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Unitarian Universalist Association Health Plan

Open Enrollment 2021

Open Enrollment For Health And Dental

As always, November is Open Enrollment Month. Open Enrollment is the once-a-year opportunity for current employees to enroll in the UUA Health Plan, if they had missed an earlier opportunity, or make upgrades to their plan choices, and to add dependents without a qualifying event.

For Dental, it is the once a year opportunity to join the Guardian Dental Plan if they had missed an earlier chance, and to add dependents without a qualifying event. 
No action is required for employees not making changes.

2021 Rate Actions Through June 30 for Health, December 31 for all other coverage

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic became a grim reality, we in the Office of Church Staff Finances, the Trustees of the UUA Health Plan, and representatives of Highmark Blue Cross have been working closely with our Plan actuaries to predict what COVID may mean going forward into 2021. Our collective understanding? -- There are too many variables, too many unknowns, and too little time to definitively project 2021 outcomes. In many ways, this mirrors the unprecedented landscape you are navigating as leaders trying to do the right thing for your many congregations and affiliated UU organizations. The Health Plan Trustees believe that the right thing to do, the compassionate thing to do, is to change as little as possible going into 2021, at least through June 30, 2021, the fiscal year-end for most of you.

The Trustees understand the importance of stability. For the Health Plan, there will be no base rate change on January 1. As we have done every year, some people currently in the plan may experience an age adjustment as we move into 2021. There will be no benefit changes to any plan level. The Trustees will meet again in early Spring, 2021 to evaluate as much additional information as is then available regarding COVID prevalence, vaccines, treatments, and Plan claims experience. They will decide on an appropriate adjustment in rates to be effective July 1, 2021.

Benefit Expansions in Response to COVID-19 - Update 11/01/2020

Because we know that some members of the UUA Health Plan will be affected by COVID-19, we are continuing to work with Highmark Blue Cross to adjust our benefits. These are temporary adjustments that we expect to keep in place for a long as pandemic conditions continue.

Testing – We will waive all charges for COVID-19 testing in all of our PPO plans, including high-deductible plans. Highmark has established the necessary protocols for processing testing claims.

Telemedicine – All of our PPO plans, including our high-deductible plans, include a benefit for telemedicine visits. Highmark has established the mechanism for waiving all telemedicine fees during the COVID-19 outbreak. We want our members to stay safe while still being able to seek advice form medical professionals. We recognize that many doctors’ offices are strictly limiting in-person visits and are doing everything they can to expand their telemedicine capabilities. Member cost-sharing (deductible, coinsurance & copays) for In-Network and Out-of-Network Virtual Retail Clinic Visits, Virtual Primary Care Physician Visits, Virtual Specialist Visits, Virtual Behavioral Health consults, and Teledermatology, will be waived regardless of medical diagnosis. The visit does not have to be COVID-19 related. If you are already using Teledoc, you may continue to do so.

In all of our UUA Health Plans, including high-deductible plans, in-network in-patient stays related to COVID-19 will be covered with no cost sharing for the member.

Please check back from time to time as the COVID-19 story unfolds. If you have questions, email ay, and we will do what we can to help you navigate the system.

Prospective UUA Health Plan Participants

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).
  • Use this Change Form or contact the Health Plan Coordinator ( to:

    • Terminate your coverage.
    • Change or update your name, address, or other personal information.
  • Create a personalized online account with Highmark and:

    • Instantly access your claims information and Explanation of Benefits (EOB) documents and opt to stop receiving paper copies.
    • View your benefit booklet.
    • Manage your account information and order replacement cards in the event yours is lost or stolen.
    • Get help making healthy choices or changes with free access to a number of programs and customized resources.
    • Go to Highmark at any time to search for the most recent provider lists.
    • COBRA FAQ: information about continuing coverage after loss due to termination of employment, divorce, death or other qualifying event.


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 Audit Report and Audit Closing Communications.

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