If you are terminally ill and enrolled in the Death and Disability Plan, the living needs benefit offers you the option to receive a portion of your death benefits before you die to help pay expenses during the final stage of your illness.
You can apply to receive part of your lump-sum death benefit and/or salary continuation benefit prior to death if you are
The living needs benefit is not available if
By law, you must use death benefits to meet creditors’ claims, whether in bankruptcy or otherwise; or a government agency requires that the benefit be used to apply for, obtain, or keep a government benefit or entitlement.
If you are an active and disabled member or are enrolled in transitional participation coverage, where applicable, you can request
If you are an eligible retired member, you can request up to the present value of the $9,000 minimum salary continuation benefit.
*The death benefit basis is the greater of the pension participation basis (annual effective salary or 25 percent of the congregational ministers’ median, whichever is more, up to the IRS maximum of $280,000 in 2019) or the applicable median (prorated for part-time employment).
To apply, you must first request the living needs benefit packet by sending a letter to the attention of the Board’s Disability team at this address:
The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
2000 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-3298
The packet includes necessary forms and information, including the estimated amounts for which you are eligible.
A physician must certify your condition. The Board may require a second medical opinion (at its expense).
The living needs benefit is paid in a lump sum and only to you; it cannot be paid to another person or entity. The amount paid will be deducted from the death benefits payable to your designated beneficiary(ies) or eligible dependents on file with the Board, upon your death.