Information to help school districts compare PEBB Program eligibility, benefits, and costs, as well as view the requirements to apply to join the PEBB Program.
Starting January 1, 2020, all school districts, charter schools, and represented educational service employees in Washington State will receive health care and other benefits through the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program. Learn more about the SEBB Program.
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K-12 school districts, educational service districts (ESDs), and charter schools are eligible to purchase employee health care benefits through the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program per RCW 41.05 and WAC 182-12.
PEBB Program group coverage is available to your entire group, groups of bargaining unit employees, or all non-represented employees. Additional information regarding group eligibility is in WAC 182-12-111.
Eligibility criteria for employees are defined in WAC 182-12-114 and for dependents in WAC 182-12-260. The PEBB Program may negotiate different eligibility criteria for K-12 school districts, ESDs and charter schools under RCW 41.05.065(4). Requests must be submitted in writing and approved by the PEBB Program.
The PEBB Program provides a comprehensive insurance package that includes:
Optional coverage is available for auto and home insurance.
Your employees can select any PEBB Program health plan available in their county of residence.
Your group must purchase the full package of medical/vision, dental, basic life and AD&D, and basic long-term disability insurance.
View the school district monthly premiums for the first eight months of 2019. PEBB Program rates change twice a year, in January and again in September.
Applicants may use the 2019 projected monthly cost tool to tabulate PEBB Program rates based on subscriber enrollment selections.
When districts or schools join the PEBB Program, they are assessed a start-up fee based on the number of employees who will receive benefits. The following table outlines these start-up fees.
|Less than 100 potential enrollees||$10 per person|
|100 - 500 potential enrollees||$1,500|
|501 - 700 potential enrollees||$2,000|
|701 - 1,000 potential enrollees||$2,500|
|More than 1,000 potential enrollees||$4,000|
To apply, submit the documents and information described below:
- A letter of application that includes:
- A reference to your district's authorizing statute.
- A description of the district's organizational structure and a description of the employee bargaining unit(s) or group of non-represented employees for which the district is applying.
- Employer tax ID number (TIN).
- An estimate of the number of employees and dependents to be enrolled.
- A resolution from the district's governing body authorizing the purchase of PEBB Program benefits. You may use this sample resolution.
- A signed attestation affirming that the employees of your district substantially perform governmental functions.
All application requirements are outlined in WAC 182-08-235(1) through (3).
The required information and documents for application must be submitted to the PEBB Program:
- School districts, educational service districts, and charter schools with less than 500 employees must submit a complete application at least 60 days before the requested coverage effective date.
- School districts, educational service districts, and charter schools with 500 or more employees but less than 5,000 employees must submit a complete application at least 90 days before the requested coverage effective date.
- School districts, educational service districts, and charter schools with 5,000 or more employees must submit a complete application at least 120 days before the requested coverage effective date.
Send your application to
PEBB Program Outreach and Training
Health Care Authority
PO Box 42684
Olympia, WA 98504-2684
The PEBB Program will review your application for compliance with HCA terms and conditions of participation. We will respond within 30 days and process your group’s enrollment or request additional information.
If the PEBB Program receives an incomplete application, we will work with you to complete the application. If 60 days pass from the initial submission date with no action from you, then you must resubmit your request for participation and all documentation to the PEBB Program. The PEBB Program may approve a 30-day extension due to unusual circumstances. However, an extension may delay the effective date of coverage for employees.
If you have questions or need help, please contact PEBB Outreach and Training at 1-800-700-1555.
When your application is accepted and your group chooses to join the PEBB Program, you must sign a contract/interlocal agreement. All participation requirements are listed in WAC 182-08-245.
The PEBB Program bills employers on a monthly basis. You will receive an invoice around the 25th of each month before the month of coverage. Payment in-full is due by the 20th of the month of coverage. For example, around May 25 an invoice will be sent for June coverage. Payment in-full for June coverage is due by June 20.
You are expected to provide your own PEBB Program account maintenance. Groups with more than 75 employees must manage entering account information into the PEBB Program insurance system (PAY1). The PEBB Program provides training.
Once enrolled, your group must participate in PEBB Program insurance coverage for at least one full calendar year, and may end participation only at the end of the year, which the PEBB Program has defined as the end of October for school districts and charter schools.
Employers that cancel their participation with the PEBB Program assume responsibility for the continued insurance of any employees on COBRA or continuation coverage.