The Long Term Disability (LTD) open enrollment period for calendar year 2018 has begun and will close on January 31, 2018.

For Participants:

  • Your employer has received a renewal notice prompting them to pay the LTD premium on your behalf. You should check with your employer to ensure they have done so.
  • Do you want to enroll for the first time, or reinstate coverage that lapsed? Fill out the enrollment form, and give it to your employer.
  • Only employers can pay premiums to RPB; we cannot accept payments from participants.

For Employers:

  • You should have received a notice from us about open enrollment and the steps you need to take. If you haven’t, please follow the steps below by January 31, 2018!
  • If you want a partial refund on pre-paid premiums for employees who have since been terminated, you must request the payment within 60 days of the termination date.

LTD Plan Highlights

RPB’s LTD Plan through MetLife provides important income replacement insurance for employees who are unable to work due to a disabling injury or illness. All employees of URJ-affiliated congregations, as well as employees of the URJ, CCAR and RPB, who work at least 18 hours a week are eligible for the plan. Benefits include:

  • 60% replacement of the employee’s regular earnings. If an employee also qualifies for disability income from other sources such as social security disability, the disability benefit will be reduced accordingly. The maximum income replacement from all sources is 66 2/3 percent.
  • Either a 180- or 90-day benefit waiting period – the time between the onset of a disability and commencement of benefits.
  • Affordable annual group rates*:
    • 180-day benefit waiting period: $4.80 per thousand dollars of salary (including parsonage, if applicable)
    • 90-day benefit waiting period: $5.44 per thousand dollars of salary (including parsonage, if applicable)
      *Semi-annual rates are half the annual rate
  • Tax-free disability benefits when the premium is paid with post-tax dollars through the employer. Read our FAQs for more information on taxation of LTD benefits.
  • Benefits are paid until an employee’s normal social security retirement age or the employee no longer qualifies for benefits, whichever occurs first. Benefits that begin after the age of 62 may extend past the normal social security retirement age.
  • Rehabilitation benefits encourage qualified candidates to return to work without losing all of their income replacement benefits.
  • A “Conversion Privilege” to an individual policy.

Getting Started

The LTD coverage period is from January – December (annual) and July – December (semi-annual) of each year. There are two open enrollment periods:

  • Annual Open Enrollment: December 1, 2017 – January 15, 2018
  • Semi-Annual Open Enrollment

During open enrollment, employers submit enrollment forms to RPB for employees initiating LTD coverage. Premiums are paid through the employer during these periods. RPB can’t accept payments from individuals.

Here are some instructions on how employers can renew or offer LTD coverage:

  • To renew an employee’s LTD coverage, log into the Pension Tracking System, verify and update each employee’s salary and coverage information under LTD Data, and pay the premiums under View/Schedule Payments [Make LTD Payment].
  • To enroll an employee in LTD for the first time, complete an enrollment form for each new person, and email it to us at pensionboard@rpb, or fax it to 212-681-9340. Premium invoices will be posted in the Pension Tracking System under LTD Data, and you can pay the premiums under View/Schedule Payments [Make LTD Payment].

Benefit Details

Click on the appropriate link below for an explanation of LTD plan benefits: