The Board of Medical Benefits met on October 18, 2011, to review the design of the conference medical benefits plan. As discussed at the 2011 Annual Conference, changes will be proposed to the 2012 conference. The proposed changes are an attempt to make the benefit not only affordable in the short term but also sustainable over the long term.
The Board felt that it would be necessary to have listening sessions for the participants as well as the members of the annual conference to receive feed back on the changes that are being considered. After the listening sessions, the Board will make a final determination of what will be taken to 2012 Annual Conference as proposed changes. In the spring of 2012, sessions will also be held to explain what the Board will present to the conference and answer questions regarding the plan design changes.
The plan design changes are divided into the following 4 categories.
2. Plans for Active Participants (PPO & HDHP)
3. Plans for Medicare Eligible Participants
4. Funding Recommendations
One-hour listening sessions will be held on November 29 and 30 at the following locations and times:
November 29, 2011 - Oxford University UMC, Oxford 10:00 am
November 29, 2011 - Crossgates UMC, Brandon 2:00 pm
November 30, 2011 - H A Brown UMC, Wiggins 10:00 am
November 30, 2011 - The Methodist Children’s Home (at The UM Methodist Hour studio), Clinton 2:00 pm
We plan to live stream the session at The Methodist Children's Home so that those unable to attend one of the sessions will be able to access the information. After the presentation, that session will be available for review on the conference website.
Please take the opportunity to learn what changes are being considered and to provide input with respect to the plan design. We believe you will be pleased that we have been able to propose a plan that is competitive and cost effective to the annual conference while funding the post retirement health benefit.