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Public Employees' Benefit Board Meeting Minutes, July 15, 2008
Public Employees’ Benefit Board
Tuesday, July 15, 2008, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
DAS General Services Building
1225 Ferry St SE, Salem
                                  
Summary
Note: The video stream of this meeting is erroneously titled PEBB/OEBB Board Meeting. It should be PEBB Board Meeting. Time codes for the stream (00:xx:xx) are provided at the end of each section. Video Stream
 
10:30-10:40
Welcome and Approval of Minutes (info/action: Bdattach.1 )
      Diane Lovell
Overview of Meeting
      Lydia Lissman
 
Action: The Board approved the June 17, 2008 meeting minutes.
 
00:00:20 Video Stream
10:40 – 11:00
Final Rates – Composite Rate (info/discussion/action: Bdattach.2 )
Wendy Edwards
The final 2009 rates by plan and the 2009 composite rate will be provided
for Board action.
 
Action: The Board approved the medical and dental rates for Actives, COBRAs, Retirees and self-pay participants for the 2009 plan year.
 
00:06:17 Video Stream
11:00 – 11:30
Domestic Partner Policy (info/discussion/action: Bdattach.3 )
Bobbie Barott
Staff will provide recommendations for changes to the domestic partner policy.  The Board will be asked to approve policy changes and authorize payment of payroll systems changes to implement the policy.
 
Action: The Board approved the staff recommendation to allow PEBB employees with a dependent partner (DP), same sex or opposite sex, to certify annually the tax status of their DP and to allow DPs meeting the requirements of Code 105(b) to receive pre-tax health care benefits. Additionally, the Board suggests repayment of imputed value tax resulting from loss of dependency should be repaid monthly at no more than 5% of the employee’s wages. 
 
00:13:13 Video Stream
11:30 – 12:30
 
Public Comment
During this time period PEBB members and members of the public may address the Board with comments, suggestions, recommendations, or concerns regarding PEBB benefits or other Board business. The Board will proceed with agenda items between public presentations.
 
Samaritan Health Plans (info/discussion)
Wendy Edwards
Staff will present the monthly update on the status of the Samaritan Health Plans work plan.      
 
00:43:33 Video Stream
 
Employee Life Insurance Selections (info/discussion/: Bdattach.4 )
Wendy Edwards
Staff will respond to any questions from the Board regarding the report on employee coverage selections for life insurance.  This information was previously requested by the Board.
 
00:57:26 Video Stream
12:30 – 1:00
Break
 
1:00 – 1:45
Operations Subcommittee Report (info/discussion/: Bdattach.5 )
Paul McKenna, Wendy Edwards
The Operations Subcommittee Chair will provide an overview of the July subcommittee meeting. Staff will present a review of newly developed quarterly reports.
01:15:30 Video Stream
1:45 – 2:30
Member Cost Share(info/discussion/: Bdattach.6 )
 Mikel Gray, Mercer
PEBB consultants will present information on PEBB member cost share and trend.                                                                                    
 02:07:03 Video Stream
2:30 – 3:00
Leadership Changes
The Board will make the official transition to new leadership.
02:29:15 Video Stream
3:00 – 4:00
Self-Insurance (info/discussion/action: Bdattach.7 )
Mikel Gray, Mercer
The consultant will report on self-insurance for a Board discussion of issues that will need to be addressed for expanded medical self-insurance after 2009.
 
Action: The Board approved the staff recommendation to move forward with a self-insurance analysis and strategic plan with regard to next steps and report back to the Board in three months with an 18 month plan of action and deliverables.
02:40:15 Video Stream
4:00 – 4:30
Member Appeal (info/discussion/action: Bdattach.8 )
Bobbie Barott
The Board will consider a member appeal request to opt out against Veteran’s benefits.
 
Action: The Board denied the member’s appeal and the current OAR will remain as written.
01:01:43 Video Stream
4:30
Adjourn