OREGON – Unlike most private and public employers, the Oregon School District will pay less for employee health insurance premiums in the coming year.
A plan approved by the school board last month with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois will bring a 1.4 percent drop in costs to the district.
“That doesn’t happen very often,” Superintendent Tom Mahoney said. “I was very pleased we were able to do this.”
He said the decrease was the result of a competitive bidding process with Blue Cross Blue Shield and another company.
The district shares the cost of insurance with employees. In some cases, employees also will pay lesser premiums, while others will have a modest increase.
The district’s portion of the health insurance cost will be $1.1 million.
For Oregon Education Association (OEA) members, the district pays 88 percent of the premium cost for an eligible employee, 84 percent for the employee and spouse, 84 percent for the employee and children, and 77 percent for family coverage.
For Oregon Education Support Personnel Association (OESPA) members, the district pays 92.5 percent of the premium cost for an eligible employee, 60 percent for the employee and spouse, 60 percent for the employee and children, and 60 percent for family coverage.