Guide to Clergy Benefits Disclaimer
This Guide generally reflects the rules in effect as of January 1, 2019, except that it has been updated to incorporate the change in the IRS required beginning date made by the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the SECURE Act). This material is provided for informational purposes only and should not be viewed as investment, tax, or other advice. It does not constitute a contract or an offer for any products or services. In the event of a conflict between this material and the official plan documents or insurance policies, any official plan documents or insurance policies will govern. The Church Pension Fund (CPF) and its affiliates (collectively, CPG) retain the right to amend, terminate, or modify the terms of any benefit plan and/or insurance policy described in this material at any time, for any reason, and, unless otherwise required by applicable law, without notice.
CPF currently offers a post-retirement health subsidy to eligible clergy and spouses. However, CPF is required to maintain sufficient liquidity and assets to pay its pension and other benefit plan obligations. Given uncertain financial markets and their impact on assets, CPF has reserved the right, in its discretion, to modify or discontinue the post-retirement health subsidy at any time.
Church Life Insurance Corporation, NAIC No. 61875, a New York life insurance company, with its home office located at 19 East 34th Street, New York, New York 10016 (Church Life), offers group and, in certain circumstances, individual life insurance and annuities to clergy and lay employees, and their families, in the service of The Episcopal Church. Product availability and features may vary by state, and products may not be available in all states. Church Life is not licensed in all states. Any and all guarantees by Church Life are based on and expressly subject to the claims-paying ability of Church Life. CPF does not guarantee the payment of principal of or interest on any Church Life insurance policy or annuity contract. Information and descriptions of products and services are provided solely for general
informational purposes and are not intended to be complete descriptions of, or to create a contract or an offer to provide, coverage. For complete details of coverage, including exclusions, limitations and restrictions, please see the actual life insurance policy or annuity contract. If any description of a Church Life product conflicts with the terms of the actual life insurance policy or annuity contract, then the terms of such life insurance policy or annuity contract will govern.
Church Pension Group Services Corporation, doing business as The Episcopal Church Medical Trust, maintains a series of health and welfare plans for eligible employees (and their eligible dependents) of The Episcopal Church. The Medical Trust serves only eligible Episcopal employers. The health and welfare plans that are self-funded are funded by The Episcopal Church Clergy and Employees’ Benefit Trust, which is a voluntary employees’ beneficiary association within the meaning of section 501(c)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code.
In the event of a conflict between the terms of the English version of this Guide and the Spanish version of this Guide, the terms of the English version will control.