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Dues Participation Basis

For dues-based benefits (pension, death and disability, and the Medical Plan PPO in Pastor’s Participation), the Benefits Plan provides for dues minimums and maximums. They are called the minimum dues rate or participation basis and the maximum dues rate or participation basis.

In addition, the deductibles and maximum copayments in the PPO option are based on salary, with the minimum and maximum dues rates determining the lowest and highest deductible and copayment amounts.

Minimum Dues Rate/Participation Basis

When a member’s effective salary is equal to or less than the minimum participation basis for certain benefits, dues are invoiced to the employer based on the minimum dues rate or participation basis.

The Board of Directors of the Board of Pensions sets the minimum medical dues rate, a dollar amount, each year. The minimum pension and death and disability participation bases are 25 percent of the congregational teaching elders’ median salary.

Maximum Dues Rate/Participation Basis

When a member’s effective salary equals or exceeds the maximum participation basis for certain benefits, dues are invoiced to the employer based on the maximum dues rate or participation basis.

The Board of Directors of the Board of Pensions sets the maximum medical dues rate, a dollar amount, each year. The maximum pension and death and disability participation bases are a dollar amount set annually by federal law.

Menu Options and Supplemental Coverage

The costs of coverage billed to the employer for medical coverage in menu options and for supplemental death and disability coverage are based on actual costs and not on minimum or maximum dues rates.