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.
Open enrollment for 2019 begins on November 1st, 2018 through December 31st, 2018. We will not have January open enrollment as in the past. For congregations or conferences currently participating in The Corinthian Plan your renewal packets will arrive the middle of October.
There continue to be many changes in the Marketplace and individual coverage. It is easy and free to inquire regarding Corinthian Plan coverage. If you are considering health coverage options 2019 contact Duncan Smith, Director, or Denise Henke at Everence (Third Party Administrator).
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).
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.”