Our association is always looking for ways to better serve our member organizations and help them save money—and we recently found a huge opportunity that can do both! PLEASE READ THIS LETTER AND THE ACCOMPANYING PAGES CAREFULLY.
One significant threat facing ministry organizations is the relentless climb of healthcare costs. In recent months, we’ve heard from a number of members who’ve seen premium renewals rise 20, 30, even 40 percent. This is unsustainable for ministries that rely so heavily on donations.
Our member ministries in the U.S. employ some 12,000 people nationally, but until recently, certain restrictions have not allowed us to leverage this volume to obtain better, more affordable health insurance for missions, leaving us all with shared challenges:
- Little control of plan design
- Enormous rate increases
- Misaligned financial incentives
- Moral objections
- Limited access to reporting and risk management assets
So, over the last six months, we’ve been able to pull together best-in-class tools and innovative, industry-leading partners to design for our members an excellent, sustainable, competitive health-benefits program that exemplifies quality and sound stewardship.
This is not a medical cost-sharing type program. This is a real insurance program with highly respected, nationally known players.
Members who have been brought in to see what this is about are energized and already projecting savings in the range of $10,000 to $300,000, but beyond that, we envision a program that promotes good health, boosts morale, and channels more resources toward life transformation.
As you peruse this information and make healthcare choices, know that you were front-and-center in our minds throughout the development of this program. As always, your association is here for you, cheering for you, and praying for you.
Yours for abundant life,
Available to All Citygate Network Members
We’re excited to introduce you to better pricing, top-tier service and cutting-edge technology – all making it easier for you to serve your employees and support their work of Gospel-Powered Life Transformation.
About the Citygate Network Benefits Program
The information below provides details for all components of this new program, which is effective January 1, 2019.
Healthcare, Pharmacy & Dental benefits are all being provided to our member missions through Cigna, a global health service company with 95 million customers and more than 40,000 employees worldwide.
PlanSource’s complete cloud-based technology helps thousands of employers and 3.5 million consumers with benefits shopping, enrollment, billing, compliance and administration.
The Standard is one of the leading ancillary benefit providers in the nation and provides our member missions with a comprehensive set of benefits to meet your needs both now and in the future.
HCMS represents an important component of our long-term stewardship strategy and will be providing your mission with analytics, predictive modeling and clinical intervention solutions typically only reserved for the largest of employers.
Joining The Citygate Network Benefits Program could not be easier. Simply fill out this form and you will receive a welcome email with next steps that will need to be completed by September 1, 2018. Once completed, your mission will receive an official welcome email with further instructions regarding the on-boarding process.
Next Steps As Outlined in the Welcome Email Include:
- Download (from the email) and complete the census template with up-to-date employee information.
- Download (from the email) and complete the Group Health Risk Questionnaire.
- Send your mission’s deposit. Each mission is required to send a deposit to join the Citygate Network Benefits Program. Your deposit will be held in reserve and will be returned in Q2 2020 if you remain in the program. There are two different ways to calculate your deposit requirement based on your current situation:
Scenario #1 = You offer healthcare today
If you offer healthcare TODAY, your deposit will be calculated by multiplying your current number of employees enrolled in healthcare by $159. For example, if you have 20 employees currently enrolled your deposit will be $3,180.
Scenario #2 = You do not offer healthcare today
If you do not offer healthcare TODAY, your deposit will be calculated by multiplying 75% of your eligible employees by $159. For example, if your mission has 20 employees eligible for healthcare your deposit will be $2,385.