Pension & Health


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…  Read more

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

HumanRights, GBPHB

UMC Pensions Board cites sustainability risks in divesting from Israeli firms

Barbara A. Boigegrain, General Secretary of the UMC’s General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, has issued a response to letters of concern and questions she has received from bishops and… Read more

Important Tax Withholding Information

As 2015 draws to a close, it is time once again for anyone receiving benefit payments from The General Board  to submit a completed W-4P form if they would like… Read more

Important information about Internal Revenue reporting for health care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health insurers to report certain information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help ensure that Americans have minimum essential health care coverage.   You… Read more

UMPIP pension accounts to allow Roth contributions

Beginning on January 1, 2016 participants may now make Roth contributions to their UMPIP accounts. You will receive a communication from the General Board of Pension and Health benefits in… Read more