What to expect after SEBB open enrollment
The School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program’s first annual open enrollment concluded on November 15. Benefits begin January 1, 2020 for approximately 145,000 Washington school district, charter school, and represented educational service district employees and their dependents. So what happens now?
In addition, there are a few other things school employees can expect before their coverage begins in January 2020.
Enrollment confirmation letters
By mid-December, school employees should receive a letter confirming health plan elections for themselves and any enrolled dependents. If they did not take action during open enrollment but are eligible, they will be notified of their automatic enrollment in SEBB Program coverage.
Employees can also download a summary of their choices in the Coverage Elections tab in SEBB My Account. When coverage begins on January 1, 2020, employees can download a statement of insurance under the Coverage Summary tab.
Plan ID cards and welcome packets
If an employee is enrolled in SEBB Program benefits, their health plans will send welcome packets to give more information about the coverage they elected. In that welcome packet, employees may also receive an identification (ID) card to show to health care providers when receiving services. (The Uniform Dental Plan does not mail ID cards, but you can download one directly from the UDP website.) For questions about ID cards, contact the plans directly.
To learn more about SEBB Program health plans, read the certificates of coverage (COCs) and summaries of benefits and coverage (SBCs) for each plan, or visit the plan websites.
How do I find the SmartHealth wellness incentive?
Employees who completed the SmartHealth Well-being Assessment during the first annual open enrollment will receive the $50 SmartHealth wellness incentive in January 2020. How they receive the incentive depends on the type of SEBB medical plan chosen.
- UMP High Deductible: HCA will deposit $50 into your health savings account (HSA) in January 2020.
- All other medical plans: Employees will receive a $50 reduction to their SEBB medical plan deductible in January 2020.
Qualify for $125 in 2021
Employees enrolled in SEBB medical coverage in 2020 can qualify for a $125 wellness incentive for 2021. Here’s how:
- Go to the SmartHealth portal and click Get Started.
- Complete the SmartHealth Well-being Assessment. This step earns 800 SmartHealth points.
- Earn at least 2,000 total points on SmartHealth by joining and tracking fun activities. Once they hit 2,000 points, they will qualify for the wellness incentive for the following plan year. SmartHealth points start over every year in January.
Visit the SmartHealth webpage to learn more.
Employees must name a beneficiary for both their basic and supplemental life and AD&D insurance. They can do this at any time. To name or update a beneficiary, login to MetLife’s MyBenefits portal. Go to the profile page, click Group Life Insurance, then click the Beneficiaries tab. You can also download the Group Term Life Insurance Beneficiary Designation form, or call MetLife at 1-833-854-9624 to request the form.
For further questions about SEBB Program benefits, check with your payroll or benefits office.