Powers and Duties of the Board
Pursuant to ORS 243.864 (Duties), it will be within the powers and duties of the Board to study all matters connected with providing adequate benefit plan coverage for Eligible Employees, Eligible Early Retirees and their Dependents, with concern for the welfare of the Employees, Eligible Early Retirees and their Dependents and affordability for the Entities.
The Board will design benefit plans, devise specifications, invite proposals, analyze responses to requests for proposals, and decide on the award of contracts for benefit plan coverage of Eligible Employees, Eligible Early Retirees and their Dependents.
The Board will work collaboratively with Educational Entities, members, carriers and providers to offer value-added benefit plans that support improvement in members’ health status, hold carriers and providers accountable for outcomes, and provide affordable benefits and services. The board will place emphasis on:
Employee choice among high-quality benefit plans;
A competitive marketplace;
Benefit plan performance and information;
Entity flexibility in benefit plan design and contracting;
Quality customer services;
Creativity and innovation;
Benefit plans as part of total employee compensation;
Improvement of employee health;
An innovative delivery system;
A focus on improving quality and outcomes;
Promotion of health and wellness;
Appropriate provider, health plan, and consumer incentives;
Accessible and understandable information about costs, outcomes, and other health data; and
Benefits that are affordable to the Entities and Employees, Eligible Early Retirees and their Dependents.
The Board may retain consultants, brokers, or other advisory personnel as it determines necessary and will employ such personnel as are required to perform the functions of the Board.
The Board may delegate authority to the Administrator and Staff to complete duties described in (2)–(4) above.