No TAC Benefits Drafts for September 2017

As we are all too well aware, Hurricane Harvey has had a devastating impact on the churches, pastors, retirees and members of the Texas Annual Conference, as well as our friends, neighbors, communities and sister annual conferences.  The rebuilding process will be lengthy and challenging for all concerned.  In order to assist with immediate TAC recovery efforts, the TAC Board of Pensions and Group Health Benefits Committee have approved waiving all church/clergy benefit drafts for the month of September 2017. Learn More

 

TAC Retiree OneExchange August 2017 Workshop Webinar

If you were not able to attend the August 22 – 24, 2017 workshops regarding the move to OneExchange for TAC Retiree Health Insurance coverage effective January 1, 2018, or if you would like to review that information presented at the meetings, you can view a OneExchange webinar. 

To see the webinar, go to the OneExchange – Wespath website at: Medicare.OneExchange.com/wespath. Look for the graphic below in the middle of the page on their site and choose the link labeled “Medicare Retiree Presentation” which will take you to the webinar. 

TAC Retiree OneExchange “Getting Started Guides” Mailed

OneExchange mailed “Getting Started Guides” to all TAC retirees, spouses, and surviving spouses currently enrolled in the TAC Retiree Group Health Plans the last week of August.  To review the 2018 TAC OneExchange Getting Started Guide, go to https://documents.oneexchange.com/website/wespath/Getting-Started-Guide.pdf

This guide will give you 1-2-3 step directions on how to: 

1.     Set up your personal profile/account with OneExchange

2.     Provide your current doctors and prescription medications which will be used in the enrollment process 

3.     Schedule your enrollment consultation appointment starting in October

You can either provide this information online at Medicare.OneExchange.com/wespath or by calling OneExchange at 1-866-249-7785, Monday – Friday, 7:00 am to 8:00 pm Central Time.

 

Retiree Medicare Primary OneExchange March 2017
Presentation Video Available Below

Effective January 1, 2018, the Texas Annual Conference at the recommendation of the Group Health Benefits Committee and Wespath (formerly the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits) voted to approve utilizing the services of OneExchange, a private insurance exchange which will provide access to a large number of Medicare Supplement (also called Medigap), Medicare Advantage, Prescription Drug, Dental and Vision Plans, as an effective and sustainable alternative to our increasingly costly TAC Retiree Group Health plans. Wespath has assisted twenty other annual conferences with similar Retiree Group Health issues in moving to OneExchange with great success.

Thus, the current TAC Retiree Group Health Plans (the Humana Medicare Advantage Plan, the UnitedHealthcare Senior Supplement and Prescription Drug Plan, and the Taxable Stipend) will terminate as of December 31, 2017.  All eligible TAC Medicare Primary Retirees, Spouses and Surviving Spouses will enroll in a health insurance plan through OneExchange effective January 1, 2018.  

In addition, if you are a TAC Medicare Primary Retiree, Spouse or Surviving Spouse currently enrolled in a TAC dental or vision plan, your TAC dental and vision coverage will also terminate as of 12/31/2017.  You may enroll in a dental or vision plan offered through OneExchange effective January 1, 2018, even if you are not currently enrolled in a TAC dental or vision plan.

District meetings were held during the week of March 20, 2017 to explain the transition to OneExchange.  For those who were not able to attend, one of the meetings was videotaped and is available for viewing at http://www.txcumc.org/oevids.  

The following materials were distributed at the meetings:

  1. OneExchange Brochure
  2. OneExchange FAQs
  3. TAC Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) Funding
  4. Important Reminders
  5. OneExchange PowerPoint Presentation 3-21-17

OneExchange will be conducting additional information sessions in September 2017.Notices will be mailed to all TAC Medicare Primary GHB participants regarding the fall meeting schedule.OneExchange Licensed Benefit Advisors will work individually with each TAC Retiree, Spouse and Surviving Spouse or their authorized representative starting in October to enroll them in a new health insurance plan effective January 1, 2018.

New Teladoc® Benefit

The TAC GHB is offering an optional new Teladoc® benefit in 2017 at no cost for Standard PPO Plan participants (High Deductible Plan participants pay $45 per visit subject to deductibles and co-insurance).  Teladoc® gives you 24/7/365 access to a board certified Internal Medicine, Pediatric or Family Practice physician through the convenience of a phone consultation (video consult is not currently available in Texas). Teladoc® doctors can treat many medical conditions such as cold and flu symptoms, allergies, bronchitis, skin problems, respiratory infections, and sinus problems among others, and can prescribe medications for short-term conditions.  Teladoc® ID cards were mailed to participants in January.  Go online to www.Teladoc.com for more information and to set up your account.

Questions?

For further information, contact Barbara Kilby, TAC Benefits Administrator, at 713-533-3702, 1-800-606-0350, or bkilby@txcumc.org; or Patricia Goforth-Rakes, TAC Pensions and Retiree Health Benefits Specialist, at 713-533-3721 or pgrakes@txcumc.org.

 

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