In a season of testing, we look back to the beginning of our call in order to move forward into the future. Join your fellow priests for a time of refreshment and renewal, reconnecting with God’s call to you in order to draw strength for the tasks at hand. 

The retreat will take place at Christ the King Center, Greenwich, NY and be led by the Rt Rev John Buerschmidt, XI Bishop of Tennessee

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CMT Annual Enrollment 2022 Plans

TO:  Wardens. Parish Administrators, Rectors, Priests-in-Charge
FROM: The Rev. Meaghan Keegan, Communications and Business Officer
RE: 2022 Health Benefits Overview
I am pleased to provide you with these important details about The Episcopal Church Medical Trust (Medical Trust) 2022 health benefits offerings and Annual Enrollment.
Effective January 1, 2022, the Medical Trust will simplify the Episcopal Health Plan (EHP) eligibility criteria by eliminating the exempt/non-exempt status criteria and will move to an hours-based eligibility criteria for active employees. An employee will be eligible to enroll in the EHP, regardless of whether they are an exempt or non-exempt employee, if they are normally scheduled to work 1,000 or more compensated hours per plan year.(1)
This distinction has been a source of confusion about who qualifies as an exempt employee and has raised concerns about compliance with the Medicare Secondary Payer rules. Post-65 clergy who retired under the Clergy Pension Plan and who are no longer eligible for EHP coverage because they work less than 1,000 hours a year may now enroll in the Medical Trust retiree plan and receive their post-retirement medical subsidy, if eligible. (2)

Medical Plans

We will offer the following medical plans to our employees through the Medical Trust:
Annual Enrollment for 2022 will run from October 27 to November 17.
Anthem BCBS PPO 80
$1059 Single
$1906 Employee +1
$2965 Family
Anthem BCBS PPO 90
$1166 Single
$2099 Employee +1
$3265 Family
Anthem BCBS MSP PPO 80
$856 Single
$1541 Employee +1
$2397 Family
Anthem BCBS MSP PPO 90
$944 Single
$1699 Employee +1
$2643 Family

Dental Plans

We will offer the following Cigna dental plans through the Medical Trust:
Basic Dental
$54 Single
$97 Employee +1
$151 Family
Dental & Orthodontic
$72 Single
$130 Employee +1
$202 Family
What You Need to Know About Annual Enrollment
During the Medical Trust’s Annual Enrollment period:
·  Current plan members may change their plan selections for the following year.
·  Eligible non-participating employees have the option to enroll in a Medical Trust plan.
·  Eligible dependents may be added or removed from a member’s plan without the need to demonstrate a qualifying event.
·  Ineligible employees’ coverage should be terminated.
Currently Enrolled Employees
Currently enrolled employees (plan members) will receive an Annual Enrollment brochure in a green envelope from the Medical Trust approximately one week before their Annual Enrollment period. This brochure will include their Client ID number, which they’ll need to enroll. Please instruct them to save this brochure. It also includes their Annual Enrollment dates, a checklist, what’s changing for 2022, benefit reminders, and how to enroll. In your communications, please encourage your employees to begin reviewing their options and to research plans early.
New Hires After Annual Enrollment Begins
New hires and other employees who enroll in a Medical Trust plan for the first time after the Annual Enrollment user list is created will not receive an Annual Enrollment brochure and they will not participate in the Medical Trust’s Annual Enrollment. Their plan selections will carry over into 2022. If the employee wishes to make a change to their plan enrollment for 2022, or if their plan is going away for 2022, they will need to contact their group benefits administrator for assistance.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Members will access the Annual Enrollment website with the same credentials (username and password) they created to access their benefits information on MyCPG Accounts. It is important for all members to create an account on MyCPG Accounts prior to Annual Enrollment, if they have not already done so. For assistance, employees may contact CPG Client Services at (800) 480-9967, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM ET, or email mtcustserv@cpg.org.
Non-participating Employees
Eligible employees and dependents who are not currently enrolled in a Medical Trust plan may enroll during Annual Enrollment for the 2022 plan year. Please submit an enrollment form to me as this process must be handled by the plan administrator.
Plan Documents
2022 Summaries of Benefits and Coverage and Plan Document Handbooks containing plan details may be found on the Church Pension Group website at www.cpg.org/mtdocs.
No Changes to Current Plan Selections
Please note that there are no changes to our current plan options for the coming year. However, members are encouraged to go online during Annual Enrollment to verify their demographic information, dependent coverage, and plan selections, and to make changes if necessary.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely,
The Rev. Meaghan J. Keegan
518-692-3350 / mkeegan@albanydiocese.org
Footnotes
1.One thousand (1,000) or more scheduled compensated hours per plan year is the Medical Trust’s minimum hours requirement. Some employers may elect to impose a higher hours threshold for its employees to qualify for active health benefits under the EHP. For institutions under the Denominational Health Plan rules, for any cleric or lay employee working more than 1,500 compensated hours per year (and meeting all other eligibility requirements), the institution shall make available Medical Trust health benefits, including premium payments, to those eligible clerics and lay employees.
2.If an employee is no longer eligible to participate in the plan effective January 1, 2022, as a result of the change in our eligibility rules, they may voluntarily continue medical and/or dental coverage on their own for up to 36 months commencing on January 1, 2022, through the Medical Trust’s Extension of Benefits provision.
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.
Church Pension Group Services Corporation (“CPGSC”), doing business as The Episcopal Church Medical Trust, maintains a series of health and welfare plans (the “Plans”) for eligible employees (and their eligible dependents) of the Episcopal Church (the “Church”). The Medical Trust serves only eligible Episcopal employers. The Plans that are self-funded are funded by the Episcopal Church Clergy and Employees’ Benefit Trust, a voluntary employees’ beneficiary association within the meaning of section 501(c)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Plans are church plans within the meaning of section 3(33) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, and section 414(e) of the Internal Revenue Code. Not all Plans are available in all areas of the United States or outside the United States, and not all Plans are available on both a self-funded and fully insured basis. Additionally, the Plan may be exempt from federal and state laws that may otherwise apply to health insurance arrangements. The Plans do not cover all healthcare expenses, so members should read the official Plan documents carefully to determine which benefits are covered, as well as any applicable exclusions, limitations, and procedures.

