SEBB members: Recent updates to Kaiser Permanente of Washington provider networks

Thu, 10/21/2021

The School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program recently sent out the October Intercom newsletter. Since the newsletter was released, there have been clarifications about Kaiser Permanente of Washington’s (KPWA) and KPWA Option’s networks that could affect your coverage.

KPWA will:

  • Include the University of Washington Medical Center as a network provider for Core 1, Core 2, Core 3, and SoundChoice back to June 1, 2021. The Access PPO 1, 2, and 3 plans available through KPWA Options also include University of Washington Medical Center and will not experience any interruption of service.
  • Remove MultiCare in Spokane County as a network provider for the Core 1, 2, and 3 plans. There will be no change for the surrounding counties. The Access PPO plans will still include all MultiCare health providers. See the September 9 MultiCare no longer in Kaiser Permanente WA network in 2022 announcement for details.
  • Remove Kittitas County from its service area. KPWA will notify affected subscribers to change to a different plan during open enrollment. If a subscriber lives in Kittitas County and works in a county where KPWA is offered, they may still enroll in a plan offered in the county where they work. Subscribers who do not also work in a county where their current KPWA plan is offered will need to change plans during open enrollment or they will be automatically enrolled in Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) Achieve 1 in 2022. See the “Medical plans available by county” webpages for school employees or for continuation coverage subscribers to find out which plans are offered in the county where you live or work. Note: SEBB Continuation Coverage subscribers must enroll in a plan offered in the county where they live.

If you have questions about these changes, call Kaiser Permanente of Washington at 1-888-901-4636 (TTY: 1-800-833-6388).