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Change your coverage

Learn the requirements to make changes to your SEBB Continuation Coverage (COBRA or Unpaid Leave). Most changes can be made during annual open enrollment or during a special open enrollment

Before you make a change to your health plan

Before you make a change it is important to:

Other plan change requirements

  • You can only change medical, dental or vision plans during open enrollment or if a special open enrollment event occurs.
  • All eligible dependents must enroll in the same health plan as the subscriber. (Dependents can have different providers.)
  • You may be enrolled in only one SEBB medical, dental, or vision plan. If you and your spouse or state-registered domestic partner are both eligible subscribers, you need to choose which of you will cover yourselves and your eligible children (including adult children who are also eligible for SEBB insurance coverage as an employee). Enrolled dependents will be listed on one account, not both.

How do I change my address?

There are several ways to notify us of your address change:

What other changes can I make?

Changes you can make during open enrollment

During open enrollment you can:

  • Change your medical, dental, or vision plans.
  • Enroll or remove eligible dependents from your SEBB medical or dental plan.

Note: If you enroll a dependent, you may need to provide proof of the dependent’s eligibility with your enrollment form before they can be enrolled. Visit Dependent verification to find a list of acceptable dependent verification documents.

Changes you can make any time

You can make some changes during the year without a special open enrollment event.

How do I make changes?

Submit the appropriate form to the SEBB Program within the timelines.

When do changes take effect?

For changes made during open enrollment

The enrollment change will become effective January 1 of the following year.

For all other changes

In most cases, the requested change will occur the first day of the month after the date of the event or the date the SEBB Program receives your enrollment forms, whichever is later. If that day is the first of the month, the requested coverage begins on that date.

    Switching: SEBB Continuation Coverage (COBRA) and the Marketplace

    If you sign up for SEBB Continuation Coverage, you can switch to a Marketplace plan during the Marketplace’s open enrollment period or if you have another qualifying event that triggers a special enrollment period (such as marriage or birth of a child).

    If you cancel SEBB Continuation Coverage early without another qualifying special open enrollment event, you will have to wait to enroll in Marketplace coverage until the next Marketplace open enrollment period. You could end up without any health plan coverage in the interim and may be charged high out-of-pocket costs if you receive health care services.

    Once your SEBB Continuation Coverage expires, you will be eligible to enroll in Marketplace coverage through a special enrollment period, even if the Marketplace open enrollment period has ended.

    If you sign up for Marketplace coverage instead of SEBB Continuation Coverage, you cannot switch to SEBB Continuation Coverage under any circumstances.


    The SEBB Program
    Phone: 1-800-200-1004 
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