Coverage

More than a half-century of savings, service and stability

CIS Benefits...

  • Covers 25,918 lives (11,035 employees and 14,883 dependents) in 274 Oregon public entities as of 1/1/15
  • Provides medical, dental, vision, life, & long-term disability coverage
  • Offers a wide range of comprehensive coverage options to give employees & their families the care they need at a price they and their communities can afford
  • Focuses on health improvement/wellness in the worksite and on assistance for individual employees & their families - includes disease management, healthy eating, tobacco cessation, health coaching, health risk assessment, worksite wellness and biometric screening grants and program support
  • Self-insures its largest medical (Regence BCBS administered) and dental plans (ODS administered)
  • Provides hands-on, value added services at no additional cost 
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Online enrollment and billing
    • COBRA/Retiree administration
    • Pre-tax plan administration
    • GASB 45 actuarial service discounts and data coordination
    • Onsite training of employees in benefit features/usage; open enrollment assistance
    • In-house SHIBA counselor for Medicare-eligible employees.
  • Free Accountable Care Act (ACA) assistance including a newsletter, an e-mail address for members to direct their questions, a website that compiles ACA information, and a "Play or Pay" evaluation and individual consultation for groups with 50 or more employees performed by CIS consultants at The Partners Group.

CIS Benefits is...

  •  Innovative
    • Invested in a comprehensive wellness program for CIS Benefits members beginning in 2002, before wellness was common practice
    • Received “Outstanding Health Plan” award in 2007 from the Disease Management Association of America for integration of health risk assessment with open enrollment process to achieve a completion rate of over 80%
    • “CIS24” pilot program takes advantage of synergy between CIS self-insured medical and workers’ comp plans with the goals of expediting appropriate treatment and return to work for injured workers, & lowering medical costs.
  • Sensitive to collective bargaining
    • Discretionary benefit changes are deferred until bargaining contracts renew
  • Successfully bending the cost curve
    • Self-insured medical rate increases for Jan. 1, 2015 range from 4 to 2.2% for county groups and 0 to 8.2% for city groups
    • CIS medical trend and rates have consistently been lower than Regence’s standard trend
    • Since August 2010, the average annual rate change for the self-insured medical plan has been 5.8% for cities and 5.6% for counties, and is trending downward.