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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).

Employers will continue to pay the full employer contribution for employees who go on approved leave without pay if they have already worked 630 hours during the school year or if they are on approved FMLA.

If the school employee has not worked 630 hours and the employer no longer anticipates the school employee will work 630 hours during the school year, the school employee is no longer eligible for the employer contribution toward SEBB benefits.

When the school employee returns to work after their unpaid leave, the employer will determine whether the employee is eligible for the employer contribution toward SEBB benefits. Employees who return from approved leave without pay will establish eligibility for the employer contribution if their work schedule, had it been in effect at the start of the school year, would have resulted in the employee being anticipated to work the minimum hours to meet SEBB eligibility in the school year.

Yes. Employees can waive medical coverage, but cannot waive other benefits for which they are eligible (dental, vision, basic life and AD&D insurance, and basic long-term disability insurance). The district pays the full funding rate for every eligible employee (when they become eligible) for the school year.

Benefits administrators from school districts, charter schools, and ESDs can sign up for our secure email system, FUZE. Your questions about continuation coverage and other topics will go directly to our Outreach and Training staff. 

Collective bargaining law requires that the state negotiate in good faith with the union coalition. There are limits on what details can be shared away from the bargaining table. For the 2018 negotiations, OFM created a bargaining resource team to share news of the negotiations with school administrators.

District administrators will decide this, based on the SEBB Program qualifications.

Engaging with school district administrators is key to understanding their concerns. The Office of Financial Management (OFM) engages school districts and local ESDs to solicit feedback through a bargaining resource team, comprising school district leaders, to inform proposals and concepts exchanged at the bargaining table.

The SEB Board makes policy decisions entirely separate from PEBB Program rules. However, HCA does use its understanding of various issues that it has developed in administering the PEBB Program to help inform the SEB Board in its decision-making process.

Benefit administrators can view dependent verification requests from the SEBB My Account dashboard or through a downloadable report.

Call SEBB Outreach and Training at 1-800-700-1555 or send a question via FUZE. This phone number and email address are for benefits administrators only. Do not give it to employees.