Loading

Oregon Bulletin

November 1, 2011

 

Oregon Health Authority,
Oregon Educators Benefit Board
Chapter 111

Rule Caption: Revised language clarifies when grandchildren are eligible for OEBB benefit coverage.

Adm. Order No.: OEBB 16-2011(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-30-2011

Certified to be Effective: 10-1-11 thru 1-28-12

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 111-010-0015

Rules Suspended: 111-010-0015(T)

Subject: The revisions to OAR 111-010-0015 include clarifying language on when a grandchild is eligible for benefit coverage.

Rules Coordinator: April Kelly—(503) 378-6588

111-010-0015

Definitions

Unless the context indicates otherwise, as used in OEBB administrative rules, the following definitions will apply:

(1) “Actuarial value” means the expected financial value for the average member of a particular benefit plan.

(2) “Adverse Benefit Determination” means a denial, reduction, or termination of, or a failure to provide or make payment (in whole or in part), for a benefit, including any such denial, reduction, termination, or failure to provide or make payment that is based on but not limited to:

(a) A determination of a member’s eligibility to participate in the plan;

(b) A determination that the benefit is not a covered benefit; or

(c) A rescission of coverage, whether or not, in connection with rescission, there is an adverse effect on any particular benefit.

(3) “Affidavit of Domestic Partnership” means a document that attests the eligible employee and one other eligible individual meet the criteria in section (15)(b).

(4) “Benefit plan” includes, but is not limited to, insurance or other benefits including:

(a) Medical;

(b) Dental;

(c) Vision;

(d) Life, disability and accidental death;

(e) Long term care;

(f) Employee Assistance Program Plans;

(g) Supplemental medical, dental and vision;

(h) Any other remedial care recognized by state law, and related services and supplies;

(i) Comparable benefits for employees who rely on spiritual means of healing; and

(j) Self insurance programs managed by the Board.

(5) “Benefits” means goods and services provided under benefit plans.

(6) “Board” means the ten-member board established in the Department of Administrative Services as the Oregon Educators Benefit Board under chapter 00007, Oregon Laws 2007.

(7) “Child” means and includes the following:

(a) An eligible employee’s, spouse’s, or domestic partner’s biological son, daughter, stepson, or stepdaughter; adopted child, child placed for adoption, or legally placed child, who is 25 or younger on the first day of the month. An eligible employee must provide the required custody or legal documents to their Educational Entity showing proof of adoption, legal guardianship or other court order if enrolling a child for whom the employee, spouse, or domestic partner is not the biological parent.

(A) Grandchildren are only eligible when the eligible employee is the legal guardian or adoptive parent of the grandchild.

(b) A person who is incapable of self-sustaining employment because of a developmental disability, mental illness, or physical disability. There is no age limit for a dependent child who is incapable of self-sustaining employment because of a developmental disability, mental illness, or physical disability. When the dependent child is 26 years of age or older all the following requirements must be met:

(A) The disability must have existed before attaining age 26.

(B) The employee must provide evidence to the Educational Entity or OEBB that (1) the person had health plan coverage, group or individual, prior to attaining age 26, and (2) health plan coverage continued without a gap until the OEBB health plan effective date.

(C) The person’s attending physician must submit documentation of the disability to the eligible employee’s OEBB health insurance plan for review and approval. If the person receives health plan approval, the health plan may review the person’s health status at any time to determine continued OEBB coverage eligibility.

(D) The person must not have terminated from OEBB health plan coverage after attaining the age of 26.

(c) Eligibility for coverage under this rule includes people who may not be dependents under federal or state tax law and may require an Educational Entity to adjust an Eligible Employee’s income based on the imputed value of the benefit.

(8) “Comparable cost (Medical, Dental and Vision)” means that the total cost to a district for enrollment in OEBB plans comparable in design to the district’s plan(s) do not exceed the total cost to a district for enrollment in the district’s plan(s) using the rate(s) in effect or proposed for the benefit plan year.

(9) “Comparable cost (Basic and Optional Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, and Short and Long Term Disability)” means that the premium rates of an OEBB plan design option do not exceed the average, aggregate premium rates of a district’s pre-OEBB plan design in effect the year prior to implementation.

(10) “Comparable plan design (Medical, Dental and Vision)” means that the actuarial values of two plan designs are within 2.5 percent higher or lower of each other.

(11) “Comparable plan design (Basic and Optional Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment)” means that 90 percent of district employees can obtain a maximum benefit through an OEBB plan design that is within $2,500 of the maximum benefit obtained through a pre-OEBB plan design in effect the year prior to implementation.

(12) “Comparable plan design (Short and Long Term Disability)” means 90 percent of the district employees can obtain the same elimination period, percentage of covered compensation, definition of covered compensation, coverage period duration, and maximum payment per benefit period through an OEBB plan design as through a pre-OEBB plan design in effect the year prior to implementation.

(13) “Dependent” means and includes the Employee’s Spouse or Domestic Partner, or child as defined by OAR 111-010-0010(7) or other person having a relation to the subscriber as defined by the Contractor.

(14) “Documented district policies” means Educational Entities’ policies and practices that apply to an employee group and are submitted to the Oregon Educators Benefit Board during the plan selection process. Educational Entities’ policies and practices must be identified and submitted with the applicable employee group plan selections.

(15) “Domestic partner,” unless otherwise defined by a collective bargaining agreement or documented district policy in effect on January 31, 2008, means and includes the following:

(a) An unmarried individual of the same sex who has entered into a “Declaration of Domestic Partnership” with the eligible employee that is recognized under Oregon law; or

(b) An unmarried individual of the same or opposite sex who has entered into a partnership that meets the following criteria:

(A) Both are at least 18 years of age;

(B) Are responsible for each other’s welfare and are each other’s sole domestic partners;

(C) Are not married to anyone and have not had a spouse or another domestic partner within the prior six months. If previously married, the six-month period starts on the final date of divorce;

(D) Share a close personal relationship and are not related by blood closer than would bar marriage in the State of Oregon;

(E) Have jointly shared the same regular and permanent residence for at least six months immediately preceding the date the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership is signed and submitted to the Educational Entity; and

(F) Are jointly financially responsible for basic living expenses defined as the cost of food, shelter and any other expenses of maintaining a household. Financial information must be provided if requested.

