The Benefit Board is moving forward on contract renewals with current health plans for the 2011 plan year. It has also begun the process to request proposals for 2012 medical plans.
Renewals for 2011
The renewal process moves current health-plan contracts forward for 2011. It does not establish new contracts.
For medical plans, the Board currently contracts with
Providence Health Plans, which administers the Providence Choice and PEBB Statewide plans
Kaiser Permanente, which insures the Kaiser plan
The Board also contracts with ODS, Kaiser and Willamette Dental for dental plans, and VSP for routine vision coverage.
Results of contract renewals will determine premium rates and plan designs for the 2011 plan year. Plan design means what services are covered and the level of coverage paid by the plan and the member.
Proposals for 2012
When it issues a request for proposals this fall, the Board will be looking for proposals that align with elements of the Board’s vision:
Innovative ways to deliver evidence-based care
Improved quality of care
Promotion of health and wellness
Incentives for the right care at the right time and place
Access to useful data
The Board last selected medical plans through an RFP for plans beginning 2006. In 2009, the Board moved to self-insurance for its largest medical plan and selected Providence to administer the plan through 2011.