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.
The Corinthian Plan will have open enrollment for 2017 running from October 15, 2016 through December 31, 2016. Enrollment forms will be online. You can also contact Duncan Smith, director, or Denise Henke, Everence TPA, with questions.
Congregations providing Corinthian Plan (employer) coverage to their employees in 2016 are required to report this to the IRS. Instructions, sample forms, and blank forms for your filling in and printing are linked below. If you have any questions contact Duncan Smith, your Area Representative, or the Everence office. You can find contact information by going to the “Staff” link at the top right part of this page. The address to mail your report can be found on the IRS instruction document linked below.
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.
Wellness Incentives are the growing edge for The Corinthian Plan. Pastors like Rod Stafford have taken advantage of these incentives which include financial, coaching and other resources. Please check out further information on Wellness Benefits in general and if interested, see specific instructions on how to apply for Wellness Incentives.
The Corinthian Plan is staffed by a team to help participants get the most out of their health coverage including three area representatives serving area conferences, a wellness coordinator and a director.
Everence is The Corinthian Plan enrollment, policy and financial administrator, and Highmark (Blue Cross Blue Shield) provides the service network, works with claims and provides wellness resource support.
At this point The Corinthian Plan continues to provide a needed service for Mennonite Church USA congregations. As of May 2014, 400 congregations were participating in The Corinthian Plan with 274 churches carrying health coverage for 976 persons.
There are many questions about what will happen with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this coming year. We are currently waiting to update our FAQ “The Corinthian Plan and the ACA”. If your congregational staff have health coverage via the Marketplace/Exchange we recommend you consult an accountant/tax expert about current rules regarding compensation for your staff’s health coverage.”
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