School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program


SEBB Program for School Employees   

A healthy change is coming for all employees in Washington’s K-12 school districts, educational service districts, and charter schools. The School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program will administer health insurance and other benefits for eligible school employees and their dependents.

Sequim School District has again partnered with our insurance broker The Partners Group to assist our employees with benefits.  The Partners Group has put together an Employee Benefit Guide to help you learn more about your new SEBB benefits, review highlights of the available plans, and make selections that best fit your lifestyle and budgetary needs.

ADD SEBB BENEFITS TO YOUR PHONE!  Easy Access at Anytime!  The Partners Group has developed an app for employees who wish to have a one stop place to help:

  • Understand your benefits and how to enroll
  • Look up coverage information for your plans
  • Find information about benefits and networks
  • Easily share all information to family, friends, and coworkers

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?

Here’s a post-open enrollment FAQ with answers to some of the common questions that come up after open enrollment.

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.

Name beneficiaries

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.

Newly hired or benefits eligible?  SEBB enrollment web page has all the information needed to learn about the benefits and to enroll.

The SEBB Benefit Program's enrollment web page has all the information school employees need to prepare, research and enroll onto SEBB benefits. The online English version of the 2020 School Employee Enrollment Guide and the Spanish version of the Gui'a De Inscripcio'n Para Empleados Escolares are also available to use to learn about the benefit plans offered by SEBB.   SEBB My Account  is the online enrollment system that allows you to enroll in SEBB benefits.   SEBB has created a tutorial video that is available to watch that shows how to set up your account and enroll in benefits.

Plan Summaries:

2020 Premera High PPO 
2020 Premera Standard PPO 
2020 UMP Achieve 1
2020 UMP Achieve 2
2020 UMP High Deductible


Virtual benefits fair

A virtual benefits fair is a new way to learn about your benefit options through an online experience, and it's available anytime, day or night, during the first annual open enrollment.

Visit and explore to learn more about all the benefits available.  You will find links to videos, downloadable content, provider searches, and other information to help you choose the right plans for you and your dependents.  Use your computer, table, or smartphone to visit at your own pace. 


All eligible employees must take action to waive or enroll in SEBB medical coverage during open enrollment. Those who do nothing will be automatically enrolled in coverage as a subscriber in the UMP Achieve 1 medical plan ($33 monthly premium), and Uniform Dental Plan, MetLife vision, basic (employer-paid) life, basic AD&D, and basic LTD insurance. Their dependents will not be enrolled, and they will be charged the monthly $25 tobacco use premium surcharge. Please help us communicate this important message to your employees or members.


The Legislature requires two premium surcharges that, if they apply, may be added to employees’ monthly medical premiums.

  • The tobacco use premium surcharge is a monthly $25 surcharge per account if an employee or a dependent (age 13 and older) enrolled on their SEBB medical uses a tobacco product.
  • The spouse or state-registered domestic partner coverage premium surcharge is a monthly $50 surcharge if an employee has a spouse enrolled on their SEBB medical, and the spouse has elected not to enroll in their own employer-based group medical insurance — if that employer-based group medical insurance is comparable to PEBB’s Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) Classic.

Employees must make their attestations in SEBB My Account or on their paper enrollment form during enrollment as applicable. 

Note: Premium surcharges do not apply to employees who waive medical coverage.


Reminder: Employees should spend down their Medical FSAs

Any employees currently enrolled in a Medical Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) will not be able to carry over those funds into the 2020 insurance plan year. Please remember to spend down your funds by incurring eligible expenses before December 31, 2019.

Employees can enroll in a SEBB Medical FSA during the first annual open enrollment through Navia's online portal .