The Corinthian Plan
The goal of The Corinthian Plan is to provide health care access for as large a group of pastors and church workers in Mennonite Church USA as possible. The name emerges from verses in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 where the newly emerging church in Corinth is encouraged to practice sharing with each other.
New Corona Covid-19 Information (Updated March 23,2020)
As each of us and our congregations navigates Covid-19, let’s seek to remain grounded by supporting each other and finding good medically based information both for ourselves and the communities we live and participate in.
1. Premium Holiday, May 2020. There is significant economic disruption because of COVID-19. The Corinthian Plan will offer a premium holiday for the month of May 2020. Any congregation or conference office currently participating in The Corinthian Plan (TCP) will not be charged, the premium for May will be zero.
We use the word offer because we also encourage any congregations or conferences that are able and willing to contribute part, or all, of their share of the May premium to consider doing so. This contribution will go to TCP Premium Assistance Fund 2020, a dedicated fund within The Corinthian Plan. All money will be available to assist congregations or conferences with further assistance during the Covid-19 crisis.
TCP will be sending out information to congregations/conference offices as well as Health Plan participants with details. They will be linked on this site, when ready.
2. For Corinthian Plan Health Coverage Participants
- The Coronavirus Test Kit is covered as part of Preventative Benefits for those with Corinthian Plan health coverage. There will be no additional charge for you or applied to your deductible.
- AmWell is a telemedicine service available to you through your Corinthian Plan Coverage. While we do not want AmWell to replace visits to your regular Provider this may be a helpful service while social distancing is a reality. Link to an informational flyer
3. General Informational Links
- Go to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for up-to-date information. You can subscribe to regular updates regarding Covid-19 through the CDC. An example, links to information include “Caring for Someone at Home” with COVID-19.
- Most areas of the country are asking people to stay at home and practice social distancing. Check local area or state information for specific COVID-19 instructions/laws in your area.
- Mennonite Church USA has put out a helpful informational resource document for MC USA congregations and congregants. Find it here.
The Corinthian Plan’s sharing/mutual aid components were built into the structure in 2010. This has ensured that pastors and church workers on the plan are not excluded for particular health reasons. Also, financial subsidies have been set up so that congregations who otherwise could not afford it can gain access to health coverage.
The Corinthian Plan is staffed by a team to help participants get the most out of their health coverage and oversee the Plan for MC USA. This includes three Area Advocates serving area conferences, a Wellness Coordinator and a Director.
Wellness Incentives. The Corinthian Plan strives to offer creative ways to support you in maintaining healthy habits and creating new ones. The Wellness Incentive is one way The Corinthian Plan does this. If you have health coverage, waived coverage, are the employee or the spouse you are eligible for the Incentive. Adult dependents, on the Plan, are eligible for one (60 minute) conversation with our wellbeing specialist ($100 value). More information is available on the Wellness Incentive webpage.
Wellbeing and Wellness. Why use one word or the other? We understand wellbeing to be that deep longing or knowing such as described in the music and words of the 1873 hymn written by Horatio Spafford, “It is well with my soul”. Despite, and even in the midst of life’s difficulties, wellbeing is the embodied peace that that comes through God. It is out of this deep center, the wellness we long for in body, mind and spirit flow. Pastors, go to the Wellness Incentive webpage (near bottom) for a link to fill out your Wellbeing Profile.
The Corinthian Plan continues to provide a needed service for Mennonite Church USA congregations. As of August 2018 there were 321 congregations participating in The Corinthian Plan with 215 churches carrying health coverage for 796 persons.
The Corinthian Plan is a self-funded, church plan, sponsored and owned by Mennonite Church USA (MC USA). Everence works with enrollment, policy and financial administrator. Highmark (Blue Cross Blue Shield) provides the service network, works with claims, and provides other health resources. The Plan is overseen directly by the Church Benefits Board (appointed by MC USA).