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May 17, 2011
DAS General Services Building
1225 Ferry St SE, Ste B, Salem
PEBB Public Meeting Minutes
Tues., May 17, 2011; 12:30-4:00 p.m.
NOTE:  Time codes for the video stream (xx:xx:xx) are provided at the beginning of each section. Please refer to the recorded video stream of this meeting for additional details. Items may be heard out of agenda order.
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PEBB Board Members
Rich Peppers, Chair
Peter Callero
Rocky King, Vice Chair
Nora Leibowitz
Diane Lovell
Paul McKenna
Fariborz Pakseresht
Jeanene Smith
PEBB Staff
Bobbie Barott
Wendy Edwards
Joan Kapowich
Kathy Loretz
Ingrid Norberg
Chérie Taylor
Jeff Akers, Kaiser
Thandi Clements, VSP
Sandi Durham, PEBB member
Brad Garrigues, Providence
Megan Myrick, Willamette Dental
Cynthia Platonov, ODS
Jean Poling, Kaiser
Cash Singleton, Providence
Dennis Thompson, Statesman Journal
Dana Tierney, Regence
Deborah Tremblay, OJD
Amanda Waldroupe, The Lund Report
Denise Yunker, OUS
Andrea Zottola, Providence
Mikel Gray, Mercer (by phone)
Kari Johnson, Mercer

VIDEO STREAM: 00:00:00/01:48:17
Welcome / Approval of Minutes (info/action: Bdattach.1)
Chair Peppers welcomed members and attendees, calling for a motion to approve the Board’s May 5th meeting minutes.
ACTION: Diane Lovell moved to approve the minutes. Jeanene Smith carried the motion, which passed unanimously.
Overview of Meeting and Updates (info: Bdattach.2)
Administrator Joan Kapowich provided an overview of the meeting agenda and updated the Board on topical activities.
Planning for the Future (info/action: Bdattach.3)
Administrator Kapowich discussed PEBB’s plans for 2013 and 2014, including a 2013 Request for Proposal (RFP) on PEBB’s medical plans.
ACTION: Rocky King moved to accept consultant/staff recommendation to delay releasing an RFP until 2014, which was carried by Peter Callero. The Board passed the motion unanimously.
Round Four Renewals Response (info/action: Bdattach.4)
Wendy Edwards, Director of Operations, and Kari Johnson, Mercer, presented Round Four Renewals to the Board.
ACTION: Peter Callero moved to accept staff recommendation to approve VSP Signature Plan C, excluding progressive lens, as well as implementation of a voluntary retiree plan for 2012. Diane Lovell carried the motion, which the Board passed 5-1-1 (Fariborz Pakseresht voted against and Jeanene Smith abstained) in a roll-called vote.
ACTION: Diane Lovell moved to accept:
  1. Providence’s offer to hold administrative fees at 0% for 2013 with an option to extend for 2014 based on current 2011 levels, and;
  2. Kaiser’s 0% renewal retention with an offer to hold the 2013 renewal retention at 2012’s level.
Rocky King carried. The motion passed unanimously.
Resume after short break …
Review of Plan Designs (info/action: Bdattach.5)
Administrator Kapowich summarized the HEM Subcommittee’s Health Engagement Model and plan design recommendations to the Board.
ACTION: Peter Callero moved to approve the Subcommittee’s recommendation to institute a Health Engagement Model (a basic plan and a more generous HEM plan) on Jan. 1, 2012, requiring employees and spouses or partners to engage in a health risk assessment and ensuing required activities. Diane Lovell carried the motion which the Board passed unanimously.
Administrator Kapowich explained recommendations from the HEM Subcommittee’s earlier meeting specific to Additional Cost Tiers.
ACTION: Nora Leibowitz moved to accept the HEM Subcommittee’s recommended actions of 1) excluding coverage of certain procedures, including: 
  • Warts
  • Varicose vein surgery
  • Varicose vein stripping
  • TMJ surgery
  • Ganglion surgery
  • Corns, neuromas and hammertoes
  • Bunionectomies
  • Breast reduction
  • radio frequency ablation
and 2) adjusting coverage payment levels (Additional Cost Tiers) of certain procedures; specifically: 
  • Sinus surgery
  • Resurfacing knees/hips
  • Hip arthroplasty
  • SPECT, nuclear imaging
Rocky King carried the motion, which the Board passed unanimously.
Wendy Edwards, Director of Operations, and Mikel Gray, Mercer, presented updated plan design options for the Board.
ACTION: Diane Lovell moved to approve plan design modifications as final models, not final plan design changes. Fariborz Pakseresht carried the motion, which was passed unanimously.
Public Comment
No public comment was submitted.