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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Benefits and Administrative Services”

    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

    Golden Cross Sunday offering supports Chaplaincy programs

    May 8, 2015 / By Christian Vischi / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Golden Cross Sunday offering is an annual appeal to the members of the Upper New York Conference to help support benevolent services. In Upper New York, the offering is traditionally received in May, giving congregations the flexibility to designate any date in the month that best suits their schedule. Across the denomination, these conference-wide offerings are used to support health and welfare ministries, such as chaplaincy programs, disability awareness …more

    Bishop Webb urges prayer for Baltimore

    April 28, 2015 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Earlier this week Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following note to the Upper New York Conference:  Once again, we are witnesses of violent protests in one of America’s cities. As followers of Christ, we must stand on the side of justice and continue to offer a voice and solutions that address racism, discrimination and broken systems. We must also offer a voice of peace and a …more

    Bishop Webb asks Upper New York to support Nepal

    April 28, 2015 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, Bishop Mark J. Webb sent out the following note to the Upper New York Conference: Please keep the people in Nepal in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with the aftermath of the earthquake that occurred on April 25. More than 4,000 are dead, more than 6,500 people are injured, and thousands are living in tents as their homes have been destroyed. May the peace …more



    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."