UUA Health Plan History
In 2007 the UUA launched an unprecedented effort – a health plan based on UU values, available to all of our congregations, offering a clear path to provide quality health insurance to every eligible employee in our congregations – something that hundreds of ministers and other congregational staff did not have in 2006.
In the intervening years, the Affordable Care Act has brought near-universal access to coverage, but the Obamacare plans have struggled with benefits, rate increases, doctor and hospital shortages, insurance companies’ dropping out, and a government assault on insurance funding.
Headed into 2021, the UUA Health Plan remains strong, well-funded, and committed to fairness and equity in the plans we offer. The UUA Health Plan is the plan of choice for over half of all congregations with qualifying staff.
Responding to changes in the way consumers look at their health insurance options, we offer three levels of benefits, just as the Exchange plans do: Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
UUA Health Plan Advantages
- Access to the entire Blue Cross provider network, nationwide. Currently, 99% of all claims are for in-network healthcare providers.
- Access to non-network providers at a higher out-of-pocket cost.
- No evidence of insurability, and no exclusions for preexisting conditions
- No primary care gatekeeper is required. You may make your own decisions about specialists.
- The plan offers complete portability across the U.S.; the plan goes with you if you change jobs within UU organizations.
- All plans options provide prescription drug coverage. The Standard PPO has the most drug coverage; the Silver and Bronze plan offer more limited drug coverage.
- All plans cover preventive services in full, including women’s preventive health services. All forms of birth control are covered.
- Coverage includes access to specialists when they are needed. All of the major specialties such as obstetrics, gynecology, cardiology, oncology, urology, pediatrics and various surgical specialties are included in the Blue Cross Blue Shield networks.
- Coverage for diagnostic testing
- Mental health and substance abuse services are covered the same as any other illness.
- Emergency care is covered anywhere, through both in-network and out-of-network providers, with no co-pay if the patient is admitted to a hospital.
- You have your own Blue Cross Blue Shield member card to present whenever you see a doctor, use hospital services, or have a prescription filled.
- Additional toll-free telephone support is provided through the Blues On Call (sm) health decision and support service, available 24 hours every day.
- You'll have online access to the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield website offering provider participation information, health resources and confidential health decision support.
- All plans except the Medicare Complement Plan have access to telephone and video medical services provided by TeleDoc.
- Calculate Your January 1, 2021, Monthly Premium Rate
- Glossary of Health Insurance Terms (PDF)
- TeleDoc Brochure (PDF)
- TeleDoc Behavioral Health Access (PDF)
- TeleDoc Dermatology Access (PDF)
- Wellness 360 Connect Information (PDF)
- Blue 365 Discount Information (PDF)
- Standard PPO List of Free Generic Drugs (PDF)
- 2020 Preventive Care Schedule (PDF)
Plan Level Specifics
Plan details remain unchanged for 2021. The 2020 Plan Summaries are current.
- 2021 Plan Level Comparison Grid (PDF): side-by-side comparison of our 3 Plan levels
- 2020 Summary of Standard PPO Benefits (PDF)
- 2020 Summary of High Deductible PPO Plan Benefits (w/HSA) (PDF)
- 2020 Summary of High Deductible PPO Plan Benefits (w/o HSA) (PDF)
- 2020 Summary of High Deductible PPO Plan (wHSA) Bronze Level (PDF)
- 2020 Summary of Medicare Supplement Plan F Benefits (PDF)
- Standard PPO Plan Booklet (PDF)
- High Deductible HSA Eligible Plan Booklet (PDF)
- High Deductible Not HSA Eligible Plan Booklet (PDF) -Not available in MA
- Bronze Plan Booklet (PDF)
- Medicare Complement Plan Booklet (PDF)
- Summary of Benefits and Coverage—Standard PPO (PDF, 9 pages)
- Summary of Benefits and Coverage—Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (PDF, 10 pages)
- Summary of Benefits and Coverage—Non-Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (not available in MA) (PDF, 10 pages)
- Summary of Benefits and Coverage—Qualified High Deductible Bronze Plan (PDF)