Standards and Health Insurance Plan Offerings for 2018

The diocese has created the Standards and Plan Offerings for 2018 that explains lay and clergy medical and dental insurance. View that information online below or download a PDF version.

Please note: Two health insurance plans offered in 2017 are not offered in 2018 – the Blue Cross PPO 75/50 plan and the Blue Cross EPO 80 plan. If you had either of those plans in 2017, you will need to select a different plan for 2018 during open enrollment, Nov. 3–20.

You can view and download a chart that compares the plans in detail.

The diocese will offer three Medical Trust Health Insurance plans in 2018:

Name Employee-only coverage Family coverage
Blue Cross PPO 80/50 $8,556 $19,680
Blue Cross PPO 90/50 $9,444 $21,720
Blue Cross High Deductible plan with HSA funding $9,108 $20,186

The diocesan minimum standard is that the employer pays the first $8,200 in insurance costs for employee-only coverage. Employees pay the difference for the plan that they choose, unless that local congregation or other employer has established a higher benefit that is available to all qualified employees, lay and ordained. For example, the standard in the diocesan office for its employees is that the office pays $8,200 toward the cost of employee-only coverage, plus another $5,600 of the additional cost of a family plan, provided that family coverage is under an Episcopal Church Medical Trust plan.

This diocese has an open enrollment period in which employees already insured by the Episcopal Church Medical Trust go online and confirm the insurance coverage they wish to receive in 2018. Other employees seeking initial enrollment must contact the diocesan office during the open enrollment period.

For Assistance

For more information on benefits for current employees or to enroll new employees contact Beth Matthews at 501-372-2168 ext. 1 or

For information on plan design, tax, and reporting information, contact Mary Jane Hodges at 501-372-2168 ext. 3 or

Links and Forms

Medical Insurance


Dental Insurance
Employees vs. Independent Contractors