Brethren Benefit Trust announces open enrollment season for 2022 coverage

A release from BBT

New this year: Brethren Insurance Services now offers the convenience of an online portal for insurance enrollment. This year’s Open Enrollment will run from Nov. 15-30. Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) has partnered with Milliman, a highly respected independent risk management, benefits, and technology firm founded in 1947, in order to bring this feature to our customers, and provide ongoing insurance administration services.

Open enrollment will begin Nov. 15 for those who work for a Church of the Brethren employer–employees of churches, districts, camps, retirement communities, and other church agencies that receive their insurance through Brethren Insurance Services. During open enrollment, those who currently use or are eligible for insurance products offered through BIS will be able to take advantage of this new online service to update, add, or change insurance coverage for 2022.

Open enrollment is the time to think about what coverage you have versus what you may need. “If you are a pastor who changed employment in the past year and missed the new-hire deadline to enroll in insurance, open enrollment gives you the chance to get the coverage you need without underwriting,” said Lynnae Rodeffer, director of Employee Benefits. “Or if you missed a deadline for updating insurance following a birth, death, marriage, or divorce, again open enrollment gives you that opportunity.”

There will no longer be paper enrollment forms to fill out and mail in for any and all insurance updates or changes for 2022 coverage. These will now be made through our safe online portal at And for any customers (old or new) who have Internet access challenges, insurance issues and enrollment can be addressed via the Milliman Call Center at 800-217-0067, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern time).

Brethren Insurance product offerings vary by employer, but may include any of the following:
Brethren Medical Plan
Vision and dental
Longterm care
Medicare supplement
Short- and longterm disability
Coverage for pets

If you have any questions prior to Nov. 15 about online enrollment, Brethren Insurance Services, or eligibility, please contact Ed Shannon at 847-622-3370 or

– Jean Bednar is director of communications for Brethren Benefit Trust.


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