Annual Funding Notice

SUPPLEMENT TO ANNUAL FUNDING NOTICE OF PENSION PLAN FOR EMPLOYEES OF MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER FOR PLAN YEAR BEGINNING 1/1/2019 AND ENDING 12/31/2019 (PLAN YEAR)

This is a temporary supplement to your annual funding notice which is required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act and the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014. These federal laws changed how pension plans calculate their liabilities. The purpose of this supplement is to show you the effect of these changes. Prior to 2012, pension plans determined their liabilities using a two-year average of interest rates. Now pension plans also must take into account a 25-year average of interest rates. This means that interest rates likely will be higher and plan liabilities lower than they were under prior law. As a result, your employer may contribute less money to the plan at a time when market interest rates are at or near historical lows.

The "Information Table" compares the impact of using interest rates based on the 25-year average (the "adjusted interest rates") and interest rates based on a two-year average on the Plan's: (1) Funding Target Attainment Percentage, (2) Funding Shortfall, and (3) Minimum Required Contribution. The funding target attainment percentage is a measure of how well the plan is funded on a particular date. The funding shortfall is the amount by which liabilities exceed net plan assets. The minimum required contribution is the amount of money an employer is required by law to contribute to a plan in a given year. The following table shows this information determined with and without the adjusted interest rates. The information is provided for the Plan Year and for each of the two preceding plan years, if applicable.

Information Table

  Plan Year Beginning January 1, 2019 Plan Year Beginning January 1, 2018 Plan Year Beginning January 1, 2017
 

 

With Adjusted Interest Rates

Without Adjusted Interest Rates

With Adjusted Interest Rates

Without Adjusted Interest Rates

With Adjusted Interest Rates

Without Adjusted Interest Rates

Funding Target Attainment Percentage

100.9%

80.8%

104.3%

80.5%

105.6%

81.0%

Funding Shortfall

$0

$45,373,223

$0

$42,136,766

$0

$37,366,120

Minimum Required Contribution

$6,602,632

$18,635,761

$515,006

$17,527,156

$0

$15,886,422

ANNUAL FUNDING NOTICE FOR PENSION PLAN FOR EMPLOYEES OF MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER

Introduction

This notice includes important information about the funding status of your single-employer pension plan (“the Plan”). It also includes general information about the benefit payments guaranteed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”), a federal insurance agency. All traditional pension plans (called “defined benefit pension plans”) must provide this notice every year regardless of their funding status. This notice does not mean that the Plan is terminating. It is provided for informational purposes and you are not required to respond in any way. This notice is required by federal law. This notice is for the plan year beginning 1/1/2019 and ending 12/31/2019 (“Plan Year”).

How Well Funded Is Your Plan

The law requires the administrator of the Plan to tell you how well the Plan is funded, using a measure called the “Funding Target Attainment Percentage.” The Plan divides its Net Plan Assets by Plan Liabilities to get this percentage. In general, the higher the percentage, the better funded the plan. The Plan’s Funding Target Attainment Percentage for the Plan Year and each of the two preceding plan years is shown in the chart below. The chart also shows you how the percentage was calculated.

Funding Target Attainment Percentage

 

2019

2018

2017

1. Valuation Date

January 1, 2019

January 1, 2018

January 1, 2017

2. Plan Assets

 

 

 

a. Total Plan Assets

$210,607,416

$194,610,043

$177,234,961

b. Funding Standard Carryover Balance

$5,411,712

$5,736,392

$5,071,965

c. Prefunding Balance

$13,227,209

$14,020,785

$12,396,804

d. Net Plan Assets

(a) – (b) – (c) = (d)

$191,968,495

$174,852,866

$159,766,192

3. Plan Liabilities

$190,069,685

$167,489,025

$151,196,263

4. Funding Target Attainment Percentage (2d)/(3)

100.9%

104.3%

105.6%

Plan Assets and Credit Balances

The chart above shows certain "credit balances" called the Funding Standard Carryover Balance and Prefunding Balance. A plan might have a credit balance, for example, if in a prior year an employer contributed money to the plan above the minimum level required by law. Generally, an employer may credit the excess money toward the minimum level of contributions required by law that it must make in future years. Plans must subtract these credit balances from Total Plan Assets to calculate their Funding Target Attainment Percentage.

