Medical Benefits


 Mississippi Conference UMC Board of Medical Benefits

Open Enrollment Dates:
October 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020


What is Open Enrollment? This is a dedicated time of year where you can enroll and/or make changes to your Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, Dependent Care, or HSA Benefits.

When will my Open Enrollment Changes become effective?
January 1, 2021

What is staying the same?
The BCBSMS Medical Benefits and rates are remaining the same.
The Flexible Spending Accounts and Dependent Care Accounts will remain with Wage Works.

What changes do I need to be made aware of?
We are changing to the GUARDIAN Network for Dental and Vision Benefits. If you are currently enrolled in Dental and/or Vision Benefits, you will receive a new card to use effective 01/01/2021. You will only have 1 card for Dental and Vision if you elect both. *Please review the new Summaries and how to find In-Network Providers on our website

What do I need to do?


Fill out the Election/Change Form IF:

 1. You are enrolling in any benefit for the first time.

 2. Making changes to your medical, dental and/or vision benefits.

 3. You want to continue 2021 FSA, DCA, or HSA elections OR want to enroll in any of these plans for the first time.


Please fill out the Benefit Election and Change Form and submit to Shelby Penn at by October 31, 2020.


If you are not making any changes AND do not want the FSA, DCA, or HSA, you do not have to fill out a Benefit Election Change Form. Your medical, dental, and vision benefits will remain the same.


*REMINDER – if you want to participate in the 2021 FSA, DCA, or HSA – you MUST fill out the Benefit Election and Change Form.


  •  Flexible Spending Account 2020 Yearly Max Contribution: $2,750 ***
  •  Health Saving Account Enrollment (Only available with the HDHP medical plan)                                                                                 2020 Yearly Max Contributions: Single coverage $3,550; Family coverage: $7,100; $1,000 extra if you are 55 or older***
  • Dependent Care Account: 2020 Dependent Care Yearly Max Contribution: $5,000*** This pays for day care expenses for a dependent child, adult or elder so that you may work. Eligible services include nursery school, nanny or before/after school care through age 12, day care for a disabled adult or child, elder day care for parent or dependent, day camp through age 12.

****2021 Contribution limits for FSA, HSA and Dependent Care have not been released as of 9.30.2020.. We will update as soon as they are available.


To be eligible to participate in the conference sponsored insurance plan(s) clergy must be under Episcopal appointment serving at least ¾ times (75%) which means a minimum compensation of $20,985 in 2020 or an employee of an eligible group working ¾ time.

Listing the desired enrollments on the Clergy Budget Compensation Package Report does not automatically enroll you into a benefit plan.    
If your contact information changes you must submit the changes in writing to the MS UMC Benefits Office to have your contact information updated with your benefit plan providers. 

Please remember, you may make changes to your plans during 2020 only if you experience a qualifying life or status change event. (Example: marriage, divorce, birth or adoption of a child, change of appointment, change from ineligible status to an eligible status, etc.).  You must make your changes within 30 days of the official date of the life or status change event otherwise you will have to wait until the next annual Open Enrollment period.

Retiree Medicare Supplemental Plan :
"IF" you are age 65, enrolled in Medicare Part A & B and not serving at least ¾ times in an Episcopal appointment we offer a fully insured Medicare Plan G  supplemental plan with a prescription drug card.  Please contact AmWINS at 1-877-282-1425 to request Open Enrollment information.

++ In compliance with the Medicare Secondary Payer Rules and Affordable Care Act "IF" you are a clergy person participating in the Medicare Retiree Supplemental Plan serving in an appointment at least ¾ times (75%) with a total minimum compensation of $20,985  or more you must be enrolled in one of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans, PPO: Preferred Provider Organization or HDHP: High Deductible Health Plan.  Please contact the MS UMC Benefits Office to update your plan enrollment.

If you have any questions please contact
For a printable copy of 2020 Benefit Rates click here              


Click link Here for Benefit Election and Change  Form


For Blue Cross and for our ancillary products,  Guardian Dental and Vision, the forms must be completed and
and emailed to
These are now being processed by Ross and Yerger, so all enrollments and questions about claims issues, benefits and FSA should be emailed to this same address.


Any questions regarding billing or amount owed, please contact
Susan Ross 769-243-7021
David Stotts 601-354-0515


For Plan Administration contact:
Shelby Penn T: 601.944.9735  F: 769.230.8190

You will be notified before the commencement date of the policy.


 Blue Cross Blue Shield

You, Your Health, Your Life Blue Cross MS Benefit Plan
Summary Benefits Coverage of the Standard PPO Conference Employee Medical Benefits Plan
Summary Benefits Coverage of the High Deductible Conference Employee Medical Benefits Plan
Blue Cross Blue Shield Customer Service 



Guardian - Dental Benefit Summary
                   Dental Website Link
Guardian - Vision Benefit Summary
                   Vision Website link


Healthy You Reward

Conference health benefit participants: Download this form and take it with you to your physician's office this year during your annual physical exam. You then submit the form by mail, fax or email to be processed for the reward.
Click here to find the Healthy You Rebate Form


Wellness Program

All participants in the conference health insurance plan may participate in the Amazing Pace wellness program at no charge. Get moving and earn rewards ! Click here to learn more>>
Click here to visit the Amazing Pace Web site>>


Other Important Information

Draft Authorization Form
HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices
BCBS Creditable Coverage Letter
Notice to Retirees About Medicare Part D Creditable Coverage Notice


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