Overview for Healthcare Providers
Healthcare providers will play a critical role in certifying the eligibility of patients who opt to use paid family and medical leave benefits. The process health care providers will use to certify patient claims for Paid Family and Medical Leave is currently under development, so check back here for more information soon.
A healthcare provider is someone licensed to practice medicine or surgery in the country or state where they practice. It includes (but is not limited to):
- Physicians and osteopathic physicians
- Nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants
- Nurse-midwives and midwives
- Clinical social workers
- Clinical psychologists
- Physical therapists
Most people employed in Washington who work 820 hours or more in the qualifying period, which is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before they plan to take leave, will qualify. There are some exceptions (federal employees, for example), but many of your working patients will likely qualify.
To use their benefits, they must experience a qualifying event. Leave events can be either Family or Medical.
- Care and bond after a baby’s birth or the placement of a child younger than 18
- Care for a family member experiencing an illness or medical event
- Certain military-connected events
- Care for yourself in relation to an illness or medical event