Preparing for the first annual open enrollment

The School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program’s first annual open enrollment is October 1 through November 15, 2019, with coverage starting January 1, 2020. Here is some important information you will need to be prepared. For more information, see our FAQs.

What can I do during the first annual open enrollment?

During the first annual open enrollment (October 1 through November 15, 2019), you can:

Note: Eligible employees are automatically enrolled in basic life and AD&D insurance and basic LTD insurance at no cost to the employees.

  • Enroll your eligible dependents in (a):
    • Medical plan
    • Dental plan
    • Vision plan
    • Supplemental life insurance
    • Supplemental AD&D insurance
  • Waive enrollment in SEBB medical coverage if you have other employer-based group medical insurance, a TRICARE plan, or Medicare effective January 1, 2020.
  • Opt out of participation in the state’s Premium Payment Plan. This means your monthly medical premiums will be taken out of your paycheck after taxes.

What do I need to do to enroll myself and any dependents?

You will need to provide eligibility verification documents for all dependents before they can be enrolled on your coverage. Your dependents may include your spouse or state-registered domestic partner, and/or children (as defined in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 182-31-140).

Important: You should collect the documents you need to verify your dependents’ eligibility now, before the first annual open enrollment begins October 1.

To verify a spouse or state-registered domestic partner, you can use:

  • Marriage certificates
  • Tax returns
  • Certificates of legal union

To verify children, you may need:

  • Tax returns
  • Birth certificates
  • Other documents (full list will be available closer to open enrollment)

You will need to be prepared to submit these documents if you want to enroll dependents during the first annual open enrollment.

How can I enroll?

You can enroll one of two ways:

  1. SEBB My Account is the SEBB Program’s exclusive online enrollment system. This is the preferred method—it’s quick, easy-to-use, and allows you to verify your enrollment after choosing your plans.
  2. An enrollment form will be available from your payroll or benefits office, or to download and print online.

Will there be benefits fairs?

Yes. The SEBB Program will offer two types of benefits fairs during the first annual open enrollment.

  1. In-person benefits fairs. There will be up to 20 benefits fairs across Washington between September 30 and November 7. The fairs will include representatives from the SEBB Program, as well as SEBB health plans and other vendors. We will publish the dates, times, and locations in August.  
  2. Virtual benefits fair. An online way to learn about your benefit options. Visit the virtual benefit fair at any time—and get an interactive and personalized experience. You can access the virtual benefits fair online starting October 1.

When and where can I learn more about SEBB coverage?

Several tools and opportunities will be available to you during the first annual open enrollment, October 1 through November 15, 2019. Use these tools to gather information, ask questions, and learn about the benefits and plans offered in 2020.

  • Check out Intercom, the official SEBB Program newsletter. (Mailed to your home in June).
  • Look for the School Employee Initial Enrollment Guide in your mailbox in mid-September. This guide will include information on who’s eligible for SEBB benefits; how to enroll; and the types of benefits and plans offered and premiums. If you don’t receive a guide in the mail, it will also be available online and from your payroll or benefits office.
  • Visit an in-person benefits fair or online virtual benefits fair. (See Will there be benefits fairs?)
  • Use the online benefits advisor, ALEX, to help you understand how your benefits work and guide you through choosing your medical, dental, and vision plans. ALEX will ask you a few questions about your health care needs, then use your answers to suggest which plans might make the most sense for you. Your responses to ALEX are private and confidential, so no worries about privacy. You can access ALEX online starting October 1.
  • Talk to your payroll or benefits office. They are your resource to ask questions about eligibility, enrollment, and benefits.

Do I have to enroll in SEBB benefits?

You can waive your SEBB medical coverage during the first annual open enrollment if you are enrolled in other employer-based group medical insurance, a TRICARE plan, or Medicare. However, you must enroll in employer-paid SEBB dental and vision coverage, as well as basic life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance and basic long-term disability insurance. If you waive your SEBB medical coverage, your dependents will not be enrolled in SEBB medical coverage, but can still enroll in SEBB dental and vision coverage. 

Find more information about waiving SEBB medical coverage on our Waiving medical coverage webpage.

What if I am enrolled in PEBB coverage now?

If you are a K-12 employee currently enrolled in the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program, your PEBB coverage will end December 31, 2019. You will need to actively enroll in SEBB Program coverage during the first annual open enrollment. If you do not enroll in or waive SEBB medical coverage within the required timeframe, you will be automatically enrolled as a single subscriber in medical, dental, vision, basic life and AD&D, and basic long-term disability insurance.

Can I keep my Apple Health or Apple Health for Kids coverage?

If you or your children are currently enrolled in Washington Apple Health (Medicaid), and you are eligible for the SEBB Program, you must enroll in a SEBB medical plan. You cannot waive enrollment in SEBB medical benefits for Apple Health coverage, but you can be enrolled in both. If you are eligible for the SEBB Program, your children will not be eligible for Apple Health for Kids with premiums. If you are a current Apple Health client, you can apply for the Premium Payment Program, which may reimburse your SEBB medical plan premiums.