Health Care: Overview and Important Information Regarding the Diocesan Parity Policy

The Healthcare and Hospitalization Committee makes recommendations to the Bishop and Council regarding types of health, dental and life insurance plans to be made available to subscribers in the Diocese of Tennessee. Please see more information about plan offerings in the sections below.

Notice regarding Parity in medical insurance coverage between Clergy and Lay

At the 76th General Convention held in Anaheim in July 2009, Resolution A177 was passed, establishing the Denominational Health Plan. Under the Plan, congregations are mandated to offer a church-wide program of health care benefit plans requiring equal access to and funding of health care plans for eligible clergy and lay employees. The mandate for offering health insurance has been in place since 1/1/2013.

Each diocese was called to determine a minimum standard of achieving parity between clergy and lay in regard to health benefits. You will find the policy of the Diocese of Tennessee by clicking here: Health Insurance Parity Policy.

In 2011, the Bishop and Council adopted the attached Policy which would have been implemented as of 1/1/2013. After the ensuing General Convention in 2012, the issue of parity was delayed. The period of delay is now over. Parity took effect on January 1, 2016.

Please feel free to contact Susan Abington or Linda Rex with further questions. You may also contact Kathy North who is our Province IV Regional Representative for the Medical Trust. A list of members of the Health Care/Hospitalization Committee may be found here.