SB 6241

This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

As of January 24, 2018

Title: An act relating to the January 1, 2020, implementation of the school employees' benefits board program.

Brief Description: Concerning the January 1, 2020, implementation of the school employees' benefits board program.

Sponsors: Senators Hobbs, Fain, Mullet and Keiser; by request of Health Care Authority.

Brief History:

Committee Activity: Ways & Means: 1/24/18.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Makes various changes related to the administration of the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) by the Health Care Administration (HCA).


Staff: Amanda Cecil (786-7460)

Background: EHB 2242 was enacted in 2017 creating a nine-member SEBB within the HCA. Under this bill, beginning January 1, 2020, all public schools must provide health care benefits to eligible employees through the SEBB program.

Board membership includes:

SEBB responsibilities include:

In addition to consolidating health care purchasing for school district employees, EHB 2242 also removed medical, dental, vision, and other basic and optional insurance benefits from the scope of local bargaining. Similarly to how state employees bargain for health care, health benefit provisions will be bargained between the Governor or the Governor's designee and one coalition of all the exclusive bargaining representatives impacted by benefit purchasing with the SEBB. Bargaining must be initiated after July 1, 2018.

Summary of Bill: The following changes are made, which relate to the administration of SEBB by HCA:

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: No.

Effective Date: The bill contains several effective dates. Please refer to the bill.