Starting January 1, all Washington State K-12 school employees began receiving health insurance and benefits through the statewide School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program.
Employees can make changes to their benefits during the annual open enrollment. The next open enrollment will be from October 26, 2020 to November 23, 2020, for coverage effective January 1, 2021. Employees who do not take action during open enrollment will keep their current coverage, as long as their plan is still available.
New employees have 31 days from hire to enroll in SEBB benefits or waive coverage.
Enrollment is done through the SEBB My Account online portal. Use the portal to enroll in coverage, verify your dependents, state tobacco usage, view your coverage choices, make changes during open enrollment or waive coverage.
WAIVING COVERAGE & DEFAULT ENROLLMENTS
You can waive enrollment in SEBB medical coverage if you are enrolled in other employer-based group medical insurance, a TRICARE plan, or Medicare. You must waive coverage through SEBB My Account or you will be defaulted in medical, dental and vision plans with a mandatory $33 monthly premium.
You also must state whether or not you use tobacco through SEBB My Account. If you do not take action, you will be charged the default $25 monthly tobacco premium surcharge.
SPECIAL OPEN ENROLLMENTS
Certain events let you make account changes (like changing plans or enrolling a dependent) outside of the annual open enrollment. Examples include birth or adoption, marriage, or loss of other insurance coverage.
You must upload proof of the event that created the special open enrollment to SEBB My Account no later than 60 days after the event. In many instances, the date your change is received affects the effective date of the change in enrollment. Enrollment for a newborn will be effective on the date of birth, while other enrollments will be effective the 1st of the month following the date when all required verification is provided.
Read further instructions on reporting a Special Open Enrollment.
Below is a summary of benefit offerings, program eligibility and how the SEBB health insurance is funded.
Your monthly premium costs for SEBB medical plans are based on the plan you choose and dependents you cover. Vision, life, long-term disability and dental premiums are covered 100% through Highline Public Schools.
Additional information is available on the SEBB website.
Frequently Asked Questions
- I tried to add my dependents during open enrollment, but they were denied because of dependent verification. What can I do?
- I did not take action during open enrollment, and have been enrolled in UMP Achieve 1 , Uniform Dental Plan, and MetLife vision. None of my dependents have been enrolled. Can I do anything to change this?
- How do I update my address in SEBB My Account?
- How do I find an in-network provider through my new insurance?
- Who should I contact with questions?
- How can I designate beneficiaries for my Life Insurance policy?
- I made a mistake on my enrollment, or received a decision from the SEBB Program that I disagree with. What are my options?