UUA Health Plan Info
Unitarian Universalist Association Health Plan
Benefits & Compensation for Congregations

EyeMed Eyewear Benefit

Our eyewear benefit is changing on January 1 – Please read this message if you are in EITHER the UUA Health Plan or the Guardian Dental Plan.

If you are enrolled in the UUA Health Plan:

The UUA Health Plan covers comprehensive routine annual eye exams completed by an in-network provider, without a deductible on all plans.  This benefit has always been part of the Standard PPO plan. Beginning 1/1/2020, eye exam coverage has been extended to the High Deductible and Bronze plans, with no deductible or co-payment.

All coverage under Davis Vision ends on 12/31/2019.  It would be a good idea to let your eye doctor’s office know, so they can change your record and bill Highmark for your eye exam.

If you are enrolled in Guardian Dental:

Beginning January 1, 2020, EyeMed eyewear coverage will be provided at no extra charge to everyone enrolled in the Guardian Dental Plan. We are offering Dental and Eyewear as a package, as most large employers do, but keep in mind that the companies are separate --Guardian does Dental; EyeMed does eyewear

You will receive an EyeMed ID card in the mail directly from EyeMed if you are enrolled in the Guardian Dental Plan. 

Please read this EyeMed Benefits Summary  for details of the coverage provided. Coverage is for lenses, frames, and contact lenses only.  EyeMed does not cover eye exams. 


Our Living Tradition inspires and exhorts us to care for one another; we can maintain these tenets by ensuring that all employees have access to comprehensive health benefits.  In this way, we ensure that everyone can take a "human-first" approach to their employment benefits.  The heart of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which became law in March 2010, was 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 provides Health Reform Alerts.

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

At GA2017, the AUUA received an update on the status of the health insurance marketplace, with recommendations for questions congregations should be asking while Congress struggles with market reform options. Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation from Workshop #339.

Prospective UUA Health Plan Participants

Open Enrollment for the UUA Health Plan

Open Enrollment for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Heath Plan occurs each November for all eligible staff. Eligible staff may join the plan effective January 1 of the next year, 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).
  • Use this Change Form or contact the Health Plan Coordinator (healthinsurance [at] uua [dot] org) 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.

Useful Links

For more information contact healthinsurance@uua.org.

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