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  • 2014 Open Enrollment is well under way!

    It is that time of year again, Open Enrollment is upon us! Active Employees October 31 - November 21, 2013 Retired Employees November 15 - December 6, 2013 Click on the sections above to read more about Open Enrollment for active employees or Open Enrollment for retired employees. If, after reviewing the information available on these webpages, you still have questions, please contact our Communications Director and Benefits Coordinator, Nicole Baxley via email at

  • Employee Assistance Program

    by Thea Mangels, Executive Assistant One way to reduce future costs of health care is by utilizing the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This program comes with our medical insurance through the Episcopal Church Medical Trust, and for the first time this year, is available to those who opt out of medical insurance for the low cost of $5 a month. Behavioral Health Benefit: One significant way that the EAP can help lower the future cost of health insurance in the Diocese is if employees take adva...

  • 2012 Insurance Rates

    The Employee Practices and Benefits Committee just approved the Insurance Plan Array for 2012.  The new plan array is very similar to the 2011 plan array.  One significant difference is that the previously offered CIGNA HMO is being replaced with the CIGNA Open Access Plus In-Network (OAPIN).  This new plan has a 95% network access match and removes the Primary Care Physician gatekeeper when accessing specialists that was required with the CIGNA HMO plan.  Those who are curre...

  • Health Insurance 2012

    by Bobbi Yeo, Canon for Administration and Finance  You have probably begun putting your 2012 budgets together and may be wondering about increases to health and dental insurance premiums. We were just informed by the Episcopal Church Medical Trust on August 2 that we can expect an overall increase of about 7% to premium rates in the Diocese of Northern California. It might make you feel better to know that our Internet research indicates the projected increase in premiums nationwide will b...

  • Implementing Parity

    The Denominational Health Plan to be fully implemented in the Diocese of Northern California by January 1, 2012 By Canon Bobbi Yeo, Canon for Administration & Fiance  At their joint meeting on June 18, 2011 the Diocesan Council and Board of Directors set January 1, 2012 as the deadline for churches and diocesan institutions obtaining benefits through the Church Medical Trust to fully implement the provisions of the Denominational Health Plan (DHP). The DHP was passed by the 2009 General...

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