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HR - Benefits & Enrollment

Information for active clergy and lay employees of the Diocese of Newark. Retired clergy should contact the Diocesan Benefits Administrator directly.

2021 Annual Enrollment for active employees

Annual Enrollment for 2021 health insurance plans begins on Monday, October 12 and runs through Friday, October 30, 2020. Annual Enrollment is the once-a-year opportunity for eligible clergy and lay employees to review options, enroll in or change medical or dental coverage, add or remove eligible dependents, and verify contact information (even if coverage is not changing). It's also a good time to ask any questions about plan changes or about benefits.

For 2021, the eight (8) medical insurance plans offered by the Diocese of Newark continue to be:

  • CIGNA Open Access PPO 90
  • Anthem BCBS PPO 90
  • CIGNA Open Access PPO 80
  • Anthem BCBS PPO 80
  • CIGNA Consumer-Directed Health Plan 20/HSA*
  • Anthem BCBS Consumer-Directed Health Plan 20/HSA*
  • CIGNA Consumer-Directed Health Plan 15/HSA*
  • Anthem BCBS Consumer-Directed Health Plan 15/HSA*

*These are high-deductible health plans, also known as Consumer Directed Health (CDHP) Plans that come with a “tax-favored” Health Savings Account (HSA). Because the HSA is funded by the employer and/or employee, when determining total health care costs for a CDHP Plan, the employer's contributions to the HSA should be considered in addition to their monthly premiums for the CDHP Plan. To learn more about CDHP Plans and HSAs and their benefits, click here and scroll down to Downloads for a video link (recommended) and a downloadable PDF (optional), both titled 2020 CDHP/HSA Benefits - Member Education Webinar.

Dental plans

There will be no change to the offered dental plans in 2021, nor will there be an increase in the dental rate. We will still offer through Cigna Dental PPO the Preventative plan, the Basic plan and the Dental & Orthodontia plan. These plans should also be reviewed to ensure that you are not selecting a plan that offers more coverage that you need or will use.

Do your homework

You might wish to call the offices of your health providers and ask which plans they accept. Often, you will find out that your physicians have preferences and could save you money. It will take some time, but could be well worth the effort with lower costs. In fact, it’s in everyone’s interest to check with their health providers on preferred plans.

Enrollment for current members

To access your personal annual enrollment information, you will use the same user name and password that you created previously to access your benefits and enrollment information on the MyCPG Accounts webpage. To review your information and make your selection:

  • Go to:
  • Login to your account using your previously created User ID and password
  • Follow the instruction to complete your AE

If you do not know your Client ID number, please call the CPG Client Services Team at 800-480-9967, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-8 PM ET (excluding holidays). Or, email

For actively working, Medicare eligible members

Are you an actively working member who is currently Medicare eligible (65+ years of age) or will be in 2021? If so, the diocese offers lower cost Medicare Secondary Payor (MSP) medical plans whereby Medicare becomes the primary payor of hospitalization claims and the active medical plan is the secondary payor.

To be eligible for an MSP plan, you or your spouse, must be enrolled in Medicare and work for an employer with 19 or fewer employees. These plans give the church a chance to save on premiums while letting members enroll in the same quality health plans that they are used to. If you would like more information about these plans, please contact Leslie Thomas at

Not a member and want to enroll?

You will not receive a letter from the Medical Trust, so please contact Leslie Thomas, Diocesan Benefits Administrator at, to request an enrollment form and a copy of the Summaries of Benefits and Coverage and other important notices or to ask any questions.

Congregations are required to provide health insurance through the Episcopal Church Medical Trust to all paid clergy and all lay employees scheduled to work 1,500 hours per year (approximately 30 hours per week).*

  • All eligible clergy and lay employees currently enrolled in one of the Diocesan Health Plans administered through the Medical Trust, will receive by US mail an Annual Enrollment letter that tells you how to access your CPG account so you can choose medical and dental plans for 2020. Letters will be sent directly to members by the Medical Trust, so watch your mail. These letters will contain information and resources to make the selection process easy for you to complete online. Take a few moments to carefully read the letter. Remember that Annual Enrollment is October 12 - 30, for coverage starting January 1, 2021.

  • Clergy and/or lay employees who are newly eligible and not currently enrolled in a Medical Trust plan will not receive this mailing. To initiate the enrollment process, they should instead contact Leslie Thomas, Diocesan Benefits Administrator at

  • Clergy and lay employees who choose to “opt-out” of coverage at the congregational level must certify that comparable alternate coverage is in place through a spouse or alternate employer.

*If you are a clergy person or a lay employee who believes you are eligible for health insurance coverage but it is not being provided, please contact the Benefits Ombudsmen Committee. The committee members are The Rev. Vicky McGrath (; John Niles ( and Patricia Bradley (