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Suspension and Termination of Benefits

If you are receiving disability benefits, the Board reserves the right to suspend your disability benefit if you fail to

  • apply for SSDI or all SSDI appeals as requested;
  • remain under proper medical care;
  • follow the reasonable medical advice of physicians;
  • participate in recommended vocational rehabilitation;
  • notify the Board of Pensions immediately of any return to work;
  • repay an overpayment or set up an acceptable repayment agreement; or
  • provide documentation requested by the Board or its vendor partners that is reasonably required to administer the Death and Disability Plan.

The Board reserves the right to terminate your disability benefits (including medical, death, and supplemental death) if you

  • become incarcerated upon conviction of a felony;
  • are no longer disabled;
  • return to work;
  • do not comply with plan provisions, even after being given the opportunity to do so;
  • retire or reach normal retirement age;
  • reach the maximum disability duration; or
  • die (survivors may keep the disability benefit payable for the month of your death).

End of Disabled Status

When the Board of Pensions determines that you are no longer disabled, your disability benefit is terminated. If you have recovered from the condition, and the physician has released you to return to work, you must notify the Board of the expected return-to-work date, at which time disability benefits will terminate. Other plan benefits will also terminate at that time unless you return to work with a church or other employer that participates in the Benefits Plan. If you receive benefits  beyond your return-to-work date, you must return those benefits to the Board.