Insurance and Benefits Information

Health Insurance & Benefit Installment 9 


Final Checkoff List:


Friday, November 15th is the last day to complete your SEBB open enrollment options.  The HR/Payroll office will be open from 7:30am - 4:00pm. 

If you do not elect coverage by Friday, November 15th, you will default into UMP Achieve 1, employee-only (monthly premium amount of $33).  You will also be automatically charged with the $25 tobacco surcharge for a total monthly cost of $58. You will not be able to make any changes to these coverages until next year's open enrollment.


Questions to ask yourself:


Highest Priority

*Did I list my dependents?

You must list your dependents before adding their documents.  You have to list and verify dependents even if you are just doing dental and vision.

*Are my dependents showing verified?

*Did I do my attestations?

*Did I choose my medical plan, vision plan, dental plan?

*Did I want to enroll in Long Term Disability Insurance?  If you do, click the button as shown on the supplemental coverages.




*Did I want to purchase any additional life insurance?  

You enroll under supplemental coverages and you must create a login in MetLife to purchase additional life insurance, if you have trouble you can get a paper form in our office.

*Did I want to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account?

You enroll under supplemental coverages.

*Did I complete my optional Smart Health reward?  

By completing this program you can receive a discount towards your deductible or a contribution to your HSA if you have a high-deductible health plan.

*Did I complete my beneficiary form for my provided life insurance or additional purchased life insurance?  Click Here for PDF of Beneficiary Form

You will complete your beneficiary on a Met-Life account under supplemental coverages or you may request a paper beneficiary form from our office.  Beneficiaries can be added or updated at any time.



Updated FAQs


How do I see what plans I have chosen?  Click Here for Answer


Is Sunnyside Hosptial in Network for UMP?  Click Here for Answer


How does it work if I or my children have Apple Health?  Click Here for Answer

Make your SEBB accounts!


We currently have 54% of staff that have created their My SEBB account.  This is the first step of choosing your new insurance plan. Even if you are still researching insurance plans and haven’t made a decision you should create your My SEBB account.  This will let you add dependents, upload dependent documents, research plans, and make your attestations.


The attached video is helpful in creating your My SEBB account.  

SEBB My Account Video


21% of employees have chosen their health plan.  The ALEX interactive tool, side-by-side comparisons, virtual benefit fairs, and find a provider link are also helpful tools in choosing your plan. If you know what plan you want to choose please complete your enrollment online.  If you have made your elections but change your mind, you can make changes to your My SEBB account until November 15th.


REMEMBER:  If you do not enroll in a plan you will be defaulted into UMP Achieve 1, you will be assessed the tobacco surcharge and you will not be able to add any dependents for the 2020 calendar year.


Virtual Benefit Fair

 

Ask ALEX benefit advisor

 

Find a provider

 

The remainder of our schedule of building visits is listed below.  If you are not able to make one of the scheduled building visits, our office will have an open lab setting beginning Wednesday, November 6th - Thursday, November 14th from 9-11 am and 2-4 pm Mondays-Thursday at the district office.  These meetings will be held in Room 6, right next to the HR/Payroll office. 


Insurance Meeting Schedule


Friday, November 1st, MSDR/Tech 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Description:

We will have a brief opening meeting and then be available to help and answer questions at each of your work stations. Tech staff, please bring a device with you if you attend this session.  


Tuesday, November 5th, SHS 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Description:

If you have a laptop, bring it to the library. If you don’t, we will have a chrome book for you to use. 


If you have tried to set up your account but are having problems with it being locked you can call technical assistance at (855) 648-3100.


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We have developed a schedule for our “mini benefit fairs”.  The purpose of these events is to assist employees with logging into their My SEBB account, electing coverage, completing attestations and uploading their dependent verifications (bring your documents with you).  You are encouraged to continue to research the plans on the SEBB website and in the benefit booklet. The HR/Payroll office will be available for support but is not able to make recommendations on the plan you should choose.  We will answer questions about the benefits that are included to the best of our abilities. Click on the link below to subscribe to the calendar or see the schedules below. If you are unable to attend the meeting held in your own building, you are welcome to attend at another site.  We have also included links to some helpful resources to continue your research.


Initial Enrollment Guide


Virtual Benefit Fair


Ask ALEX benefit advisor

 

SEBB’s Frequently Asked Questions


List of Documents for dependent verification

 

SSD Benefit Fair Calendar:


Schedule by Building/Department:

 

CK - October 17th

WA - October 15th

PIO - October 16th

OUT - October 29th

SUN - October 28th

HMS - October 14th

SVMS - October 15th

SHS - November 5th

MAINT/CUSTODIAL - October 18th @ District Office

TRANSPORTATION - October 28th

FOOD SERVICE - October 29th @ District Office

DISTRICT STAFF - October 11th

MSDR - November 1st


See the full schedule below for time, location and description.


