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 Wellbeing Specialists! The Corinthian Plan welcomes Dan Schrock and LaVina Miller Weaver to our team! Our Wellbeing Specialists are available as a part of the Wellness Incentive benefit for Corinthian Plan participants. They are available for conversations around your health and well-being. In traditional terms, you may think of them as your health or wellness coaches. Dan and LaVina replace Terri Leichty as Wellbeing Specialists.
Both LaVina and Dan bring a wealth of experience as spiritual directors. Dan has experience as a pastor and LaVina in the medical field. The Corinthian Plan looked for persons with a combination of spiritual direction background, with a knowledge of the church/MC USA, and have a medical background.
Corinthian Plan participants will now have a choice of Wellbeing Specialists with whom to talk. For more information on Dan and LaVina click on their names.
What is the Wellness Incentive? The Wellness Incentive is available to Corinthian Plan participants (regular or waived coverage) and their spouses. The Corinthian Plan (TCP) seeks to encourage good health and well-being. There are two parts, each worth $150. TCP participants can earn up to $300, $600 per couple. One part of the Incentive provides the option to speak to a Wellbeing Specialist, which earns a participant $150, along with the benefit of the conversation.
The Corinthian Plan wants to give a hearty thanks to Terri Leichty the outgoing Wellbeing Specialist. Thank you, Terri!
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).