We believe a critical part of our mission is to offer you and your family affordable, competitive healthcare benefits. In spite of the ever-increasing costs we are able continue that commitment.
The expense of providing health care for our employees is at an all-time high. We now spend approximately $9,000 per year per person for those covered by the Plan.
New highlights for 2019-2020
YOU NOW HAVE FOUR PLANS TO CHOOSE FROM:
- The Medical Mutual PPO (MMO PPO);
- The Medical Mutual PPO/Health Savings Account (MMO PPO/HSA);
- The SkyCare EPO plan (formerly named MetroSelect EPO) plan; and,
- The NEW Medical Mutual MedFlex EPO plan.
MMO PPO/HSA – NO CHANGE TO BENEFITS AND RATES REDUCED!
The big news here is that the rates have been reduced by about 10%. And, the plan design stays the same. In addition, this plan includes an annual $500/employee and $1,000/family contribution to your health savings account.
Critical Illness insurance is included with the MMO PPO/HSA plan. This coverage pays a lump sum when a covered serious illness is diagnosed.
The PPO plan rates have increased from last year and remain the highest premiums of the plan options. However, the deductibles have not increased and there is no increase in non-emergencies, specialists and urgent care this year.
MMO MEDFLEX EPO (Exclusive Provider Organization):
This plan is a new option this year. It is an EPO plan meaning that you must receive your healthcare from one of the many in-network facilities and providers. The providers include University Hospital system, LakeHealth and Summa. The Cleveland Clinic is not in the network.
SKYCARE EPO (Exclusive Provider Organization)(Formerly METROSELECT EPO):
This plan requires that you receive your healthcare from one of the many SkyWay Network facilities and providers. There are many in Cuyahoga County and, new for this year, LakeHealth has been added to the network.
Flu season is here so it’s time to start thinking about getting your annual flu shot. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and others from the flu.
Diocese Employees and their dependents are able to receive a flu shot at any CVS Pharmacy at no cost. Note that you should get your flu shot from your CVS pharmacist, not from a CVS Minute Clinic, as you could be assessed an administration charge for the shot.
New this year: If you are enrolled in one of our Diocesan health plans, you no longer need a voucher. Simply show your pharmacist your CVS/Caremark card. If you have misplaced your card, call 844-431-4882 to request a new card. If you are not enrolled in one of our health plans, you can still obtain vouchers from the Benefits Office at (216) 696-6525, ext. 5040 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope many of you take advantage of this easy opportunity to receive your annual flu vaccine.