Schedule by date: 

Friday, October 11th, District Office 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Description:

1:00-2:30 for classified staff/Technology Department Staff, 2:30-4:00 is open to all. If you have a laptop, please bring it. If you don't, we will have a Chromebook that you can use.


Monday, October 14th, Harrison 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Description:

From 1:30-2:15 we will be in the staff lounge. After 2:15 we will be in the computer lab.  If you have a laptop and are more comfortable using that, go ahead and bring it with you. 


Tuesday, October 15th, Washington 8:15 am - 9:45 am

Description:

If you have a laptop, bring it to the library. If you don't, come on down to the computer lab.  


Tuesday, October 15th, Sierra Vista 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Description:

From 1:30-2:15 we will be in the staff lounge. After 2:15 we will be in the CLR Center.  If you have a laptop, please bring it with you. If you don't have a laptop, chromebooks will be available.


Wednesday, October 16th, Pioneer 8:00 am - 8:50 am

Description:

If you have a laptop, bring it to the library. If you don't, come on down to the computer lab.  


Wednesday, October 16th, Pioneer 3:20 pm - 4:20 pm

Description:

If you have a laptop, bring it to the library. If you don't, come on down to the computer lab.


Thursday, October 17th, Chief Kamiakin 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Description:

If you have a laptop, bring it to the library. If you don't, we will have a chrome book for you to use.


Thursday, October 17th, Chief Kamiakin 3:40 pm - 4:30 pm

Description:

If you have a laptop, bring it to the library. If you don't, we will have a chrome book for you to use.


Friday,  October 18th, District Office 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Description:

This is for the Custodial and Maintenance staff.  Please bring your laptop, you will use it to log in.


Monday, October 28th, Transportation 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Description:

We will have Chrome books available for you to use.


Monday, October 28th, Sun Valley 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Description:

From 2:30-3:15 we will be in the staff lounge, from 3:15-4:15 will be in the library/computer lab. If you have a laptop, bring it to the library. If you don't, please join us in the computer lab.


Tuesday, October 29th, Outlook 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Description:

If you have a laptop, bring it to the library. If you don't, we will have a chrome book for you to use.


Tuesday, October 29th, District Office 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Description:

This is for the Food Service department.  If you have a laptop, please bring it. If you don't, we will have chrome books for you to use. 


Tuesday, October 29th, Outlook 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Description:

If you have a laptop, bring it to the library. If you don't, we will have a chrome book for you to use. 


Friday, November 1st, MSDR/Tech 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Description:

We will have a brief opening meeting and then be available to help and answer questions at each of your work stations. Tech staff, please bring a device with you if you attend this session.  


Tuesday, November 5th, SHS 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Description:

If you have a laptop, bring it to the library. If you don’t, we will have a chrome book for you to use. 


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Health Insurance & Benefits Information Installment 5

 

 

Today is the first day of SEBB open enrollment.  

We have received some questions about the SEBB website and have had employees have some issues with logging on. Please don’t feel pressured to go and make your health plan choices today.  Open enrollment is from October 1 - November 15th. While we don’t encourage anyone to wait until the last day, you can definitely take your time and look at enrolling after the first week of October. 

 

We have had a few calls that the SEBB website is not working correctly, this is most likely due to the heavy amount of traffic as every district in the state began their open enrollment today.  When you do visit the website you can click on the Virtual Benefit Fair for more information about plans. There will also be an interactive virtual assistant (ALEX) that will give you plan recommendations but it is delayed and will not be available until October 3rd.

 

We are currently working with Principals and Directors to schedule visits to all of your sites to provide technical support with your online enrollment.  

We will share this schedule once it is finalized.

 

We will also be sharing more information in the next few days that we have learned about provider networks on the available plans.  

 

The enrollment guides that you have received in the mail do have errors in them.  For the most correct and up to date information use the link below.

 

 

There is a helpful video to help you navigate your SEBB my account.  Click below to watch it.

 

Link to Video of SEBB my account

 

Most of you should have received an email from Ivy @ Informed K12 today notifying you of your eligibility.  Please electronically sign and submit this form. This form is a required form that we have to keep on file.  It does not enroll you in benefits.


Health Insurance & Benefits Information Installment 4

One of the new requirements of SEBB is that we must notify all employees if they are ELIGIBLE or NOT ELIGIBLE for benefits.  You will receive an electronic notification from Ivy Weets via Informed K12 this week. You will need to electronically sign and submit this form.  This process works best from a computer, employees have had issues submitting from a phone.


Speaking of Eligibility……..

SEBB rules for eligibility are slightly different than our current health plans.  One of the main differences pertains to domestic partners. Only legal spouses or state-registered domestic partners can be enrolled in your SEBB plan.  You will also need to submit documents to verify all of the dependents that you cover (see more about dependent verification).


