Pension & Health


Wespath initiatives address opioid crisis

U.S. Health and Human Services has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. Now the UMC’s health and pension benefits agency is working to address the growing epidemic. 

Change will allow appointed clergy over 65 to get Medicare

By Jo Fielding Director of Eastern PA Conference Pension and Health Benefits Office  Over the years the Eastern PA Conference Pension and Health Benefits Office has received numerous requests from clergy, age… Read more

Support for clergy spouses grows, aided by benefits board

By Julie Anderman Three years ago, the Eastern PA Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits took a chance. They agreed to partner on an outside grant funding project with Artos… Read more

Conference prepares for move to HealthFlex

The Eastern PA Conference elected at their June Annual Conference to move to the HealthFlex plan offered through Wespath in January 2019. ControlHealthFlex Exchange is a private exchange model…

IRS announces decrease in HSA max contribution

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on March 5, 2018 a decrease in maximum Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions. Effective for the calendar year 2018, the family contribution limit for… Read more

Conference chooses Aetna for lower 2018 insurance hike

The Eastern PA Conference will switch its health insurance coverage in 2018 from Independence Blue Cross back to Aetna, its carrier just three years ago, after…

IBX Insurance Cards Update

NOTICE: It has come to our attention that Independence Blue Cross incorrectly sent insurance cards to all members with 2016 plan information.  We have requested a new card mailing and… Read more

EPA Health Care News

Over the past few years, the conference has struggled to pay the health insurance costs in an environment of health care market volatility; double digit cost increases partially caused by… Read more

Vision Benefits of America now accessible through Costco

Vision Benefits of America is  excited to announce that Costco Optical has joined our network as a participating retailer. Costco has over 400 optical centers nationwide that offer frames, contact lenses,… Read more

‘Sabbath: Break … or Brick?’ A new retreat for clergy spouses

‘Sabbath: Break … or Brick?’ A new retreat for clergy spouses

By Julie Anderman “Phenomenal. Playful. Instructive.” Those were comments from Cabinet members who recently previewed the Sabbath Game, a key part of a new, uniquely creative retreat experience for clergy… Read more