(G) The eligible employee and domestic partner must jointly complete and submit to the Educational Entity an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership form, within five business days of the electronic enrollment date or the date the Educational Entity received the enrollment/change form. If the affidavit is not received, coverage will terminate for the domestic partner retroactive to the effective date.

(c) The domestic partner must notify the Educational Entity within 31 days of meeting all criteria as defined in 111-010-0015 (15)(b) or obtaining the “Declaration of Domestic Partnership” which is recognized under Oregon law.

(d) Educational Entities’ must calculate and apply applicable imputed value tax for domestic partners covered under OEBB benefit plans.

(16) “Educational Entity” means public school districts (K-12), education service districts (ESDs), community colleges and public charter schools participating in OEBB.

(17) “Eligible employee” means and includes:

(a) “Active eligible employee” means an employee of an OEBB participating organization who is:

(A) Employed or is in a job-sharing position on a half time or greater basis; or

(B) Meets the definition of an eligible employee under a separate OEBB rule or under a collective bargaining agreement or documented district policy in effect on January 31, 2008; or

(C) An employee of a community college who is covered under a collectively bargained contract and has worked a class load of between 25 percent and 49 percent for a minimum period of two years and is expected to continue to work a class load of at least 25 percent. Coverage is limited to medical to include Kaiser Medical Plan 1A (where available), ODS Medical Plan 8 (with Plan C pharmacy) and ODS Medical Plan 9. The tiered rate structure will apply to all medical plans.

(b) “Retired eligible employee” means a previously active eligible employee, who is:

(A) Receiving a service or disability retirement allowance or pension under the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) or under any other retirement or disability benefit plan or system offered by an OEBB participating organization for its employees;

(B) Eligible to receive a service retirement allowance under PERS and has reached earliest retirement age under ORS Chapter 238;

(C) Eligible to receive a pension under ORS 238A.100 to 238A.245 and has reached earliest retirement age as described in ORS 238A.165; or

(D) Eligible to receive a service retirement allowance or pension under another retirement benefit plan or system offered by an OEBB participating organization and has reached earliest retirement age under the plan or system.

(18) “Employee Group” means employees of a similar employment type, for example administrative, represented classified, non-represented classified, confidential, represented licensed, or non-represented licensed, within an Educational Entity. If one or more collective bargaining unit exists within an employee group, each unit will be considered a separate employee group.

(19) “Flexible benefit plan” includes plans that allow contributions on a tax-favored basis including health savings accounts.

(20) “Members” means and includes the following:

(a) “Eligible employee” as defined by OAR 111-010-0015(17).

(b) “Child” as defined by OAR 111-010-0015(7).

(c) “Domestic Partner” as defined by OAR 111-010-0015(15).

(d) “Spouse” as defined by OAR 111-010-0015(26).

(21) “Non-subject District” means a community college, district or a charter school if the employees are not considered employees of a school district.

(22) “Oregon Educators Benefit Board or OEBB” means the program created under chapter 00007, Oregon Laws 2007.

(23) “OEBB participating organization” means a Subject District, Non-subject District, or Provisional Non-subject District that participates in benefit plans provided by the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB).

(24) “Provisional Non-subject District” means a common school district, a union high school district, or an education service district that:

(a) Was self-insured on December 31, 2006;

(b) Had an independent health insurance trust established and functioning on December 31, 2006; or

(c) Can provide comparable plan designs at a comparable cost as defined by sections (8) and (10) of this Rule.

(25) “Qualified Status Change (QSC)” means a change in family or work status that allows limited mid-year changes to benefit plans consistent with the individual event.

(26) “Spouse” means a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife. Except as provided in Oregon Constitution Article XV, Section 5a, a relationship recognized as a marriage in another state will be recognized in Oregon even though such a relationship would not be a marriage if the same facts had been relied upon to create a marriage in Oregon. The definition of spouse does not include a former spouse and a former spouse does not qualify as a dependent.

(27) “Subject District” means a common school district, a union high school district, or an education service district that:

(a) Did not self-insure on January 1, 2007;

(b) Did not have a health trust in effect on January 1, 2007; or

(c) Does not provide comparable plan designs at a comparable cost as defined by sections (8) and (10) of this Rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 243.860 - 243.886

Stats. Implemented: ORS 243.860(1)(a)

Hist.: OEBB 2-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-21-07 thru 3-18-08; OEBB 2-2008, f. & cert. ef. 1-4-08; OEBB 10-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-13-08 thru 2-6-09; OEBB 1-2009, f. & cert. ef. 1-30-09; OEBB 5-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-10-09 thru 9-4-09; OEBB 8-2009, f. & cert. ef. 5-1-09; OEBB 12-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-31-09 thru 1-26-10; OEBB 19-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-09; OEBB 7-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-3-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 11-2010(Temp), f. 9-30-10, cert. ef. 10-1-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 1-2011, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-11; OEBB 6-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-15-11 thru 8-13-11; OEBB 14-2011, f. & cert. ef. 8-2-11; OEBB 15-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-2-11 thru 1-28-12; OEBB 16-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 1-28-12

 

Rule Caption: Amends rules relating to retroactive terminators, rescissions, and coverage effective dates for grandchildren.

Adm. Order No.: OEBB 17-2011(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-30-2011

Certified to be Effective: 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 111-040-0001, 111-040-0005, 111-040-0015, 111-040-0025, 111-040-0040

Subject: OAR 111-040-0001 is amended to state when eligible grandchildren’s coverage is effective. Amendments to OARs 111-040-0005, 111-040-0015, 111-040-0025 and 111-040-0040 result in additional clarification on retroactive terminations and rescissions provided by DOJ regarding the federal Healthcare Reform Act.

Rules Coordinator: April Kelly—(503) 378-6588

111-040-0001

Effective Dates

(1) Benefit plan changes or initial elections, unless otherwise specified in a collective bargaining agreement or documented district policy in effect on June 30, 2008, are effective on the later of:

(a) The first of the month following a completed online enrollment in the OEBB benefit management system or submission of a paper enrollment or change form, or

(b)(A) The first of the month following the date of hire or the date of eligibility; with the following exception:

(B) The first of the month following approval of Evidence of Insurability for Optional Life Insurance above the guarantee issue amount, Long Term Disability, or Long Term Care insurance.

(2) Covered dependent changes are effective the first of the month following the date of the event causing the dependent to be eligible under OEBB administrative rules with the following exceptions:

(a) Coverage for a newborn child is effective on the date of birth. The active eligible employee must add the newborn child to their benefit plans within 60 calendar days from the date of birth in order for the newborn child to be eligible for benefit coverage.

(b) Coverage for a newly adopted child is effective the date of the adoption decree or date of placement for adoption. The active eligible employee must add the adopted child to their benefit plans within 60 calendar days from the date of the decree or placement in order for the newly adopted child to be eligible for benefit coverage; and

(A) The active eligible employee must submit the adoption agreement with the enrollment forms to the Educational Entity.

(B) Claims payments will not be made for expenses incurred prior to the date of decree or placement.

(c) Coverage for an eligible grandchild is as follows:

(A) If the legal guardianship is finalized within the first 60 days following the birth of the grandchild, coverage will be effective retroactive to the date of the birth.

(B) If the legal guardianship is finalized 61 or more days from the date of birth of the grandchild, the coverage will be effective the first of the month following the date the guardianship documents are finalized.

(C) If the legal guardianship is finalized 61 or more days from the date of birth of the grandchild, and the effective date of legal guardianship is retroactive to the grandchild’s date of birth, coverage will be effective retroactive to the date of birth.

(d) The first of the month following approval of Evidence of Insurability for Optional Spouse/Domestic Partner Life insurance above the guaranteed issue amount, if applicable, or Long Term Care Insurance.

(3) Elections made during an open enrollment period are effective on the first day of the new plan year. There will be a 12-month waiting period for services other than preventive dental exams and cleanings and/or routine vision exams for coverage added during the open enrollment period if enrolling in a dental or vision plan in which the employee and/or dependents were previously eligible.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 243.860 - 243.886

Stats. Implemented: ORS 243.864(1)(a)

Hist.: OEBB 14-2008, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-08; OEBB 14-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-31-09 thru 1-26-10; OEBB 21-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-09; OEBB 9-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-3-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 12-2010(Temp), f. 9-30-10, cert. ef. 10-1-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 3-2011, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-11; OEBB 17-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

111-040-0005

Termination Dates

(1) Effective October 1, 2011, if an active eligible employee requests a termination of coverage for themselves, a spouse, a domestic partner, or a child, coverage ends on the last day of the month that eligibility is lost. Requests for coverage termination must be made consistent with a Qualifying Event, as defined by 111-040-0040. Retroactive termination of coverage may be made in the event of a delay in the Educational Entities’ administrative process.

(2) Effective October 1, 2011, benefit coverage termination that is considered by OEBB to be intentional misrepresentation may be rescinded in compliance with the law. If this occurs, OEBB shall give the affected individual 30 days notice of the rescission of benefit coverage and an opportunity to appeal before the rescission takes effect.

(3) Benefit coverage for active eligible employees ends on the last day of the month that they retire, unless otherwise determined in a collective bargaining agreement or documented district policy in effect on June 30, 2008. Benefit coverage may be continued based on the requirements and limitations in OARs 111-050-0001 through 111-050-0050.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 243.860 - 243.886

Stats. Implemented: ORS 243.864(1)(a)

Hist.: OEBB 14-2008, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-08; OEBB 12-2010(Temp), f. 9-30-10, cert. ef. 10-1-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 3-2011, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-11

111-040-0015

Removing an Ineligible Individual from Benefit Plans

(1) An active eligible employee is responsible for removing ineligible spouses, domestic partners and children from their OEBB-sponsored benefit plans by submitting completed, applicable forms to their Educational Entity benefits administrator within 31 calendar days after the date the individual becomes ineligible. Coverage ends on the date identified under OAR 111-040-0005.

(2) An active eligible employee ending a domestic partnership must complete and submit a Termination of Domestic Partnership form and enrollment update forms to the Educational Entity benefits administrator within 31 calendar days after the event for removal of the domestic partner and domestic partner’s children from their benefit plan. Benefit coverage for the domestic partner and domestic partner’s children ends on the date identified in OAR 111-040-0005.

(3) An Educational Entity is responsible for removing ineligible individuals from the OEBB benefits management system. The Educational Entity must complete such removal within 14 calendar days after:

(a) An event resulting in loss of the employee’s eligibility, or

(b) The receipt of notification of an event resulting in loss of eligibility of the employee’s spouse, domestic partner or child.

(4) If coverage of an employee’s spouse, domestic partner or child is terminated retroactively, then:

(a) The active eligible employee may be responsible for claims previously paid by the benefit plans to the providers during the period of ineligibility at the carrier’s discretion; and

(b) Premium adjustments will be made retroactively based on the coverage end date.

(5) OEBB shall conduct audits to monitor compliance with OEBB administrative rules governing eligibility and enrollment.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 243.860 - 243.886

Stats. Implemented: ORS 243.864(1)(a)

Hist.: OEBB 14-2008, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-08; OEBB 9-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-3-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 12-2010(Temp), f. 9-30-10, cert. ef. 10-1-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 3-2011, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-11; OEBB 17-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

111-040-0025

Correcting Enrollment and Processing Errors

(1) Employee Enrollment Errors. Enrollment errors occur when an active eligible employee provides incorrect information or fails to make correct selections when making benefit plan elections. The active eligible employee is responsible for identifying enrollment errors or omissions.

(a) OEBB authorizes Educational Entities to correct enrollment errors reported by the active eligible employee within 60 calendar days of the original eligibility date, open enrollment period end date, or Qualified Status Change date.

(b) Enrollment errors identified after 60 calendar days of the eligibility date, open enrollment period end date or Qualified Status Change date must be submitted to OEBB for review and approval based on OAR 111-080-0030.

(2) Benefit Administrator Processing Errors. Processing errors or omissions occur when benefit plan elections are processed incorrectly in the benefit system or when a newly-eligible active eligible employee does not receive correct enrollment information or materials within 31 calendar days of the eligibility date.

