Retiree Health Insurance Proposal to Annual Conference 2013
The Conference Board of Pension and the Insurance Committee are proposing changes to the retiree health care plan at Annual Conference in June. These changes will be effective January 1, 2014. Informational sessions will be held in each district to provide opportunity to give an overview of the changes being proposed and to answer questions on the proposal. All clergy and lay members of annual conference are invited to these sessions to learn about this proposal, but retirees, widow/ers and clergy and lay employees approaching retirement age are specifically encouraged to attend. Check your District website for dates and locations.
(NOTE: the Harbor District Informational Session on May 22 will be held at Trinity UMC’s Christian Life Center which is not located at the church. The street address for the Christian Life Center is 4008 South College Road, Wilmington, NC.)
Refer to these resources for more information:
- Introductory Letter Introductory Brochure
- Introductory Session Discussion Guide
- Frequently Asked Questions - Check back frequently! As we conduct the district informational sessions, this document will be updated with new questions. (last updated 5/21/2013)
Small Business Health Care Tax Credit
Local churches that paid health insurance premiums, have less than 25 full-time equivalent employees, pay average non-clergy wages of less than $50,000, and paid any employment taxes (like for other lay staff or taxes withheld voluntarily for your pastor) may qualify for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit. The tax credit is available for the tax year 2012 by filing the IRS Form 8941 and Form 990T tax forms by May 15, 2013.
The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits has provided resources to address questions and guide churches through the filing process. Visit the General Board’s Health Care Reform webpage. For questions, contact the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NC Annual Conference and the General Board do not provide legal or tax advice, but rather has provided this explanatory and illustrative information to help United Methodist local churches understand and benefit from the Tax Credit where possible.
Ways to Wellness
Learn about the Amazing Pace walking program, the WIN rewards program and other wellness benefits offered by the NC Conference Insurance Committee on our Wellness webpage.
New Flexible Spending Account Limits Effective January 1, 2013
The federal government recently issued guidance on the new $2,500 limit for participant contributions to health flexible spending accounts (FSAs), as outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA). A summary of the provision and its potential impact on church plans is provided here. For questions, contact the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits at email@example.com. Or visit the General Board’s Health Care Reform webpage.
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Looking For A Form?
Visit the Downloads page Insurance Benefits section to print forms related to health insurance, life insurance, benefit summaries, the WIN program, Flexible Spending accounts, and medical/dental/prescription claim forms.
To begin making your insurance payments electronically through an automatic draft on your checking or savings account, please complete the Insurance EFT Enrollment Form and mail it to the Treasurer’s Office for enrollment. You can choose to have a set amount drafted each month automatically or to initiate payments electronically on the On-line Data Collection System. Contact Caroline Thornton or Kelly Young for more information!
Payments By Mail
Please send insurance premium payments by mail to:
NC Conference/Insurance Payments
PO Box 60395
Charlotte, NC 28260-0395
For More Information
If you need more information, please contact Caroline Thornton in the Treasurer’s Office.