The Corinthian Plan

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.

1094-B and 1095-B IRS Reporting. Congregational reporting to the IRS is still required regarding what TCP coverage has been offered to your staff in 2019. Each participating congregation/conference office will receive a mailing from Everence outlining the process and what coverage was offered to whom for 2019. Below are links to the documents included in that mailing and additional documents referenced. Let Denise Henke (denise.henke@everence.com) or Duncan Smith (duncans@mennoniteusa.org) know if you have questions.

  1. Letter to Congregations
  2. Congregational Instructions for Filing – This document explains step-by-step how to complete the forms.
  3. 2019 Form 1094-B Sample Data – Sample form completed with fictitious data.
  4. 2019 Form 1095-B Sample Data – Sample form completed with fictitious data.
  5. 2019 Form 1094-B – This is the transmittal form to complete and file with the IRS.
  6. 2019 Form 1095-B – This is the form that needs to be completed and provided to each covered employee and filed with the IRS.
  7. 2019 IRS Instructions for Forms 1094-B and 1095-B – Complete IRS Instructions (Page four gives instructions on where to file forms)

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).

 

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