The State of Oregon offers a comprehensive
benefits package for medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERS retirement and Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan with employer-paid defined benefit and defined contributions; and paid leaves and other benefits.
Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB)
The Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB) designs, contracts, and administers the benefits program for State of Oregon employees, their spouse/partner, and their dependents. The insurance benefits include medical, dental, life, accident, disability, and long-term care, as well as flexible spending accounts and commuter accounts. Employees have multiple options in choosing medical and dental insurance.
Your initial enrollment window extends 30 days from the date you are hired or first become eligible. You can change your elections only during the annual open enrollment, unless you have a qualified mid-year change that affects your eligibility for certain benefits.
According to collective bargaining agreements, employees choosing the medical plan with the lowest premium have a 3 percent premium share for the total premium for medical, dental, vision, and basic life benefits; all others have a 5 percent premium share.
PEBB member services
The Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) is the retirement system for most public service workers in Oregon, including state employees. PERS-covered employees hired after Aug. 28, 2003, are Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) members, unless membership was previously established in PERS. OPSRP has two components: the Pension Program and the Individual Account Program.
The OPSRP Pension Program is funded by your employer and provides a lifetime pension. It is designed to provide approximately 45 percent of your final average salary at retirement, for a general service member with a 30-year career. Final average salary is generally the average of the highest three consecutive years (or less if you were employed for less than three years) or one-third of total salary in the last 36 months of employment.
Best time to call Customer Service: The busiest telephone volume days for PERS are Mondays and the first three business days of the month. In addition, PERS experiences increased call volume from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. each day. Calls are placed in a queue and answered in the order received.
11410 SW 68th Parkway
Tigard, OR 97223
P.O. Box 23700
Tigard, OR 97281-3700
Oregon Savings Growth Plan (OSGP)
The Oregon Savings Growth Plan is a savings plan available to all Oregon public employees. Commonly known as OSGP, this deferred compensation plan can help public employees prepare for their future and retirement. It offers a variety of features and services with a diverse and easy-to-understand investment lineup.
Oregon Savings Growth Plan (OSGP)
800 Summer St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Walk in hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
To access your OSGP account, your PIN is required.
Call 800-365-8494 (toll-free) or log on.
Flexible spending account
FSAs allow you to use pre-tax dollars to reimburse yourself for IRS-qualified expenses.
- Use a Health Care FSA for IRS-qualified medical and dental expenses not covered in your plan.
- Use a Dependent Care FSA for IRS-qualified day care expenses that allow you to work.
You choose an annual amount to contribute to your account, and your payroll deducts your salary contribution (which must be at least $20) before calculating your taxes. Paying for eligible expenses with these pre-tax dollars saves on your taxes.
Here are things to know about these accounts.
- FSAs operate according to IRS code.
- The annual employee contribution limit for an individual health care FSA is $2,500.
- The annual employee contribution limit for an individual dependent care FSA $5,000.
- The minimum monthly contribution amount is $20.
- When you enroll, you enroll for the entire plan year; plan accordingly.
- You forfeit any funds that you don’t use and claim for valid expenses by the deadline.
- Your payroll will deduct even portions (which must be at least $20) of your annual total election amount from each paycheck over the course of the year. For academic-year employees, this may be nine or 10 months.
Contact ASIFlex with questions regarding all aspects of your program
The customer service department is open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
P.O. Box 6044
Columbia, MO 65205-6044
Employee Assistance Program overview
If you are struggling with a work or family issue, free and confidential help is just a phone call away. Canopy provides Employee Assistance Program services to state agencies and employees. Canopy provides professional counselors who can guide you over the phone or during in-office visits. They will listen to you, help you sort things out, and then work with you on a plan to set things straight. If needed, they can refer you to a provider in your medical plan.
All of your contact with
Canopy, from the first call to resolution, is private and confidential. No information about you goes to your employer or the Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB).
You, your spouse or domestic partner, and eligible dependents may access the benefit individually or together. Your family members will also receive the same level of confidentiality.
Canopy’s professionals have advanced degrees in counseling, social work, or psychology. They are all licensed practitioners.
Counselors available 24/7
Uplift Your Benefits workshop
As a public employee, your salary is just part of your total compensation. The benefits available to you can add tens of thousands of dollars a year to your budget. Uplift Your Benefits is a two-hour workshop to help you make the most of the benefits to which you are entitled. The training is offered by Uplift Oregon, a partner of your agency and the State of Oregon, and can be taken on paid work time.
During the training you will learn about your benefits package including:
- Your health insurance options through the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB)
- Your retirement plan through the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)
- Public service loan forgiveness
- Free counseling and financial and legal support through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Savings on health care and child care with Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
All employees are welcome to attend, and priority placement is reserved for SEIU- and AFSCME-represented staff members who are required to take the workshop. Register for the workshop in
What is HealthWorks?
HealthWorks is a voluntary committee of DCBS. Its mission is to facilitate and support healthy lifestyles among DCBS employees. This is accomplished by offering employees current information, programs, and activities pertaining to health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition.
What are our objectives?
HealthWorks objectives include the following:
- Offering current information, programs, and activities pertaining to health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition
- Increasing the number of employees regularly engaging in physical activity
- Increasing the number of employees eating healthy foods and controlling their weight
- Improving employees' stress management skills
- Increasing wellness awareness by providing educational opportunities
Who serves on HealthWorks?
At least one employee from each participating division, within the department, is encouraged to serve on the committee for a minimum of two years.
DCBS Wellness Plan
Executive Order 17-01, State Agency Employee Wellness (PDF) directs branch agencies to establish two-year wellness plans detailing the department’s objectives and activities to assess and improve employee health. These plans are to focus on the primary drivers of increase health care costs including:
- Emotional health (stress and depression)
- Lack of physical activity
- Poor nutrition
- Tobacco use
DCBS Wellness Plan 2022-24 (PDF)