OPEN ENROLLMENT - October is Open Enrollment! Check out the HR Open Enrollment webpage for details.
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 SOU is a part of. Find more information about our benefits package at PEBBInfo.com.
HEALTH BENEFITS ELIGIBILITY
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 ELU’s 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 take 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 2021 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.
Explore SOU’s health benefits with the below resources:
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 Benefits cover medical, dental, vision, and a guaranteed $5,000 of employee life insurance (which is automatic, not elected). Employees pay either 3% or 5% of the total benefit premium cost, depending on what medical election they choose. Currently, if electing Providence Choice, employees will pay 3% of the total premium cost for Core benefits. If electing either of the other medical plans, PEBB Statewide or Moda Synergy, the employee will pay 5% of the total cost of Core benefits.
Optional Benefits include life insurances, disability insurances, accidental death & dismemberment, long-term care, and flex-spending accounts are available for employees and employees eligible dependents. The employee pays 100% of these premiums.
Wellness Benefits are benefits available at no charge, where information, assistance, and resources are provided to employees, encouraging a wholesome and complete lifestyle.
- Enroll online at PEBBenroll.com
- Find more information on the PEBB website
- Use the 2021 Enrollment Guides for a plan overview
- Use the 2021 Summary of Benefits Guide for Medical, Dental, and Vision summaries
- Use the 2021 PEBB Payroll Deduction Estimator to determine the cost of benefits
- View Subsidies and Notices (Family Tier Subsidy, Classified Employee Subsidy, Payment for Summer Benefits, etc.)
- PEBB's New Hire Resource Center
- Meet Alex, PEBB's virtual benefit counselor
- Find other forms on the PEBB Forms page