Benefits

Employees can find important information about their health and well-being benefits, and the tools they need to make decisions for themselves and covered family members. Employees should contact their department's benefits representative with questions.


Seminars and webinars dates are posted throughout the year on the Benefits Calendar.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment runs Friday, October 1 through Friday, October 22, 2021. See the Open Enrollment web page for highlights, plan comparisons, letters, the Open Enrollment webinar schedule and more. Make your 2022 benefit changes or enroll/re-enroll in a Flexible Spending Account by 5:00 pm on October 22 through Employee Self-Service. Please contact your department's benefits representative if you have questions. 

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WA Cares Fund Webinar

The City of Seattle hosted two informational WA Cares Fund webinars presented by several state and community partners. To access the recording, click here. Enter passcode j7^*@=A*.

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 WA Cares Fund Exemption Application Process 

If you enrolled in the City of Seattle offered long-term care plan through  Chubb Insurance, or another qualifying private long-term care  insurance plan, WA Cares Fund exemption applications will be available starting October 1, 2021. Below are steps to apply for a permanent exemption.

  • Submit an exemption application to the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD). Exemption applications will be available no sooner than October 1, 2021. Look for ESD exemption application announcements on http://www.wacaresfund.wa.gov/private-insurance/.
  • ESD will review your application and notify you if you're eligible for an exemption from WA Cares coverage.  
  • If ESD approves your application, you'll get an exemption approval letter from ESD, at which point you'll be:
  • Removed from the program with no option to re-enroll. 
  • Disqualified from accessing WA Cares benefits in your lifetime. 
  • Required to present your exemption approval letter to all current and future employers. If you fail to present your ESD approval letter, employers will withhold non-refundable WA Cares premiums. 
  • Submit your exemption approval letter to the City of Seattle (process to be determined):

Exemption approval letters received from ESD must be submitted before 12/31/21 to prevent WA Cares Fund tax deductions in 2022.  More information about how and when you can submit exemption approval letter to the City of Seattle will be provided soon. Please note: There will be a designated location where City of Seattle employees can upload their exemption approval letters.  Location and instruction information will be provided to City of Seattle employees in October.

Exemptions will take effect the quarter after your application is approved.