SEB Board approves three resolutions
On May 7, 2020, the School Employees Benefits Board (SEB Board) met telephonically. The Board took action on three resolutions:
- SEBB 2020-04: Amended a previous resolution regarding eligibility for school employees who fall below the 630-hour threshold for the employer contribution.
- SEBB 2020-05: Amended a previous resolution setting the dates for the beginning of eligibility.
- SEBB 2020-06: Passed a resolution setting a process for correcting certain errors.
The SEB Board approved the following resolutions:
- SEBB 2020-04: Amending SEBB 2019-02
Amending SEBB 2019-02 to read:
A SEBB Organization engaging in local negotiations regarding eligibility for school employees under RCW 41.05.740(6)(e) shall negotiate within the range of anticipated to work hours described below:
- No less than 180 hours per school year; and
- Less than the threshold to meet the SEB Board’s eligibility established pursuant to RCW 41.05.740(6)(d).
- SEBB 2020-05: Amending SEBB 2018-12
Amending SEBB 2018-12 to read:
For September each year, a school employee who is establishing eligibility for the employer contribution towards SEBB benefits, and whose first day of work is on or after September 1 but not later than the first day of school for the current school year as established by the SEBB Organization, the effective date of coverage is the first day of work.
For a school employee who is establishing eligibility and whose first day of work is at any other time during the school year, the effective date of coverage is the first day of the month following the day the school employee establishes eligibility for the employer contribution toward SEBB benefits.
Except that, when a school employee establishes eligibility for the employer contribution towards SEBB benefits at any time in the month of August, SEBB benefits begin September 1 only if the school employee is also determined to be eligible for the employer contribution toward SEBB benefits for the school year that begins on September 1.
- SEBB 2020-06: Error correction for incorrect information
If a benefits administrator or a contracted vendor provides incorrect advice regarding SEBB benefits to a school employee that they relied upon, the error will be corrected prospectively with enrollment in benefits effective the first day of the month following the date the error is identified. The Health Care Authority approves all error correction actions and determines if additional recourse, which may include retroactive enrollment, is warranted.
The following information was presented to the SEB Board during the May 7 meeting. See the briefing book for all materials presented.
- Dave Iseminger, Employees and Retirees Benefits (ERB) Division director, updated the Board on the status of appeals related to the fall 2019 open enrollment. He said that 98 percent of those appeals have been adjudicated, and the Appeals Unit is working to settle the remaining appeals.
- Iseminger also reported on efforts by the SEB Board and Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) to extend COBRA enrollment or coverage, due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. Resolutions passed at the April 2 SEB Board and PEB Board meetings made it possible to offer extensions to 120 individuals. Of those, 30 have accepted the offer, 40 have declined, and the rest have not yet responded.
- Cade Walker, executive special assistant to the ERB director, reviewed House Bill 2458, passed by the Legislature this year, which prohibits school districts from offering any form of basic or optional benefits that compete with benefits offered by the SEB Board or under the authority of HCA. Walker reviewed the annual timeline for the Board to receive reports of optional benefits offered by SEBB organizations and consider whether they conflict with the law. He outlined communications and guidelines to be revised, as well as plans to train benefits administrators.
- Dave Iseminger and Jean Bui, ERB Portfolio Management and Monitoring section manager, updated the Board on HCA and the PEBB and SEBB Programs’ response to the COVID-19 state of emergency.
- Rob Parkman, ERB policy and rules coordinator, presented the three resolutions described above.
The Board also met in executive session, which was not open to the public.
The next public meeting of the SEB Board is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 4, 2020. The Board will hear proposed resolutions concerning dual enrollment in the PEBB and SEBB Programs, and a report on an open enrollment communications survey taken earlier this year.
The June 4 meeting may be held telephonically. If so, Board members and the public may only be able to attend via telephone. The call-in number will be noted on the meeting agenda, which will be posted on the SEB Board Meetings and materialswebpage.
For more information
You can find more information on the SEBB Program webpage.