Former ETMC Hospitals Remain In-Network
We are pleased to announce that all former ETMC facilities will remain in-network with Aetna Signature Administrators PPO as part of the new AHS East Texas Health System.
Termination of the TAC – ETMC Non-Collection Agreement for TAC Group Health Plan Participants
As you may be aware, effective March 1, 2018, Ardent Health Services (Ardent) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UT Health Northeast) have completed the purchase of East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System (ETMC). ETMC will be combined with UT Health Northeast to form a 10-hospital system known as UT Health East Texas.
The TAC has received notification that under the terms of the purchase agreement, all prior ETMC contracts have been terminated. Therefore, as of March 1, 2018, the TAC – ETMC Non-Collection Agreement which has allowed for the write-off (non-collection) of deductibles and co-insurance for TAC Group Health Plan participants for services performed at former ETMC hospital facilities has been terminated.
We truly regret the loss of this write-off for our clergy and their families in East Texas. We will seek new contracts with UT Health East Texas when the opportunity is plausible.
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: 713-533-3702, 1-800-606-0350, email@example.com
Ayanna Tasby-Bertrand, Group Health Benefits Specialist: 713-533-3723, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Goforth-Rakes, Pensions and Retiree Health Benefits Specialist: 713-533-3721, email@example.com