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.
CURRENT HEALTH COVERAGE CONTEXT. There are significant changes underway to our nation’s healthcare regulations. We do not expect that these changes will affect The Corinthian Plan’s (TCP) self-funded program for staff of congregations and conferences. TCP remains in a strong position, and has been able to remain steady, with, for example, deductibles at the same levels as 2010. If your congregation, or conference, is not participating in TCP, but is considering options then link to our Overview Flier, or call Duncan Smith (Director), 316-281-4255 or Denise Henke (Everence, TPA), at 574-533-9515. Link to other staff contact information here. Open enrollment for 2018 is November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. Use contact information above if you interested information about enrolling outside of the open enrollment period.
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. We hope you will take advantage of the incentives which include financial, coaching and other resources. Check out further information at Wellness Benefits, and 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.
2017 Corinthian Plan FAQs (Coming Soon)
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.”
Expanding our Commitment to Wellness in 2017-2018The new wellness incentive cycle beings March 1, 2017. Eligible participants for 2017-2018 include: Corinthian Plan members and their spouses (covered or not by the plan) as well as pastors/church workers that are part of waived congregations, along with their spouses. Join us through your participation to grow healthy churches and leaders.