(a) OEBB authorizes Educational Entities to correct processing errors identified within 60 calendar days of the eligibility date, open enrollment period end date, or Qualified Status Change date. The Educational Entity must reconcile all premium discrepancies.

(b) Processing errors identified after 60 calendar days of the eligibility date, open enrollment period end date, or Qualified Status Change date must be submitted to OEBB for review and approval based on OAR 111-080-0030. The Educational Entity must reconcile all premium discrepancies within 30 calendar days of any adjustments made in the system.

(3) The effective date for the correction of either an employee enrollment error or benefit administrator error is:

(a) Retroactive to the original effective date as identified in OAR 111-040-000(1).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 243.860 - 243.886

Stats. Implemented: ORS 243.864(1)(a)

Hist.: OEBB 14-2008, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-08; OEBB 14-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-31-09 thru 1-26-10; OEBB 21-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-09; OEBB 9-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-3-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 3-2011, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-11; OEBB 17-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

111-040-0040

Qualified Status Changes (QSC’s)

(1) Active eligible employees experiencing a change in family or work status as noted below after annual open enrollment, or anytime during the plan year, have 31 calendar days beginning on the date of the event to make changes. If the event is gaining a child, as defined by 111-040-0040(2)(c), or results in a loss of eligibility, the eligible employee has 60 calendar days after the event to make changes.

(2) The eligible employee can only make changes that are consistent with the event for themselves and/or dependents.

(3) The employee must report the Qualified Status Change (QSC) to the employee’s Educational Entity within the specified timeframe. Failure to report a QSC that will result in removal of a spouse, domestic partner, or child within the timeframe stated in 111-040-0040(1) may be considered intentional misrepresentation, and OEBB may rescind the individual’s coverage back to the last day of the month in which the individual lost eligibility. Please refer to the QSC matrix for details on what changes can occur with each event.

(4) Qualified Status Changes which allow the employee to make changes to his or her coverage are:

(a) Gain spouse by marriage or domestic partner by meeting domestic partner eligibility;

(b) Loss of spouse or domestic partner by divorce, annulment, death or termination of domestic partnership,

(c) Gain a child by birth, placement for/or adoption, or Domestic Partner’s children (by affidavit of domestic partnership),

(d) Active eligible employee starts new employment and gains eligibility;

(e) Change in employment status by active eligible employee which affects eligibility;

(f) Active eligible employee ends employment or other change in employment status resulting in a loss of eligibility;

(g) Spouse or domestic partner starts new employment or other change in employment status which affects eligibility;

(h) Spouse or domestic partner’s employment ends or other change in employment status resulting in a loss of eligibility under their employer’s plan;

(i) Event by which a child satisfies eligibility requirements under OEBB plans (for a list of requirements see 111-010-0015);

(j) Event by which a child ceases to satisfy eligibility requirements under OEBB plans (for a list of requirements see 111-010-0015),

(k) Changes in the residence of the active eligible employee, spouse, domestic partner, or child (i.e., moving out of the service area of an HMO);

(l) Reinstatement of coverage. Reinstatement can be used in the following situations:

(A) Military (USERRA):

(B) When coverage was continued under COBRA

(C) When coverage was terminated in error and there is no lapse in coverage.

(m) Significant changes in cost of the eligible employee’s or early retiree’s current plan and tier level that result in a negative impact of 10 percent or more to:

(A) The amount an active eligible employee or early retiree must contribute toward benefits.

(B) The amount a spouse or domestic partner must contribute toward his or her group health insurance plan cost.

(n) Different Open Enrollment/Plan Year under a spouse/domestic partner’s employer plan.

(o) Related laws or court orders. For example: Qualified Medical Child Support Order (QMSCO), Medicare, HIPAA, or Family Health Insurance Assistance Program (FHIAP). Changes are determined by the applicable law or court order.

(5) Changes in coverage, or contribution amounts that result in a reduced amount that an employee or eligible dependent must contribute toward benefits, do not constitute a Qualified Status Change.

(6) The following applies to the Long Term Care benefit plans only:

(a) Cancel the plan at anytime without a QSC event.

(b) Plan additions or changes require a QSC event as defined 111-040-0040(2). The addition of a plan or change in plans with a QSC is subject to a medical evidence review by the LTC carrier.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 243.860 - 243.886

Stats. Implemented: ORS 243.864

Hist.: OEBB 14-2008, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-08; OEBB 10-2009(Temp), f. 5-4-09, cert. ef. 5-5-09 thru 10-31-09; OEBB 11-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-31-09; OEBB 17-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-7-09 thru 4-4-10; OEBB 22-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-09; OEBB 2-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-3-10 thru 8-29-10; OEBB 6-2010, f. & cert. ef. 8-3-10; OEBB 9-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-3-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 12-2010(Temp), f. 9-30-10, cert. ef. 10-1-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 3-2011, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-11; OEBB 7-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-15-11 thru 8-13-11; OEBB 11-2011, f. & cert. ef. 6-22-11; OEBB 17-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

 

Rule Caption: Amend rules relating to retroactive terminations, rescissions, and coverage effective dates for grandchildren.

Adm. Order No.: OEBB 18-2011(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-30-2011

Certified to be Effective: 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 111-050-0015, 111-050-0025, 111-050-0030, 111-050-0045, 111-050-0050

Subject: OAR 111-050-0025 is amended to state when eligible grandchildren’s coverage is effective. Amendments to OARs 111-050-0015, 111-050-0030, 111-050-0045 and 111-050-0050 result in additional clarification on retroactive terminations and rescissions provided by DOJ regarding the federal Healthcare Reform Act.

Rules Coordinator: April Kelly—(503) 378-6588

111-050-0015

Medical, Dental and Vision Termination Dates for Retirees

(1) A retiree enrolled in OEBB retiree insurance plan that becomes eligible for Medicare coverage may not continue on an OEBB medical or vision plan, unless they are eligible as a result of end-stage renal disease. OEBB benefits end the last day of the month prior to the Medicare effective date. The retiree is responsible for reporting to their Educational Entity and to OEBB when the retiree is covered by Medicare within 31 days after the Medicare coverage effective date. Failure to report within this timeframe may be considered intentional misrepresentation by OEBB and OEBB may rescind OEBB coverage back to the last day of the month prior to the Medicare effective date.

(2) If a retiree becomes eligible for Medicare coverage, but his or her currently-enrolled eligible dependents are not, these eligible individuals may continue OEBB medical, dental and vision insurance coverage until such time as they no longer meet OEBB eligibility requirements or become eligible for Medicare coverage for reasons other than end-stage renal disease, whichever occurs first. The eligible individuals must confirm intent to continue coverage with the retiree plan administrator within 31days after the retiree’s eligibility for Medicare.

(3) Eligible dependents who were covered on a plan at the time of retirement who are eligible for Medicare, or who become eligible for Medicare, may not continue coverage on an OEBB medical or vision plan unless it is stated in a collective bargaining agreement or documented district policy in effect on or before February 1, 2010, that they may continue on OEBB medical plans until the retiree becomes eligible for Medicare with the following exception: OEBB coverage must end for Medicare-eligible dependents of a retiree enrolled on a Kaiser Permanente medical plan.

(4) If the retiree is responsible for self-paying all or partial premiums and fails to remit the premium amount to their Educational Entity, all coverage will terminate on the last day of the month in which premiums are paid in full to OEBB.

(5) Dental coverage may be continued subject to the Educational Entity’s documented district policy or collective bargaining agreement. Coverage is based on the OEBB dental plans that the Educational Entity offers to retired OEBB Medicare-eligible individuals.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 243.860 - 243.886

Stats. Implemented: ORS 243.864(1)(a)

Hist.: OEBB 2-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-21-07 thru 3-18-08; OEBB 7-2008, f. & cert. ef. 4-15-08; OEBB 3-2009, f. & cert. ef. 1-30-09; OEBB 15-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-31-09 thru 1-26-10; OEBB 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-10; OEBB 13-2010(Temp), f. 9-30-10, cert. ef. 10-1-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 4-2011, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-11; OEBB 18-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

111-050-0025

Effective Dates

(1) Benefit plan changes or initial elections, unless otherwise specified in a collective bargaining agreement or documented district policy in effect on June 30, 2008, are effective on the later of:

(a) The first of the month following a completed online enrollment in the OEBB benefit management system or submission of a paper enrollment or change form,

(b) The first of the month following the date of eligibility; or

(c) The first of the month following the approval date of additional optional life insurance requested above the guarantee issue amount.

(2) Covered dependent changes are effective the first of the month following the date of the event causing the dependent to be eligible under OEBB administrative rules with the following exceptions:

(a) Coverage for a newborn child is effective on the date of birth. Retired eligible employee must add the newborn child to their benefit plans within 60 calendar days from the date of birth for the newborn child to be eligible for benefit coverage.

(b) Coverage for a newly adopted child is effective the date of the adoption decree or date of placement for adoption. Retired eligible employee must add the adopted child to their benefit plans within 60 calendar days from the date of the decree or placement for the newly adopted child to be eligible for benefit coverage; and

(A) The retired eligible employee must submit the adoption agreement with the enrollment forms to the Educational Entity.

(B) Claims payments will not be made for expenses incurred prior to the date of decree or placement.

(c) Coverage for an eligible grandchild is as follows:

(A) If the legal guardianship is finalized within the first 60 days following the birth of the grandchild, coverage will be effective retroactive to the date of the birth.

(B) If the legal guardianship is finalized 61 or more days from the date of birth of the grandchild, the coverage will be effective the first of the month following the date the guardianship documents are finalized.

(C) If the legal guardianship is finalized 61 or more days from the date of birth of the grandchild, and the effective date of legal guardianship is retroactive to the grandchild’s date of birth, coverage will be effective retroactive to the date of birth.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 243.860 - 243.886

Stats. Implemented: ORS 243.864(1)(a)

Hist.: OEBB 13-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-15-08 thru 2-11-09; OEBB 3-2009, f. & cert. ef. 1-30-09; OEBB 15-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-31-09 thru 1-26-10; OEBB 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 2-1-10; OEBB 10-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-3-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 4-2011, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-11; OEBB 18-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

111-050-0030

Correcting Enrollment and Processing Errors

(1) Employee Enrollment Errors. Enrollment errors occur when a retired eligible employee provides incorrect information or fails to make correct selections when making benefit plan changes. The retired eligible employee is responsible for identifying enrollment errors or omissions.

(a) OEBB authorizes Educational Entities to correct enrollment errors reported by the retired eligible employee within 60 calendar days of the original eligibility date, annual plan change period end date, or Qualified Status Change date.

(b) Enrollment errors identified after 60 calendar days of the eligibility date, annual plan change period end date or Qualified Status Change date must be submitted to OEBB for review and approval based on OAR 111-080-0030.

(2) Benefit Administrator Processing Errors. Processing errors or omissions occur when benefit plan changes are processed incorrectly in the benefit system.

(a) OEBB authorizes Educational Entities to correct processing errors identified within 60 calendar days of the eligibility date, annual plan change period end date, or Qualified Status Change date. The Educational Entities must reconcile all premium discrepancies.

(b) Processing errors identified after 60 calendar days of the eligibility date, annual plan change period end date, or Qualified Status Change date must be submitted to OEBB for review and approval based on OAR 111-080-0030. If approved, corrections are retroactive to the original effective date as identified in 111-040-0001. The Educational Entity must reconcile all premium discrepancies within 30 calendar days of any adjustments made in the system.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 243.860 - 243.886

Stats. Implemented: ORS 243.864(1)(a)

Hist.: OEBB 13-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-15-08 thru 2-11-09; OEBB 3-2009, f. & cert. ef. 1-30-09; OEBB 10-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-3-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 13-2010(Temp), f. 9-30-10, cert. ef. 10-1-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 4-2011, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-11; OEBB 18-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

111-050-0045

Termination Dates

(1) Effective October 1, 2011, if retired eligible employee requests a termination of coverage for themselves, a spouse, a domestic partner, or a child, coverage ends on the last day of the month that eligibility is lost. Requests for coverage termination must be made consistent with a Qualifying Event, as defined by 111-040-0040. Retroactive termination of coverage may be made in the event of a delay in the Educational Entities’ administrative process.

(2) Effective October 1, 2011, benefit coverage termination that is considered by OEBB to be intentional misrepresentation may be rescinded in compliance with the law. If this occurs, OEBB shall give the affected individual 30 days notice of the rescission of benefit coverage and an opportunity to appeal before the rescission takes effect.

(3) Benefit coverage for a spouse, domestic partner, or child ends on the last day of the month that a retired eligible employee dies, unless otherwise determined by a collective bargaining agreement or documented district policy in effect on June 30, 2008.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 243.860 - 243.886

Stats. Implemented: ORS 243.864(1)(a)

Hist.: OEBB 13-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-15-08 thru 2-11-09; OEBB 3-2009, f. & cert. ef. 1-30-09; OEBB 13-2010(Temp), f. 9-30-10, cert. ef. 10-1-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 4-2011, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-11; OEBB 18-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

111-050-0050

Removing an Ineligible Individual from Benefit Plans

(1) A retired eligible employee is responsible for removing ineligible spouses, domestic partners and children from their OEBB-sponsored benefit plans by submitting completed, applicable forms to their Educational Entity benefits administrator within 31 calendar days after the date the individual becomes ineligible. Coverage ends on the date identified under OAR 111-050-0045.

(2) A retired eligible employee ending a domestic partnership must complete and submit a Termination of Domestic Partnership form and enrollment update forms to the Educational Entity benefits administrator within 31 calendar days after the event for removal of the domestic partner and domestic partner’s dependent children from their benefit plan. Benefit coverage for the domestic partner and domestic partner’s dependent children ends on the date identified in OAR 111-050-0045.

(3) An Educational Entity is responsible for removing ineligible individuals from the OEBB benefits management system. The Educational Entity must complete such removal within 14 calendar days after:

(a) An event resulting in loss of the retired employee’s eligibility, or

(b) The receipt of notification of an event resulting in loss of eligibility of the retired employee’s spouse, domestic partner or child.

(4) If coverage of an employee’s spouse, domestic partner or child is terminated retroactively then:

(a) The retired eligible employee may be responsible for claims previously paid by the benefit plans to the providers during the period of ineligibility at the carrier’s discretion; and

(b) Premium adjustments will be made retroactively based on the coverage end date.

(5) OEBB shall conduct audits to monitor compliance with OEBB administrative rules governing eligibility and enrollment.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 243.860 - 243.886

Stats. Implemented: ORS 243.864(1)(a)

Hist.: OEBB 13-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-15-08 thru 2-11-09; OEBB 3-2009, f. & cert. ef. 1-30-09; OEBB 10-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-3-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 13-2010(Temp), f. 9-30-10, cert. ef. 10-1-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 4-2011, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-11; OEBB 18-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

 

Rule Caption: Amendments to the overpayment and underpayment rule.

Adm. Order No.: OEBB 19-2011(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 9-30-2011

Certified to be Effective: 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 111-080-0005

Subject: OAR 080-0005 is amended to update the rule due to changes in the OEBB contracts with the insurance carriers.

Rules Coordinator: April Kelly—(503) 378-6588

111-080-0005

Overpayments and Underpayments

(1) For the purpose of this rule:

(a) “Overpayment” means the amount of a Participating District’s monthly payment to OEBB that exceeded the amount due.

(b) “Underpayment” means a payment submitted by a Participating District that is less than the invoiced amount.

(2) Participating Districts seeking a refund of overpayments must:

(a) Notify OEBB within 90 calendar days from the date overpayment occurred;

(b) OEBB will resolve member overpayments by requesting a refund from the carrier in accordance with the law. The carrier shall refund the premium to OEBB back to the date of the termination or the date allowed by law for recoupment of paid claims.

(c) OEBB will generally reimburse Participating District overpayments through adjustments to future monthly payments.

(3) The Participating District shall submit any underpayment to OEBB as soon as it is discovered.

(4) OEBB reserves the right to issue surcharges or use other appropriate means for Participating District’s that submit underpayments.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 243.860 - 243.886

Stats. Implemented: ORS 243.864(a)

Hist.: OEBB 11-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-13-08 thru 2-6-09; OEBB 4-2009, f. & cert. ef. 1-30-09; OEBB 19-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 3-29-12

 

Rule Caption: Revised language to include definitions for a new benefit offering.

Adm. Order No.: OEBB 20-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 10-13-2011

Certified to be Effective: 10-14-11

Notice Publication Date: 9-1-2011

Rules Amended: 111-010-0015

Subject: The revisions to OAR 111-010-0015 include revised and new definitions for a new benefit offering, health savings accounts (HSAs) beginning October 1, 2011. The revisions include adding “Employee Assistance Program Plans” as defined under “Benefit plan” and also defining “Flexible benefit plan”.

Rules Coordinator: April Kelly—(503) 378-6588

111-010-0015

Definitions

Unless the context indicates otherwise, as used in OEBB administrative rules, the following definitions will apply:

(1) “Actuarial value” means the expected financial value for the average member of a particular benefit plan.

(2) “Adverse Benefit Determination” means a denial, reduction, or termination of, or a failure to provide or make payment (in whole or in part), for a benefit, including any such denial, reduction, termination, or failure to provide or make payment that is based on but not limited to:

(A) A determination of a member’s eligibility to participate in the plan;

(B) A determination that the benefit is not a covered benefit; or

(C) A rescission of coverage, whether or not, in connection with rescission, there is an adverse effect on any particular benefit.

(3) “Affidavit of Domestic Partnership” means a document that attests the eligible employee and one other eligible individual meet the criteria in section (15)(b).

(4) “Benefit plan” includes, but is not limited to, insurance or other benefits including:

(a) Medical;

(b) Dental;

(c) Vision;

(d) Life, disability and accidental death;

(e) Long term care;

(f) Employee Assistance Program Plans;

(g) Supplemental medical, dental and vision;

(h) Any other remedial care recognized by state law, and related services and supplies;

(i) Comparable benefits for employees who rely on spiritual means of healing; and

(j) Self insurance programs managed by the Board.

(5) “Benefits” means goods and services provided under benefit plans.

(6) “Board” means the ten-member board established in the Department of Administrative Services as the Oregon Educators Benefit Board under chapter 00007, Oregon Laws 2007.

(7) “Child” means and includes the following:

(a) An eligible employee’s, spouse’s, or domestic partner’s biological son, daughter, stepson, or stepdaughter; adopted child, child placed for adoption, or legally placed child, who is 25 or younger on the first day of the month. An eligible employee must provide the required custody or legal documents to their Educational Entity showing proof of adoption, legal guardianship or other court order if enrolling a child for whom the employee, spouse, or domestic partner is not the biological parent

(b) A person who is incapable of self-sustaining employment because of a developmental disability, mental illness, or physical disability. There is no age limit for a dependent child who is incapable of self-sustaining employment because of a developmental disability, mental illness, or physical disability. When the dependent child is 26 years of age or older all the following requirements must be met:

(A) The disability must have existed before attaining age 26.

(B) The employee must provide evidence to the Educational Entity or OEBB that (1) the person had health plan coverage, group or individual, prior to attaining age 26, and (2) health plan coverage continued without a gap until the OEBB health plan effective date.

(C) The person’s attending physician must submit documentation of the disability to the eligible employee’s OEBB health insurance plan for review and approval. If the person receives health plan approval, the health plan may review the person’s health status at any time to determine continued OEBB coverage eligibility.

(D) The person must not have terminated from OEBB health plan coverage after attaining the age of 26.

(c) Eligibility for coverage under this rule includes people who may not be dependents under federal or state tax law and may require an Educational Entity to adjust an Eligible Employee’s income based on the imputed value of the benefit.

(8) “Comparable cost (Medical, Dental and Vision)” means that the total cost to a district for enrollment in OEBB plans comparable in design to the district’s plan(s) do not exceed the total cost to a district for enrollment in the district’s plan(s) using the rate(s) in effect or proposed for the benefit plan year.

(9) “Comparable cost (Basic and Optional Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, and Short and Long Term Disability)” means that the premium rates of an OEBB plan design option do not exceed the average, aggregate premium rates of a district’s pre-OEBB plan design in effect the year prior to implementation.

(10) “Comparable plan design (Medical, Dental and Vision)” means that the actuarial values of two plan designs are within 2.5 percent higher or lower of each other.

(11) “Comparable plan design (Basic and Optional Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment)” means that 90 percent of district employees can obtain a maximum benefit through an OEBB plan design that is within $2,500 of the maximum benefit obtained through a pre-OEBB plan design in effect the year prior to implementation.

(12) “Comparable plan design (Short and Long Term Disability)” means 90 percent of the district employees can obtain the same elimination period, percentage of covered compensation, definition of covered compensation, coverage period duration, and maximum payment per benefit period through an OEBB plan design as through a pre-OEBB plan design in effect the year prior to implementation.

(13) “Dependent” means and includes the Employee’s Spouse or Domestic Partner, or child as defined by OAR 111-010-0010(7) or other person having a relation to the subscriber as defined by the Contractor.

(14) “Documented district policies” means Educational Entities’ policies and practices that apply to an employee group and are submitted to the Oregon Educators Benefit Board during the plan selection process. Educational Entities’ policies and practices must be identified and submitted with the applicable employee group plan selections.

(15) “Domestic partner,” unless otherwise defined by a collective bargaining agreement or documented district policy in effect on January 31, 2008, means and includes the following:

(a) An unmarried individual of the same sex who has entered into a “Declaration of Domestic Partnership” with the eligible employee that is recognized under Oregon law; or

(b) An unmarried individual of the same or opposite sex who has entered into a partnership that meets the following criteria:

(A) Both are at least 18 years of age;

(B) Are responsible for each other’s welfare and are each other’s sole domestic partners;

(C) Are not married to anyone and have not had a spouse or another domestic partner within the prior six months. If previously married, the six-month period starts on the final date of divorce;

(D) Share a close personal relationship and are not related by blood closer than would bar marriage in the State of Oregon;

(E) Have jointly shared the same regular and permanent residence for at least six months immediately preceding the date the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership is signed and submitted to the Educational Entity; and

(F) Are jointly financially responsible for basic living expenses defined as the cost of food, shelter and any other expenses of maintaining a household. Financial information must be provided if requested.

(G) The eligible employee and domestic partner must jointly complete and submit to the Educational Entity an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership form, within five business days of the electronic enrollment date or the date the Educational Entity received the enrollment/change form. If the affidavit is not received, coverage will terminate for the domestic partner retroactive to the effective date.

(c) The domestic partner must notify the Educational Entity within 31 days of meeting all criteria as defined in 111-010-0015(15)(b) or obtaining the “Declaration of Domestic Partnership” which is recognized under Oregon law.

(d) Educational Entities’ must calculate and apply applicable imputed value tax for domestic partners covered under OEBB benefit plans.

(16) “Educational Entity” means public school districts (K-12), education service districts (ESDs), community colleges and public charter schools participating in OEBB.

(17) “Eligible employee” means and includes:

(a) “Active eligible employee” means an employee of an OEBB participating organization who is:

(A) Employed or is in a job-sharing position on a half time or greater basis; or

(B) Meets the definition of an eligible employee under a separate OEBB rule or under a collective bargaining agreement or documented district policy in effect on January 31, 2008; or

(C) An employee of a community college who is covered under a collectively bargained contract and has worked a class load of between 25 percent and 49 percent for a minimum period of two years and is expected to continue to work a class load of at least 25 percent. Coverage is limited to medical to include Kaiser Medical Plan 1A (where available), ODS Medical Plan 8 (with Plan C pharmacy) and ODS Medical Plan 9. The tiered rate structure will apply to all medical plans.

(b) “Retired eligible employee” means a previously active eligible employee, who is:

(A) Receiving a service or disability retirement allowance or pension under the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) or under any other retirement or disability benefit plan or system offered by an OEBB participating organization for its employees;

(B) Eligible to receive a service retirement allowance under PERS and has reached earliest retirement age under ORS Chapter 238;

(C) Eligible to receive a pension under ORS 238A.100 to 238A.245 and has reached earliest retirement age as described in ORS 238A.165; or

(D) Eligible to receive a service retirement allowance or pension under another retirement benefit plan or system offered by an OEBB participating organization and has reached earliest retirement age under the plan or system.

