Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits

stethoscopeHealthcare Care Authority (PEBB)

ESD 123 participates in PEBB through Washington’s Health Care Authority (HCA). Employees pay a portion of their medical care cost through monthly payroll deduction. All employee health insurance plans and premiums include dental and vision benefits.

Our insurance package includes:

  • Medical/vision care
  • Dental care
  • Basic Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability (LTD) plan

For more information on PEBB plans and coverages:


1% of your monthly paycheck (pre-tax) goes into a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) account for your use. The Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association (VEBA) is a type of group health plan you can use to reimburse out-of-pocket medical expenses.

palm tree and beachRetirement

Eligible employees participate in a retirement plan through the State of Washington's Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). Both the ESD and the employee contribute monthly to the retirement plan. The percentage of contribution depends upon the plan selected.

Retirement  Academy

Planning for retirement is an important thing we may neglect because we don’t know where to begin. The Retirement Academy through PlanMember is an easy way to improve your financial literacy and learn about personal finance, saving, investing and other important financial topics. The three online courses take about 20 minutes each and can provide you with a road-map to jump-start your retirement future. Sign up at esd123.retacademy.com to get started!

Deferred Compensation Plan

Employees may participate in the state’s Deferred Compensation plan (DCP). Unlike with a traditional savings account, contributions to a DCP savings program are tax-deferred. This means a DCP lowers your taxable income while you’re working and delays payments of income taxes on your investments until they’re withdrawn. Learn more about DCPs with this DRS video.

Available through the Department of Retirement Services or PlanMember.

  • Contact DRS: call 360.664.7000 or 800.547.6657
  • Contact PlanMember: Lisa McCullough, PlanMember Financial Advisor, at [email protected] or 509.663.7526

piggy bankTraditional or Roth 403(b) Tax-Sheltered Annuity (TSA)

Roth 403(b) contributions are made on an after-tax basis, and are ideal for employees expecting to be in a higher tax bracket in retirement. Whereas with a traditional 403(b) account, a participant’s gross salary is reduced by the amount of the pre-tax contributions and earnings are taxed upon withdrawal, contributions to a Roth account are subject to taxes before they go into the plan and participants will not pay taxes on contributions and earnings when they make a qualified withdrawal.

Available through PlanMember.

  • Contact PlanMember: Lisa McCullough, PlanMember Financial Advisor, at [email protected] or 509.663.7526

Balance Program 

person stretching iconESD 123 recognizes employees are critical to the quality and efficiency of our services, and that your health has a direct effect on your ability to perform their job duties and provide services. The ESD 123 Balance Team provides employees with information and activities that encourage and support health and wellness at work and beyond.

Find out more about the Balance Program and how to earn a Well Day off here.


All benefit-eligible ESD 123 employees and their family members have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through ESI. The program includes counseling (including up to three face-to-face sessions and unlimited tele-counseling), legal and financial assistance, and personal and professional online trainings. Services are free of cost, convenient, and confidential. More information is available at the EAP website or by calling 800-252-4555. 

Staff Fund

ESD 123 employees have established a Staff Fund to which employees make contributions
voluntarily. We have dedicated this fund to be available to support the ESD 123 staff in times of
illness, bereavement, and special occasions (birth/adoption, wedding, and retirement).

See Staff Fund Guidelines here. To contribute to the ESD 123 Staff Fund, complete and submit the ESD 123 Staff Fund form in Frontline Central.

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