Entries by WELS Benefit Plans Office

2022 WELS VEBA Health Plan Rates

The 2022 premium rates for the WELS VEBA Group Health Care Plan will not change compared to the current 2021 rates.  The 2021 rates for all WELS VEBA health plan options will remain in effect for 2022.  The WELS VEBA health plan has experienced better-than-expected claims costs and investment returns over the past two years, which […]

Blue Cross Blue Shield Settlement

The WELS Benefit Plans Office understands that some WELS VEBA plan members have received a notification regarding the settlement of a lawsuit in which Blue Cross Blue Shield was a party.  The notification provides that individual plan members may have the opportunity to participate in the settlement and file a claim. Resources are available from […]

Proposed changes to WELS retirement program 2021

June 2021 Update:  WELS held two webinars, one on June 3 and another on June 8, to inform 2021 synod convention delegates regarding the proposed changes and allow delegates to ask questions.  A replay of the June 8 webinar is available at this link. A retirement strategy committee was appointed in 2017 and has done […]

2021 WELS Benefit Plans Summary

The following provides a summary of the WELS Benefit Plans for 2021 and information to help newly-hired workers begin participating in the plans. WELS VEBA Group Health Care Plan (WELS VEBA) WELS Pension Plan WELS Shepherd Plan WELS VEBA To participate in WELS VEBA, a new worker must enroll within 60 days of his/her employment start […]

2021 WELS Pension Plan Contribution Rates

The 2021 contribution rates for the WELS Pension Plan will not change compared to the current 2020 rates.  Maintaining the 2020 contribution rates will adequately fund projected Plan benefits and expenses in 2021. The WELS Retirement Program Commission is pleased to provide this rate stability to help support WELS ministry efforts while maintaining the Plan’s […]

WELS Pension Contribution Holiday – October 2020

The WELS Retirement Program Commission is pleased to announce a one-quarter contribution holiday for the WELS Pension Plan (the “Plan”). No Plan contributions will be due for the October-December 2020 quarter.  Active workers will continue to earn Plan benefits for eligible service performed during the October-December 2020 quarter, and Plan benefits will continue to be […]

WELS VEBA Premium Holiday – August 2020

The WELS VEBA Commission is pleased to announce a one-month premium holiday for the WELS VEBA Group Health Care Plan (“WELS VEBA”). No premiums will be due for WELS VEBA medical benefits for the month of August 2020. Premiums for voluntary benefits, such as dental, life, and optional long-term disability, will still be due and […]

CARES Act and WELS VEBA Benefits

The WELS VEBA Commission has approved several enhancements to the WELS VEBA health plan benefits in response to COVID-19 and the ongoing public health emergency.  A summary of the enhancements is provided below. WELS VEBA will cover, at 100% of the plan’s maximum allowable amount, eligible billed charges for the medically appropriate diagnostic test for […]

New Website for Sponsoring Organizations

The Benefit Plans Office is pleased to introduce a new website with content dedicated for use primarily by sponsoring organization representatives, such as treasurers, business managers, and other organizational leaders. Visit the website at: https://resources.welsbpo.net. Initial content includes information for organizations to prepare for the upcoming 2019 WELS VEBA limited open enrollment period, general information about […]