No. The Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, at the recommendation of the Healthcare Task Force, is proposing a new retiree health benefit plan designed to be effective January 1, 2020.
Yes, eligible retirees can choose to be a participant in the proposed plan. The eligibility rule of having participated in the Louisiana Conference Active Clergy Health Plan for a minimum of two years immediately prior to retirement date will be applicable.
Yes, there will be a vote by clergy and lay delegates at the 2019 Annual Conference in June in Shreveport when the CBOPHB presents their report.
In order to honor the commitment of providing access to health care benefits to retirees, options had to be looked at for providing a lifetime benefit and selecting the best offering. Reports indicated that the money allocated to retiree health benefits would run out in 5-7 years if nothing were done.
Yes, the Woolworth funds are designated by CBOPHB for retiree health benefits. But unfortunately, there are not enough funds to cover the long term liability for this long term benefit.
Yes, there will be no changes at this time to the Conference active and lay plan, and covered participants and dependents will remain on this plan, but not as a dependent on the proposed retiree plan.
You will be able to select the plan (a Medicare supplement or Medicare Advantage plan) that best fits you, whether it be similar benefits or something different; and you will be able to select a dental and vision plan, along with your medical benefits.
Retirees will be required to enroll with Via Benefits in order to receive the Health Reimbursement Arrangement and be eligible for the Catastrophic Prescription Drug plan, if needed.
The CBOPHB has increased the retiree health premiums annually by the maximum allowed of 5%, but the increase still isn’t enough to cover the claim expenses incurred.
Yes. There will be many forms of communication: emails, letters, brochures, district meetings, the Louisiana Conference Website at www.la-umc.org/healthcare2020, and an information table at Annual Conference.