1 University Group Term Life Insurance Plans University Plan Optional Plan Dependent Plan FOR ELIGIBLE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN FACULTY AND STAFF
2 Benefits Information by Phone The HR/Payroll Service Center can answer your benefits questions. Call or (toll free for off campus long-distance calling within the U.S.). Service Center Representatives are available from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Monday Friday, to assist you. Have your UMID number available when you call. Office Hours and Locations You can meet with a benefits consultant on a walk-in basis. U-M Ann Arbor HR Service Center Wolverine Tower Low Rise 250 (Ground Floor) 3003 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI :00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., Monday Friday , fax U-M Flint UHR-Flint 213 University Pavilion 303 East Kearsley Flint, MI :00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., Monday Friday Resources HR/Payroll Service Center Toll Free Website...AskHR.umich.edu Benefits Office Website... benefits.umich.edu Life Insurance Information... benefits.umich.edu/plans/life Forms...benefits.umich.edu/forms/life.html MetLife Website... For beneficiary designations Hyatt Legal Plans Provides simple will preparation services if you are enrolled in Optional Life or Retiree Life. Website... Web Password...Member only member and family Telephone Services for People who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or have Speech Impairments TTY/TDD phone service is available to you through the Michigan Relay Center. Call and ask the operator to connect you to the HR/Payroll Service Center at or (toll free). Service Center Representatives will be happy to assist you. Contents Section 1: Life Insurance Plans Plan Highlights...1 Life Insurance Plan Benefits...4 Faculty and Staff Member Monthly Rates for the Optional Life Insurance Plan...4 What You Pay for Your Optional Plan Insurance...5 Your Coverage in Retirement...6 When Changes Occur...7 How Benefits Are Paid...8 Section 2: Dependent Life Insurance Plan Spouse or Other Qualified Adult...9 Dependent Children...9 Dependent Life Insurance Plan Options...9 Beneficiary...9 Continuation of Coverage...9 Terminating Coverage...9 Section 3: Certificate of Coverage Certificate of Group Coverage...10 Benefits...10 Employee Group Term Life Insurance...10 Mode of Settlement Provisions...10 Conversion Privilege...10 Incontestability of Life Insurance...11 Beneficiary Provisions...11 Option to Accelerate Payment of Death Benefits...11 Modification of the Group Life Coverage Provisions...12 Assignments...12 Limitations The university in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided in this booklet with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents. Although the university has elected to provide these benefits this year, no individual has a vested right to any of the benefits provided. Nothing in these materials gives any individual the right to continued benefits beyond the time the university modifies, amends, or terminates the benefit. Anyone seeking or accepting any of the benefits provided will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the benefits programs and the university s right to modify, amend or terminate them. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this book. However, if statements in this book differ from applicable contracts, certificates, and riders, then the terms of those documents will prevail. All benefits are subject to change.
3 Section 1: Life Insurance Plans The University of Michigan offers three group term life insurance plans to eligible active faculty and staff: a university-paid plan of $30,000, called the University Life Insurance Plan (University Plan), an optional plan of $5,000, $50,000, or one to six times annual salary, called the Optional Life Insurance Plan (Optional Plan), and a Dependent Life Insurance Plan (Dependent Plan). All plans are administered by MetLife. The University and the Optional plans offer coverage for you only. The Dependent Plan offers coverage for your spouse or OQA and/or dependent children (see page 9). Retired faculty and staff who were participating in the University or Optional Life Insurance Plans on the date of their retirement will be transferred to the Retiree Life Insurance Plan. Plan Highlights The University Plan of $30,000 is paid for by the university. There are no employee contributions. These term life plans have neither cash value nor provision for loans, which means you must be enrolled when you die in order for your beneficiary to receive benefits. Enrollment is not automatic for the Optional Plan. You must enroll to participate. New hires or newly eligible staff members hired after 1/1/2001 will be enrolled automatically in the $30,000 university-paid plan. Both the University Plan and the Optional Plan have a Living Needs Benefit option or accelerated payment of death benefit which is an advance payment of life insurance proceeds when you are terminally ill and have a life expectancy of 12 months or less. If you are enrolled in the Optional Plan or have Retiree Life Insurance, you are eligible for will preparation services provided by attorneys who participate in the Hyatt Legal Plan Network. Hyatt Legal Plans is a wholly owned subsidiary of MetLife and is the administrator of the Universities Group Legal Plan. The Optional Plan gives you the flexibility of setting your own level of coverage. There is a $1 million maximum of coverage available. You must be enrolled in the University Plan to enroll in the Optional Plan. If you are a nonsmoker, you get a discount on the Optional premium. A nonsmoker is defined as a person who has not smoked for 12 months. If you do not indicate your nonsmoker status on the