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How to enroll
Find the required forms and timelines needed to enroll in SEBB benefits.
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If you are eligible for SEBB benefits, you must enroll within 31 days of becoming newly eligible or regaining eligibility for the employer contribution toward SEBB benefits.
Eligible school employees can enroll in benefits using SEBB My Account. When you log into SEBB My Account, you will be asked to create a Secure Access Washington account for security purposes. If you need help with signing up, watch the SEBB My Account training videos, read the User Guide, or ask your payroll or benefits office for assistance.
If you do not have access to a computer or internet access, ask your payroll or benefits office for a School Employee Enrollment form and any additional required forms. Your payroll or benefits office or the contracted vendor must receive your requried forms with your enrollment elections no later than 31 days after becoming eligible for SEBB benefits.
If you are eligible for SEBB benefits, you may enroll eligible dependents when you enroll yourself. You must provide proof of your dependents’ eligibility within the SEBB Program's enrollment timelines before we can enroll them under your coverage. If you do not enroll dependents when you first enroll, you will only be eligible to add them during the next annual open enrollment unless you have a special open enrollment event that allows the change.
If your employer determines that you are eligible, you are required to enroll. However, you may waive your enrollment in SEBB medical if you are enrolled in other employer-based group medical, a TRICARE plan, or Medicare. (If you waive, your dependents will not be enrolled.)
If you are eligible but do not enroll or waive your enrollment in SEBB medical, you will be automatically enrolled as a single subscriber in UMP Achieve 1 (for medical), Uniform Dental Plan, MetLife vision, basic life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, and basic long-term disability insurance. Your dependents will not be enrolled. You will be charged a monthly $33 premium for medical coverage as well as a $25-per-account monthly tobacco use premium surcharge.
If you are automatically enrolled, 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.
You cannot enroll in medical, dental, or vision coverage under two SEBB accounts at the same time. Medical, dental, and vision coverage is limited to a single enrollment per individual. If you are an eligible employee and are also eligible as a dependent under your spouse’s, state-registered domestic partner’s, or parent’s account, you may choose one of these options:
- Waive your enrollment in SEBB medical under your own account and, instead, remain enrolled in SEBB medical under your spouse’s, state-registered domestic partner’s, or parent’s SEBB account. You must still enroll in dental, vision, basic life insurance, basic AD&D insurance, and basic LTD insurance under your own account.
- Enroll in medical (as well as dental, vision, basic life insurance, basic AD&D insurance, and basic LTD insurance) under your own SEBB account.
Yes. If you are enrolled in SEBB Program benefits, and your spouse or state-registered domestic partner or parent is enrolled in Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program benefits, you can be enrolled in both programs. Your primary coverage would be through the SEBB Program and your secondary coverage would be through the PEBB Program.
How does being enrolled in both SEBB and PEBB affect the premium surcharge?
If you are enrolled in the SEBB Program covering yourself as well as your spouse or state-registered domestic partner as a dependent in medical coverage, and your spouse is enrolled in the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program and covers you as a dependent in medical coverage, you would not incur the monthly $50 spouse or state-registered domestic partner coverage premium surcharge as long as you attest that it does not apply to you.
However, if your spouse or state-registered domestic partner waives PEBB medical coverage and enrolls on your SEBB medical account, you will be charged the monthly $50 spouse or state-registered domestic partner coverage premium surcharge in addition to your monthly medical premium.
Alternatively if you waive enrollment in SEBB medical and your spouse or state-registered domestic partner enrolls you as a dependent on their PEBB medical they will be charged the $50 spouse or state-registered domestic partner coverage premium surcharge in addition to their monthly medical premium.
Weigh the options of dual enrollment
Having one person enrolled in both the PEBB and SEBB Programs is currently allowed, but it may not give your family an advantage – especially financially. Whether it works to your advantage depends on yoru specific health care circumstances. Research both PEBB and SEBB benefits to compare. Neither program will pay more than the allowed amount for care.
For employees and their enrolled spouses or state-registered domestic partners age 65 and older or on disability, SEBB medical plans provide primary coverage, and Medicare coverage is usually secondary. You may choose to waive your enrollment in SEBB medical and have Medicare as your coverage. However, you will remain enrolled in SEBB dental, vision, basic life insurance and AD&D insurance, and basic LTD insurance.