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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
Employees that are benefit eligible work over 90 days at 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.
Employees have 30 days from their date of hire to make benefit elections. If no elections are made after 30 days, the employee would be enrolled as a Decline. Eligible employees that Decline benefits may enroll during our annual Open Enrollment period the month of October, which takes effect January 1 of the coming plan year. Employees may intentionally decline, though if other coverage is available employees may consider Opting-Out to receive a cash incentive.
Eligible dependents include a spouse or domestic partner (review requirements and documents needed for domestic partnership, review the 2022 Imputed Value Tax amounts) and any 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.
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 insurances, disability insurances, 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
- Find more information on the PEBB website by visiting PEBBinfo.com
- Use the 2022 Enrollment Guide for a plan overview
- Use the 2022 Summary of Benefits Guide to compare Medical, Dental, and Vision summaries
- Use the 2022 PEBB Payroll Deduction Estimator to determine the cost of benefits
- PEBB's New Hire Resource Center
- Meet Alex, PEBB's virtual benefit counselor
- Find other forms on the PEBB Forms page