Helping UCC Retirees

Helping UCC Retirees

In the United States, about 10,000 baby boomers reach retirement every day, and some are unprepared. Even though soon-to-be retirees are concerned with rising health care costs and retirement income, many have not planned for a secure retirement or examined the right health plans to meet their new standard of living and care.

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PBUCC Introduces the New MAP+Work/Life Benefit

All of us at one time or another have experienced some type of personal crisis or life event that resulted in grief, stress, financial loss, and more. At the Pension Boards, we are fully committed to your health and personal well-being. We care when life throws you a curve ball.

Effective January 1, 2018, the Pension Boards is pleased to introduce a new benefit that will provide personal short-term assistance to UCC Non-Medicare Health Plan participants and their eligible family members when faced with life’s unexpected challenges.

The Member Assistance Program + Work/Life Program, or MAP+Work/Life, offered through West Health Advocate Solutions, a leading clinical health advocacy company, is a no-cost benefit that gives you confidential access to a Licensed Professional Counselor or Work/Life Specialist. Through in-person visits, and unlimited, confidential phone consultations, these specialists can walk you through any of life’s temporary setbacks.

Receive 24/7 assistance with issues such as: 

  • Grief, loss, depression
  • Relationship issues, divorce
  • Job stress, burnout, work/life balance
  • New baby, adoption, eldercare
  • Financial and legal issues, retirement, identity theft
  • Addiction, eating disorders, mental illness, and more  

If long-term assistance is required, you can be assured that a counselor will make the appropriate, cost effective referrals to meet your specific needs. You will also have access to a wide database of resources and authoritative articles on the MAP+Work/Life member website: 

Who is eligible? 
One of the unique features of this benefit is that your extended family can use this special service. Eligible UCC Non-Medicare Health Plan participants, their spouses, dependent children, parents and parents-in-law are covered under this program.

Getting started

  • Review the Health Advocate brochure
  • Call the toll-free number: 1.877.240.6863, and visit  One of the unique features of this benefit is that your extended family can use this special service. Eligible UCC Non-Medicare Health Plan participants, their spouses, dependent children, parents and parents-in-law are covered under this program.

Directors Approve Expansion of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative

At its November 2017 meeting, the Board of Directors of the United Church Board for Ministerial Assistance (UCBMA) discussed the future of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI) in response to its recent program evaluation. UCBMA Directors overwhelmingly affirmed NGLI and gave thanks for the vitality and vigor that pastors are stirring in the United Church of Christ from the mix of coursework, field trips, and cohort engagement.

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The Church Alliance Applauds Sen. Collins and Sen. Portman for Standing Up for the Retirement Security of Clergy and Church Lay Workers

Glenview, IL, November 30, 2017 — The Church Alliance commends Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) for her introduction of an amendment to preserve important retirement security provisions for clergy and church lay workers that would be repealed by the tax reform legislation pending in the Senate. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) joined in co-sponsoring the amendment. The amendment is essential to provide employees of religiously-affiliated organizations with a meaningful opportunity to save for a secure retirement.

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Why the EY Financial Wellness Assessment is Important

Why Financial Wellness Matters
No one wants more stressors in their lives but we all have them. Stress attributed to work, family and health issues are top concerns for most of us. But, if money problems keep you up at night, impact your personal relationships and even create or exacerbate health problems, you’re not alone. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), money and financial problems are the number one stressors in our lives. 

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Special Announcement for Connecticut UCC Non-Medicare Plan Participants

As you may be aware, the agreement between Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Hartford Healthcare expired on September 30, 2017.

Since then, the failure of the two organizations to come to an agreement has adversely impacted the ability of UCC Health Plan participants to access hospitals, physicians, and other medical professionals within Hartford Healthcare.

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2018 FSA Debit Cards to Arrive Mid-December

The Flexible Benefit Plan for UCC Ministries, also referred to as the Flexible Spending Account or “FSA,” will be administered by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield beginning in 2018. New FSA debit cards, effective January 1, 2018, will be issued and mailed by Highmark to FSA Plan participants’ home addresses in mid-December. Please be on the lookout for your new card!

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Boost Your Credit Scores

Your credit scores, sometimes known as “FICO” scores, are used by lenders and other businesses to assess your creditworthiness and general financial reliability. Also, lenders use your scores to determine your credit limit and the interest rate you’ll be charged. While there are many different versions of your score in use, those tabulated by the Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) are the most frequently used today

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