(18) “Employee Group” means employees of a similar employment type, for example administrative, represented classified, non-represented classified, confidential, represented licensed, or non-represented licensed, within an Educational Entity. If one or more collective bargaining unit exists within an employee group, each unit will be considered a separate employee group.

(19) “Flexible benefit plan” includes plans that allow contributions on a tax-favored basis including health savings accounts.

(20) “Members” means and includes the following:

(a) “Eligible employee” as defined by OAR 111-010-0015(17)

(b) “Child” as defined by OAR 111-010-0015(7)

(c) “Domestic Partner” as defined by OAR 111-010-0015(15)

(d) “Spouse” as defined by OAR 111-010-0015(26)

(21) “Non-subject District” means a community college, district or a charter school if the employees are not considered employees of a school district.

(22) “Oregon Educators Benefit Board or OEBB” means the program created under chapter 00007, Oregon Laws 2007.

(23) “OEBB participating organization” means a Subject District, Non-subject District, or Provisional Non-subject District that participates in benefit plans provided by the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB).

(24) “Provisional Non-subject District” means a common school district, a union high school district, or an education service district that:

(a) Was self-insured on December 31, 2006;

(b) Had an independent health insurance trust established and functioning on December 31, 2006; or

(c) Can provide comparable plan designs at a comparable cost as defined by sections (8) and (10) of this Rule.

(25) “Qualified Status Change (QSC)” means a change in family or work status that allows limited mid-year changes to benefit plans consistent with the individual event.

(26) “Spouse” means a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife. Except as provided in Oregon Constitution Article XV, Section 5a, a relationship recognized as a marriage in another state will be recognized in Oregon even though such a relationship would not be a marriage if the same facts had been relied upon to create a marriage in Oregon. The definition of spouse does not include a former spouse and a former spouse does not qualify as a dependent.

(27) “Subject District” means a common school district, a union high school district, or an education service district that:

(a) Did not self-insure on January 1, 2007;

(b) Did not have a health trust in effect on January 1, 2007; or

(c) Does not provide comparable plan designs at a comparable cost as defined by sections (8) and (10) of this Rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 243.860 - 243.886

Stats. Implemented: ORS 243.860(1)(a)

Hist.: OEBB 2-2007(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-21-07 thru 3-18-08; OEBB 2-2008, f. & cert. ef. 1-4-08; OEBB 10-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-13-08 thru 2-6-09; OEBB 1-2009, f. & cert. ef. 1-30-09; OEBB 5-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-10-09 thru 9-4-09; OEBB 8-2009, f. & cert. ef. 5-1-09; OEBB 12-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-31-09 thru 1-26-10; OEBB 19-2009, f. & cert. ef. 12-17-09; OEBB 7-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-3-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 11-2010(Temp), f. 9-30-10, cert. ef. 10-1-10 thru 1-29-11; OEBB 1-2011, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-11; OEBB 6-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-15-11 thru 8-13-11; OEBB 14-2011, f. & cert. ef. 8-2-11; OEBB 15-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-2-11 thru 1-28-12; OEBB 16-2011(Temp), f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11 thru 1-28-12; OEBB 20-2011, f. 10-13-11, cert. ef. 10-14-11

 

Rule Caption: Adopts language for a new benefit offering, health savings accounts, in plan design development and selection.

Adm. Order No.: OEBB 21-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 10-13-2011

Certified to be Effective: 10-14-11

Notice Publication Date: 9-1-2011

Rules Adopted: 111-030-0046

Rules Repealed: 111-030-0046(T)

Subject: Beginning October 1, 2011, OEBB will be offering health savings accounts (HSAs) as a new benefit offering. 111-030-0046 includes language on this new benefit offering.

Rules Coordinator: April Kelly—(503) 378-6588

111-030-0046

Development of Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

(1) Effective October 1, 2011, OEBB will offer the use of an employer sponsored vendor for Health Savings Accounts (HSA). For purposes of this rule, an HSA vendor will be considered employer sponsored if the Educational Entity offers:

(A) Employer contributions to the HSA; or

(B) Pre-tax or direct deposit of employee contributions to the HSA.

(2) If an Educational Entity chooses to offer an employer sponsored HSA, the Educational Entity may offer this plan through the OEBB-contracted HSA.

(3) Educational Entities may select or allow the HSA option to be available to eligible employees who enroll in OEBB’s high-deductible health plan (HDHP) option (currently Medical Plan 9).

(4) Eligible employees who are eligible to enroll in an HSA, and choose the employer sponsored HSA vendor, may do so directly through the HSA vendor or their Educational Entity.

(5) Eligible employees must meet requirements established by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to qualify for enrollment in an HSA. Once enrolled in an HSA, members are responsible to adhere to tax requirements of the IRS.

(6) Because IRS requirements for an individual to qualify for enrollment in an HSA include concurrent enrollment in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), an Educational Entity that offers an employer sponsored HSA must offer its employees the choice of a HDHP option from among OEBB’s medical plans (currently Medical Plan 9). If an employee is enrolled in an OEBB medical plan that is not an HDHP option, the employee may not enroll in the OEBB HSA.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 243.860 - 243.886

Stats. Implemented: ORS 243.874(5)

Hist.: OEBB 13-20111(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-2-11 thru 1-28-12; OEBB 21-2011, f. 10-13-11, cert. ef. 10-14-11

Notes
1.) This online version of the OREGON BULLETIN is provided for convenience of reference and enhanced access. The official, record copy of this publication is contained in the original Administrative Orders and Rulemaking Notices filed with the Secretary of State, Archives Division. Discrepancies, if any, are satisfied in favor of the original versions. Use the OAR Revision Cumulative Index found in the Oregon Bulletin to access a numerical list of rulemaking actions after November 15, 2010.

2.) Copyright 2011 Oregon Secretary of State: Terms and Conditions of Use

Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722
Phone: (503) 986-1523 • Fax: (503) 986-1616 • oregon.sos@state.or.us

© 2013 State of Oregon All Rights Reserved​