CARES Act and Impact on HMH Retirement Plan

We want to make you aware of options available to you as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law on March 27. It provides options for you to consider as you navigate financial decisions in the coming months.

HMH has chosen to adopt the following CARES Act provisions for our retirement plan:

  • Penalties and withholding are waived for qualified distributions from retirement plan accounts
  • Retirement plan loan limits have been increased
  • Optional suspension of required minimum distributions (RMDs) for 2020

In addition to these CARES Act relief measures, the deadline for 2019 Individual Retirement Account (IRA) contributions has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. Click here for more details. As always, we recommend reaching out to your TIAA financial consultant to review your current situation–along with short-and long-term financial goals–before making any decisions. You can reach TIAA at 866-999-3844 or log into your account at You can also learn more about this by reading these FAQs.

2019 HMH Contribution to 401(k) Savings Plans Completed

In addition to the matching 401(k) savings plan contributions made throughout the year, Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) also provides an annual non-elective contribution equal to 1.5% of your eligible compensation (based on eligibility). The 2019 contribution for plan 407661 has been made, and you are able to view this amount online in your TIAA plan account. Please see the Summary Plan Descriptions (SPDs) on this site for complete plan information including the entities aligned with each plan.

For team members who were accruing a benefit in the Meridian Health Cash Balance Pension Plan, HMH will also provide 3% of eligible compensation as a “transition credit” for team members who were at least age 50 with at least 10 years of service as of December 31, 2018 (based on eligibility). This transition credit has been made and is visible online in your plan account.

Please call TIAA at 866-999-3844, weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (ET) with any questions.

Please note: The HUMC & PMC Grandfathered (407662) and Health Ventures (407663) plans are not eligible for the non-elective contribution described above.

Consider Consolidating Your Retirement Savings To Simplify Retirement Planning.

Having funds located with different plan providers can make it difficult to manage your money, and could mean you are paying higher fees than you should. Consider bringing your retirement accounts together into your Hackensack Meridian Health retirement plan at TIAA. With all of your retirement savings in one place, you’ll have better control over your money and it will be easier to monitor your progress.

The advantages of consolidation:

  • Less paperwork. Consolidating your assets in one place means less time and effort to monitor and manage your investments.

  • One view of your assets. With all of your assets in one place, they’re easier to keep track of so you can see where your money is and how your portfolio is allocated.

  • Minimize fees and expenses. Every dollar spent on fees is one less dollar being saved. By consolidating accounts, you may decrees your fees and increase your ability to save more.

Life is complicated. Retirement savings doesn’t have to be! Review your options with TIAA today.

To set up your advice session, visit or call 800-732-8353, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET). For plan highlights and investment option information visit

Don’t Assume You’re Covered – Be Sure Of It.

When was the last time you checked the beneficiary information in your retirement account? Life changes, and so do your wants and needs. If something happens to you, make sure your beneficiary information reflects your current wishes.

Retirement plan assets will be transferred according to the terms of your plan’s beneficiary designation, not by the terms of your will. If there’s no named beneficiary—maybe you initially let your account default to “estate”— this can potentially increase the risk of significant delays and costs to those you wish to name.

Confirming or updating your beneficiaries is simple.

  • Go to to register and/or log in to your account.
  • Once logged in, under the Actions tab, choose Add/edit beneficiaries.

From there, you can designate beneficiaries and select how much each should receive. You can always change your mind if your needs change.

Have questions? Go to or call 866-999-3844. If you make a change online, you’ll receive a confirmation.

Your Money. Your Future. Your Options.

Your workplace retirement plan is a valuable benefit offered to you as a team member with Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH). Taking full advantage of all it has to offer can help you build the savings you need for the future you want. Today’s decisions can have a substantial effect on your income in retirement.

Potential advantages of leaving your money in your HMH retirement plan include:

  • Continued opportunity for tax-deferred growth.
  • Keeping money in plan-specific investment options. Investment alternatives may include lower-cost, institutional class products.
  • Plan investment menu regularly reviewed by HMH.
  • Access to advice, planning tools and education.
  • Plan may have lower administrative fees than other options.

If you are considering moving all or some of your money out of your Hackensack Meridian Health Retirement Plan, you should carefully consider all your options before deciding in order to make sure the benefits make sense for you.

Click here for a brochure that breaks down your different options and the pros and cons of each of those options.

Additionally, you can speak with a TIAA Financial Consultant who can help you make an informed choice. This service is included in your plan and is completely free! To schedule a session in person or online, please visit or call TIAA at 800-842-2252.

What is the New Defined Contribution Plan?

How will it work?

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Retirement Fund Lineup

This new menu was carefully selected to give team members the opportunity to choose a mix of investments based on financial goals and preferences.

Click on the links to learn more about the new investment choices.

