With many churches reporting strained budgets as a result of not meeting due to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, GuideStone® is offering a one-time opportunity for both Group Plans and Personal Plans to step down to a lower-cost health care plan for the remainder of 2020.
Generally the option to change plans is available only during re-enrollment.
“We understand that we live in a very different economic reality than we did when most churches made their health plan elections for 2020,” GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins said. “This one-time step-down opportunity may be able to help churches and ministries find some much-needed breathing room in their budget.”
The one-time change option, the health plan relief initiative, is available beginning today (April 1).
Churches can elect to move from a standard PPO plan to an HSA-qualified High Deductible Health Plan or even to GuideStone’s lowest-cost option, Secure Health™ 3000. Visit GuideStone.org/coronavirus/insurance for information on eligible plans. Churches and ministries who change plans as part of this one-time step-down will be able to change plans again at re-enrollment for 2021.
Churches must legally provide staff with 60 days’ notice of a change. GuideStone will provide churches that make a change with all the needed notifications to make the process as seamless as possible.
Roy Hayhurst is director of denominational and public relations services for GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention®.