BOPHB Wellness Support Fund – The BOPHB will provide a new grant opportunity for clergy, clergy spouses and their dependent children to proactively improve their spiritual, mental and physical health. Any clergy under full-time appointment may apply to the BOPHB for up to 75% of their expense, after any insurance or other financial help is taken into consideration. Items that may be considered (not limited to) are spiritual direction, coaching, help with weight loss, physical fitness training, facilities and equipment. Requests will be reviewed by the BOPHB sub-committee and all requests will remain confidential. If approved, the sub-committee will decide what percentage of the request will be funded. Disbursements may be made on a one time or repeating basis, depending on the nature of the request. Only a limited number of grants are available each year. The submission of a completed application does not guarantee awarding of a grant. Three BOPHB members, elected by the BOPHB, shall constitute the Wellness Fund Review Committee. All grant requests will be strictly confidential. Only one grant per clergy household will be funded at a time.
The General Board of Pension & Health Benefits Center for Health Resources: Click here.
The next Healthflex Benefits Election Time will be in November.
Learn about your options: Recorded Webinar
If you have any questions, please contact Anna at 505-255-8786, ext. 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HealthFlex offers health plan benefits and wellness programs to more than 8,000 clergy and lay participants, as well as their family members. Beyond providing “just” health insurance coverage, HealthFlex is an integrated, wellness-driven health program that supports healthier lifestyles.
- Well-established—29 plan sponsors [26 United Methodist Church (UMC) annual conferences, one general agency and two other employer groups]
- Stable—with pooling of high-cost claims and comprehensive wellness programming, HealthFlex consistently offers lower-than-average rate increases and provides a unique opportunity for UMC organizations to take advantage of benefits traditionally experienced only by jumbo employers.
- Flexible—Plan sponsors select among health plan designs annually.
- Wellness-focused—Comprehensive wellness programs and incentives encourage plan participants to know their health risks and take action to manage or improve them. The HealthFlex wellness programs have been recognized with the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award from the National Business Group on Health.
To go to the HealthFlex site, including the personal account login page: Click here.
Quest Diagnostics’ Blueprint for Wellness® biometric screening is an important first step to Center for Health wellness efforts. Blueprint for Wellness measures over 25 key health indicators, including blood glucose, cholesterol, hemoglobin A1c and much more. Test results provide valuable information for individuals to share with their doctors regarding several common health risks, such as: heart disease, diabetes, thyroid function and more. Testing involves one blood draw and a few measurements (height, weight, blood pressure and waist circumference). Results are more comprehensive than what many doctors’ offices order. Economies of scale allow the Center for Health to offer this screening at an extremely competitive price to plan sponsors and at no out-of-pocket cost to individuals.
Screening registration for HealthFlex participants (April – July screenings):
- Phone: 1-855-623-9355
- Online (HealthFlex/WebMD). Log in and click on “Quest Diagnostics Blueprint for Wellness” under “HealthFlex Vendor” Links
AFLAC – NMAC has an agreement on behalf of all member churches with AFLAC offering participation in AFLAC’s supplemental insurance to all clergy, lay employees and their immediate family. This is offered from the Conference and not the local church. Each individual church does not need to have their own plan in place because of this agreement. The agreement provides the necessary documentation for Section 125 of the IRS code allowing for a pre-tax payroll deduction. All clergy and lay employees (working 19 hours a week or more) within the Conference are offered the opportunity to participate. These are voluntary benefits; participation in AFLAC is done through payroll deductions at the local church and each church is asked to remit those deductions to the Conference Office. A new employee has 30 days to enroll if they choose. Contact Anna Marshall, Conference Benefits Officer for more information.
For other information on retiree benefits, life insurance, health insurance, benefits for lay employees and death and disability for lay employees contact the Conference Benefits Officer, Anna Marshall, for additional information, email@example.com.