THANK YOU to all those congregations, treasurers, and pastors who responded so quickly to reminders to make a health option selection by the October 17 deadline. As of October 20, our synod had only two congregations who had not made their selection or taken other appropriate action for 2015. This was wonderful to see! Great job!
The next step in the 2015 health care selection process is for members/employees to log in to MyPortico (ADD the link) between October 27 and November 21, 2014 to learn about their options for 2015, meet the Member Selection deadline and be ready for a smooth transition into the new year. Members need to:
- Enroll in the health benefit option the congregation selected, buy up to another option and pay the cost difference, or waive health benefits IF they qualify;
- A member qualifies to waive ELCA health coverage if he or she has other valid coverage, such as through a spouse’s employer, or receives a subsidy on a state, federal or state/federal partnership individual health insurance exchange AND purchases coverage through the individual exchange. (Portico definition)
- Make decisions about contributing to tax-advantaged accounts, purchasing additional life insurance, and starting or changing pretax retirement account contributions; and
- Name life insurance and retirement account beneficiaries
Early Bird Challenge Supports the ELCA Fund for Leaders!!
The Challenge is ON to increase our support for the Fund for Leaders! If at least 60% of all ELCA plan members enroll by Nov. 11, Portico’s president, Jeff Thiemann, and his wife Pam will donate $5,000 to the ELCA Fund for Leaders. Helping strong candidates through seminary less encumbered by debt aligns with Portico’s ministry of supporting healthy leaders and a healthy community. Several of our synod’s seminarians have benefited or are currently benefiting from the Fund for Leaders.