Here is where you can find all the information relating to the Group Benefit Changes that will come into effect on January 1, 2022. Please check back periodically as resources will be added as they become available, and the FAQ, updated, as more questions are submitted.
Plan Summary - Health and Dental Benefits for Active Members: Effective January 1, 2022. Subject to final review by external consultants.
GS 114 Active Member Group Benefits Plans 2022 - Premiums and Plan Changes: The proposal that was approved by the General Council Executive at their September 25 meeting.
Benefits Plan Comparison Chart: A two page chart comparing only the changes between the current Core, and Optional benefits, and the new Active Plan (effective Jan. 1, 2022).
FAQ - Group Benefits Plan Changes: A second version of the FAQ published on November 24, 2021. The additions in the document are in red.
Benefits Plan Video: A short video highlighting the changes to the new Active Plan.
October 2020 letter from Nora Sanders, former General Secretary.
October 2021 letter from Rev. Michael Blair, General Secretary.
If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Benefits@united-church.ca. Due to current workloads, the Benefits Team will only be accepting questions by email at this time.
Active members under the age of 65 are covered for Life Insurance and AD&D, each at a rate equal to the member’s salary. Each eligible dependent is covered for $5,000 of life insurance. At the age of 65, these benefits end and members become covered for the Retired Life Insurance (RTL) benefit of $3,000. Within 60 days of coverage reduction, the difference between salary and RTL can be converted to an individual policy with Canada Life, without evidence of insurability. To utilize the conversion privilege, you must contact a licensed broker and submit an application form within 31 days of the benefit reduction date. Contact the Benefit Centre for more information.
If you wish to improve your benefits coverage, you may choose and pay for additional coverage. Premiums* for optional life coverage will depend on the amount of additional life insurance selected, your age, and whether or not you are a smoker. The following types of optional coverage are available:
*Premiums are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Contact the United Church Benefits Centre for current rates.
The Health and Dental Benefits plan is self-insured. Green Shield Canada provides Administrative Services Only (ASO) by adjudicating and reimbursing the claims on behalf of The United Church Plan.
An ASO plan is one in which the plan sponsor is financially responsible for providing benefits to its employees/members. Plan sponsor, The United Church of Canada, chooses a plan design and assumes the risk of paying these claims.
Under the health and dental plan, the employers pay for core coverage (Active Plan). You may choose to pay for additional optional coverage (optional life insurance, optional AD&D, etc.). To learn more about the plan details and optional coverage, please see the Summary of Coverage Booklets in the document library.
Disability insurance protects employees against loss of income due to illness or injury.
Restorative Care Plan (RCP) is a form of short-term disability. Ministry personnel in pastoral charges, lay employees in pastoral charges, and staff in the General Council or Regional Council offices who are actively working and are members of the United Church group benefits plan are eligible for this benefit.
If your absence from work due to illness or injury is certified by medical record and approved by the adjudicator (initially and ongoing), you are entitled to receive full salary paid by your pastoral charge or employer (plus housing allowance, if applicable, or use of the manse, if applicable) for a 6-month period. This is considered to be taxable income.
Your pastoral charge or employer is reimbursed 85% of your salary (plus housing allowance, if applicable) through this program.
Be sure to watch this helpful video which outlines the Restorative Care Plan.
To learn about support for leaves longer than two weeks due to an illness or injury, please consult the Restorative Care Plan Roadmap in the document library.
If your absence continues beyond the six months covered by the restorative care plan, your claims adjudicator and the Disability Analyst at the General Council Office will assist you in applying for long-term disability benefits.
Long Term Disability (LTD) is an insured benefit with Canada Life. It provides financial assistance when a covered plan member is still unable to work after 6 months of Restorative Care Plan (RCP). For the first 24 months of LTD benefit, covered plan members must be considered by the adjudicator unable to work in their own occupation. After this 24-month period, LTD benefit will continue only if you are considered by the adjudicator as being unable to perform any occupation for which you may be trained or qualified.