Asset Class: Target Retirement
Ticker Fund Name
VITRX Vanguard Institutional Target Retirement Income Fund Institutional Shares
VITVX Vanguard Institutional Target Retirement 2015 Fund Institutional Shares
VITWX Vanguard Institutional Target Retirement 2020 Fund Institutional Shares
VRIVX Vanguard Institutional Target Retirement 2025 Fund Institutional Shares
VTTWX Vanguard Institutional Target Retirement 2030 Fund Institutional Shares
VITFX Vanguard Institutional Target Retirement 2035 Fund Institutional Shares
VIRSX Vanguard Institutional Target Retirement 2040 Fund Institutional Shares
VITLX Vanguard Institutional Target Retirement 2045 Fund Institutional Shares
VTRLX Vanguard Institutional Target Retirement 2050 Fund Institutional Shares
VIVLX Vanguard Institutional Target Retirement 2055 Fund Institutional Shares
VILVX Vanguard Institutional Target Retirement 2060 Fund Institutional Shares
VSXFX Vanguard Institutional Target Retirement 2065 Fund Institutional Shares
Asset Class: Guaranteed 
Ticker Fund Name
N/A TIAA Stable Value Click here to view
Asset Class: Fixed Income (Bonds)
Ticker Fund Name
FIHLX Federated Institutional High Yield Bond Fund Class R6
MWTSX Metropolitan West Total Return Bond Plan Class Shares
VBTIX Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund Institutional Shares
Asset Class: Multi-Asset
Ticker Fund Name
PDARX Principal Diversified Real Asset Fund Class R6
Asset Class: Equities (Stocks)
Ticker Fund Name
COFYX Columbia Contrarian Core Fund Institutional 3 Class
PFMDX Pacific Funds Small Mid Cap Fund Advisor Class Shares
EREMX Parametric Emerging Markets Fund Class R6
IHOVX The Hartford International Opportunities Fund Class R6
VIEIX Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund Institutional Shares
VFTSX Vanguard FTSE Social Index Fund Investor Shares
VIIIX Vanguard Institutional Index Fund Institutional Plus Shares
VTSNX Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund Institutional Shares

TIAA Stable Value is a guaranteed insurance contract and not an investment for federal securities law purposes.

Investment products may be subject to market and other risk factors. See the applicable product literature, or visit and enter a ticker symbol in the site’s search feature for details. Stable value investment options may be subject to equity wash restrictions.

Retirement FAQs

To speak with a TIAA representative regarding any questions you may have, you can schedule a one-on-one advice session by calling 866-999-3844, Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm or click here.

Will TIAA be available to me if I need help? How can I contact them?

TIAA is available as a resource to you in several different ways. Whether you have a question about the new retirement plan itself or how to enroll, TIAA will be there to help you out.

  • To speak with a TIAA representative, call 866-999-3844, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) on Saturdays.
  • Sign up for a virtual financial counseling session. Click here to schedule an appointment
If I participate in the new retirement plan, when do I receive the Hackensack Meridian Health contribution(s)?

For many of our team members currently participating in one of the existing Hackensack Meridian Health retirement plans, the following process will look really familiar to you:

  • Just as your retirement contributions are deducted by pay period, you receive the match to those funds (up to the limits allowed) in the same pay period.  The match is not paid as a lump sum.
  • If you are eligible for the 1.5% non-elective core contribution, those funds will be deposited into your retirement account by March 15 of the following calendar year as a lump sum.

Please visit the Retirement page on for additional information and details.  We’ve also created some scenarios that help illustrate how the new retirement plan will work for you.

I’ve enrolled in the new 401k and the deductions are being taken out of my paycheck, however I am not seeing the funds in my account. Is something wrong?

Deductions from your paycheck have been counted toward your retirement account. To ensure accuracy, quality controls are in place to reconcile your contributions from payroll to TIAA. Your Contributions (both voluntary and HMH matching, if eligible) will be visible in your TIAA accounts within a few days of your payroll check date.

What investment options will be available for the new retirement plan?

In evaluating the plans’ investment options, the Hackensack Meridian Health Retirement Plans Committee considered factors such as investment performance, risk and costs. The new lineup has been designed to provide a diversified range of investment options from a number of fund families. It is available now on TEAMHMH.COM.

Who is eligible to participate in the defined contribution plan?

The majority of Hackensack Meridian Health team members will be eligible to participate in the new defined contribution plan with a few important exceptions:

  • Team members at Hackensack University Medical Center and Palisades currently enrolled in the defined benefit plan. These plans will continue unchanged over the next few years, subject to IRS review
  • Team members at Hackensack University Medical Center currently enrolled in both the defined benefit and defined contribution plans. These plans will continue unchanged, subject to IRS review
  • Team members at Palisades formerly enrolled in the defined benefit plan and currently enrolled in the defined contribution plan. This process is still under review and more details will be forthcoming
  • Most team members employed within Diversified Health Services
  • Union members employed at Shrewsbury Nursing & Rehabilitation

Most team members are eligible to participate in the new plan. Per diem team members who work more than 1,000 hours in a Plan Year may be eligible to receive a match. Plans vary slightly for different business groups. To view details, please click here. We will provide any updates as they are available.

