Portland Public Schools

OEBB Prepares to Let County Employees Purchase Insurance

Oregon AFSCME argues that Josephine County will save money while offering better coverage by switching to the state pool for school districts. Clatsop County AFSCME members are expected to join OEBB, but others in the county will move to a high-deductible plan from Regence BlueCross BlueShield to stave off rising costs from the insurer.


Oct. 14, 2013 — Local government workers in Clatsop, Josephine and Klamath counties may enroll in the Oregon Educators Benefit Board for health coverage as early as Jan. 1.

The counties are the test markets to expand the health insurance pool for school districts, the result of a new law enacted in the 2013 regular legislative session.

Portland Public Schools Exert Pressure on Oregon Educators Benefit Board

The board, which offers health insurance benefits to school districts throughout Oregon had attempted to change its comparability rules which could have forced districts into the pool

May 16, 2012 -- Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith couldn’t have sounded more adamant when she told the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) not to change the comparability rules allowing school districts to remain outside the state-run insurance pool.

Unless school districts can prove that the health insurance plans they offer are within a 2.5 percent margin of what’s offered by OEBB, they must join the pool. The proposed rule, which has since been squashed, would have virtually doubled that difference to 4 percent.

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