In accordance with Article I of the Constitution of the Diocese of Albany, the Standing Committee has issued a Call to the 153rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of Albany to be held virtually on October 23, 2021.

All canonically resident clergy should participate and all parishes should participate by electing lay deputies.

 

For the full call to convention and registration materials visit: https://albanyepiscopaldiocese.org/2021-convention/

The Standing Committee is pleased to announce that Bishop Michael G. Smith has accepted a call from the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Albany to serve as our Assisting Bishop during the interim period before the election of our 10th Bishop. While the Standing Committee will remain the Ecclesiastical Authority of the diocese, Bishop Smith will walk alongside us to provide episcopal ministry focusing on Sacramental and Pastoral responsibilities including regular regional Confirmations. Bishop Smith will also assist the diocese with other duties that are reserved for a bishop.

Bishop Smith previously served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota for fifteen years. Since then, he has served as part-time Assistant Bishop of Dallas where he teaches “Ascetical Theology and Spiritual Practices” through the Stanton Center for Ministry Formation and part-time Assisting Bishop of the Navajoland Area Mission where he organizes the Navajoland Iona Collaborative working in the formation of Indigenous leaders from the Four Corners Region and the Diocese of Alaska. Smith jokingly says that his new business card should read, “Have Mitre, Will Travel.”

Smith holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and music from Oklahoma State University and Marymount College of Kansas, as well as graduate degrees in social work and divinity from the University of Oklahoma and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. His Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching is from Aquinas Institute of Theology.

Bishop Smith is the Chair of the Communion Partner Steering Committee, a fellowship of ordained and lay Anglicans from the U.S., Canada, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Indigenous First Nations who are committed to engaging the ministry of reconciliation by helping to keep theological conservatives in their respective provinces and theological liberals in the discernment processes of the Anglican Communion. He was an invited guest and participant in the most recent Global South conferences held in Egypt and Thailand.

An enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma and a Benedictine oblate of St. John’s Abbey, he lives in Minnesota when he is not on the road. His wife, the Rev. Lisa White Smith, is the rector of a parish there and they are the parents of three grown children and grandparents of nine. “I look forward to discerning and supporting what God is doing in the next chapter of the history of the Diocese of Albany,” says Smith.

The Standing Committee believes strongly that Bishop Smith is the right person for ministry in the Diocese of Albany at this critical time. We believe he will be able to guide us through the healing and reconciliation that is needed in the diocese, as well as help strengthen us for the next chapter of our life together. We look forward to Bishop Smith beginning his ministry among us.

For more information regarding the Episcopal Transition process click here

Update from Maridi

Dear Patti,

 I just wanted to confirm to you that the funds forwarded to CMSI for Maridi Diocese have been discussed with Bishop Moses and sent in the amounts that he requested for use now. He is very grateful for this generous gift from Albany Diocese, and I am sure he has passed on his thanks to you personally by now.

Bishop Moses has received the following from your gift: $3000 for repairs to the Dining Piyot and Kitchen which were destroyed in the wildfires, and $2500 for food supplies and tarpaulins for families impacted who had not yet received any relief assistance. He asked me to reserve the remainder in case of any extra requests coming from the families when he visits them. The funds are reserved for Maridi until such a time as the Bishop requests them.

Please add our thanks to Bishop Moses’ thanks when you are passing them along to the Diocese. I am sure you will receive photos from Bishop Moses, of the new Piyot and the visit to families when they happen, but if not, I assure you I will forward them to you.

 With many thanks

Linda Abwa
Partnership Coordinator
www.cmsireland.org