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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    Register now for fall HealthFlex Exchange Zoom workshops

    July 6, 2020 / By UNY Conference Benefits Office

    The Upper New York Conference Benefits Office will be hosting multiple HealthFlex Exchange Zoom workshops this fall. Participants will receive information about the plans and tools to help with plan choices. Starting for January 1, 2021, all eligible, under 65 participants must choose their health, vision, and dental plans through the HealthFlex Exchange.

    In the HeathFlex Exchange, participants are given a monthly allowance, called a Premium Credit, with which to “shop” for their medical, dental, and vision plans. Premium Credits vary based on coverage tier (participant only, participant +1, and family).

    Also, depending on the plan you elect, you will have the opportunity to contribute to either a Health Savings Account (HSA), Dependent Care Account (DCA), or Medical Reimbursement Account (MRA). Two of the plans come with Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) which include employer contributions.

    HealthFlex Exchange offers a broad range of plan designs, including:

    • Six medical/pharmacy plans(Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois), most of which include a health savings account (HSA) or health reimbursement account (HRA) to help offset out-of-pocket expenses
    • Three dental plans (Cigna)
    • Three vision plans (Vision Service Plan)

    All Six Medical Plans will still include:

    • Preventative and wellness services are covered at 100%, with no deductible required.
    • The same network providers and the same prescription drug formularies.
    • All plans include vision exam core
    • All plans include a deductible which must be met before the insurance pays.
    • Wellness programs, such as VirginPulse, Health Coaching, Employee Assistance Program, MDLIve tele-medicine, Weight Watchers and others

    Choosing your health plan is a big decision, and Wespath provides training and decision-support tools, like ALEX Benefits Counselor, to help you compare your options.

    ****The HealthFlex Exchange is for all participants and/or dependents that are eligible for Conference health benefits AND are under 65.

    You must register in advance for the workshop. The deadline for registration is one week prior to the workshop you are signing up to attend.

    Click here to register for one of the seven dates. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Julie Valeski at 315-898-2001 or

    TAGGED / Benefits and Administrative Services

    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."