SEBB Program sends first letter to school employees

Thu, 03/14/2019

UPDATE: On March 13, the introductory letter was mailed to approximately 10,000 additional school employees whose addresses we received after the initial mailing. It was also brought to our attention that the names on the March 6 mailing were out of order. This was a data field error that has since been corrected. Future mailings will reflect employee names in the proper order.

With a big change coming to the way Washington State school employees receive their health insurance and other benefits, the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program is sending its first direct communication to potential future subscribers. The introductory letter, mailed on March 6, went to school employees who may be eligible for SEBB Program benefits.

What’s the letter about?

The letter explains that the SEBB Program will provide health insurance and other benefits to employees of Washington State’s school districts and charter schools, and union-represented employees of educational service districts, beginning January 1, 2020. It also outlines eligibility information, the premium tier ratio, the types of benefits offered, and which premiums are employer-paid.

Additionally, the letter explains that employees will receive more information by mail over the summer to prepare them for the SEBB Program’s first annual open enrollment, October 1 through November 15, 2019.

Who is getting the letter?

Approximately 157,000 potential SEBB subscribers are included in the mailing.

A few districts and some charter schools were not able to provide employee mailing addresses in time for this mailing. We will send the letter to these remaining employees as soon as we get their contact information.

The introductory letter is not meant to imply that everyone who receives the letter is eligible for SEBB Program benefits, or that employees who do not receive the letter are not eligible. Eligibility determinations will be made later this year.

Learn more about the SEBB Program

To learn more about the SEBB Program and its development: