The UCC Medical and Dental Benefits Plan offers flexibility and choice, including: Three Health Plan options that offer various levels of deductibles and benefits Two stand-alone Dental Plan options, including an entry-level Plan for those not previously enrolled in UCC dental coverage as well as for those who do not otherwise participate in the UCC Health Plan An optional, stand-alone Vision Plan that does not require participation in the UCC Health Plan Access to nationwide Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO) for cost-effective medical, dental and vision care, as well as the flexibility to use In-Network and Out-of-Network providers*
The UCC Health Plan offers age-based rates to seminary students under age 40. UCC Health and Dental Benefits Plan rates for seminary students over age 40 are 75% of the comparable rates for active UCC employees.
Seminary students applying for coverage must be attending an educational institution full-time for the purpose of attaining a degree in theology or in a related discipline. A student is considered a full-time ministerial degree candidate if she/he is a Member in Discernment of a UCC Association or Conference acting as an Association and will complete courses for a degree in theology within four years, or has UCC ministerial standing and is pursing an advanced degree that will be completed within three years. Once a year, during the Fall semester, seminary students may enroll in the Plan without having to provide evidence of good health. Enrollment within 90 days of entering the educational institution or within 90 days of the initial date of employment by a UCC church or UCC-related employer does not require evidence of good health; after 90 days, a Statement of Health Form is required. Once enrolled for Health Plan coverage, the student will be eligible to enroll in the UCC Dental Plan. If the student does not enroll in the Dental Plan at the time of enrollment in the Health Benefits Plan, he/she will be required to wait until the next “Open Enrollment” period is offered.
Documents Required to Enroll
- A letter from the seminary verifying full-time student status or a copy of your current schedule
- Letter from the Registrar of the UCC Association/Conference verifying Member in Discernment status
- Enrollment Application(s)
Access to Health Care Services Through Preferred Provider Organizations
- Medical Services: Access through BlueCard, a nationwide network of physicians, hospitals and ancillary care providers managed by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Pharmacy Services: Access through Express Scripts (formerly Medco), a nationwide network of retail pharmacies and Mail Order Pharmacy Service
- Dental Services: Access through Advantage Plus, a nationwide network of dental providers managed by United Concordia Companies, Inc.
- Vision Services: Access through VSP, a nationwide network of vision care providers managed by VSP
CLICK HERE to learn about grants from the Herring and Stark Memorial Funds, available to UCC seminarians in their last year of seminary to help establish their Annuity Plan accounts.
CLICK HERE to learn about the $10,000 Free Life Benefit available to UCC seminarians.