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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Benefits and Administrative Services”

    Conference website status

    August 14, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    As we are sure you have noticed, we’ve had some significant issues with the Conference website over the last week or so. The good news is that we have a restored version of the Conference website that we can work with. The bad news is that several months updates, changes, and additions to the website were lost in the process.   What this means is we are having …more

    Charge Conference Forms and Clergy Compensation Package information available

    August 1, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Forms required for this fall's upcoming Charge/Church Conferences are now available on the Upper New York Conference website's Forms page. There is a checklist that can be printed to help track the completion of these required forms. Please note that most forms are due two weeks prior to your charge conference. The forms are largely the same as last year with some minor revisions including the addition …more

    You have Health Care Reform tax forms, we have information

    March 30, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Below is information on Health Care Reform related tax forms you may be receiving for the 2015 tax year: Section 6055 Reporting – Minimal Essential Coverage (IRS Form 1095-B) All HealthFlex participants will receive a letter and Form 1095-B from Businessolver on behalf of The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. This form verifies the “individual mandate” for health coverage under Affordable Care Act provisions, which requires most U …more

    CLT and CFA announce changes to 2016 spending plan

    February 22, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s note: The following letter was released by the Conference Leadership Team and the Conference Council on Finance and Administration on Feb. 22.  Sisters and brothers in Christ, We want to share some challenges, concerns, and, by the grace of God, opportunities for our Conference in the area of financial stewardship. As we finalized the total of Conference Ministry Shares collected in 2015 from local churches, we became aware …more

    IRS deadline extended for health coverage mandate form

    February 11, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The IRS has extended the due date to March 31 for mailing Form 1095-B to individuals for 2015 tax returns. As part of Section 6055: Reporting under the Affordable Care Act, Form 1095-B verifies the "individual mandate" for minimum essential health coverage. The General Board of Pension & Health Benefits will provide these forms to HealthFlex participants before the March 31 IRS deadline. In order to leverage the …more

    Update: BCBS breech impacts UNY Healthflex members

    October 9, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Sept. 9, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) informed HealthFlex that unauthorized users accessed the Excellus BCBS systems. Click here for more information about the information breech. Excellus is a member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association that operates in upstate New York. At that time, we did not have any additional information regarding impact to HealthFlex participants. We have now been given the list …more

    Resolution results in important addition to compensation form

    October 6, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits has provided an update on the progress of undertaking Resolution UNYAC2015.12: Health Insurance for All Clergy and Local Pastors that was passed during the 2015 session of Annual Conference concerning UNY’s health insurance policies. Below is the action portion of the resolution: “Therefore, be it resolved that the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits (CBOPHB) explore …more

    HealthFlex participants: Excellus shares about unauthorized access incident

    September 29, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Aug. 5, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield learned that unauthorized users gained access to its systems. Excellus, a member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association that operates in upstate New York, is a claims processor for Upper New York’s HealthFlex plan. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) made the announcement of the information breech on Sept. 9: As you know, the privacy of our members is a …more

    Jurisdictional bishop count could be reduced in two US jurisdictions

    September 28, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) notified the leadership of the North Central and Northeastern jurisdictions that the number of bishops representing the two areas could be reduced based on reported membership numbers. GCFA – responding to the responsibilities and membership formulas outlined in ¶404.2 of The Book of Discipline as well as its responsibility  for the administration of the Episcopal Fund that pays …more

    How is Upper New York’s customer service? Take survey now

    June 18, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In order to better serve the members and local churches of the Upper New York Conference, a customer service survey has been developed to provide the Conference with feedback from those who have received service from Conference staff. If you have had an interaction with the Conference office, please help us perfect our service by filling out the brief five-minute survey. Click here to complete the survey. …more



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."