D034 (Revise Denominational Health Plan Mandate)
House of Bishops Message #171
The House of Bishops informs the House of Deputies that on Jul 9, 2022 it considered resolution D034 (Revise Denominational Health Plan Mandate). The house acted to:
Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring,
There shall be a Task Force to Advise the Church on the Denominational Health Plan. The Task Force shall receive from the Episcopal Church Medical Trust annual reports for 2021, 2022, and 2023 about the status of the Denominational Health Plan, and a complete copy of all data sets held by the Medical Trust used to create said report; such data shall be appropriately anonymized to withhold personally identifying information and be suitable for review by a third-party actuary. The Task Force shall review the structure and offerings of the Denominational Health Plan, in consultation with the Church Pension Group staff, with special attention to the cost of premiums, and report back to the 81st General Convention a list of options to reduce health insurance costs across the church, including an examination of the impact of individual faith communities opting out of the Denominational Health Plan, with a full explanation of the reasoning for and costs and benefits of each option. The 81st General Convention shall consider the options in deciding whether to modify the mandate given to the Denominational Health Plan in Resolution 2009-A177. The members of the Task Force shall be appointed by the Presiding Officers, and shall consist of: one member of the Church Pension Group Board of Trustees; one member of the Church Pension Group Client Council; one Church Pension Group staff member who is expert in the health care issues addressed by the Denominational Health Plan; two members of Executive Council; two Bishops who serve as at-large members of the Task Force; four Clergy or Lay People who serve as at-large members of the Task Force; and two members who are experts in health care and insurance finance issues; and be it further
Resolved, That the General Convention request the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance to consider a budget allocation of $40,000 for the implementation of this resolution.