Eligible school employees enrolled in SEBB benefits may enroll the following dependents:

Children are defined as:

Children with whom you have a parent-child relationship as defined in RCW 26.26.101 except when parental rights have been terminated. This definition includes:

  • Your children   
  • Children of your spouse   
  • Children for whom you have assumed a legal obligation for total or partial support in anticipation of adoption  
  • Children of your state-registered domestic partner   
  • Children specified in a court order or divorce decree to provide support or health care coverage.

About dependent verification

If you are enrolling dependents on your SEBB Program benefits account, you will be required to provide evidence of your dependents’ eligibility. All dependents must be verified during the SEBB Program’s First Annual Open Enrollment, October 1 through November 15, 2019, before they can be enrolled under your coverage, even if you have already verified their eligibility with your employer.

You can upload dependent verification documents in SEBB My Account.   We will provide more information soon about setting up your SEBB My Account.


To see more information about the documents you can use for dependent verification click on the following link:


https://www.hca.wa.gov/employee-retiree-benefits/school-employees/dependent-verification

                                                                                               

 

Health Insurance & Benefits Information Installment 3


All school employees in the State of Washington will have new health coverage as of January 1st.  This new coverage is called SEBB (School Employees Benefit Board) and is administered by the Washington State Health Care Authority.


Open enrollment for this coverage will be October 1 - November 15th.  All eligible employees must take action and enroll or waive coverage. If you do not enroll or waive you will be defaulted into a plan.  You will enroll in this coverage online.  


The following resources will help you choose your new Medical, Dental, and Vision plans.


  • The Initial Enrollment guide has been mailed to all employees’ home addresses.  It is also available online.  Initial Enrollment guide
  • The SEBB website will be launching an interactive online tool to help you choose your health plan on October 1st.  This tool is called ALEX. It is an easy to use interactive program. It will ask you questions about your health needs and provide an insurance recommendation depending on your responses.
  • The SEBB website will also be launching a virtual benefit fair on October 1st.
  • The SEBB board will be hosting large benefit fairs throughout the state.  The two in our area are:
  1.  September 30th, 4-8 pm,  Howard Johnson Hotel, Orchard Room, 9 N 9th St, Yakima   
  2. October 2nd, 3-8 pm, Columbia Basin College, Gjerde Atrium, 2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco To see the full schedule click here:   SEBB benefit fair schedule
  • The HR/Payroll office is bringing the benefit fair to you. Instead of having one large benefit fair, we will be visiting each of our sites to be able to provide support and technical assistance for any employees that need help with the online enrollment.  We will be publishing a schedule for our visits next week.  

Our office will continue to share information with you in these Health and Benefit Installments.  We will all continue to learn together!

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Health Insurance & Benefits Information Installment 2 We are in our final days of Premera/Kaiser/Assurant open enrollment. The last day to make changes is Monday, 9/30/2019.

 

This open enrollment is only for November & December coverage.  All plan prices and coverages are remaining the same through December 31st.  If you do not need to add or drop dependents or change plans you do not need to do anything for this open enrollment.

 

Price sheets with the updated state allocation are available on the district website under the HR/Payroll, Health Insurance page.

 

You may notice a change on your out of pocket for insurance on your October check as we will re-pool benefit dollars for the October and November payroll that will pay your November and December health insurance.  These amounts will be as stated on the price sheet or less dependent on pooling.

 

SEBB open enrollment for January 1 coverage starts October 1st - November 15th.

 

 

Stay Tuned…….More important benefit information to come.


Health Insurance & Benefits Information Installment 1

In the coming weeks, you will be receiving a large amount of information about your benefits.  You will see information about Premera, SEBB, Vision, Dental, Life Insurance, and American Fidelity benefits.  Some of this information will come from HCA/SEBB, Premera, WEA/AON, American Fidelity, and your HR/Payroll office. 

Our goal is to provide you with summarized information on these topics.

There is currently an open enrollment period going for your Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits.  Most employees will not need to participate in this open enrollment.

If you need to add dependents to any coverages or change medical or dental plans you can do so now and those changes will take effect 11/1/19 and will only go through 12/31/19.  The plans and prices have not changed from the material that was posted on our website for last years open enrollment.  These price sheets and plan descriptions are correct through your 12/31/2019 coverage.
  • To make a change to your Premera health plan:  Turn in a paper form (located in the payroll office or on the district website) to the payroll office by 9/30/19
  • To make a change to your Kaiser health plan:  Turn in a paper form (located in the payroll office) to the payroll office by 9/30/19
  • To make a change to your Sun Life Assurant dental plan:  Turn in a paper form (located in the payroll office or on the district website) to the payroll office by 9/30/19
  • The last day to make changes to your Willamette dental plan was Sept. 19, 2019:  Call 1-855-668-5039 or go online http://digital.alight.com/wea  
  • The last day to make changes to your vision plan was Sept. 19, 2019. Call 1-855-668-5039 or go online http://digital.alight.com/wea

Our next Insurance Installments 2 and 3 will include information on optional benefits from American Fidelity and Aflac and SEBB open enrollment.  Look for these installments next week.

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