Update to retiree health benefits plan
Medical Plan: Humana
Prescription Drug Plan: Humana
Plan Servicing and Administration: Benistar Admin Services, Inc.
We are transitioning from a self-funded health benefit program to the Humana Medicare Employer preferred provider organization (PPO) plan. This plan will provide all of the same benefits received under our current plan. But it will add benefits such as prescription drugs costs, dental, vision and other improved benefits. For your convenience, you will automatically be enrolled in this new coverage. As noted below, you will receive required information on how to opt out if you wish to obtain coverage elsewhere. The best news is that it will not increase YOUR costs for 2021 one penny!
Highlights of Your New PlanHumana has participated in communities around the country for over 30 years and has established a national presence, with over 8.8 million Medicare members across all 50 states.
- Your copays and coinsurances are the same for in-network and out-of network services and no referral is needed.
- You have the freedom to visit any provider that accepts Medicare and agrees to bill Humana.
- You will have access to well-being tools and resources to help you reach your personal health goals.
New Enrollment Welcome PacketsYou will also receive a packet from Humana, containing items pertinent to your new coverage. Included within this package, you will find your new medical/prescription drug ID card, policy certificate, evidence of coverage, formulary, and another plan information. Once you receive these items, please discard your current ID card and use the new card beginning January 1, 2021. Please note you will receive one (1) ID card that can be used for both medical and prescription drug coverage.
At this time there is nothing you need to do if you wish to continue to be covered under the Western North Carolina Conference Health Benefit plans. All materials mentioned previously will be sent directly to you via the mail, prior to January 1, 2021.
For questions or concerns, contact Dale Bryant or Mark King at the Conference office.
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.