2019 Salary Sheets

Please work with your church and your District Office to complete and certify your 2019 salary sheet by December 31, 2018. This will greatly facilitate the data entry process of your 2019 Clergy Group Health and Pension Benefits information.

No Benefits Drafts in January

Please remind your church that the TAC Benefits Office does not process any Benefits drafts in January due to inputting new 2019 salary sheet and enrollment information. The first Group Health draft will be on February 1, 2019 and the first Pension draft will be on February 15, 2019.  The February drafts will include both January and February Group Health and Pension contribution amounts.

Boon-Chapman 2019 Annual Additional Insurance Form

All Group Health Benefits Plan employee participants with enrolled dependents need to complete the Boon-Chapman 2019 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, 2019.  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, 2019!

Teladoc®      

Teladoc® is a telehealth medicine program that gives TAC GHB participants access to quality medical care via phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It is a convenient alternative to urgent care and ER visits. It is also helpful when you are on vacation, on a business trip, or away from home.

The doctors in this program are U.S. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Family Practice, or Pediatrics. Teladoc® physicians can treat many medical conditions such as cold and flu symptoms, allergies, bronchitis, skin problems, respiratory infections and sinus problems, and can prescribe medications for short-term conditions. 

There is no charge for Teladoc services for TAC Standard PPO Plan participants.  There is a $45 charge per consultation for High Deductible Plan participants.

To access this program, either visit www.teladoc.com or call 1-800-Teladoc (835-2362).

Time for Flu Shots!

It is that time of year to think about your annual flu shot. The quadrivalent flu vaccine is available for the 2018-19 flu season which protects against 4 strains of the flu virus. Check with your doctor regarding his or her recommendation regarding flu shots for you and your family. Flu shots are covered at 100% as a Wellness Benefit for participants in the TAC Standard or High Deductible PPO Plans and are available through your doctor or pharmacy. 

Does your church have a Section 125 Plan?

A Section 125 Plan allows your church to deduct your clergy medical, dental and/or vision contributions from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis, thereby reducing your taxable income. Once a church Section 125 Plan has been set up and approved by the church’s Administrative Council, the Section 125 Plan will carry forward each year – it only has to be set up one time. If your church does not have a Section 125 plan, now is the time to consider this option as a Section 125 Plan should be adopted prior to January 1, 2019 to be effective as of January 1, 2019. 

Important note: Not all churches actually deduct the clergy’s Group Health amounts for the clergy’s medical, dental and/or vision plans from the pastor’s paycheck (the church pays both the church and clergy portions of Group Health). If your church does not actually do a payroll deduction for your clergy medical, dental and/or vision contributions, your church would not need to set up a Section 125 Plan.    

Questions?

For further information, contact:

Barbara Kilby, TAC Benefits Administrator:  713-533-3702, 1-800-606-0350, bkilby@txcumc.org
Ayanna Tasby-Bertrand, Group Health Benefits Specialist:  713-533-3723, atbertrand@txcumc.org
Patricia Goforth-Rakes, Pensions and Retiree Health Benefits Specialist:  713-533-3706, pgrakes@txcumc.org

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