Double coverage is a benefit available to public employees whose spouse or domestic partner is also eligible for PEBB or OEBB benefits. In these cases, people can use each other’s healthcare plans to cover out of pocket costs or receive a opt out if they choose to forgo double coverage.
In 2017, the legislature chose to cut this benefit in an attempt to reduce costs. However, subsequent analysis shows that doing so may increase costs because people will naturally migrate to whichever partner has the more generous plan.
SEIU members are leading the fight to protect the double coverage benefit. Click here if you take advantage of this and would like to share your story.