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GuideStone Affirms Support for the Church Health Plan Act of 2014
June 12, 2014

DALLAS — Pastors and other church workers will be helped by legislation introduced in the United States Senate. The Church Health Plan Act of 2014 seeks to provide fairness in the health care marketplace for pastors and others served by church health plans.

The bipartisan bill, by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) would make certain technical changes to the Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010, to prevent pastors and other church employees, and their families, from being unfairly disadvantaged. Pastors and others in ministry — and the church plans that serve them — were disregarded when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law.

Under the legislation, eligible pastors and church workers, and their families, would be able to keep their church plan coverage while obtaining access to tax credits and cost-sharing reductions available to other workers. The bill is necessary because the Affordable Care Act, the landmark law that will soon affect all Americans, treats pastors and others serving churches and other ministry organizations unfairly and should be changed.

More than one million pastors and church workers participate in church health plans, like those provided by GuideStone. This legislation will enable them to be treated fairly by allowing them access to tax credits and other cost savings available in the commercial marketplace without forcing them out of the church plans which reflect their convictions. GuideStone has been a key part of this important effort as part of its advocacy for those who have dedicated themselves to ministry.

GuideStone is encouraging pastors and other concerned individuals to contact their senators and urge them to join as co-sponsors and work together for the sake of pastors and others in ministry.

 

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