Plan Liabilities

Plan Liabilities in line 3 of the chart above is an estimate of the amount of assets the Plan needs on the Valuation Date to pay for promised benefits under the Plan.

Year-End Assets and Liabilities

The asset values in the chart above are measured as of the first day of the Plan Year. They also are “actuarial values.” Actuarial values differ from market values in that they do not fluctuate daily based on changes in the stock or other markets. Actuarial values smooth out those fluctuations and can allow for more predictable levels of future contributions. Despite the fluctuations, market values tend to show a clearer picture of a plan’s funded status at a given point in time. As of 12/31/2019, the fair market value of the Plan’s assets was $231,716,120. On this same date, the Plan’s estimated liabilities, determined using market rates were $288,614,760. 

Participant Information

The total number of participants in the plan as of the Plan’s valuation date was 2,655. Of this number, 1,537 were active participants, 560 were retired or separated from service and receiving benefits, and 558 were retired or separated from service and entitled to future benefits.

Funding & Investment Policies

Every pension plan must have a procedure to establish a funding policy for plan objectives. A funding policy relates to how much money is needed to pay promised benefits. The funding policy of the Plan is to contribute an amount that meets the minimum contribution required by law plus any additional amount the Center deems appropriate. Pension plans also have investment policies. These generally are written guidelines or general instructions for making investment management decisions. The investment policy of the Plan is to keep the Trust Fund invested without distinction between principal and income and in such securities or property, including, but not limited to, stocks (common or preferred), bonds and other evidences of indebtedness or ownership. The Trustee shall at all times in making investments of the Trust Fund consider, among other factors, the short and long term financial needs of the Plan.

Under the investment policy, the Plan's assets were allocated among the following categories of investments, as of the end of the Plan Year. These allocations are percentages of total assets:

Asset Allocations Percentage

  1. Cash (interest bearing and non-interest bearing) 0.0%

  2. U.S Government securities 0.0%

  3. Corporate debt instruments (other than employer securities)

Preferred 0.0%

All other 0.0%

  1. Corporate stocks (other than employer securities)

Preferred 0.0%

Common 0.0%

  1. Partnership/joint venture interests 97.4%

  2. Real estate (other than employer real property) 0.0%

  3. Loans (other than to participants) 0.0%

  4. Participant loans 0.0%

  5. Value of interest in common/collective trusts 0.0%

  6. Value of interest in pooled separate accounts 0.0%

  7. Value of interest in master trust investment accounts 0.0%

  8. Value of interest in 103-12 investment entities 0.0%

  9. Value of interest in registered investment companies (e.g., mutual funds) 0.0%

  10. Value of funds held in insurance co. general account (unallocated contracts) 0.0%

  11. Employer-related investments:

Employer Securities 0.0%

Employer Real Property 0.0%

  1. Buildings and other property used in plan operation 0.0%

  2. Other 2.6%

Right to Request a Copy of the Annual Report

Pension plans must file annual reports with the US Department of Labor. The report is called the “Form 5500.” These reports contain financial and other information. You may obtain an electronic copy of your Plan’s annual report by going to efast.dol.gov and using the search tool. Annual reports also are available from the US Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration’s Public Disclosure Room at 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N-1513, Washington, DC 20210, or by calling 202.693.8673. Or you may obtain a copy of the Plan’s annual report by making a written request to the plan administrator. Annual reports do not contain personal information, such as the amount of your accrued benefits. You may contact your plan administrator if you want information about your accrued benefits. Your plan administrator is identified below under “Where To Get More Information.”

Summary of Rules Governing Termination of Single-Employer Plans

If a plan terminates, there are specific termination rules that must be followed under federal law. A summary of these rules follows.

There are two ways an employer can terminate its pension plan. First, the employer can end a plan in a “standard termination” but only after showing the PBGC that the plan has enough money to pay all benefits owed to participants. Under a standard termination, a plan must either purchase an annuity from an insurance company (which will provide you with periodic retirement benefits, such as monthly for life or for a set period of time when you retire) or, if the plan allows, issue one lump-sum payment that covers your entire benefit. Your plan administrator must give you advance notice that identifies the insurance company (or companies) selected to provide the annuity. The PBGC’s guarantee ends upon the purchases of an annuity or payment of the lump-sum. If the plan purchases an annuity for you from an insurance company and that company becomes unable to pay, the applicable state guaranty association guarantees the annuity to the extent authorized by that state’s law.