application, you will be defaulted to the smoker rate. Under the Optional Plan, the amount of coverage you choose and its cost will increase when your salary increases if your coverage is based on your salary. Your cost will increase similarly when you move into the next higher age bracket. If your salary increase results in your coverage increasing above $500,000, your coverage will be capped at a flat $500,000 until you furnish evidence of insurability that is satisfactory to MetLife. Who is eligible to participate in the plan? Regular, nonbargained-for university faculty and staff members who: have at least a 50% appointment, and have departmental funding for a minimum of four continuous months, and GSRAs who have at least a 25% appointment and department funding for a minimum of four continuos months. Research Fellows who have more than a 0% appointment and university funding. Stipend money is not eligible. Regular, bargained-for University staff members who are members of: the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA); the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM); the University of Michigan Skilled Trades (Trades); the House Officers Association (HOA); the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE); the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), or Lecturers Employee Organization (LEO). Temporary hourly wage staff are not eligible. benefits.umich.edu LIFE INSURANCE PLANS 1
4 How do I enroll? New enrollment is not automatic for the Optional Plan. There are three ways you can enroll. 1. As a new hire to the university. You have 30 days to enroll. If you enroll as a new hire, you will not be required to provide evidence of insurability (a health statement) as long as Optional coverage is less than $500,000. Obviously, this is to your advantage and will save you time and effort. 2. As a newly eligible faculty or staff member. As you become newly eligible for life insurance due to a promotion or job change that qualifies you for life insurance benefits, you will receive an application form. If you enroll within the 30 days allowed, you will not be required to provide evidence of insurability (a health statement) as long as coverage is less than $500, At any time. After the 30 days provided for (1) and (2) above expires, you can apply to enroll at any time you choose, but you will be required to furnish evidence of insurability that is satisfactory to MetLife may also require a physical examination. Application Form. The application form is available from any Benefits Office, the Benefits Office website: benefits.umich.edu/forms. Complete the form and return it to the HRRIS Benefits Transaction Team, either by U.S. mail, Campus Mail, or by fax to: Health Statement. If you enroll within 30 days of the date you become eligible and choose less than $500,000 of coverage, you will not need to provide a satisfactory health statement as proof of insurability. Therefore, it is to your advantage to enroll in life insurance at the time you become eligible, either when you are a new faculty or staff member at the university or when you become newly eligible for this benefit (as the result of a change in appointment, etc.). The type of statement you need depends on the amount of coverage you purchase, as shown in the chart below. You may enroll in the University Plan first and then add the Optional Plan at a later date. Which Type of Health Statement Do You Need? Both long-form and short-form health statements are available from any HR Service Center or the Benefits Office website: benefits.umich.edu/forms. If You: Long Form Short Form Enroll in or increase Optional Plan coverage less than $500,000 1 Elect Optional Plan coverage above $500,000 Request increased Optional Plan coverage above $500,000 Enroll in the University Plan after the 30-day deadline 1 A long-form health statement may be required if you do not successfully pass the short form. U U U U 2 YOUR BENEFITS
5 Effective Date. If you are newly eligible, your insurance will become effective on your service date or first day you are newly eligible if you enroll within 30 days. If you are not actively at work on the day your insurance would otherwise become effective, you will become insured on the day you return to active work. If proof of insurability is required, your insurance will become effective on the day the health statement is approved by MetLife, the Benefits Office has been notified, and you are actively at work. Your Beneficiary. When you elect life insurance coverage for the first time, you must complete the beneficiary designation on the MetLife website, You may choose any beneficiary you wish, such as a family member, a friend, a trust, or an organization. You can name a single beneficiary or you can name two or more joint beneficiaries to receive the insurance payment. You may change your beneficiary at any time. If you do not designate a beneficiary, or if none of the beneficiaries you name survives you, death benefits will be paid to the first of the following: your surviving spouse/oqa; surviving children in equal shares; surviving parents in equal shares; surviving siblings in equal shares; or your estate. You can choose different beneficiaries for each of the different life insurance plans. If you enroll in the plan and you change the amount of your coverage at a future date, the beneficiary you designate now will remain your beneficiary until you make a change. If you wish to change your beneficiary, go to the MetLife website, com/mybenefits. Is this booklet the same as a contract? No, this booklet describes your Group Term Life Insurance plans, but it is not a contract of insurance. Likewise, possession of this booklet does not constitute coverage. The complete terms of the Group Term Life Insurance coverage are set forth in the Group Term Life Insurance policy issued to the University of Michigan by MetLife. LIFE INSURANCE PLANS 3
