(a) A society may pay benefits, other than insurance benefits to its members from any special account or fund maintained for such purpose; provided that if such benefits are of such a nature that they could constitute benefits within the classes of insurance set forth in section seventeen of this article, a society making such payments may not:
(1) Make any separate charge therefor;
(2) Issue any certificate, policy or other document promising such payments;
(3) Provide in its Constitution, laws or any other document that such payments may be received by the member as a matter of right; or
(4) Advertise such payments as insurance or as payments to which the member has any right.
(b) The society shall maintain a separate accounting of all disbursements made under this section and report them in its annual statement.