2017 ORS 243.864¹
Duties
  • rules
  • contracts
  • personnel

(1) The Oregon Educators Benefit Board:

(a) Shall adopt rules for the conduct of its business and for carrying out ORS 243.879 (Reimbursement methodology for payment to hospitals); and

(b) May adopt rules not inconsistent with ORS 243.860 (Definitions for ORS 243.860 to 243.886) to 243.886 (Limitations on district participation in benefit plans) to determine the terms and conditions of eligible employee participation in and coverage under benefit plans.

(2) The board shall study all matters connected with the provision of adequate benefit plan coverage for eligible employees on the best basis possible with regard to the welfare of the employees and affordability for the districts and local governments. The board shall design benefits, prepare specifications, analyze carrier responses to advertisements for bids and award contracts. Contracts shall be signed by the chairperson on behalf of the board.

(3) In carrying out its duties under subsections (1) and (2) of this section, the goal of the board is to provide high-quality health, dental and other benefit plans for eligible employees at a cost affordable to the districts and local governments, the employees and the taxpayers of Oregon.

(4)(a) The board shall prepare specifications, invite bids and take actions necessary to award contracts for health and dental benefit plan coverage of eligible employees in accordance with the criteria set forth in ORS 243.866 (Benefit plans) (1).

(b) Premium rates established by the board for a self-insured health benefit plan and premium rates negotiated by the board with a carrier that offers a health benefit plan to eligible employees must take into account any reduction in the cost of hospital services and supplies anticipated to result from the application of ORS 243.879 (Reimbursement methodology for payment to hospitals).

(c) The Public Contracting Code does not apply to contracts for benefit plans provided under ORS 243.860 (Definitions for ORS 243.860 to 243.886) to 243.886 (Limitations on district participation in benefit plans). The board may not exclude from competition to contract for a benefit plan an Oregon carrier solely because the carrier does not serve all counties in Oregon.

(5) The board may retain consultants, brokers or other advisory personnel when necessary and shall employ such personnel as are required to perform the functions of the board. If the board contracts for actuarial or technical support to manage the functions of the board, the board shall, no less than every three years, solicit invitations to bid and the proposals must include all of the following:

(a) An explanation of how the bidder has assisted other clients in creating incentives to improve the quality of care provided to enrollees;

(b) An explanation of how the bidder will support the board’s efforts to maximize provider efficiencies and achieve more organized systems of care; and

(c) A description of the bidder’s experience in assisting other clients in structuring contracts that use risk-based networks of providers and alternative provider reimbursement methodologies. [2007 c.7 §3; 2011 c.418 §11; 2013 c.731 §17; 2017 c.746 §32]

Note: See note under 243.860 (Definitions for ORS 243.860 to 243.886).

Chapter 243

Notes of Decisions

Effect of Public Employe Rela­tions Act is to modify authority of Personnel Division so that, while division retains responsibility for es­tab­lishing general job salary grades and classifica­tions, specific salary within each range which is paid to employe in public employe bargaining unit is subject to negotia­tion or arbitra­tion under terms of this chapter. AFSCME v. Executive Dept., 52 Or App 457, 628 P2d 1228 (1981), Sup Ct review denied

Provision of collective bargaining agree­ment giving present employes lateral transfer rights was valid under ORS 240.321 (Collective bargaining) and fact that its imple­menta­tion resulted in male succeeding female employe did not violate state af­firm­a­tive ac­tion statutes. State Executive Dept. v. OPEU, 91 Or App 124, 754 P2d 582 (1988)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

State agencies paying carpooling employes’ parking fees, (1974) Vol 36, p 1015

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 23, 44 (1971)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 243—Public Employee Rights and Benefits, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors243.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 243, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano243.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.