Benefits & Retirement

FSA and HSA Participants

CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed on March 27, 2020. This federal law expands how employees can use their Medical Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) funds.

Here’s an overview of what changed:

  • The CARES Act removes the requirement that you must have a prescription for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in order to use Medical FSA or HSA funds for these expenses. OTC drugs include cold medicines, anti-inflammatories, and other products. This change is retroactive to January 1, 2020 and has no expiration date. Keep in mind that the IRS stockpiling rule is still in effect. If you buy more than three identical products in one transaction, you will not be reimbursed.
  • You can now buy menstrual care products using your Medical FSA funds. This includes pads, tampons, cups, and other similar products. This change is retroactive to January 1, 2020 and has no expiration date.
  • If you’re enrolled in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), including consumer-directed health plans (CDHP), the deductible and coinsurance are waived for COVID-19 testing and treatment for telehealth services. Contact your plan for more information about your benefits. This provision began on March 27, 2020 and expires December 31, 2021.

Navia Benefit Solutions posted CARES Act FAQs.

HealthEquity created a member hub about the CARES Act for employees.


New Employees

Newly-eligible employees have 31 days from their start date to enroll in the various benefit plans. If an employee does not enroll within 31 days of eligibility, the next available time to make changes or enroll dependents will be during the yearly 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. 

SEBB Enrollment Instructions - click here to view

If you do not enroll or waive your enrollment in SEBB medical 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 Basic Long Term Disability Insurance. Your dependents will not be enrolled. You will be charged a monthly $33 premium for medical coverage as well as a $25 per account monthly tobacco use premium surcharge.

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.

Special Open Enrollment

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.

2020 SEBB Enrollment Guide

SEBB My Account


Workers Compensation Insurance
All employees are automatically covered by workers' compensation. Medical expenses and time loss benefits are paid for injuries incurred on the job with doctor's authorization. The Northshore School District is a self-insured employer. Eberle Vivian Inc. serves as the District's Claims Administrator, and processes all claims. Make sure you report any on-the-job injuries to your school nurse or supervisor immediately, even if you are NOT going to seek professional medical care. For information and forms, please email Dianne Smith at dsmith2@nsd.org or call her at 425-408-7612.

 

Employee Online 

Employee Online is a self-service module available to all district employees providing various personnel and payroll information. We can view and/or update the following:
 
  • View Current Position Information
  • Make Address changes
  • View & Print Pay Check Stubs
  • View W2 Forms
  • View/Update W4 Withholding Information
  • View Leave Balances 
If you are a new employee, an email will be sent with your login username information. Follow these instructions on how to create an account or recover your password. If you are still having trouble logging in, contact the Technology Help Desk.
 

Update Personal Contact Information in EO

Please use Employee Online to keep your personal contact information up to date.  The district uses this information for automated messages to notify employees in case of an emergency.

 

 

Who to Call

Lisa Mclean
Manager of Benefits & HRIS
lmclean@nsd.org
425-408-7611

Toni Damron
Benefits & Retirement Analyst
tdamron@nsd.org
425-408-7610

Dianne Smith
Benefits & Workers' Comp Specialist
dsmith2@nsd.org
425-408-7612

If you have a specific idea or concern you'd like addressed by the Benefits Committee, contact your bargaining unit representative, listed on this page.