Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Benefits Symposiums to address new changes in health benefits


The Oklahoma Conference is hosting six Benefits Symposiums across the state to help clergy, laity and spouses unpack the benefit plans that go into effect in 2020.

The symposiums will be held between Oct. 7-11 in Woodward, Lawton, Davis, Oklahoma City, Perry and Tulsa. Participants must register online before Sept. 20.

This year’s symposiums will focus entirely on health benefits, including details relating to cost, coverage and supplements, as well as tips for open enrollment.

“Understanding benefits is difficult for even a seasoned professional,” said Kate Scraper, director of benefits and personnel. “This classroom-style setting will allow for collective learning through the use of real life scenarios, Q&A with HealthFlex reps, and detailed instructions that will make you ready for Annual Election at the end of October.”

The symposiums are scheduled before Annual Election, which is Oct. 30-Nov. 14. Scraper said detailed information about next steps for Annual Election will be provided after the symposium events.

“All of our Benefit Plans will be changing in 2020, as a result of moving our plans to HealthFlex,” Scraper said. “Every person, whether clergy or lay, who participate in the conference health plan should plan to attend so that they can learn about the new programs, the costs, and what benefits are being added.”

Retired Clergy under the age of 65 who are on the conference health plan should plan to attend the session closest to them.

Retirees over the age of 65 will not be eligible for participation in HealthFlex in 2020. Instead, they will have access to Medicare Supplements through Via Benefits. The benefits office will send funding letters with Health Reimbursement Account amounts for eligible retirees to all retirees in late September. Retirees who do not receive funding are still eligible to utilize Via Benefits in order to aid in Medicare Supplement selection.

For those unable to attend, a recording of one of the events will be placed on the benefits website. Though Scraper did not have a specific date of availability, she committed to having it available as quickly as possible. Scraper also said a link for the Alex Tool, an online resource for making the best benefit determination, would be released after the symposiums.

Register for a benefits symposium online at okumc-reg.brtapp.com/2019BenefitsSymposium.

2019 Benefits Symposiums
Oct. 7 | Woodward-First
1111 Downs Ave.
Woodward, OK 73801

Oct. 8 | Lawton-Centenary
704 SW “D” Ave.
Lawton, OK 73501

Oct. 8 | Davis-First (Pathway)
1680 E. Main
Davis, OK 73030

Oct. 9 | OCU Great Hall
Tom & Brenda McDaniel University Center at OCU
2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Oct. 10 | Perry-First
727 Elm Street
Perry, OK 73077

Oct. 11 | Tulsa-Asbury
6767 S. Mingo Rd.
Tulsa, OK 74133

Registration closes Sept. 20
okumc-reg.brtapp.com/ 2019BenefitsSymposium
Questions? Contact Kate Scraper at 405-530-2063 or kscraper@okumc.org.


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