SEBB continues steady progress

Yesterday, the SEBB (School Employees Benefits Board) spent nearly four hours discussing and developing more of the infrastructure necessary to put plans in place by 2020.  Though they are nowhere near to making final decisions (something that won’t happen until a year from now), they are slowly and deliberately putting together the foundation that the plans will be based upon.  So what did they decide? Mostly, they were deciding naturally occurring eligibility issues like:

… if a school employee’s work pattern is or will be revised such that he or she is now anticipated to work 630 hours for the school year, the school employee establishes eligibility for the employer contribution toward SEBB benefits as of the date the school employee is anticipated to work 630 hours for the school year;

…the employer contribution toward SEBB benefits ends the last day of the month in which the school year ends.  The employer contribution toward SEBB benefits will end earlier than the end of the school year if one of the following occurs: • The SEBB organization terminates the employment relationship.  In this case eligibility for the employer contribution ends the last day of the month in which the employer-initiated termination notice is effective; • The school employee terminates the employment relationship.  In this case, eligibility for the employer contribution ends the last day of the month in which the school employee’s resignation is effective; or • The school employee’s work pattern is revised such that the school employee is no longer anticipated to work 630 hours during the school year.  In this case, eligibility for the employer contribution ends as of the last day of the month in which the change is effective;

…a school employee who is not anticipated to work 630 hours in the school year, but actually does work 630 hours, establishes eligibility for the employer contribution toward SEBB benefits as of the date the school employee worked 630 hours.

…a school employee who wants to enroll his or her dependent is required to provide evidence of the dependent’s eligibility.  If the school employee does not submit the required evidence to verify his or her dependent’s eligibility within the HCA’s required timeframe, the dependent will not be enrolled. • The school employee’s next opportunity to enroll the dependent, if eligible, would be the next eligible open enrollment.

Other areas of discussions but no decisions at this time were:

…how much the Life and AD&D (Accidental Death and Dismemberment), coverage should be;

…how many CAM (chiropractice, acupuncture, and massage) visits should be in the self-insured plan;

…should the HCA (Health Care Authority) recommend moving K 12 retirees into SEBB or keep them in PEBB.

The full meeting package covering all of these topics can be found here.

Next meeting of SEBB is August 30.  Some of the meeting eligibility subjects they will be considering are behind Tab 8 starting on page 160.

 

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