Category Archive: Benefits

Hurricane Florence: Coping after a natural disaster

The HealthFlex Employee Assistance Program includes a free resource available to everyone in the South Carolina Annual Conference – regardless of whether you are on a HealthFlex plan or not. “Coping After A Natural Disaster” is a guide offered by Optum Inc. that walks you through what is available in the Employee Assistance Program, including: …

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UMCSC health insurance rates to remain stable in 2019

But increases projected for 2020, 2021 May 17, 2018 With health insurance rates projected to increase over the next three years, the South Carolina Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits is taking steps to ease the impact on premiums paid by churches, pastors and conference employees covered by a Wespath health plan. Health insurance …

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Sign up for free wellness screening – earn $100 “PulseCash”

Clergy and employees of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church who sign up for free wellness checks scheduled for June 4-6 will get something other than peace of mind for their trouble. Participating in Wespath’s “Blueprint for Wellness” screening provides an opportunity to learn about your health and to earn $100 in “PulseCash” …

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Bishop Holston appoints new conference benefits officer

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston has appointed the Rev. Christopher M. Lollis as the benefits officer for the South Carolina Annual Conference, effective July 1, 2018. The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits recommended Rev. Lollis, and the Conference Staff Relations Committee approved. Rev. Lollis, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Darlington, will succeed the …

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Where are my ID cards for new dental, vision coverage?

With the new year came new benefits for active clergy and employees of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. That includes a new dental plan through Cigna and vision coverage via VSP (Vision Service Plan). While Blue Cross Blue Shield mails ID cards to plan participants, Cigna and VSP do not. Here’s …

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Wespath’s Clergy Benefits Academy coming to Myrtle Beach in February

Wespath Benefits and Investments invites all active clergy of the United Methodist Church to attend the Clergy Benefits Academy Feb. 19-21, 2018, in Myrtle Beach. The Clergy Benefits Academy is for all ages and stages of ministry – new ordinands, early-career clergy, mid-career clergy, ready-to-retire clergy, district superintendents, clergy in extension ministries – and spouses. There …

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THURSDAY DEADLINE: Annual election for 2018 UMC-SC health insurance

The open enrollment period for 2018 health insurance benefits for clergy and employees of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church runs through Thursday, Nov. 16. Wespath Benefits is offering a new health insurance plan for 2018 that will give employees and clergy more control, while helping the church continue to provide affordable health …

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Rev. David Anderson, conference benefits officer, to retire in 2018

The Rev. David Anderson is retiring after more than a decade as the pension and health benefits officer for the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. His last day will be June 30, 2018. “I will miss working with all the clergy of the South Carolina Annual Conference,” Rev. Anderson said. “Over the …

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2018 HealthFlex Exchange videos

Introductory video HealthFlex plans Defined Contribution HRA vs HSA Selecting Your Plan Choosing Your Plan Online  

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2018 HealthFlex Exchange FAQ

Frequently asked questions about 2018 HealthFlex Exchange plans:       QUESTION: If a participant is enrolling in a High Deductible Health Plan, and the participant or a spouse in in the plan is enrolled in Medicare Part A or Part B, but also has dependent children enrolled in the plan, is the HDHP HSA still …

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