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 60 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.

Termination of employment is a qualifying life event which allows for changes in your benefits (and those of eligible family members) within 60 days of the event.

Medical coverage 

  • If you are enrolled in Pastor's Participation, your benefits end date (the date through which the employer is responsible for paying dues) is the last day you worked or the date the termination is submitted, whichever is later.
  • If you were enrolled in Pastor's Participation for at least one year before employment ended, medical coverage for you and any covered family members will continue for 30 days after your termination date — at no cost to you or your former employer.
  • If you were enrolled in menu options, your benefits end date is the last day of the month. The benefits end date is based on the last day you worked or the date of submission, whichever is later.

Options for continued coverage

If you were enrolled in Pastor's Participation, you may be eligible (with Board approval) to enroll in transitional participation coverage, continuing some or all of your Benefits Plan coverage once no-cost coverage has ended. Refer to the Transitional participation coverage for additional information.

Regardless of whether you were enrolled in Pastor's Participation or menu options when medical coverage ends, you may continue medical coverage only through medical continuation — for yourself and covered family members — for up to 18 months. See Medical continuation for additional information. 

You 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.