News & Announcements

Employee Health Plans and the End of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: The federal government announced that the national COVID-19 Emergency ended on April 10, 2023. With the end of the emergency, some employee benefits will revert to pre-pandemic coverage levels and timelines. See the below summary. 

COVID Medical Services Coverage: See the summary chart for COVID-19 diagnostic testing, vaccines, and treatment coverage effective May 12, 2023. 

Trusted Benefits Vendors Communications: Did you receive an email at work from a benefits vendor and are not sure if it's legitimate? Check the benefits chart here for trusted/approved sender email addresses and domain names. 

Health Plan Cost Transparency: As part of the Transparency in Coverage Final Rule, group health plans and health insurance issuers are required to post machine-readable files (MRFs) on a publicly available website, updated monthly. These files permit the public to have access to health plan payment information that can be used to understand health plan pricing and the cost of health care services.

Aetna medical and pharmacy files 

Kaiser medical and pharmacy files (select "Washington" from either in-network or out-of-network readable files)

Expanding Benefits Access – Improving Health Equity: The City of Seattle made some important equity changes to employee health benefits in 2022. These include expanded access to the Employee Assistance Program, additional gender-affirming care services, and expanded access to infertility services. For change details, see the below infographics. 

Employee Assistance Program 
Gender-Affirming Care Services 

2024 Benefits Orientation - Regular Employees: View the recorded presentation for information including making the most of City of Seattle employee benefits, healthcare plans for the Most benefits program, employee well-being programs, Flexible Spending Accounts, optional insurances, employee responsibilities, and things to remember (59 minutes and 9 seconds).  

2024 Benefits Orientation - Temporary Benefits Eligible Employees: View the recorded presentation for information on benefits for temporary employees who are eligible for the City of Seattle benefits (44 minutes and 56 seconds). See the Benefits Orientation time stamp

Deferred Compensation Plan Orientation: View the recorded presentation here.  

Health Plan Options for Retiring Employees Seminar:  View the 2024 recorded presentation here for information about City-sponsored retiree health plan options, what employees should consider before retiring, COBRA considerations; premiums, how Medicare plays a role, and employees' responsibilities (27 minutes). 

March 2024 Well-Being Newsletter: Find City well-being events and benefits programs, as well as articles on how friendships foster good health, how's your sleep, the benefits of weighted gloves, a dietician's grocery list, daylight saving time and your health, and extending your ladder knowledge. 

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Human Resources

Kimberly Loving, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5500, Seattle, WA , 98124
Mailing Address: PO Box 34028, Seattle, WA, 98124-4028
Phone: (206) 684-7999
Fax: (206) 684-4157
SHR_Info@seattle.gov

The Human Resources Department provides human resource services, tools, and expert assistance to departments, policy makers, employees, and the public so that the City of Seattle's diverse work force is deployed, supported, and managed fairly to accomplish the City's business goals.