Great Plains Conference moved in 2015 to have clergy go to the health insurance exchange for medical insurance.
In 2019 all three-quarter and full-time clergy serving a church that did not have a health plan received a health allowance of $15,850 to purchase no less than an ACA Bronze Plan.
In 2020, by Annual Conference vote, all three-quarter and full-time clergy are eligible for $15,850 health allowance or the equivalent. Churches that maintain a health plan for their eligible clergy may, at their discretion, utilize part of the health allowance for employer-provided health coverage.
In 2019, the Great Plains Conference established an emergency health grant to active clergy serving local churches at three-quarters to full-time who are eligible for the health allowance. This grant, not to exceed $15,000 is provided to pay premiums for qualifying Affordable Health Care (ACA) – compliant bronze-level health insurance plans that cost more than $15,850 for the year.