Coverage of Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Test Kits

On January 10, 2022, the federal government announced a requirement for over-the counter (OTC) COVID-19 Test Kits to be covered by health insurance plans.  In addition, the federal government is providing free COVID-19 OTC test kits to households in the United States. 

Effective 1/28/2022, TAC GHB Standard PPO and High Deductible PPO Plan participants can obtain OTC COVID-19 Test Kits up to the maximum limit at an in-network pharmacy using their insurance ID card at no cost ($0 copay) without needing to submit a reimbursement form. 

Effective 1/28/2022, OTC COVID-19 Test Kits purchased at an out-of-network pharmacy will require a claim form to be submitted to Express Scripts and will be limited to a $12 per test reimbursement. 

Please see the most recent information about OTC COVID-19 test kit benefits in the FAQ at the link above. 

As further details become available, please check back to the TAC Benefits website for updated COVID-19 test kit benefit information.   

2022 UMPIP Contribution Election Form

If you would like to change or begin making personal contributions by payroll deduction to your United Methodist Personal Investment Plan for 2022, you will need to complete and submit a new 2022 UMPIP Contribution Election Form (at the link above) directly to Wespath as indicated on the last page of the form.  You also need to submit a new form if you have an appointment change and/or will have a new salary-paying unit.  The TAC Benefits Office does not need a copy of this form. 

Upon receipt of the 2022 UMPIP Contribution Election Form, Wespath will invoice your church for your monthly UMPIP contribution amount, and your church needs to remit your UMPIP contribution directly to Wespath each month.  The TAC Benefits Office does not draft for clergy personal UMPIP contributions in our monthly church Pension drafts. 

If you are currently making personal UMPIP contributions and don’t want to make any changes to the amount or type of your contribution and you do not have a change of salary-paying unit, you do not need to submit a new 2022 UMPIP Contribution Election Form to Wespath. 

Clergy who make personal contributions to their UMPIP will receive a dollar-for-dollar match up to a maximum of 1% of their Total Pension Plan Compensation specified on their salary sheets. 

2022 Annual Open Enrollment 

Although 2022 Annual Open Enrollment is over, all 2022 Open Enrollment materials are available at the link above for your reference. 

Questions?  For further information, contact:

Marianela Chinea, Group Health Benefits Specialist / Wellness Program Coordinator:  

Click to email, or 713-533-3723

Patricia Goforth-Rakes, Senior Benefits Specialist, Pensions and Retiree Health Benefits / Walking Program Coordinator: 

Click to email

or 713-533-3702

Barbara Kilby, Manager, Group Health and Pension Benefits / HIPAA Privacy Officer:  

Click to email

or 713-533-3703

Mark Hellums, Controller, Pension and Health Benefits:  

Click to email or 713-533-3725