UM clergy eligible for health-care discounts


Special to the Advocate
United Methodist clergy and members of their immediate families may be eligible for a discount of up to 60 percent in health care costs provided by Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

Those eligible include active and retired United Methodist clergy and their legal dependents, immediate family of deceased UM clergy, UM diaconal ministers and their legal dependents and certified candidates who are enrolled in a United Methodist approved seminary and their legal dependents. Clergy included are elders and deacons in full connection, commissioned probationary members, full time and part time local pastors along with diaconal ministers and certified candidates.

After all insurance payments are received by Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Patient Financial Services, a discount of up to 60 percent of the original bill will be applied.

During the admission-registration process, clergy and-or clergy family members should request a United Methodist clergy VIP discount. Following discharge, the clergy or family member will receive a statement from Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare thanking that person for choosing Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for healthcare needs and stating that a claim for insurance payment has been submitted.

If the clergy or family members receives a statement indicating “There are no insurance benefits pending. The balance is your responsibility.” please contact Chaplain John A. Wilcher, Director, Clergy and Conference Ministries, Methodist Healthcare, 1211 Union Avenue, Suite 746, Memphis, TN 38104; telephone 901-516-0864 , fax 901-516-516-0595 or cell 901-210-6878.

Wilcher will assist with reviewing case to determine if the clergy discount is appropriate.

If there are any questions regarding eligibility for the clergy discount, help with requesting the discount, to determine if a facility is a part of the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare clergy discount program or any other questions regarding the United Methodist clergy discount or clergy discounts for non-United Methodist clergy or family members, contact Wilcher.