The rural subsidy will end April 1, 2011, in Baker, Crook, Curry, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler counties.
The rural subsidy pays medical providers in 18 Oregon counties as if they were in the Statewide Plan’s network, whether or not they contract with the plan or comply with the plans’ quality requirements. It also allows members in these counties to access care from any provider without considering overall costs to the plan. These members have access to in-network providers.
The rural subsidy increases medical premiums for all PEBB members.
Link to questions and answers on the end of the rural subsidy.