2017 Open Enrollment: Nov. 1–15, 2016

The 2017 Annual Open Enrollment Period for Active Clergy and TAC Fiscal Office Lay Employees enrolled in the TAC Group Health Benefits (GHB) Plan is November 1–15, 2016.  2017 Open Enrollment packets were mailed to your home address the last week of October.  Open Enrollment allows GHB Plan participants to make changes to their plan elections or dependent coverages for the following year.  All changes will be effective January 1, 2017. 

New 2017 Open Enrollment (OE) Packet Format

In order to be good stewards of conference resources, the 2017 OE packets are more streamlined than in past years and focus on plan changes for 2017.  All OE documents are available online as previously at 2017 Open Enrollment.  

Please review changes to the Group Health Benefits Plan explained in the Overview of the TAC Group Health Plan for 2017, including an exciting new Teladoc® benefit available next year.  Additional information will be mailed to you in December from Teladoc®.

 

No Rate Increases for 2017!

Good news – there are no increases in the Active Clergy Group Health Contribution Rates or the Church Group Health Contribution Rate for 2017.  Your Dental PPO, Dental HMO and Vision Plan premiums also remain unchanged for 2017.  While there are no rate increases for 2017, there will be increases in deductibles and office visit co-pays for 2017 (the first such increases in 5 years). View the 2017 Active Clergy Rate Sheet or 2017 TAC Fiscal Office Lay Employee Rate Sheet

What to do during Open Enrollment

Not making enrollment changes for 2017

Review your Confirmation of 2016 Benefits included in your OE packet.  If you do not want to make any changes to your plans or dependent coverages for 2017, you do not need to complete a new Group Health Enrollment form for 2017.  We will continue your current 2016 enrollment elections in 2017. 

 

Making enrollment changes for 2017

Review your Confirmation of 2016 Benefits included in your OE packet. If you would like to make changes to your current plans or dependent coverages for 2017, complete, sign and date the two-page blue and white TAC Group Health Benefits Enrollment Form and submit it to the TAC Benefits Office by Nov. 15, 2016All changes will be effective January 1, 2017. 

If you are enrolling in the optional Humana Dental HMO plan, you must pre-select your participating Dental HMO primary care dentist (PCD) and provide the dentist’s name, address and dentist ID number on the enrollment form.  Pre-selecting a dentist is not required to enroll in the Humana Dental PPO plan.  Please see detailed instructions in the Humana Dental/Vision Plan Summary

 

Boon-Chapman 2017 Annual Additional Insurance Form

All Group Health Benefits Plan employee participants with enrolled dependents need to complete the Boon-Chapman 2017 Annual Additional Insurance Form provided in your OE packet or at the link above and return it to Boon-Chapman at the email address or fax number on the form by January 1, 2017.  Dependent claims exceeding $1,000 will be denied until this form is received each year, completed in full.   Avoid unnecessary potential delay in processing your dependent claims and submit this form by January 1, 2017!

 

New ID cards for 2017

You will be receiving new ID cards from Boon-Chapman in December along with your Confirmation of 2017 Benefits.  The new ID cards will have an updated format which includes additional benefit information such as your office visit co-pays. 

 

$200 Wellness Deductible Credit for 2017


Active Clergy and TAC Fiscal Office Lay Employee participants who have attended a Day of Wellness by 12-31-16 will receive the $200 Wellness Deductible Credit for themselves and their enrolled children in 2017.  Enrolled spouses who attend a Day of Wellness by 12-31-16 will receive the $200 Wellness Deductible Credit in 2017.  Clergy and TAC Fiscal Office Lay Employees and their spouses only need to attend the Day of Wellness one time between January 2008 and December 2016 to be eligible for the Wellness Deductible Credit for 2017.

 

Questions?

For further information, contact Barbara Kilby, TAC Benefits Administrator, at 713-533-3702, 1-800-606-0350, or bkilby@txcumc.org; or Gracy Chavez, Group Health Benefits Specialist, at 713-533-3723 or gchavez@txcumc.org.

 

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