NOTE: This information applies only to HealthFlex participants. United HealthCare Group Medicare Advantage Plan/Guardian Dental participants can use the pages at right to find information on their plans.
HealthFlex Exchange is a group health plan designed for United Methodist clergy and affiliated lay employees and their families. This approach to health coverage gives participants choice, flexibility, and control over how they pay for health care while helping the church facilitate the best health coverage for clergy and lay workers.
Wespath has created this series of short videos to help explain various aspects of your HealthFlex coverage. Watch any or all of them. Find the video series
The New England Conference offers six plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) through the HealthFlex Exchange:
Some common features of the six plans are:
Three Dental Plan – HealthFlex uses Cigna to provide dental coverage.
The PPO and passive plans use the Cigna Advantage Network. The HMO uses the Cigna Dental Care Access Network.
Three vision plans are offered through the provider VSP
Tax-advantaged accounts can help you save money for health and dependent care and get reimbursed for certain out-of-pocket costs. These are:
HSA contribution requires enrollment in an HSA plan and an attestation that you are eligible for IRS guidelines.
*FSA Health Care when used with HSA plans become limited in use. Limited to dental and vision expenses only until the participant notifies HealthEquity/WageWorks that the IRS-defined deductible has been met, then for all eligible health care expenses (2021 IRS-defined deductible: $1,400 individual coverage/$2,800 family coverage). 2022 IRS defined deductible amounts have not been determined.
From health coaching and nutrition programs to telemedicine and work-life services, HealthFlex supports your health and quality of life, including Virgin Pulse, health coaching, Employee Assistance Program, MDLIVE tele-medicine, Weight Watchers.
HealthFlex Well-Being Programs E-brochure offers an overview
Find more specific information and other resources here:
New England Conference Wellness Incentive
All Active HealthFlex Health Insurance participants and enrolled spouses who have an annual wellness examination (physical) and submit this verification form signed by their physician receive $100 each.
Participants compare health plans based on pricing and features, then select the option that best meets their needs.
Current participants make their selections/changes for the following calendar year during the annual election period (usually the first week to mid-November).
Those newly eligible for HealthFlex benefits can use the form below to enroll. You will need to indicate that you are newly eligible when using the Alex benefits counselor.
Please read the 31-Day Enrollment Compliance Rules and Implications and complete the required participant information on the HealthFlex Enrollment /Change Form below and return it to the benefits office as soon as possible so that we can sign and submit the form to Wespath within 31 calendar days of your eligibility date.
If HealthFlex selections are not made within the 31-day time period, you will be assigned “default coverage: HealthFlex B1000 PPO Medical, Cigna Passive PPO 2000 Dental, and VSP Exam Core Vision, Single Employee Coverage.
In this case, you will be unable to change your coverage until the next annual election period, and any change to your coverage would not begin until the program year that follows such subsequent next annual election period.
Once you choose your HealthFlex plan, the New England Conference helps you pay for it. The Conference designates a premium credit, a fixed-dollar amount set annually, that participants receive to apply toward their monthly HealthFlex premium.
What is the cost to me or excess premium to be contributed to my HSA or HRA?
What is the cost to my church?
Participants use Benefits Access
Benefits Access includes your HealthFlex plan details, shows your health account contributions, and provides direct access to medical, dental and vision providers.
You can access the following provider websites from Benefits Access without logging in again: Blue Cross Blue Shield or UnitedHealthcare, OptumRx®, HealthEquity®, and Quest Diagnostics®. You may need to complete a registration step the first time you use a link.
Spouses use Virgin Pulse