Portland Public Schools
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.
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.