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.
The Corinthian Plan – MC USA Health Coverages
Update! No Surprises Act. The No Surprises Act (NSA) adopted by the Federal Government builds on parts of the ACA by creating comprehensive patient protections against surprise medical bills for emergency services, air ambulances, and certain non-emergency services.
Update! COVID-19 Test Benefit. Congregational Employee Plan (CEP) health coverage participants through The Corinthian Plan qualify for free COVID-19 rapid test kits. Go here for more information and the process for obtaining these free kits.
2022 renewal documents from your packet here!
Updated Corona COVID-19 benefits.
- Congregational Employee Plan (CEP) health coverage updates as of January 1, 2022.
- The COVID-19 Premium Assistance Fund is still available for congregations facing economic hardship due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.
- The COVID-19 test kit benefit is explained above.
Consult the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for updated guidance in responding to COVID-19, including current variants.
Virtual health visits are still available through Amwell, but is now a part the new Well360 Connect program through Highmark. During the COVID-19 Outbreak, through December 2021, virtual visits had been covered by TCP’s Congregational Employee Plan health coverage. Participants must now apply costs to their deductible. Click here for a short summary of the enhanced customer service Well360 Connect for Corinthian Plan participants.
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).