About Our Health Benefits

Providing innovative health care programs and coverage.

Vision

Our vision is a world where long-term care workers and their families are healthy, happy, and inspiring health in their homes and communities.

Mission

Our mission is to champion innovative health care programs and coverage that improve the health of long-term care workers so they can deliver high-quality care.

About Us

The SEIU 775 Benefits Group, a Taft-Hartley Trust formed by the SEIU 775 and participating employers, including the State of Washington, is responsible for providing medical, prescription drug, mental health and chemical dependency, vision, and dental benefits to long-term care workers (Home Care Aides) in Washington and Montana. These benefits are provided to Home Care Aides through the Washington State Legislature, which funded the development of what is now the SEIU 775 Benefits Group in 2005.

Currently, there are approximately 40,000 Home Care Aides working in Washington and Montana, 15,000 of whom are enrolled for benefit coverage through the Benefits Group. The Benefits Group operates as both a purchaser of benefits and a health improvement entity, working with Group Health Cooperative and Kaiser Permanente to provide high-value health insurance benefits.

Some of the ways we provide high access, value, and quality healthcare:

  • The Benefits Group is a purchaser of healthcare for many Home Care Aides that effectively addresses population-specific needs of SEIU 775 long-term care workers.

  • The Benefits Group develops and supports a healthy workforce that is able to meet the current and future demand of long term care Consumers.

  • We are engaging Home Care Aides in taking charge of their own health. Through our Care Begins With You campaign, Home Care Aides are sharing their own health improvement stories related to accessing mental health, dental care, avoiding unnecessary emergency room use, and choosing wisely where to access care.

  • The Benefits Group partners with innovative carriers that provide population-based, fully integrated care in an effort to reduce overall healthcare costs.

Managing for Results

Through our partnership with our carriers, we have controlled costs.

  • Member ER visits reduced by 27%
  • Hospital admittance rate reduced by 14%
  • Members that chose a Primary Care Provider increased by 34%

Sources: ER, hospital admittance statistics from HCA member statistics from Group Health claims; Primary care provider statistic from Group Health Cooperative ESP Dashboard between Aug. 2010 and Aug. 2014 (FY10-FY14)

The Benefits Group is a Nonprofit Entity

The Benefits Group is a nonprofit entity that operates independently of SEIU, SEIU 775, and participating employers.

As a Taft-Hartley trust, the Benefits Group maintains a highly regulated federal tax-exempt status. Its funds and assets are governed by its board of trustees.