For eligible team members, how does the new retirement plan work?

We’re excited about the new HMH defined contribution retirement plan – here are the new enhancements for eligible team members*:

  • We will provide an automatic 1.5% non-elective contribution (by March 15 of the following year)
  • We will also match a portion of your contribution to the plan up to 5% of your eligible compensation based upon a set formula
    • 100% match of the first 2% you contribute**
    • 50% of the next 3% you contribute, or up to 1.5%**
  • For eligible team members who do not proactively enroll in the plan, we will also start you off by deferring 3% of your eligible compensation automatically in an account (commonly known as “auto-enrollment”).  You can always opt-out of the program altogether but then you would not be eligible for the Hackensack Meridian Health matching contribution of up to 3.5% of pay if you contribute 5%)

The HMH contributions made on your behalf to the plan will be 100% vested once you complete three years of service.

You are always 100% immediately vested on your voluntary contributions to the plan.

* This applies to team members at Hospitals, Network and Physician Services. For team members at Nursing & Rehab (Long-Term Care), HomeCare and ShoreCare, the new defined contribution plan is slightly different: there is a 100% match of their first 3% that you contribute, and a 50% match of the next 2% that you contribute. There is no non-elective core contribution, auto-enrollment or auto-escalation. To view plan details for different groups, please click here.

** Per pay period

What’s the difference between a “defined contribution” and a “defined benefit” retirement plan?

A “defined benefit” is most often known as a pension, where the organization sets aside a block of funds that is paid to you during retirement as long as you’ve met certain requirements, including length of time with a company, seniority, etc. Based on those factors, the company defines exactly what your monthly benefit will be in retirement based on the plan’s formula.

A “defined contribution” plan is widely known as a 401(k) or 403(b) plan. Many organizations, including Hackensack Meridian Health, provide a defined amount or contribution to a 401(k) or 403(b) plan each year while you are working. They may do this through a combination of a defined dollar amount or percentage of your pay, plus additional amounts or percentages as a match to your individual contributions to help you grow your retirement account. The contributions are placed into your account before taxes are deducted, up to a certain limit set by the government. Any money that you contribute is always yours to keep even if you move to another organization, subject to some but less stringent requirements.

Will the new defined contribution plan be a 403(b) or 401(k)? What’s the difference between the two?

Generally speaking, the primary difference between the two is the type of employer sponsoring the plans — 401(k) plans are offered by private, for-profit companies, whereas 403(b) plans are only available to nonprofit organizations and government employers.

There are many reasons more organizations are moving to 401(k) defined contribution plans. Among them, your contributions to a 401(k) plan reduce your taxable income at both the state and federal level, meaning you pay less income tax now. Your contributions to a 403(b) will not reduce the amount of state income tax you owe New Jersey today. Also, 401(k) plans generally provide a wider array of investment vehicles and give you greater choices to invest for your retirement.

If I do nothing, how much will be contributed to my new defined contribution plan?

Under this scenario, you would save a total of 1.5% of your annual gross salary:

  • You will receive a 1.5% non-elective contribution from Hackensack Meridian Health

In order to be eligible for the core contribution and match, team members must work a minimum of 1,000 hours during the plan year and be employed and active on the payroll on the last day of that calendar year. The contribution will then be made by March 31 of the following year (the 2020 contribution will be made in March of 2021 if you meet the previously stated requirements.)

I don’t want to contribute to the defined contribution plan – may I opt-out from making any contributions at all?

Yes, eligible team members can choose not to contribute at all, but please recognize that you will not be able to benefit from any of the contribution matching that we provide – it’s the equivalent of giving up another 3.5% of pay.

If you take no action you will have a 30-day window to make changes to the 3% auto-enroll contribution amount and 90 days from enrollment date to request a refund of your contributions.

Is the 1,000+ hours requirement for 401(k) eligibility inclusive of any PTO or non-productive (NP) time?

Generally, all PTO and most non-productive hours are included in the 1,000+ hours.

How do target-date funds work?

Each target-date fund consists of underlying mutual funds that invest in a broad range of asset classes. The allocations and risk level depend on how many years remain until the fund’s target date. To help reduce risk as the fund’s target date approaches, the fund’s mix of stocks, bonds and other types of investments is adjusted to a more conservative mix.

As with all mutual funds, the principal value of a target-date fund isn’t guaranteed at any time and will fluctuate with market changes. The target date indicates when investors may plan to start making withdrawals. However, you are not required to withdraw your money at the target date. After the target date, some of your money may be merged into a fund with a more stable asset allocation. A TIAA financial consultant can help you decide whether a target-date fund is right for you.

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