Due to the termination of all TAC Retiree Group Health Plans (Humana Medicare Advantage Plan, UnitedHealthcare Senior Supplement and Prescription Drug Plans, and the Taxable Stipend), effective December 31, 2017, all retirees, spouses and surviving spouses currently enrolled in a TAC Retiree Group Health Plan need to enroll in a new individual plan through OneExchange effective January 1, 2018.
2018 Open Enrollment: November 1–15, 2017
The 2018 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, 2017. 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, 2018.
2018 Open Enrollment packets were mailed to your home address the last week of October. To be good stewards of conference resources, the 2018 OE packets are similar to the streamlined format used last year which focuses on plan changes for 2018. All OE documents are available online as previously at 2018 Open Enrollment Documents.
What to do during Open Enrollment:
Please review changes to the Group Health Benefits Plan explained in the Overview of the TAC Group Health Plan for 2018 including:
- an increase in the number of counseling sessions available under the Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) mental health benefit from 25 to 50 office visits per calendar year and a $10 increase in the co-pay to $25 per visit,
- a new and enhanced Humana Vision 130 Plan with a 4.6% rate increase for 2018,
- a new $10 co-pay at Walgreens Pharmacies, and
- an increase in the co-pay to $2,000 for non-emergency inpatient hospital admissions at a non-Houston Methodist Hospital if you live within an applicable zip code.
Review your Confirmation of 2017 Benefits included in your OE packet and decide if you wish to make any plan or dependent changes for next year.
Not making enrollment changes for 2018?
If you do not want to make any changes to your plans or dependent coverages for 2018, you do not need to complete a new Group Health Enrollment form for 2018. We will continue your current 2017 enrollment elections in 2018. If you and your dependents are currently enrolled in the TAC Humana Vision Care Plan, you and your enrolled dependents will automatically be enrolled in the new Humana Vision 130 Plan effective January 1, 2018, and you do not need to submit a new enrollment form unless you wish to terminate your vision coverage for next year or make other plan changes for 2018.
Making enrollment changes for 2018?
If you would like to make changes to your current plans or dependent coverages for 2018, 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, 2017. All changes will be effective January 1, 2018.
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 2018 Annual Additional Insurance Form
All Group Health Benefits Plan employee participants with enrolled dependents need to complete the Boon-Chapman 2018 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, 2018. 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, 2018!
7% Clergy Rate Increase for 2018
While there is no increase in the church Group Health contribution rate for 2018, there is a 7% increase in the Active Clergy and Active TAC Fiscal Office Lay Employee Group Health contribution rates for 2018, the first such increase in 10 years. There will be no increase in your Dental PPO and Dental HMO Plan premiums for 2018 and a 4.6% increase in premiums for the new vision plan. New rates are included in the Overview of the TAC Group Health Plan for 2018.
$200 Wellness Deductible Credit for 2018
Active Clergy and TAC Fiscal Office Lay Employee participants who have attended a Day of Wellness by 12-31-2017 will receive the $200 Wellness Deductible Credit for themselves and their enrolled children in 2018. Enrolled spouses who attend a Day of Wellness by 12-31-2017 will receive the $200 Wellness Deductible Credit in 2018. 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 2017 to be eligible for the Wellness Deductible Credit for 2018.
For further information, contact Barbara Kilby, TAC Benefits Administrator, at 713-533-3702, 1-800-606-0350, or email@example.com; or Ayanna Tasby-Bertrand, Group Health Benefits Specialist, at 713-533-3723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.