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Unitarian Universalist Association Health Plan

Health Reform Alerts

The heart of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which became law in March, 2010, will be implemented in January, 2014. It is the responsibility of congregational leaders to learn about the ACA and to fully prepare themselves to make thoughtful decisions regarding employee benefits, including health insurance.

To help provide answers to many questions facing employers, including congregations, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Health Plan/Office of Church Staff Finances is launching Health Reform Alerts.

We urge you to review available information now, and to remain engaged. Sign up to receive the latest information. You don’t need to be a participating congregation in our health plan to receive updates.

Prospective UUA Health Plan Participants

Open Enrollment for the UUA Health Plan

Open Enrollment for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Heath Plan has begun for all eligible staff and will continue through November 30. Eligible staff may join the plan effective January 1, 2014, even if they have not taken advantage of past enrollment opportunities.

Current UUA Health Plan Participants

  • Review benefit details during Open Enrollment to feel confident you have the best plan option for your needs.
  • Calculate your monthly premium for you and your dependents. (Your dependent rate is your total rate minus your rate as an individual.)
  • Add a dependent by using the Dependent Enrollment form.
  • Are you a Transitioning Minister?
  • Want to know how healthcare reform interacts with the Plan?
  • Access your Annual CHIP Notice (PDF).
  • Contact the Health Plan Coordinator (healthinsurance @ uua.org) to:
    • Terminate your coverage.
    • Change or update your name, address, or other personal information.
  • Create a personalized online account with Highmark:
    • Gives you instant access to your claims information and Explanation of Benefits (EOB) documents and gives you the option to stop receiving paper copies.
    • View your benefit booklet.
    • Allows you to manage your account information and order replacement cards in the event yours is lost or stolen.
    • Helps you make healthy choices or changes by giving you free access to a number of programs and customized resources.
    • Go to Highmark at any time to search for the most recent provider lists.
  • Participate in the UUA's Wellness Program: Choose Health!

Congregational-Employers

  • Are your employees eligible for the UUA Health Plan?
  • Calculate your employee's and their dependent's monthly premium.
  • Questions about your invoice? Call the toll-free number on the invoice to verify posting of your recent payments
  • Changes to employees' status? Contact healthinsurance@uua.org.
  • The Employer Subscription Agreement (PDF)—must be on file at UUA Health Plan Office and church/organization office.
  • You may be eligible for a Small Employer Tax Credit.
  • Review our Considerations for Congregational Leaders and the UUA Health Plan.
  • Review our General Assembly 2010 presentation titled, Living Our Vision: Congregation as a Responsible Employer (PDF, 38 pages).
  • IRS bulletin 2012-9 removes requirement to report health insurance cost on 2012 W-2’s
    • By now, have probably heard or read that the IRS has issued regulations requiring employers to report the cost of employee health insurance on their 2012 W-2 (the one that you would typically issue next January).
      Notice 2012-9 has been issued, and it confirms that employers with fewer than 250 employees will NOT have to include health insurance cost for 2012. The IRS will give at least 6-months’ notice before this “interim relief” is ended, but in no case would this calendar year be affected.

Employee Benefits Trust

The UUA Health Plan is operated by the Health Plan Trust, established by vote at the UUA Board of Trustees meeting on October 22, 2006.

To review our auditor's findings, please check out our Fiscal Year 2011 Audit Report.

For more information contact healthinsurance @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Friday, November 1, 2013.

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