School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program FAQs

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The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) help you understand the SEBB Program and how it affects you and your dependents.

The basic long-term disability (LTD) benefit is based on a percentage of your paycheck, and the maximum amount provided by this benefit is $400 per month.

Yes, but it will happen at the state level. The state estimates how many employees will waive coverage. Factoring in the expectation that some employees will waive medical coverage allows us to offer consistent, affordable employee monthly premiums throughout the year.

No. FSA funds held by school employees before January 1, 2020 will not carry over to the SEBB Program. Your FSA plan may have a grace period for spending your funds, but the SEBB Program cannot know what your FSA contract stipulates. We encourage anyone with an FSA or dependent care account to use up all their funds by their current plan’s deadline or December 31, 2019, whichever is earlier. Doing so will minimize the risk that they will forfeit funds. It may also lessen any confusion they might experience during the switch to the SEBB Program. Check with your FSA administrator on whether you have a grace period to spend down your funds.

See our webpage about Medical FSAs.

We have ideas on spending down your funds.

Spouses and state-registered domestic partners, children up to age 26, children with disabilities, and extended dependents are eligible. Learn more about dependents.

SEBB My Account, the online enrollment system, is only available in English for now. However, non-English speakers will still be able to enroll in SEBB using paper forms. Print publications and enrollment forms will be available in additional languages upon request. Additional supported languages include: Amharic, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Laotian, Oromo, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tigrigna, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. For more information visit the language access page.

The SEBB Program was unable to offer a short-term disability benefit better than the new Paid Family Medical Leave Act (PFMLA), effective in 2020.

Your provider might not be in any of the current SEBB plan provider networks for a number of reasons:

  1. Your provider has chosen to contract with a carrier for some of their provider networks, but not all of the carrier’s provider networks. For example, a provider might be contracted with Premera’s Heritage provider network, but not its Heritage Prime provider network. 
  2. Your provider has chosen not to contract with any of the SEBB carriers for any of their networks.
  3. The carrier’s provider panel could be closed and, therefore, they are not contracting with new providers.
  4. We have listed information here that you can use if you would like your provider to be added to a carrier’s network, whether it be a medical, dental, or vision provider.

By law, the SEB Board establishes eligibility criteria for dependents, including legal spouses and state-registered domestic partners. To inform their decision, the SEB Board reviewed the specific reference to state-registered domestic partners in RCW 41.05.740(6)(d)(iii).

On our Health plans with a health savings account webpage you will find information about the HSA, which is paired with the SEBB Program’s high-deductible health plan. The monthly HSA employer contribution amounts are posted there.

Under EHB 2242, benefits will be available starting January 1, 2020.