DAS/OUS Healthcare (PEBB & HEM)

The following articles are to keep you up-to-date on the Health Engagement Model and other recent and anticipated changes to healthcare coverage administered by the Public Employees’ Benefits Board.


State workers vote to ratify contract

The tentative agreement for the 2013-2015 union contract has been ratified by state worker members. At the ballot count August 17, with just under 5,000 ballots cast, 95% of voters approved the agreement. We hope you share the pride we …

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State worker bargaining team reaches tentative agreement

For months, state workers have been showing our fellow Oregonians what it means to be “In It Together.”  In hundreds of actions culminating in an overwhelming strike authorization vote, thousands of SEIU 503 state workers sent a loud and clear …

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State worker bargaining update: pushing for the best contract possible

Our team has been back at the table for the last two days. On Monday, we got some more movement from management.  They’ve moved to 1.5% effective December on the COLAs, better language around contracting out, and they dropped their …

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Strike authorization vote passes

The votes are in, the ballots are counted, and SEIU 503 state workers have given our bargaining team the authority to call a strike if necessary. Members voted by participating in dozens of strike authorization vote meetings around the state …

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Members weigh in on our healthcare future at PEBB regional meetings

SEIU members from all over the state are showing up to share their ideas at PEBB regional meetings this week. Last week, members in Ashland, Eugene, and Bend turned out to meetings and participated in some good conversations about our …

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Go After Wall St. Banks, Not Seniors and Workers

With 40 members watching in a Capitol hearing room and that many more tossing play money at passers-by in the corridor outside, SEIU Local 503 witnesses told legislators to go after the bad guys on Wall Street before balancing the …

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HEM update – state wants to silence us

The Health Engagement Model (HEM) program is now in its second year and we succeeded in making the program less punitive: Members who have chosen not to participate should no longer be seeing a monthly surcharge and those who are …

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Progress in our campaign for quality, affordable health care for all

Major Breakthrough on Organizing Emerging Occupations On February 1, SEIU signed a letter of intent with Addus and Family Care to employ enhanced homecare workers to provide medical care to their long-term care clients. To qualify as “enhanced,” homecare workers …

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Big news from PEBB

The implementation of the HEM taught the State something that we’ve known all along: health plans affecting state employees work best when they have thoughtful input from the workers. So when the PEBB board declared a few months ago that …

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Frequently Asked Questions: PEBB Request For Proposal (RFP) Postponement

What is the PEBB RFP? The PEBB Request For Proposals (RFP) is the process by which the PEBB Board determines which health insurance companies will provide health insurance coverage to state employees. After receiving proposals from a number of companies, PEBB will select …

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