Health benefits rates for 2021
In addition to the rate changes, the Active Health Plans will have new names for 2021. The Basic Plan is now called Plan 6000 due to the maximum out of pocket expenses being $6,000. It will increase for all ranges of premiums by 3%. The Basic Plus Plan is now called Plan 4000 again due to maximum out of pocket and will increase 9%. The HSA Plan is now called Plan 5500 HSA and it will increase by 3%. There is no pricing distinction between the plans for what is charged to the churches. Clergy who opt for the Plan 4000 plan (formerly Basic Plus) pay the difference in premium costs. For those on the Plan 4000 (Basic Plus), a letter is being sent out from Dr. Mark King to address the increased pricing for this plan.
Coverages and benefits remain unchanged. The HSA Plan, Plan 5500 HSA, continues to offer a reduced cost share for the clergy contribution as well as seeding funds to the HSA accounts used by the participants.
The Retiree Plan will be shifting from a self-funded arrangement managed by Healthgram to a fully insured Medicare Advantage Plan with Humana. There will be additional benefits such as Pharmaceutical prescription coverage. There will be NO changes in the premiums charged. Information is being sent out over the course of the next few months to prepare for this transition.
For questions, please contact Conference Treasurer Mark King (firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-714-2323) or Dale Bryant, Benefits Administrator (704-714-2332 or email@example.com).
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.