The MAC Plan health insurance is a self-funded plan administered by BlueCross/BlueShield of Minnesota. Participation in the MAC Plan is mandatory for Minnesota elders and deacons appointed full time or three-quarters time. Participation is optional for local pastors, members of other conferences or denominations appointed at least half time, and elders or deacons appointed half time. View MAC Plan premium chart
Flexible spending account/medical or dependent care reimbursement
All clergy appointed to a local church or conference extension ministry in the connectional structure who are eligible for the conference health plan are also eligible to participate in a flexible spending account known as SelectAccount. SelectAccount, a Section 125 plan, allows the clergy MAC Plan premium and medical and dependent care reimbursement election to be pre-tax payroll deductions; both reimbursement plans are “use-it-or-lose-it” funds. Participants must file the appropriate forms annually with the conference benefits officer to take advantage of this benefit. Learn more about SelectAccount flexible spending account
Pension and welfare
The conference participates in the pension and welfare plans through the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits.
Counseling, spiritual direction, or coaching
Clergy, spouses, and children in the home may request grants for counseling and psychotherapy. Requests can be submitted for 50 percent of out-of-pocket cost after insurance coverage per session up to a maximum amount of $65 per session and maximum financial counseling grant from the conference of $1,000 per year per person. Requests for grants are submitted to the conference benefits officer. Download Counseling Resources and Financial Aid Application
The MAC Plan health insurance is a self-funded plan administered by BlueCross/BlueShield of Minnesota. Participation in the MAC plan is possible if the local church sponsors the benefit for lay employees. Lay employee requirements include:
The local church must pay at least the minimum employer portion of the single premium as directed by the premium structure determined by the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits. The local church must offer the MAC Plan to all eligible lay employees. The church is financially responsible for payments and for notification of any lay staff changes. If the local church chooses to offer the MAC Plan to lay employees, no other coverage can be offered. View MAC Plan premium chart
The local church can participate in the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBOPHB) United Methodist Personal Investment Plan (UMPIP) for lay employees. The local church completes the GBOPHB Adoption Agreement for UMPIP, choosing the eligibility options for the pension plan. Eligible lay employees may participate with personal contributions from wages on a before- or after-tax basis. The lay employee pension plan is an agreement between the local church and the GBOPHB; the conference benefits officer is only a resource person in this process. The 2012 Book of Discipline, paragraph 258.2g(12), encourages local churches to provide 3 percent of compensation pension benefits for lay employees. Learn more about UMPIP
The MAC Plan sponsors the Virgin Pulse physical activity program for MAC Plan participants and their spouses who are on the plan, as well as clergy on the Comprehensive Protection Plan. Virgin Pulse is designed to support your commitment to health and well-being—and you’ll earn rewards along the way.
Increasing your physical activity is one of the easiest ways to improve and maintain your health. Research shows that physical activity lowers the risk for many chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, bone and joint problems, and some types of cancer.
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