Tim Taylor - Superintendent
1859 Bird Street
Oroville CA 95965
Healthy Employees Supported by Quality, Well-Managed Programs
The Butte Schools Self-Funded Programs JPA was formed in 1982 to self-insure our area schools for medical, dental and vision service.
What is a JPA? A joint powers authority (JPA) is a “special district” under the California Government Code. It allows public entities to join together to “pool” resources, in this case, health benefits. In this case, having a larger “pool” reduces rates and administrative costs.
Over 4,300 employees and retirees participate in the program. Including spouses and dependent children, the BSSP JPA provides medical, dental, vision and life insurance services to more than 12,000 people. Fourteen school districts, the Butte County Office of Education and the Butte-Glenn Community College District make up the 16 members of the JPA.
Claims are administered by Anthem Blue Cross, Delta Dental, Vision Service Plan and Sun Life Financial. Additionally, Alliant Insurance Services provides consultation to BSSP’s administration and board, as needed, to design the most efficient and effective program for BSSP’s members.
In 1996, BSSP added a property and liability program for its members. Over 19,000 students and $363 million in school district assets as covered in the program.
The Butte Schools Self-Funded Programs is governed by a board directors. The Board consists of a representative from each member district. Votes of the board members are weighted according to the percentage of contributions to each self-funded program, with every board member having a least one vote. The Board meets regularly to approve the budget, expenditures, premiums and plan offerings, review and approve financial statements and oversee the general operations of the BSSP.
Additionally, there is a seven
member Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee is a working
committee that makes recommendations to the full
board of directors regarding the operations of
The Committee consists of four officers
(president, vice-president, secretary and
treasurer) as well as three district
representatives: one for districts under 1,000
The BSSP also has an Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day administration, management and operation of BSSP’s programs.
The Executive Director is a liaison between the BSSP Board and the member districts, district school boards, employees and consultants.
BSSP’s medical, dental and vision, as well as property and liability, programs are self-funded, meaning the BSSP bears the risk of and pays all claims directly through its third-party administrators. Third-party administrators are paid a per-claim or per-member fee for the administration of claims. In being self-funded, BSSP is better able to control coverage and premiums as well as retain any premiums in excess of costs to offset future rate increase to member districts and employees.
Prevention and Risk Reduction Programs
The Board of Directors has a strong commitment to wellness and preventative programs.
ü Each BSSP medical plan includes an annual $250 wellness benefit for which any plan deductible is waived. (Co-payments and co-insurance, if applicable, are still paid by the insured.)
The JPA sponsors FREE
and confidential health screenings throughout
mammograms are offered at two locations in
ü Discounts for weight loss and smoking cessation programs are offered through enrollment in the Anthem Blue Cross medical plans.
ü Anthem Blue Cross’ 360° Health Condition Care Program reaches out to members with asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary artery disease (COPD), heart failure and coronary artery disease to ensure management and reduction of the patient’s condition as well as prevent further escalation of the disease.
ü Medco’s RationalMed program reviews the variety of prescriptions issued to a patient. When the potential for adverse drug interactions exists, Medco contacts the patient’s doctor(s) with that information. This program helps ensure the effectiveness of prescriptions taken by members as well as prevents additional hospitalizations due to harmful drug interactions.
ü The Executive Director edits a periodic health newsletter, Healthy Habits. This newsletter addresses health risk reduction information such as nutrition, fitness and stress reduction as well as providing informative information on how to maximize members’ insurance benefits for cost savings to members and the JPA as a whole.
We will continue to provide well-managed, cost-contained programs that promote health and safety and are actuarially sound and comprehensive.
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