News & Announcements

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*.

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 applicationyou'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. 

2021 Benefits Orientation - Regular Employees: View the recorded presentation for information including making the most of City of Seattle employee benefits, healthcare plans for Most benefits program, employee well-being programs, Flexible Spending Accounts, optional insurances, employee responsibilities and things to remember. (1 hour and 3 minutes). See the Benefits Orientation time stamp map

2021 Benefits Orientation - Temporary Benefits Eligible Employees: View the recorded presentation for information on benefits for temporary employees who are eligible for City of Seattle benefits (45 minutes). See the recording time stamp map

Deferred Compensation Plan Orientation: View the recorded presentation here.  

Health Plan Options for Retiring Employees Seminar:  View the recorded presentation for information about City-sponsored retiree health plan options; what employees should consider prior to retiring; COBRA considerations; premiums; how Medicare plays a role and employees' responsibilities (25 minutes).

November Well-Being Newsletter: Find City well-being and benefits programs and events along with articles on reducing breast cancer risk, wellness exams, home office ergonomics, a wellness checklist, one-dish meals, peer-to-peer payments and avoiding gasoline gaffs.  Open Enrollment for 2022 benefits starts on October 1 at 8:00 am - see the back page for information. Check the online edition for additional tools and tips. Share the newsletter with family members by forwarding it to your personal email address.

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