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  • DEV Audit Deadline Extended to February 24
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    OEBB has extended the Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV) Audit deadline an additional two weeks. Members selected for the audit will now have until 11:59PM Friday, February 24 to submit documents supporting the eligibility of their enrolled dependents. OEBB's goal in conducting the DEV Audit is to identify and remove dependents who are not eligible for coverage. By extending the deadline, members with eligible dependents on their plans will have more time to gather the appropriate documents and maintain that coverage.

    Members selected for the audit were mailed a notification letter on January 10 and a verification packet on January 13. Reminder letters were mailed February 7 to those who have not yet responded to these communications. If you have misplaced your verification packet, you may download a copy from the Dependent Verification Center web portal at https://review.ehr.com/OEBB, or you may call the Dependent Verification Center at 888-814-1194.
Benefit Resources Featured Items
Medicare Creditable and Non-Creditable Coverage Notices
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Important changes have been made to the Medicare Creditable and Non-Creditable Coverage notices. Effective October 1, 2011, ODS Med Plan 9 will be considered Creditable Coverage and ODS Pharmacy Plan C will be considered Non-Creditable Coverage. If you are enrolled in either of these plans for 2011-12, be sure to read this important notification.
New Hires - Compare Plan Options Online
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OEBB has created an online tool to help you compare your plan options for the 2011-12 plan year (effective Oct. 1, 2011 - Sept. 30, 2012). You can create different combinations of medical, dental and vision plans and compare the benefit details and premiums side-by-side. You can even plug in the amount your employer contributes and it will subtract that to show your remaining monthly cost.
Shared Decision Making
If you are enrolled in an ODS or Providence medical plan, it's important to know that certain procedures now require additional copayments. Those procedures include, outpatient upper endoscopy, spine surgery for pain, knee and hip arthroscopy and knee and hip replacement. This "additional cost tier" was added to encourage members to talk with their doctor and consider other choices in order to make the best treatment decision for their personal situation.

If one of these procedures is recommended to you, use the following resources provided by your health plan to learn more about the procedure.
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Need Help?
You can view a collection of member and educational entity resources or contact your carrier.
Financial Assistance for Health Insurance
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Need help paying insurance premiums for coverage at work? Have uninsured family members opting out of coverage due to costs? Oregon's Office of Private Health Partnerships (OPHP) may be able to help. OPHP manages several programs that assist income-eligible members pay for insurance at work or a portion of COBRA premiums.
Dependents Now Eligible for Weight Watchers
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Effective October 1, 2011 anyone covered on an OEBB medical plan can participate in Weight Watchers as part of their medical benefit. (Age restrictions may apply.) Call Weight Watchers on the OEBB-dedicated line 866-531-8170 to ask questions or get started.
Start the Conversation with Your Doctor
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Health care that "works best" is care that gets the best results for your health, is safe and uses health care resources in the most efficient ways. While you might tend to assume that all patient care is good quality, research studies have shown that some care does not measure up to quality standards. To help make sure that you and your family get good quality care, you need to be informed and actively involved.

You can start in your doctor's office. When a doctor or other health provider recommends a particular treatment, ask what research has been done and what the research might mean for you. You can also ask whether there are other choices to consider, and whether research has been done to find out which treatment works best. You can also look for more information on your own. Click here for help finding trustworthy information on the web.