Clergy Hospitalization Plan of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America

The Clergy Administrator for the Clergy Hospitalization Plan of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, Fr. Milovan Katanic, would like to inform all clergy that the Orthodox Health Plan is now accepting clergy during their open enrollment.

"The Orthodox Health Plan (OHP) is a PPO Plan which offers our clergy and lay employees the broadest and most flexible coverage and includes a prescription, drug, dental benefits. Our health insurance carrier is Aetna which is one of the single largest healthcare providers in the nation.

Through our consultations with Aetna, we are able to announce a forty-five day open enrollment period from November 15-December 31, 2008. During this period, you may enroll and join our Orthodox Health Plan Group regardless of any pre-existing conditions for you and/or your eligible dependents. Enclosed is a plan summary for your review. Please read it over carefully. The monthly premium for a family is $1704 and for a single person is $808.

We should explain that access to the Orthodox Health Plan is generally available only during our annual open enrollment period. That is why we urge you to take the time now to explore the benefits of OHP participation. We believe it is the best choice. Over the last five years, through high in-network usage and negotiation with our carrier, we have kept our annual renewal increase under 5% and our plan benefits have remained unchanged.

Some of the advantages for your enrollment are: broad medical coverage, prescription drugs benefits, parish transfer without interruption of coverage, just to name a few. You can find a full description of the plan, participating physicians and hospitals, at the website

It is important to stress that you should not discontinue any coverage you currently have until you have received confirmation that your participation has been approved. In order to be accepted, your completed enrollment form with your first month's premium must reach the Plan Administrator no later than December 28th. All coverage issued under this open enrollment period will be effective January 1, 2009.

Your Insurance Committee continues to strive to provide the finest plans for you and your family.

For additional information on these offered plans, enrollment forms, or questions, please call our Plan Administrator at GDC Financial 1-800-785-4432."