Second, if the plan is not fully-funded, the employer may apply for a distress termination. To do so, however, the employer must be in financial distress and prove to a bankruptcy court or to the PBGC that the employer cannot remain in business unless the plan is terminated. If the application is granted, the PBGC will take over the plan as trustee and pay plan benefits, up to the legal limits, using plan assets and PBGC guarantee funds.

Under certain circumstances, the PBGC may take action on its own to end a pension plan. Most terminations initiated by the PBGC occur when the PBGC determines that plan termination is needed to protect the interests of plan participants or of the PBGC insurance program. The PBGC can do so if, for example, a plan does not have enough money to pay benefits currently due.

Benefit Payments Guaranteed by the PBGC

When the PBGC takes over a plan, it pays pension benefits through its insurance program. Only benefits that you have earned a right to receive and that cannot be forfeited (called vested benefits) are guaranteed. Most participants and beneficiaries receive all of the pension benefits they would have received under their plan, but some people may lose certain benefits that are not guaranteed.

The amount of benefit that PBGC guarantees is determined as of the plan termination date. However, if a plan terminates during a plan sponsor’s bankruptcy, then the amount guaranteed is determined as of the date the sponsor entered bankruptcy.

The PBGC maximum benefit guarantee is set by law and is updated each calendar year. For a plan with a termination date or sponsor bankruptcy date, as applicable in 2020, the maximum guarantee is $5,812.50 per month, or $69,750.00 per year, for a benefit paid to a 65-year-old retiree with no survivor benefit. If a plan terminates during a plan sponsor’s bankruptcy, the maximum guarantee is fixed as of the calendar year in which the sponsor entered bankruptcy. The maximum guarantee is lower for an individual who begins receiving benefits from PBGC before age 65 reflecting the fact that younger retirees are expected to receive more monthly pension checks over their lifetimes.

Similarly, the maximum guarantee is higher for an individual who starts receiving benefits from PBGC after age 65. The maximum guarantee by age can be found on PBGC’s website, pbgc.gov. The guaranteed amount is also reduced if a benefit is provided to a survivor of a plan participant.

The PBGC guarantees “basic benefits” earned before a plan is terminated, which include:

  • pension benefits at normal retirement age;
  • most early retirement benefits;
  • annuity benefits for survivors of plan participants; and
  • disability benefits for a disability that occurred before the date the plan terminated or the date the sponsor entered bankruptcy, as applicable.

The PBGC does not guarantee certain types of benefits:

  • The PBGC does not guarantee benefits for which you do not have a vested right usually because you have not worked enough years for the company.
  • The PBGC does not guarantee benefits for which you have not met all age, service, or other requirements at the time the plan terminates.
  • Benefit increases and new benefits that have been in place for less than one year are not guaranteed. Those that have been in place for less than five years are only partly guaranteed.
  • Early retirement payments that are greater than payments at normal retirement age may not be guaranteed. For example, a supplemental benefit that stops when you become eligible for Social Security may not be guaranteed.
  • Benefits other than pension benefits, such as health insurance, life insurance, death benefits, vacation pay, or severance pay, are not guaranteed.
  • The PBGC generally does not pay lump sums exceeding $5,000.

In some circumstances, participants and beneficiaries still may receive some benefits that are not guaranteed. This depends on how much money the terminated plan has and how much the PBGC recovers from employers for plan underfunding.

For additional general information about the PBGC and the pension insurance program guarantees, go to the “General FAQs about PBGC” on PBGC’s website at pbgc.gov/generalfaqs. Please contact your employer or plan administrator for specific information about your pension plan or pension benefit. PBGC does not have that information. See “Where To Get More Information About Your Plan,” below.

Where to Get More Information

For more information about this notice, you may contact Mount Nittany Medical Center c/o Rebecca Mason, Manager Benefits, at 1800 East Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803-6797, 814.231.7396. For identification purposes, the official plan number is 001 and the plan sponsor’s name and employer identification number or “EIN” are Mount Nittany Medical Center and 24-0795682.