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History of the Oregon Educators Benefit Board
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The Oregon Educators Benefit Board was created in 2007 when the Legislature passed Senate Bill 426. The law established a statewide insurance pool for employees and eligible retirees of Oregon’s school districts and education service districts, with oversight and management of the pool performed by OEBB. Community college also could choose to participate in the pool.
 
The law became effective upon its passage on March 21, 2007 due to a provision in the bill declaring it an emergency action.
 
Since then, the 10 members of the Board have assembled with the first “informational” meeting held on June 22, 2007, in Salem. The Board, all members appointed by the Governor, became an official, acting body July 2, 2007, and has met regularly since then.
 
The Board began communicating with school districts and ESD shortly after its formation, then began the work of designing nine medical, five vision and eight dental plans near the end of 2007. Of those, employee groups were able to select up to four medical, one vision and three dental plans to offer members.
 
OEBB's carrier's -- ODS Health Plan, Providence Health Plan, Kaiser Permanente, and Willamette Dental -- were announced on April 24, 2008, and plan rates were announced on May 15, 2008.
 
Participating education entities submitted plan choices to OEBB by June 30, 2008, and Open Enrollment for members was from August 15 through September 15, 2008.
 
Beginning October 1, 2008, coverage began for the the people participating in OEBB plans.