Retiree Medical Grants

These need-based grants will help eligible retirees and spouses pay for dental services and/or hearing aids once every three years.

Starting July 1, 2019, the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions will provide grants of up to $2,500 once every three years to eligible Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) retirees, their spouses, or their surviving spouses in need to help pay for dental services and/or hearing aids. These services and supplies are not covered by Medicare or the Medicare Supplement Plan.

The addition of this grant to the Assistance Program’s offerings reflects our commitment to supporting the well-being of ministers, employees, and their families throughout their lives.

Who’s eligible?

To qualify, retired members, spouses, and surviving spouses must

  • be age 65 years or older;
  • be receiving a retirement or survivor's pension from the Benefits Plan;
  • have 20 or more years of service to the PC(USA) and a commensurate period of participation in the Pension Plan;
  • have total annual household income that is less than the congregational minister’s median ($59,100 for 2019); and
  • be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and in a Medicare Supplement plan or Medicare Advantage Plan.

The individual applying for the grant must be able to document the cost of the dental services and/or hearing aids along with any coverage (or lack of coverage) available through their medical coverage.


Each eligible person may receive one grant for up to $2,500, once every three years.

The grant may be for a single expense or a combination of eligible expenses up to $2,500 once every three years. For example, if a retiree applies for and receives a grant for $1,200, they will be eligible to apply for another grant of up to $2,500 in three years.

How to apply

Before you incur an expense and apply for a grant, you may request the Board predetermine whether the expense and financial need qualify for a Retiree Medical Grant.

The Board considers applicants’ financial and personal needs and resources when considering requests for assistance.

Need help?

​Call the Board at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) and ask for the Assistance team.