Last fall, I received an unexpected gift - some free money. As an employee of the synod, I am an ELCA Primary Health benefits plan participant and, therefore, eligible to participate in the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living program. Are you familiar with it? If you’re a plan member, you should be. When you complete the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living health assessment, you receive $150 in your wellness account. Take a 5 minute (10 minutes tops) assessment, and boom, you get $150 in your account to help defray health care costs (glasses, contacts, deductible payments, etc). Take it a step farther and complete one of the healthy living challenges (this year’s lineup - tracking your exercise, tracking your food intake, and a 6 week spiritual practices journey), and you receive another $350 in your account. That’s a total of $500 to help with your health expenses. Is your spouse a benefits plan participant too? They’re eligible to complete the assessment and challenge and receive up to $500 for their wellness account. Getting back to my gift - because I was unable to complete the challenges or the assessment (due to the timing of my arrival to work for the synod and my benefits eligibility), Portico gave me a gift - they put $500 in my wellness account. Talk about an unexpected surprise - and a GOOD gift. All you have to do to receive this “free money” is complete the assessment and challenge.
Let’s carry this idea of the gift one step farther. Portico is offering the churches of our synod an incredible gift. If 65% of our eligible plan members complete their health assessment by April 30th, we will receive a 2% discount on premiums this year. As a synod, we have the opportunity to save approximately $26,000. Imagine - not only will you receive $150 in your wellness account, but you will also be saving your organization 2% on health premiums this year. What a gift! And all for taking a 5 minute health assessment.
As leaders in our churches and synod, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the gifts that have been entrusted to us. By completing the health assessment, we have the opportunity to be good stewards of the gifts that have been entrusted to us by counteracting rising health care costs. Imagine what your congregation could do with the money saved - how could you use that money to further advance the gospel of Christ?
We have until April 30th to sign up. I have and am hoping you will join me, if you haven’t already. Let’s take advantage of the free gift being offered to us and be the good stewards we are called to be.
Yours in Christ!