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Terminating Employment

When a member’s employment ends, the employer is responsible for reporting the termination, and any associated employer-provided benefits extension or monetary severance amounts, through Benefits Connect.

The employer may submit a termination of employment up to 30 days before the effective date or on the effective date. If a termination of employment is submitted through Benefits Connect after the actual termination date, the benefits end date is based on the date the termination is submitted. The employer is responsible for paying all dues or costs of coverage associated with benefits coverage through the benefits end date.

The employer representative logs on to Benefits Connect, chooses Manage Employees, selects the name of the employee, and chooses Termination of Employment in the Service area of the page.

Medical Coverage

  • If a member is in Pastor’s Participation, the benefits end date (the date through which the employer is responsible for paying dues) is the last day worked or the date the termination is submitted, whichever is later.

  • Members who were enrolled in Pastor’s Participation for at least one year before employment ended are eligible for medical coverage for the member and covered family members for 30 days after the termination date at no cost to the member or former employer.


  • If a member is in menu options, the benefits end date is always the last day of a month. The benefits end date is based on the last day worked or the date of submission, whichever is later.

Options for Continued Coverage

After any no-cost coverage, members who were in Pastor’s Participation before employment ended may be eligible, with Board approval, to enroll in transitional participation coverage, continuing some or all of Benefits Plan coverage.

Any member, whether in Pastor’s Participation or menu options when medical coverage ends, may continue medical coverage only through medical continuation for the member and covered family members for up to 18 months.

All members have 60 days after employment is terminated to elect to continue coverage or permanently forfeit the eligibility to do so.

Death Benefits

Members who were enrolled in Pastor’s Participation, and who do not enroll in transitional participation coverage, will have death benefits coverage for 90 days from the termination date at no cost to the member or former employer.