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Southern Oregon University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides employees with options to choose the appropriate coverage to help manage health and wellness. PEBB (Public Employees’ Benefit Board) is the labor-management board that designs, contracts, and administers benefits for the State of Oregon employees, which includes SOU. Find more information about our benefits package at PEBBInfo.com.
GENERAL HEALTH BENEFITS INFORMATION
Eligibility requires employees to work over 90 days and at least half-time or greater. Any other form of eligibility would come from notification from the Benefits Officer, such as qualifying for health benefits coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Irregular instructors or faculty members may qualify for PEBB health coverage if working over 8 ELUs in one term, which is typically equivalent to a half-time position. Effective October 1, 2021, Senate Bill 551 was passed into law and allows benefits for qualifying part-time faculty who may otherwise be ineligible, visit the SOU Part-Time Faculty Benefits (Senate Bill 551) webpage for more details.
NEW HIRE ENROLLMENT WINDOW
Employees have 30 days from their date of hire to make benefit elections and to change elections. If no elections are made after 30 days, the employee would be considered a Decline. Employees that Decline benefits may enroll during the annual Open Enrollment period in the month of October, which takes effect January 1 of the coming plan year, or if they have a qualifying Midyear Change event. Outside of these enrollment opportunities, employees can Appeal to enroll midyear with PEBB (details listed under the 'Changing Elections' tab). If the employee has other group medical coverage, instead of Declining, they may consider Opting-out of medical. Opt-outs can still enroll in dental, vision, and optional benefits, and will receive a monthly cash incentive in their paycheck of about $233/month (prorated if part-time, more details about opting out can be found here). Employees MUST enroll to participate and receive the Opt-out benefit and must complete Open Enrollment annually to continue to receive the Opt-out benefit.
Eligible dependents include a spouse or domestic partner (see note below for domestic partners) and dependent children. PEBB reviews dependent eligibility and will contact members who enroll a spouse/partner or children under their plans for documentation proving the dependent is eligible. Review PEBB's dependent eligibility information here.
PEBB DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP
To enroll a domestic partner, members must also complete and submit a PEBB Domestic Partner Affidavit form within their 30-day enrollment window. Domestic partnership requires the employee to pay an Imputed Value Tax, which is a pre-determined dollar amount that the employee is taxed on for core benefits that the partner and/or partner's children are enrolled in. The requirements and documents needed for domestic partnership can be reviewed here and the 2023 Imputed Value Tax amounts here. If the domestic partner is a tax dependent, the PEBB Domestic Partner Tax Status form may be submitted to remove the Imputed Value tax (Affidavit only needs to be submitted at the time of enrollment, Tax Status form must be submitted annually before December payroll).
DETAILED HEALTH BENEFITS INFORMATION
The Benefit Summary is given to all new hires at the Benefits Orientation and is available for prospective hires as well (prospective employees should review the HR Prospective Employee webpage for more details). For detailed benefits information, refer to the Core, Optional, and Wellness tabs below.
Core Health Benefits cover medical, dental, vision, and an automatic $10,000 of employee life insurance (medical election is required to participate, though opting out is considered a medical election, declining is not). Employees pay either 3% or 5% of the total benefit premium cost, depending on what medical plan they elect. Employees enrolling in the lowest-cost medical plan will pay 3% for their core benefits premiums and employees enrolled in either of the other plans will pay 5%(Opt-out employees pay 5% for any other core benefits).
Optional Health Benefits include life insurance, disability insurance, accidental death & dismemberment, long-term care, and flex-spending accounts. The employee pays 100% of these premiums.
Wellness Programs are available and provide information, assistance, and resources to employees, encouraging a wholesome and complete lifestyle.
- Enroll online at PEBBenroll.com
- Visit PEBB's New Hire Resources page for general info about PEBB
- Watch PEBB's New Hire Video to learn about your PEBB benefits, important dates, and deadlines to remember
- Find more information on the PEBB website by visiting PEBBinfo.com
- Information specifically for 2024 PEBB plans can be found on the PEBB 2024 Information webpage
- Use the 2024 Enrollment Guide (interactive online document) for a plan overview (PDF version)
- Use the 2024 Summary of Benefits Guide (PDF) or PEBB's 2024 Plan Comparison Tool to compare Medical, Dental, and Vision plans
- Use the 2024 PEBB Premium Estimator Tool to determine the cost of core benefits
- PEBB New Hire Resource Center
- Find other forms on the PEBB Forms page