The LTD benefit is 60% of your monthly pre-disability pensionable earnings, to a maximum of $5,000 per month. Payments are made by the adjudicator directly to the insured member upon Canada Life’s approval. LTD payments are tax-free because you pay the full premium for this coverage, so do not report the amount you receive on your tax return.
If you qualify for and receive LTD income payments from the plan, the coverage you have under the group benefits plans and the pension plan as of the last day worked continues until you are no longer disabled, or reach the age of 65, at no cost to you. After age 65, coverage is reduced as it would be if you were not disabled.
For administration questions related to your health and dental, life insurance, or accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) benefits (for example, change of address, new dependant), please contact the United Church Benefits Centre.
Your beneficiary or executor can obtain a life insurance claim form by contacting the United Church Benefits Centre. Claim cheques will be sent directly to the beneficiary/estate. A claim must be made within six months of date of death.
Step 1. Green Shield ID Card
You can use the ID Card to pay for drugs at the pharmacy and for the dentist or other paramedical practitioners (if they are registered with Green Shield), as it simplifies payment.
If it is not possible to use the ID Card at your pharmacy or dentist, you will need to submit a Claim Submission Form to Green Shield, to the address indicated on the form.
Register on the Green Shield website (www.greenshield.ca) to take advantage of all of their services, including direct deposit of benefit payments.
Step 2. Claim Submission Form
The Claim Submission Form requires a signature of the member or eligible family member who is making the claim. This form is available on the Green Shield website or by contacting Green Shield, and must be sent directly to Green Shield. It is prudent in all cases to make copies of all receipts sent to Green Shield Canada.
A claim has to be submitted within 12 months from the date of service.
For any questions about specific coverage or for predetermination of benefits, contact Green Shield directly at:
Green Shield Canada
Step 3. Coordination of Health and Dental Benefits
If you have additional coverage through your spouse/partner’s membership in a health and dental plan, benefits can be coordinated. This means that the church’s plan will be your first payer for a benefit, and any eligible amounts that are left over can be claimed through the other plan you are covered under. The reimbursement from plan coordination will never exceed 100% of allowable expenses.
To coordinate claims, you need to submit the “explanation of benefit” that you receive from the first payer (in your case, from Green Shield), a claim form, and the receipts for the expense to the second plan. Your spouse/partner can do the same, submitting an “explanation of benefit” with receipts to Green Shield.
Eligible children’s expenses should be first submitted to the plan of the parent with the earliest birth date (month/day) in the year.
We recommend that you always make copies of receipts prior to sending them to the insurer.
For claims related to AD&D, please contact the United Church Benefits Centre.
For claims related to Employer Indemnity, Restorative Care Plan, or Long-Term Disability, please contact the Disability Analyst in the Benefits Centre by calling 1-855-647-8222.
Is there a change in your life that could change your group insurance needs or choices? Consult the documents below to guide you in this matter, or contact the United Church Benefits Centre.
For inquiries about the status of a claim other than health or dental, please contact the United Church Benefits Centre. Please ensure you have your employee number ready when calling.
The United Church Benefits Centre
Toll-Free Phone: 1-855-647-8222
Please forward written inquiries and completed forms to:
The United Church of Canada
The Benefits Centre
3250 Bloor St. West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
For health and dental claims or detailed coverage inquiries, please contact the Green Shield Canada Customer Service Centre:
Green Shield Canada
For payrolls administered by ADP, confirm insurance information is correct. Check payroll reports to confirm deducted amounts are correct. Report updates and corrections to ADP through the treasurer or payroll administrator’s monthly call. See ADP Payroll Support for further information.
Benefits for Active Members: Health and Dental Benefits - Plan Summary: Subject to final review by external consultants.
Benefits for Pensioners: Summary of Coverage: Describes the main features of group benefits plan for pensioners.