ESSB 6241

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C 260 L 18

Synopsis as Enacted

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

Sponsors: Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Hobbs, Fain, Mullet and Keiser; by request of Health Care Authority).

Senate Committee on Ways & Means

House Committee on Appropriations

Background: EHB 2242 was enacted in 2017 creating a nine-member School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) within the Health Care Administration (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 SEBB. Bargaining must be initiated after July 1, 2018.

Summary: The following changes are made, related to the administration of SEBB by HCA:

As an enhancement to the program of basic education, school districts may bargain for and provide:

The state intends to review the funding assumptions and consider assumptions that are related to the proportion of people that work 630 hours or more when allocating funding to school districts. Funding must be allocated to school districts at the same or greater level than what is provided to state agencies for public employee benefits.

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner must provide HCA with K-12 health care benefit information and this information is exempt from public disclosure.

Votes on Final Passage:








(House amended)

(Senate refused to concur)




(House receded)


March 23, 2018 (Sections, 14, 22, 23, 31, and 32)

June 7, 2018