Perspective

Winter 2020

A Healthier Future

According to John Servais, who leads the Benefits Policy and Design Group, “This is a time of rapid change in the field of health and welfare benefits. We make a major effort to stay informed of trends because we don’t want to miss opportunities to improve.” With recent updates to the healthcare and disability benefits we offer, the clergy and lay employees of the Church are even better-equipped to focus on both their well-being and their ministries.

Since The Episcopal Church Medical Trust (the Medical Trust) introduced new patient-centered care management a year ago, we have seen a welcome increase in screenings and other preventive care visits. These Anthem and Cigna programs help members more easily find network doctors, coordinate care across multiple providers, manage chronic conditions, and determine whether pre-authorization is required, among other services.

The Medical Trust also now offers a co-pay assistance program that reduces the cost of certain specialty drugs. In addition, both medical benefits and behavioral health benefits are now administered by the same provider for all of our members.

Late last year, we announced that Zurich American Life Insurance Company would be the new insurer for group short-term and long-term disability insurance as of January 1, 2020. “CPG is thrilled to be partnering with an innovative leader like Zurich,” John says, “because they make it possible for us to offer more flexible plan options, more efficient program administration, and a dedicated call center to answer client questions.”

As always, CPG continues to study evolving needs around the Church and emerging opportunities in our lines of business to enhance the support we offer the clergy, lay employees, and institutions of the Episcopal Church. To find out more about your benefits, log on to MyCPG Accounts or contact your benefits administrator.