November is Open Enrollment month for the EPC’s Health Benefit programs. Open Enrollment presents the opportunity for churches to enroll their staff in EPC benefits for the first time or make changes to employee coverages. The 2024 Open Enrollment website provides information on the EPC’s five medical/prescription drug plan choices, as well as dental, vision, and life/disability insurance benefits.
Individual plan details and comparison charts are easily accessed, as well as information on Member Care programs such as chronic condition management, nurse health coaching, 24/7 virtual primary care, and the Healthcare Bluebook. All enrollment or coverage changes made during Open Enrollment will become effective January 1, 2024.
During open enrollment for 2024:
- Churches can enroll in EPC benefit plans for the first time.
- Churches can make changes to benefit elections for currently covered individuals.
- Churches can add to, or change, their plan offerings for 2024 by completing a Benefits Election Form.
- If enrollment and plan selections are not being changed for a current participant, then no action is needed. Under this “passive process,” all will automatically retain their current coverages into 2024 unless they actively initiate a change.
“Our staff and Board of Directors work hard in partnership with our plan administrators to provide high-quality benefits and a variety of member care programs at the lowest possible cost,” said Bart Francescone, Executive Director of EPC Benefit Resources, Inc. (BRI). “Our benefit programs are designed to support the achievement of personal health goals and to provide assurance that medical expenses will be covered should a need arise. With these assurances, it is our hope that EPC ministers and staff will be free to focus their energies on their callings to proclaim the gospel.”
EPC benefit plans are available to full-time employees (30 hours or more per week) of EPC churches, as well as World Outreach domestic workers and chaplains. Benefits are also available to EPC ministers serving out-of-bounds or without call who are continuing their prior EPC medical coverage.
“Anyone new to the EPC—or interested in enrolling in one of our benefit programs for the first time—should contact the individual who handles benefits at their church or organization,” Francescone said. “And as always, BRI staff members are happy to answer any questions someone may have about our programs.”
The EPC’s benefit programs are administered through BRI, a ministry of the EPC office of the General Assembly. The BRI Board is a permanent committee of the General Assembly.