As we shared earlier, our health coverage is changing. The state is consolidating all school district health insurance plans into a single plan, under new state law. The School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program will administer health insurance and other benefits to all K-12 districts.
Why were the SEB Board and SEBB Program created?
The SEBB Program was created to:
- Promote more transparency and accountability in state expenditures for school employee benefits.
- Eliminate differences in school employee benefits offerings and make them more affordable to employees with dependents.
- Consolidate collective bargaining for school employee benefits.
The SEB Board and SEBB Program were created by Engrossed House Bill (EHB) 2242, and signed into law on July 6, 2017. Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill (ESSB) 6241, signed into law on March 23, 2018, amends and clarifies EHB 2242.
The SEBB plan limits costs for employees on family plans and standardize costs across the state. Covering your family’s medical will cost no more than three times the employee-only rate.
SEBB Program benefits are available to eligible employees of all school districts, educational service districts, and charter schools in the state. All eligible employees get the same benefit options and will pay the same premiums, by tier, for the same medical plans offered. Your benefit options and costs will no longer be determined by employee group or hours worked. If you are expected to work at least 630 hours during the 2019-20 school year, you will be eligible for SEBB Program benefits.
You’ll choose from a range of medical, dental, and vision plans to fit your lifestyle, budget and needs.
SEBB expects to offer between three and seven different medical plans from a variety of carriers, along with three dental plans and three vision plans. These will be finalized in summer 2019, giving you plenty of time to choose your coverage during open enrollment in fall 2019.
Find out more about the SEBB Program.