Eligibility and enrollment

Learn more about your eligibility for SEBB benefits and how to enroll as a school employee. We will add more information as it becomes available.

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School employee eligibility

All school employees anticipated to work at least 630 hours per school year qualify for coverage under the SEBB Program.

Dependent eligibility

Eligible school employees enrolled in SEBB benefits may enroll the following dependents:

Definition of children

Children are defined as children with whom you have a parent-child relationship as defined in RCW 26.26.101, stepchildren, children for whom you have assumed a legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption, children of your state-registered domestic partner, or children specified in a court order or divorce decree to provide support or health care coverage.

Eligible school employees enrolled in SEBB benefits may enroll a child up to age 26 that is an extended dependent in the legal custody or legal guardianship of the school employee, the school employee's spouse, or the school employee's state-registered domestic partner. The legal responsibility is demonstrated by a valid court order and the child's official residence with the custodian or guardian. Extended dependent child does not include a foster child unless the school employee, the school employee’s spouse, or the school employee’s state-registered domestic partner has assumed a legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption.

Eligible children with disabilities

Eligible children also include children of any age with a developmental disability or physical handicap that renders the child incapable of self-sustaining employment and chiefly dependent upon the employee for support and ongoing care, provided the condition occurred before age 26. You must provide evidence of the disability and evidence the condition occurred before age 26. The SEBB Program, with input from the health plan (if applicable), will periodically verify the disability and dependency of a child with a disability beginning at age 26, but no more than annually after the two-year period following the child’s 26th birthday. If SEBB does not receive your verification within the time allowed, the child will no longer be covered and you will not be able to add the child back onto your coverage.

A child with a developmental disability or physical handicap who becomes self-supporting is not eligible as of the last day of the month in which he or she becomes capable of self-support. If the child becomes capable of self-support and later becomes incapable of self-support, the child does not regain eligibility as a child with a disability.