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SEBB Information

Below is a description of SEBB and the benefits related.  To the right are very important links to specific information around what the employee needs to know.


About the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) and Your Benefits:

Starting January 1, 2020, employees of Washington’s school districts and charter schools, and represented employees of Washington’s educational service districts (ESDs), will receive health and other insurance benefits for their eligible employees through the SEBB Program. Benefits available through the SEBB Program will replace the health and insurance benefits currently provided by school districts, ESDs, and charter schools (SEBB organizations).


How will the SEBB Program be governed?

  • The Office of Financial Management (OFM) provides information, fiscal services, and policy support that the Governor, Legislature, and state agencies need to serve the people of Washington State. OFM will represent the Governor in the bargaining process with unions for the employer’s contribution toward school employees’ health care benefits.
  • The School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) will design and approve insurance benefit plans for the SEBB Program, and establish eligibility criteria for participation in these plans.
  • The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) purchases health care for more than 2 million Washington residents through Apple Health (Medicaid), the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program, and starting in 2020, the SEBB Program. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

What is Office of Financial Management (OFM) responsible for?

The state (through OFM) will bargain with a single coalition of union representatives for the employer’s contribution toward school employees’ health care benefits. The first collective bargaining process occurs July 1 through September 30, 2018, for SEBB Program benefits starting January 1, 2020. 

What is the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) responsible for?

  • Study matters regarding health care coverage and other types of insurance.
  • Develop plans that include comprehensive, evidence based health care benefits.
  • Authorize premium contributions to encourage cost effective health care systems.
  • Determine terms and conditions of eligibility criteria, enrollment policies, and the scope of coverage.
  • Establish penalties for when an employer fails to comply with the terms and conditions.
  • Participate with the HCA in approving plan specifications and carrier selection, to leverage efficient purchasing through coordination with the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEB Board). 

What is the Health Care Authority (HCA) responsible for?

The HCA will: 

  • Procure for and administer insurance coverage under the SEBB Program. 
  • Propose rules for the SEBB Program, with input from the public and policies approved by the SEB Board. 
  • Provide information and technical and administrative assistance to the SEB Board. 
  • Provide guidance to SEBB organizations for making eligibility determinations. 
  • Create communications for SEBB organizations and members.


When will enrollment begin in the SEBB Program?

The first annual open enrollment for the SEBB Program begins October 1, 2019, and runs through November 15, 2019. Employees will receive information well in advance, including information about the benefit options, plans, and monthly premiums.



Who's covered?

An estimated 150,000 employees, and their eligible dependents, in Washington State’s 295 school districts, charter schools, and represented employees in educational service districts (ESDs) may be covered. This includes:

Certificated and classified employees anticipated to work at least 630 hours per school year.

Legal spouses and state-registered domestic partners.

Children up to age 26.

Children of any age with disabilities.

Extended dependents.



Beginning January 1, 2020, SEBB Program benefits will include: 

  • Managed-care and preferred-provider medical plans, all with: 
    • Routine preventive care covered 100% within network 
    • Prescription drug benefits 
    • Ambulance, emergency care, and hospital care 
    • Mental health care 
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy 
  • Chiropractic and massage care 
  • Two managed-care dental plans
  • One preferred-provider dental plan
  • Group vision plans from up to three carriers 
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance 
  • Medical flexible spending arrangement (FSA)
  • Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP)

Learn More

Visit the HCA website to: 

  • See the SEB Board’s latest announcements. 
  • Find updates on benefit plans and offerings. 
  • Sign up for email alerts

School Employee Initial Enrollment Guide

School Employee Initial Enrollment Guide Picture

This guide provides SEBB Program eligibility, enrollment, and benefit information for school employees and their dependents. In these pages you’ll learn about the quality benefits that the SEBB Program has been building since it was established in the summer of 2017.

Benefits Information:

Virtual Benefits Fair

HCA - Virtual Benefits Fair


Questions and Answers Icon

Questions? Please contact:

Danese Thaidigsman

Staff Information

Business Office
Retirement Coordinator

Contact Information

School Email
School Phone
(425) 204-2372

Sarah Viles

Staff Information

Business Office
Payroll Coordinator

Contact Information

School Email
School Phone
(425) 204-2377

Open Enrollment - Closed For 2019

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The open enrollment for benefits beginning January 1, 2020, for school district employees will begin on October 1 and end on November 15, 2019.  To enroll, visit our "SEBB Getting Started" webpage.