HCA announces apparently successful bidder(s) for SEBB standalone vision plans
On August 10, 2018, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) announced Davis Vision, EyeMed, and MetLife, Inc. as the apparently successful bidders for the group vision plans offered by the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program. Davis Vision and EyeMed will enter into negotiations to provide fully or self-insured group vision plans and MetLife, Inc. will enter into negotiations to provide fully insured group vision plans only.
The SEBB Program, as established in EHB 2242, will begin offering benefits to eligible employees of all school districts and charter schools, and union-represented employees of educational service districts on January 1, 2020. This announcement is the latest step toward fulfilling the procurement resolutions passed by the School Employees Benefits Board (SEB Board) on March 15, 2018.
The procurement process began on March 27, when HCA issued a request for information (RFI), followed by the release of a competitive solicitation for requests for proposals (RFPs) from experienced group vision carriers.
Davis Vision, EyeMed, and MetLife, Inc. presented HCA with provider network(s), online tools for members (such as the ability to purchase glasses), and operational management that will deliver high quality services and support to members, as well as a vast selection of options for prescription lenses, frames, and contact lenses.
The SEB Board has not yet voted on whether to offer the group vision benefit as a standalone benefit or as an embedded part of the SEBB Program’s medical benefits.
Visit the SEBB Program webpage, the HCA Bids and Contracts page, or the Washington’s Electronic Business Solutions (WEBS) for Vendors site for more information.