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Kimberly Shirek 
Benefits Specialist

Kimberly Shriek, Benefits Specialist


Brittani Beatty 
Benefits Specialist

Brittany Beatty Photo


Benefitfocus is our new benefits administration platform that simplifies how SoWashCo Schools employees enroll in and manage their benefits. This system is available year round. Active benefit eligible employees will sign in using their ClassLink username and password. 

Benefitfocus will now be used for:

  • New hire enrollments
  • Adding/updating life insurance beneficiaries
  • Life events or change in family status
  • Status changes
  • Reviewing benefit summaries
  • Open enrollment

Instructions to help with the transition can be found below:

open enrollment presentation and benefits summary

2023 Benefits Open Enrollment Presentation

HealthPartners Medical Insurance

HealthPartners medical insurance provides employees with great service, network options and price.

Two Network Options with HealthPartners

In addition to the HealthPartners Open Access plan, we are pleased to offer our employees the opportunity to select the HealthPartners Achieve Network as a way to lower your insurance premiums.

Open Access Plans

With HealthPartners Open Access Plan, just chose from the doctors in your network and get care whenever and wherever it works best for you.

Achieve Network Plans

Lower your health insurance costs and improve your health with HealthPartners Achieve High-Performance Network.

Achieve Network Overview
Why go with the Achieve Network? 
Achieve Network FAQs 

COVID-19 At-Home Test Coverage


Network Option for Delta Dental

  • Delta Preferred (PPO+Premier) - This consists of three different networks of providers: PPO, Premier and Non-Participating (Out of Network).

Employees enrolled in Delta dental insurance for 2023 will receive new dental insurance ID cards.

Delta Dental

Delta Dental PPO/Premier Plans

eyemed vision insurance

SoWashCo is part of EyeMed's Insight Network. Employees have two plans to choose from (see plan options below).

*Remember that you receive an annual eye exam covered by HealthPartners if you are enrolled in SoWashCo's HealthPartners health plan.

EyeMed Vision Plan

flexible spending accounts

Benefit Resource (BRI)

Employees that work at least 30 hours per week are eligible to participate in our Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). Outside of the annual open enrollment period, you will have to wait until you have a qualifying life event in order to change your enrollment status for FSA.

The FSA program is administered by Benefit Resource (BRI). Visit their website at Your personal spending account status and claim history will be available to you at this site. If it is your first time visiting the BRI website, you will need to register your account. To register, you will need the following information:

  • Company code: southwcsd
  • Member ID: your SSN (no dashes)
  • Personal Information: first name, last name, date of birth, zip code
  • Access to email or phone number on file with Benefit Resource

Follow the prompts to select a new Login ID and Password. A confirmation code will be sent to your email or through text message (message rates may apply).

Creating an Online FSA with BRI

  • Visit BRI's website to login or download the free mobile app
  • Click "Register an Account" 
  • Company Code: southwcsd
  • Member ID: Your SSN, no dashes

About Flexible Spending Accounts


What is a VEBA?

VEBA is for most employees enrolled in the Open Access and Achieve Network High Deductible Plan. Check your employee group to see if you qualify for a VEBA.

The VEBA contribution will be funded three times per year. Your annual VEBA contribution will be disbursed to your VEBA account as such:

  • 50% on Jan. 15
  • 25% on July 15
  • 25% on Oct. 15

A VEBA is a tax-free Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) that provides a source of funds to pay for the cost of health, dental and vision care expenses for you and your dependents covered by the District's health plan. Please see the specific costs sheet for your union/employee group for details on your VEBA contribution from the district.

Website: | Email: | Phone: (800) 473-9595 | Hours: Monday - Friday, 7am - 7pm

Creating an Online VEBA with BRI

  • Visit BRI's website to login or download the free mobile app
  • Click "Register an Account" 
  • Company Code: southwcsd
  • Member ID: Your SSN, no dashes

Employee Assistance program

Get Help With the Tough Stuff in Life

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers immediate and confidential support to help resolve work, health, and life challenges to improve your life. Let us help you find solutions so you can reach your goals at any age or stage of life. We help millions of people worldwide live healthy, happy, and productive lives. 

Learn More

For immediate and confidential assistance:

Call: 888-293-6948
Send an Email:
Contact Form

Health Advocate | EAP+Work/Life

Health Advocate makes healthcare easier for over 12,500 organizations and their members by leveraging a combination
of personal support, data and technology to engage people in their health and well-being.


Life Insurance and Long-term Disability

Upon your hire to a benefit-eligible position, you will have the opportunity to enroll in Life and Long Term Disability coverage. If you choose not to enroll at that time or wish to make changes to your level of coverage, please know that you may only enroll through an Evidence of Insurability process, which may require medical underwriting. If you are interested in completing this process, please contact your benefits specialist for the necessary paperwork.

Life and Long Term Disability coverage are underwritten by The Standard.

Changes to your beneficiary must be completed in Benefitfocus.

Life Insurance Beneficiary Change Form

Changes to your beneficiary must be completed in Benefitfocus.

BenefitFocus Login

Life Events

You may make changes to your health and/or dental insurance, outside of an open enrollment period, if you experience a life event AND you complete a change or enrollment form within 30 days of the life event. Examples of IRS qualifying life events include:

retirement accounts

Optional Tax Sheltered Accounts

A tax-sheltered account is a tax-deferred retirement investment plan such as the 403b and 457 plans offered through the District. The terms “403b” and “457” refer to sections of the IRS Code that define the rules by which “pre-tax” and "post-tax" investments may be made through payroll deduction. These voluntary saving plans supplement the mandatory defined-benefit pension plan (such as TRA or PERA) to which you already belong. 

mandatory pension plans

Teachers Retirement Association (TRA)

TRA New Hire

TRA Mid-career

TRA Planning for Retirement

Contact TRA

Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA)

PERA New Hire

PERA Mid-career

PERA Preparing for Retirement

Contact PERA

Voluntary Benefits

Insurance terms to know

Below are some common words and phrases you'll find while reviewing insurance plans and what they mean. If you have additional questions, please contact your benefits specialist.