If you are a seminary student preparing for a vocation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), you may be eligible to purchase comprehensive healthcare coverage through the Board of Pensions at a significant cost savings.
The Medical Plan, administered by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, offers the choice of three coverage options:
*Those who enroll in the HDHP option may be eligible to set up and contribute to a tax-advantaged, individual health savings account (HSA) to pay for qualified healthcare expenses.
You may elect medical coverage through the Board of Pensions if you are
The enrollment period for seminary student healthcare coverage begins August 1 and ends September 15 each year. The effective date of coverage is September 1.
Complete the Seminary Student Benefits Plan Membership Application within the enrollment period (coverage cannot be retroactive) and enclose the following:
Your medical coverage through the Board of Pensions ends August 31 following your graduation. At that time, you become eligible for medical coverage through transitional participation for up to 24 months, with verification from your presbytery that you are actively seeking church service (longer periods are available if you are enrolled for full-time, church-related studies). If you elected the EPO or HDHP option as seminary student, you will have PPO coverage in transitional participation.
When you enter the Benefits Plan as an ordained minister