October Intercom newsletter available now

Tue, 10/12/2021

The October SEBB Intercom newsletter is all about open enrollment. You’ll find everything you need to know about what’s changing and what you need to do.

Read the full issues:

Here’s are some highlights of the October issues.

Important dates

October 25

Annual open enrollment begins for coverage in 2022. 

November 2

Tune in for a Facebook Live Q&A about open enrollment.

November 22

Last day to enroll or make changes to your account.

November 30

Last day for most subscribers to qualify for the SmartHealth $125 wellness incentive for 2022 (if you’re eligible).

December 31

Last day to make changes to employee-paid long-term disability insurance before coverage begins on January 1, 2022.

Changes to your SEBB benefits for 2022

This article lists changes from all the health carriers, including:

  • Changes in service areas or plan benefits
  • New rules on dual enrollment in PEBB and SEBB
  • New health savings account (HSA) limits

Don’t forget to visit our open enrollment webpage for lots more useful information.

Changes you can make during open enrollment

Certain changes to your account, including changing plans and adding dependents, can only be done during open enrollment. This article lists everything you can do during this time.

Important change coming to LTD insurance

Starting January 1, 2022, all employees will be automatically enrolled in employee-paid long-term disability (LTD) insurance. This article explains what’s happening and your options.

Changes to your FSA and DCAP benefits for 2022

Using SEBB My Account

Use SEBB My Account to select your benefits, enroll your dependents, upload documents, see your coverage choices, attest to premium surcharges, and more during open enrollment.

How to tell the Delta Dental plans apart

The SEBB Program offers two dental plans administered by Delta Dental – and they’re very different. Learn the differences before you enroll.

Do more, learn more, online

We have lots of online ways for you to get information about your benefits and open enrollment, including a virtual benefits fair, ALEX (our online, interactive benefits advisor), webinars, and a Facebook Live event.

Premium surcharges: You may need to attest

Even if you do not make health plan changes, if your spouse or state-registered domestic partner is covered on your SEBB benefits, you may be required to reattest to the premium surcharge. If you need to attest, we will mail you a letter in late October.

Who to contact for help

This page lists things you might have questions about and where to get answers.

Summary of Benefits and Coverage available

The Affordable Care Act requires the SEBB Program and its medical plans to provide a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC). SBCs help you compare medical plan benefits, terms, and your costs for care from network and out-of-network providers. (View Kaiser Permanente NW SBCs, Kaiser Permanente WA SBCsKaiser Permanente WA Options SBCs, Premera Blue Cross SBCs, or UMP SBCs.)

Annual notice of creditable prescription drug coverage

If you or a family member is (or will soon be) enrolled in Medicare, you may hear about your opportunity to enroll in Medicare Part D for prescription drug coverage.

All SEBB medical plans provide creditable prescription drug coverage, so you do not have to enroll in Medicare Part D. The prescription drug coverage offered by these SEBB medical plans is expected to pay out, on average, as much as Medicare Part D coverage.

When you enroll in Medicare, you can keep your SEBB medical plan and not pay a penalty if you enroll in your Part D plan later.