Dioceses will have an additional three years to come into compliance with the Denominational Health Plan that was passed in 2009, and was to go into effect at the end of this year.
The House of Bishops earlier in the week already had passed the resolution, which shows that 94 of the domestic dioceses and 90 percent of eligible employees already have enrolled in the Denominational Health Plan.
Deputies cited concerns over the costs of covering all of a church’s employees and the disparities in cost by region in the United States. Deputies also complained that lay employees will continue to be left off the health plan for three more years.
The Denominational Health Plan itself has been preserved; only the implementation is delayed.
–By John Schwartz