Your Partner in Ministry
Greetings from Portico!
It’s hard to believe … Annual Enrollment season is already approaching. In mid-August, we’ll be emailing you information about 2019 rates, specific dates, and a link to your 2019 Custom Comparison Report! Here’s a quick overview:
- September — When your organization decides which health benefit option to offer
- October — When you enter that selection on EmployerLink
- November — When sponsored members make benefit selections on myPortico
News to Share
Financial Planner team hits milestone
This month, Portico’s in-house team of financial planners served their 5,000th ELCA plan member. Only two years old, this team provides financial planning assistance at no out-of-pocket cost to sponsored and retired members with an ELCA retirement account.
Positive member uptake on personalized health support programs
After introducing Portico Care Coordinators by Quantum Health to ELCA-Primary health coverage members in 2017, we saw member interaction with Coordinators increase consistently throughout the year. Remarkably, 95% of members with high-risk health conditions have worked with a Coordinator. Care Coordinators made more than 330 referrals to Doctor on Demand (online medical care), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and Livongo for Diabetes programs. As of July 1, 2018, 48.4% of eligible members with diabetes were enrolled in Livongo, compared to Livongo’s typical enrollment rate of 35%. Additionally, more than 800 members have enrolled in the Omada® program for those at risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease, logging a collective 6,411-pound weight loss thus far.
For most members age 65+, health benefits are changing
Driven by the evolving health care landscape and a commitment to the long-term well-being of churchworkers, the ELCA and Portico collaborated to change ELCA Medicare-Primary health benefits and the related retiree health subsidy for 2019. Learn more.
As always, we’re grateful for your partnership, and look forward to helping you secure ELCA benefits for the coming year. Watch for our August news article announcing 2019 rates. In the meantime, enjoy the blessings of summer!
Stacy A. Kruse
Chief Operating and Financial Officer
Have any questions?
Contact the Portico Customer Care Center