Mississippi Conference Benefits Office
There is exciting news for the clergy who are 65 and over and who are not serving in an appointment that qualifies for health coverage in the conference plan. Many had requested ways to lower their premiums for the Medicare Supplement. David Stotts, Conference Benefits Officer made the following announcement of the new program at the Retiree Banquet at Annual Conference.
The Conference Board of Medical Benefits provides access to retiree insurance as required by the 2012 Discipline. The Board has negotiated a fully insured program entitled Retiree Benefit Choice through our current provider, AmWINS. Open enrollment will be in the fall of each year for a plan beginning the following January 1.
Effective July 1, 2015, the clergy and dependents that are 65 and over, Medicare eligible, and not eligible for the conference self-insured active plan will have access to this plan. Clergy who are eligible for the retiree program but who are appointed to serve a local church or ministry and qualify for the self-insured plan shall be included in the self-insured plan. Those who are qualified for the conference self-insured plan because of their appointment and are on the AmWINS plan as of June 30, 2015 may remain on the plan unless they have a change in appointment qualifying for conference provided insurance.
This plan provides the following three options:
The Board of Medical Benefits studied options available to reduce the cost of the Medicare supplement to the retirees. Based on the study, our current provider, AmWINS, will provide the following options: