SEB Board readies for 2021 work

Tue, 02/02/2021

On January 28, 2021, the School Employees Benefits Board (SEB Board) met virtually for its annual retreat. The meeting was open to the public via Zoom.

Meeting recap

The following information was presented to the SEB Board. See the briefing book for all presentation materials.

  • Dave Iseminger, Employees and Retirees Benefits (ERB) Division director; Jean Bui, manager of portfolio management and monitoring; and Tanya Deuel, ERB finance manager; reviewed the program’s response to COVID-19. The SEBB Program implemented Resolutions 2020-07 and 2020-08, which were created to help members cope with the pandemic.
  • Emily Transue, MD, ERB medical director, and Mia Nafziger, senior health policy analyst, explained the meaning of “health equity” and “health disparities.” They discussed methods to advance health equity for SEBB members.
  • Emily Transue moderated a roundtable discussion on social determinants of health with panelists from our medical plans.
  • Cade Walker, executive special assistant to the ERB director, outlined a report submitted to the Legislature (ESD) in December 2020. The report describes the advantages and costs of providing PEBB benefits to non-represented educational service district (ESD) employees, and the estimated cost of including all ESD employees in the SEBB Program.
  • Renee Bourbeau, manager of benefits accounts, reviewed the preparations for and results of the fall 2020 open enrollment. More than 262,000 members have SEBB medical plan coverage for 2021, which includes members who obtained coverage in a limited open enrollment in July 2020 that allowed subscribers to enroll additional dependents due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Tanya Deuel presented highlights of the governor’s proposed budget as it concerns the SEBB Program. The report covered funding rates for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years, collective bargaining, and funding of decision packages.  
  • Cade Walker gave a preview of pending legislation during the current 2021 legislative session.
  • Sara Whitley, fiscal information and data analyst, discussed a report submitted to the Legislature (Consolidation) in November 2020 on the financial impacts of consolidating the SEBB and PEBB programs in the future.
  • Lauren Johnston, SEBB procurement manager, outlined enrollment data and trends for consideration by the SEB Board when deciding on procurement and medical plan offerings for 2022.
  • Kimberly Gazard, contract manager, updated the board on the SEBB life and long-term disability insurance benefits. She described our efforts to encourage subscribers to name life insurance beneficiaries for their coverages. She also presented proposed changes to the supplemental long-term disability benefit, along with a timeline for board action for a re-designed benefit for potential implementation on January 1, 2022.
  • Cade Walker walked through the results of the 2020 SEBB optional benefits survey of SEBB organizations.

Next meeting

The next public meeting of the SEB Board is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 4. Board members and the public may only attend virtually via Zoom. The link or call-in number will be noted on the meeting agenda, which will be posted on the SEB Board Meetings and materials webpage.

For more information

You can find more information on the SEB Board webpage.