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Board of Pensions Dramatically Cuts Cost of Seminarian Healthcare Coverage

​8/10/2017

Having heard from seminary students throughout the country that, for many, healthcare coverage costs are beyond their means, the Board of Pensions has announced a reduction in the cost of Medical Plan coverage for eligible seminarians of up to 44 percent less than the current cost!

The enrollment period for this coverage is August 15-September 30, 2017.

The Board believes that significantly subsidizing the healthcare coverage costs for students on the path to ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — to support those who are answering God’s call to ministry — is the right thing to do. The Board’s decision reflects both the connectional nature of the Church and the community nature of the plan.

“Working and witnessing for the well-being of others, this is the mission of the Church; promoting and sustaining the well-being of future ministers of the Church, this is holy work,” said the Reverend Dr. John G. McFayden, Executive Vice President and Chief of Church Engagement at the Board. “Providing eligible seminarians with access to the same comprehensive healthcare coverage that installed pastors and many other PC(USA) church workers have — coverage that supports their health and wholeness — is just, and subsidizing the cost of that coverage, lifting up those in need, is compassionate.”

The Board offers two different medical options in the BlueCard network, both available to seminarians. The BlueCard network is the largest in the United States and includes 96 percent of all hospitals and over 90 percent of all physicians. The preferred provider organization (PPO) is the option in which all installed pastors participate. The less expensive exclusive provider organization (EPO) is the same network, but pays no out-of-network benefits and provides no non-formulary drug coverage.

Seminary Student Healthcare Coverage Costs ​ ​
(Effective September 1, 2017)
Coverage Level ​Monthly
​PPO ​EPO
​Member-only​​$351.25$298.50
​Member + Child(ren)$533.83​$453.75
​Member + Spouse​$723.50​$615.00
​Member + Family​$916.67​$779.17
Healthcare coverage costs are subject to change annually.  ​ ​ ​ ​

Inquirers and candidates for ordination in the PC(USA) are invited to explore this coverage, and, if they wish to enroll, complete the application and provide all required documentation to the Board by September 30.

This is an opportunity to join the plan supported by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — a connectional body that wants to support its seminarians and their future ministry!