Disciples News Service

Pension Fund Announces Premium Rate Increases For 2009

Pension FundThe Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), trustee for Christian Church Health Care Benefit Trust, has announced premium rate increases for 2009 Churchwide Health Care participants. For those who were enrolled in CWHC prior to Jan. 1, 2006, health care rates generally will be increased by 3 percent. Participants who enrolled after Jan. 1, 2006 will see 5 percent increases. Persons ages 60-64 in either group, however, will have no increase in premium rates.

"These increases are less than half of the national health care inflation rate," said Pension Fund President James P. Hamlett. The Pension Fund also announced that Medicare plan rates will increase by 5 percent beginning in 2009. But premium rates for dental coverage will remain the same for the third straight year. For complete premium rates or to join the program, visit: www.discipleshealth.org