SEBB Open Enrollment - Going On Now!
Open Enrollment for 2024 benefits coverage began October 30th and ends November 20th
The School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program's annual open enrollment is your opportunity to select health plans that best fit your needs and those of your family. It is important to take steps to prepare and research your plan options and their costs. Whether you're selecting a new plan or staying with your current plan, SEBB has put together some tips to help you feel confident that you are making the best decision. Click here to open the SEBB Open Enrollment tips webpage.
REMINDER: Employees newly eligible for SEBB insurance coverage have 31 days from their hire date to make their coverage enrollment selections at SEBB My Account.
First Choice Health is the Employee Assistance Program provider for the Northshore School District. This is a benefit provided at no cost to you by the District. You, your spouse/domestic partner, and any dependent children up to the age of 26 will have FREE and CONFIDENTIAL access to counseling services, legal and financial consultations, ID theft and fraud support, childcare and eldercare referrals/resources, and home ownership assistance.
The EAP offers up to 4 sessions face-to-face or telehealth (no co-pay, deductible or premium) with a qualified clinical expert who can assess your concerns and develop a plan of action.
Call (800) 777-4114 or visit the First Choice EAP website to request an appointment. Username: nsd
click here to view more: FREE - CONFIDENTIAL - AVAILABLE 24/7
DCP now includes a Roth option
Employees will be able to choose between pretax and Roth contributions, or a combination of both when saving through DCP. Pretax contributions are made before taxes and tax is due on withdrawn amounts. Roth allows customers to contribute using taxed income, which allows the withdrawals to be tax-free if the Roth balance has remained in the account for five years.
View the Roth DCP Flyer
View the DCP ROTH VIDEO
Don't have a DCP yet? Learn more by clicking here!
New Employees - SEBB Benefit Information
SEBB eligibility is determined by Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 182-31-040. To be eligible for SEBB benefits, you need to be anticipated to work 630 hours in the school year. Newly SEBB benefit eligible employees have 31 days from their eligibility date to enroll in the various benefit plans. If an employee does not enroll or waive medical coverage within 31 days of eligibility, the next available time to make changes or enroll dependents will be during the annual Open Enrollment. Some benefits may have eligibility requirements that must be met in order to participate if enrollment was not completed during the first 31 days of eligibility.
If you do not enroll or waive your enrollment in SEBB medical coverage during your first 31 days of employment, you will be enrolled by default as a single subscriber in UMP Achieve 1 (for medical), Uniform Dental Plan, MetLife Vision Plan, basic life and AD&D insurance, and employee paid supplemental long term disability insurance. Your dependents will not be enrolled. You will be charged a monthly $42 premium for medical coverage, $25 per account monthly tobacco use premium surcharge, as well as the premium for the supplemental long term disability plan.
If you are enrolled by default, you cannot change plans or enroll your eligible dependents until the next annual open enrollment, unless you have a special open enrollment event that allows the change.
2023 SEBB Enrollment Guide - click here
SEBB Virtual Benefits Fair - click here
SEBB My Account - click here
SEBB My Account Enrollment Instructions - click here
Substitute SEBB Benefit Eligibility
SEBB eligibility for substitutes is determined by Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 182-31-040. A substitute can earn SEBB benefits by working 630 hours in a school year. Once the 630 hours is met, the substitute will be notified of SEBB eligibility and have 31 days to enroll or waive their medical coverage. Coverage will be effective the first of the following month through 8/31. Once a substitute has worked 630 hours for SEBB eligibility for two consecutive school years, they will be able to continue their benefits for the third school year.
Don't Confuse These Dental Plans
The SEBB Program offers two dental plans that are easily confused. Sometimes members intend to enroll in one plan, but accidentally enroll in the other. As a new hire, be careful to choose the one you want.
DeltaCare (group 09601) is a managed-care plan with a narrow network: You must choose a primary care dentist within their network or you will be assigned a primary care dentist. Your primary care dentist must give you a referral to see a specialist. This plan will not pay claims if you see a provider outside of their network.
Uniform Dental Plan (UDP) (Group 09600) is a preferred-provider plan: You may choose and change any dental provider at any time, but you will usually have lower out-of-pocket costs if you see in-network providers.
Compare your dental plan options on HCA's website at hca.wa.gov/sebb-employee-dental. Before you enroll in a dental plan, check with the plan (DeltaCare or UDP, not the provider) to see if your provider is in the plan's network and confirm the group number. You can call the dental plan's customer service or use the plan's online directory.
Certain events let you make account changes (like changing plans or enrolling a dependent) outside of annual open enrollment. You must provide proof of the event that created the special open enrollment (for example, a marriage or birth certificate) along with the required enrollment/change forms to SEBB My Account, or the Benefits Office, no later than 60 days after the event. More information and step by step instructions can be viewed here.