Pension & Health


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

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

Conference health insurance update for clergy, staff

From the EPA Conference Benefits Office: We have been experiencing a difficult transition to our new insurance carriers: Independence Blue Cross and United Concordia (UCCI) Dental.  This is due, in part,… Read more

Dental Program Changes Effective January 1, 2015

For EPAUMC Retiree Participants: The Conference was able to secure lower rates for our retiree dental program participants by changing carriers from MetLife to United Concordia Dental (UCCI) for the… Read more

Conference to change insurance carriers in 2015

Eastern PA conference clergy and lay employees will get new medical and dental insurance carriers next year, a result of the conference’s efforts to limit expected increases in insurance premium… Read more