Update to retiree health benefits plan


The Western North Carolina Conference is pleased to announce an update to the retiree health program effective January 1, 2021. We have selected new providers for your medical and prescription drug coverage. The new providers selected are:
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 Plan

Humana 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 Packets

You 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



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


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 hfleming@wnccumc.net.


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