Benefits & Retirement

First Choice Health

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

 

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Message From SEBB SmartHealth

In 2024, SmartHealth is better than ever. Together with WebMD, we're committed to prioritizing your well-being and helping you thrive.

Whether the aim is to maintain your current health, boost fitness, manage stress, or explore ways to enhance your overall well-being, SmartHealth is here to help. Your journey to a healthier state is personal and unique and we're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way.

Get your personalized health report in just 10 to 15 minutes! The SmartHealth well-being assessment is your gateway to understanding your current health status, guiding you toward next steps and tailoring your homepage with empowering insights for a healthier and happier life.

When you complete the well-being assessment, you earn 800 points, getting you a step closer to qualifying for a $125 wellness incentive in 2025.

Have questions about SmartHealth? Contact WebMD online or call WebMD Customer Support at 1-800-947-9541, Monday through Friday 7am to 7pm. You can also visit Accessing SmartHealth for step by step log on instructions.


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 Pretax contributions are made before taxes and tax is due on withdrawn amounts.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 $44 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.

2024 SEBB Enrollment Guide - click here

SEBB Virtual Benefits Fair - click here

BENEFITS 24/7 - click here

BENEFITS 24/7 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.


Special Open Enrollment - click to view

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 Benefits 24/7 or the Benefits Office, no later than 60 days after the event. More information and step by step instructions can be viewed here.


Employee Online

Employee Online is a self-service module available to all district employees providing various personal 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

Please use Employee Online to keep your per

sonal contact information up to date. The district uses this information for automated messages to notify employees in case of an emergency.

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.

Who to Call

Danese Thaidigsman
Director of Benefits & HRIS
dthaidigsman@nsd.org
425-408-7611

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

Nidhie Mahajan
Benefits & Workers' Comp Specialist
nmahajan@nsd.org
425-408-7612