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The UUA Office of Church Staff Finances has begun sending out monthly emails to keep congregational leaders informed about the federal Affordable Care Act,  which will be nearly fully implemented in January 2014.

Emails are being sent to board presidents and/or board chairs who have a account. Others may also receive the emails by sending their name, congregation name, job title, and email address to Patti Angelina, Insurance Plans coordinator.

You do not need to have employees enrolled in the UUA Health Plan to receive these emails. Previous monthly email alerts will be archived on Linda Rose, of the Church Staff Finances office, advises, “It is the responsibility of all employers, including congregations, to learn about the ACA and to fully prepare themselves to make thoughtful decisions regarding employee benefits, including health insurance.”

UUA Health Plan enrollment open to November 30

Enrollment is open until November 30 for the Unitarian Universalist Association Health Plan. The plan is available to staff of congregations and UUA staff working 750 or more hours annually. More than 300 UU congregations participate in the plan. The plan becomes effective January 1.

Changes being made in the 2013 plan include: a lower office visit co-pay, lower co-pay for generic drugs, and an increase in the emergency room co-pay. There will also be increases in individual and family deductible and out-of-pocket payments, the first increases since 2007 in those categories.

Complete information is here. Questions can be directed to Jim Sargent, UUA Health Plan director.

UUA Health Plan enrollment open

The month of November is the annual open enrollment period for the UUA Health Plan.

The staff of 307 UU congregations, plus many UUA staff and related organizations are covered by the plan, said Plan Director Jim Sargent. He noted that plan premiums have increased less than 16 percent over five years and that base rates for participation in the plan will decrease 5 percent this year. Complete information is on the Unitarian Universalist Association Health Plan page on

The plan is open to congregational paid staff who work at least 750 hours annually. Enrollment is open at any time for people who are newly hired, with new dependents, whose hours have been increased to meet the 750-hour minimum, who have lost coverage they had through a spouse or partner, whose congregation does not renew an existing group plan, and whose benefits change for individual plans. If a congregation participates in the plan all eligible employees must be offered coverage.

The UUA Health Plan also has a new Health Blog where participants are invited to contribute to discussions about food, meditation, books, exercise, and more.