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Wellness Resources
OEBB and our contracted insurance carriers offer a number of resources to help you along your path to healthy living. Whether you're looking to quit smoking, start a wellness program in your workplace, research particular health issues, or find discounted gym memberships in your area, we're here to help!
Each medical carrier has information about their specific weight management benefits on their website. Click on the name of your medical carrier below to view the specific weight management benefits available on your plan:  
               Kaiser Permanente              ODS                    Providence  
Links to other wellness programs can be found on OEBB's  Wellness Resources page
Weight Watchers Renewal Process
Ready to renew for another session of Weight Watchers? Follow these tips:
     1) Always call the OEBB dedicated number (866-531-8170).
     2) Online subscribers, complete the OEBB Proof of Participation Form completely and accurately.
     3) Online subscribers, log in and cancel your first online subscription before the end of your current 90-day session, then sign up again using your renewal code.
Keep up the great work!  
Learn more about the Weight Watchers benefit and renewal process
Weight Management Benefit 
The weight management benefit is included in all OEBB medical plans in the 2010-11 plan year. Eligible employees and early retirees have access to up to four, 13-week Weight Watchers sessions per plan year, telephone coaching and much more. Learn more 
Help for Members with Chronic Health Conditions
If you are coping with an ongoing health condition like diabetes, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, depression, chronic pain or anxiety, OEBB wants you to know about a rare opportunity to participate in a free online pilot program available through the National Council on Aging called "Better Choices, Better Health". Find ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover new nutrition and exercise choices, and learn how to talk with your doctor about your health.

The workshop is conducted exclusively online over a six-week period. Twenty-five people participate in the online workshop at any given time. These people could be from 7 different states across the United States, including Oregon. Better Choices, Better Health is moderated by two trained leaders, both of whom live with ongoing health conditions themselves. The workshop covers topics like communication with your health care team, action planning, problem solving, better breathing, relaxation, and medication management.

Participants log into a secure website at their convenience 2-3 hours per week. Participants go through a series of online modules, and at the end of each week's content, develop an action plan to move forward in improving their health. There are additional ways for participants to connect with their workshop facilitators and others in their workshop, including a Discussion Center and Post Office.   Learn more and sign-up for this program
Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP)
The ERRP was established by the Affordable Care Act to assist employers and plan sponsors in providing health care coverage for early retirees and their dependents. The program provides reimbursement to sponsors of participating employment-based plans for a portion of the cost of health benefits for early retirees, surviving spouses and their dependents.

Employers, or employer-sponsored plans like OEBB, that are accepted into the program can receive reimbursement for up to 80 percent of the costs for eligible claims between $15,000 and $90,000 incurred by eligible early retirees, spouses and their dependents. Reimbursements can only be used to reduce the health benefit premiums or health benefit costs of the participants. OEBB submitted an application and was accepted into the Program on October 4, 2010. OEBB will use any funds received to buy-down future premium increases during renewal negotiations. 
Learn more through the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

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Find A Flu Shot Clinic Near You
The new seasonal flu vaccine protects against H1N1. All ages need protection. The U.S Department of Health & Human Services provide great information about the vaccine as well as a tool to help you locate a flu shot clinic near you -- just type in your zip code!  
Learn more about the vaccine and find a clinic near you
Tobacco Cessation Program
The tobacco cessation program called Quit For Life is available through all OEBB medical plans. They have resources to help you, and your chances of quitting will be eight times greater than trying to quit on your own. Call 1.866.QUIT.4.LIFE (1-866-784-8454) today.
Learn more about the tobacco cessation program
OEBB Board expands dependent children's coverage and eligibility
OEBB previously announced that effective October 1, 2010, federal legislation will require OEBB to extend eligibility for medical coverage to dependent children age 19 through 25 with no residential or financial support requirement, regardless of student or marital status.

Two new changes further expand dependent children's coverage and eligibility:

1) Dependents age 19 through 25 who were enrolled in dental and/or vision coverage during the 2010 Open Enrollment period will not be subject to the 12-month waiting period, and

2) Dependents age 19 through 25 who have access to other health care coverage (through any source, including their own employment) are eligible for OEBB coverage.

As a result of these changes, OEBB will allow members who chose not to cover a dependent child who became eligible due to the federal provisions, to add or enroll their dependent in medical, dental, and/or vision coverage at this time. The member must submit an "Overage Dependent Child QSC Change Form" to their Educational Entity no later than October 29, 2010. Coverage must be retroactively effective October 1, 2010 and retroactive premiums may apply.
Click here for the "Overage Dependent Child QSC Change Form"
House Bill 2557
If you were Oregon PERS-eligible and worked in either a part-time research and/or faculty position at one or more Oregon public institutions of higher education in 2009, you will be eligible to enroll in OEBB health insurance during Open Enrollment (Aug. 15 - Sept. 15, 2010) for coverage effective Oct. 1, 2010.
Learn more about this program
Wellness Resources
OEBB and our contracted insurance carriers offer a number of resources to help you along your path to healthy living. Whether you're looking to quit smoking, start a wellness program in your workplace, research particular health issues, or find discounted gym memberships in your area, we're here to help!  
Learn more about the wellness resources available
Traveling this summer? Did you know . . .
MEDEX® Travel Assist is a worldwide medical assistance service that is included with OEBB’s Basic Life insurance policies through an arrangement The Standard has made with MEDEX® Assistance Corporation. This value-added benefit provides an additional sense of security for OEBB members with Basic Life insurance coverage and their eligible family members any time they travel more than 100 miles from home or internationally for trips of up to 180 days.  A single phone call helps with medical care situations and other emergencies that may arise during travel. Pre-trip assistance is also available including passport, visa, weather and currency exchange information, health hazards advice and inoculation requirements. To learn more about this valuable benefit included with your OEBB Basic Life insurance, click here.
The Children's Program
ODS and OEBB have partnered together to create "The Children's Program," a much-needed program which will provide basic dental services for children between the ages of 5 and 18 years old who live in Oregon and are not covered under any dental plan. Read the announcement letter from the Oregon Educators Benefit Board. Click here for more information on The Children's Program.