The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Health-care costs continue to rise

Trustees of the ELCA Board of Pensions approved 2003 pharmacy co-pay increases for health-care plan members at their July 31-Aug. 2 meeting in Minneapolis. Copayments will go from $5 to $6 retail on generic drugs and $10 to $12 on generic drugs by mail.

David G. Adams, the board's vice president for research and design, said the ELCA expects to spend more in 2002 for prescription drugs than for inpatient hospital costs. The trustees' action is part of a cost-sharing plan designed to slightly shift the balance for rising costs between congregations and the plan members. The goal is that members will pay 25 percent of the cost of prescription drugs rather than the 18 percent they now pay.

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