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FAQs for school administrators

The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) help you understand the SEBB Program and how it affects your school district, educational service district, or charter school.

Questions about corona virus and eligibility during school closures? See Information about novel corona virus (COVID-19).

Dual enrollment is when a school employee is eligible to enroll in the SEBB Program and is also eligible as the spouse, state-registered domestic partner, or dependent of another eligible school employee. Dual enrollment is not allowed for medical, dental, or vision coverage. The single-enrollment policy helps maintain the affordability of the SEBB Program’s health plans.

View the answer to this question and other related information in the Dual Enrollment FAQ.

SEBB organizations cannot endorse or make available any benefits that compete with those authorized as part of the SEBB Program. This includes but is not limited to, inviting a vendor to attend a benefits fair to endorse products that compete with any form of a benefit under the SEBB Program’s authority—even if the vendor’s product would be fully paid by the employee. It also includes providing vendors with employee contact information for marketing purposes or facilitating payroll deductions.

 

If employees do not choose medical, dental, and vision plans, they will be automatically enrolled in UMP Achieve 1 (medical), Uniform Dental Plan (dental) and MetLife (vision). These plans are available in all Washington counties.

Yes. Districts will provide benefits to any employee who works or is anticipated to work 630 hours within the school year.

The employee would receive benefits in the school year they become eligible. Anticipated hours would be reassessed for the new school year. If they reach 630 hours two years in a row and return to the same type of position, they will be presumed eligible for the third year.

The results of bargaining are applied to all employees of school districts and charter schools, regardless of their representation status, and to all represented employees of educational service districts.

If the dependent verification document is uploaded to SEBB My Account and approved, it is kept for a short while and then deleted. Some documents might be kept longer for auditing purposes. If the verification is denied, the uploaded document is kept until any appeals are completed. If a paper document is given to the benefits administrator and approved, it can be returned to the employee.  

The Legislature can only approve or reject the tentative agreement in its entirety. If the Legislature decides not to fund a tentative agreement, the parties are left with no ratified agreement, and both the state and the union coalition would need to return to the bargaining table.

They are automatically enrolled into UMP Achieve 1 (medical), Uniform Dental Plan (dental), MetLife (vision), basic life, basic accidental death and dismemberment, and basic long-term disability insurance. They are charged the tobacco use premium surcharge. Their dependents are not enrolled. In addition, they cannot change plans or enroll any eligible dependents until the next SEBB Program annual open enrollment or unless they have a special open enrollment event that allows the change, such as a marriage, birth, or adoption.

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