverage through PEBA must complete a Notice of Election form and return it, along with a copy of one of the following, to their benefits office:
• Marriage license
• Page 1 of the couple’s federal tax return with the financial information marked out
• The Common Law Marriage Affidavit.
To enroll a child of a same-sex spouse, a long-form birth certificate is required in addition to the documentation proving the same-sex couple is married.
Same-sex spouses and the children of same-sex spouses will be eligible for health, dental, vision and Dependent Life coverage through PEBA beginning November 18. For a timely enrollment, the effective date of coverage will be November 18 or the date of marriage, whichever is later.
Please note that, after December 19, changes in coverage for same-sex spouses and the children of same-sex spouses will be allowed only during open enrollment, which occurs every October, or within 31 days of a special eligibility situation, such as a marriage or a loss of other coverage.
For more information about the enrollment period, please contact PEBA at 803-734-0678 (Greater Columbia area) or 888-260-9430 (toll-free outside the Columbia area).
The South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority is the state agency responsible for the administration and management of the state's employee insurance programs and retirement systems.