6 Life Insurance Plan Benefits University Life Insurance Plan If you are enrolled in the University Plan, $30,000 of group term life insurance coverage is provided at no cost to you. Optional Life Insurance Plan Benefits for Active Faculty and Staff Members Optional Plan Coverage Options. If you are enrolled in the University Plan and want additional coverage, these are your coverage options. You can choose from nine different coverage options:* no coverage $5,000 (minimum) $50,000 1 times salary 2 times salary 3 times salary 4 times salary 5 times salary 6 times salary (to a maximum of $1 million). Optional Life Insurance Faculty and Staff Member Monthly Rates Per $1,000 Age Standard Nonsmoker Discount < 30 $0.025 $ $0.027 $ $0.034 $ $0.052 $ $0.088 $ $0.146 $ $0.229 $ $0.356 $ $0.639 $ & older $1.145 $0.746 * If the coverage option you elect results in coverage over $500,000, your coverage will be capped at $500,000 until you furnish evidence of insurability that is satisfactory to MetLife. 4 YOUR BENEFITS
7 What You Pay for Your Optional Plan Insurance The university pays the full amount of the University Plan. You pay for your Optional Plan. The cost of your Optional Plan depends on the coverage you select, your age, your smoking status, and your salary. The amount of coverage you choose and its cost will increase when your salary increases if your coverage is based on your salary. Your cost will increase similarly when you move into the next higher age bracket. Use the worksheet below to determine your monthly premiums for your Optional Plan. If you are paid monthly, your premiums will be deducted from your monthly paycheck; if you are paid bi-weekly, your premiums will be deducted from your first and second paycheck of the month. Your premium will be deducted on an aftertax basis. Optional Life Insurance Premium Worksheet 1. Box A. From the Faculty and Staff Member Monthly Rates Per $1,000 chart on the previous page, find your age and smoker status. This is your rate. Write the figure in Box A below. 2. Box B. If you wish basic coverage of $5,000 or $50,000, enter 5 or 50 in Box B below. If you select a salary-based option, to find the level of coverage (1-6 times your salary), multiply your annual salary by 1-6. For example, $12,000 x 3 = $36,000. Drop the last three zeros and write the figure in Box B below. 3. Box C. Multiply the rate, Box A, by the coverage level, Box B, and enter the result in Box C below. A B C X = Rate Coverage Your Monthly Cost LIFE INSURANCE PLANS 5
8 Your Coverage in Retirement What if I enter the phased retirement program? Your coverage amount will not change because you enter the university s Phased Retirement Program unless other factors change such as age and salary. See page 7, What if my salary is reduced? How does retirement affect my life insurance program? When you retire, you will be covered under the university s Retiree Life Insurance Plan. Your amount of life insurance will be the lesser of: the amount for which you were insured on your date of retirement from the university, and the amount applicable to your age as of January 1 and your completed years of continuous service (find the age and years of service that apply to you in the table below). In any event, during retirement the amount of insurance will decrease as your age increases until you reach age 66, at which time coverage at $2,000 becomes effective and will remain in effect for the rest of your life. Under present policy, which is subject to change, the entire cost of the continued life insurance protection during retirement is paid by the university. Amounts of Insurance. The table below applies to faculty and staff members who were hired after October 1, Faculty and staff hired prior to October 1, 1983, only need five (5) continuous years of service at age 60 and above. Your insurance coverage amount is based on your age as of January 1. Note: Retirees with a date of service on or after July 1, 1988, will pay the full cost of benefits up to the month they turn age 62. Amounts of Insurance Your Age On and After Retirement Amount of Insurance 50 years or less $15, years but less than 52 years 15, years but less than 53 years 15, years but less than 54 years 15, years but less than 55 years 15, years but less than 56 years 15, years but less than 57 years 14, years but less than 58 years 13, years but less than 59 years 12, years but less than 60 years 11, years but less than 61 years 10, years but less than 62 years 8, years but less than 63 years 6, years but less than 64 years 5, years but less than 65 years 4, years but less than 66 years 3, years and over 2,000 6 YOUR BENEFITS
9 When Changes Occur If I become ineligible to participate in the University Life Insurance Plan or Optional Life Insurance Plan, do I lose my life insurance? Your insurance will terminate if: you become ineligible for the insurance; you discontinue your contributions; your employment terminates; or either the University or Optional Plans are terminated by the university. However, if your coverage terminates for any reason, your University Life and Optional Life insurance benefits will be paid in the event your death occurs during the next 31 days after one of the events above or during the remainder of the period for which you have already paid the premium whichever occurs later. See Conversion Privilege on page 10. What if I take a leave of absence or I am temporarily laid off? If you are granted an official leave of absence by the university, your insurance can be continued for the duration of the leave, provided you make arrangements with the Benefits Office prior to the start of your leave to pay the premiums during your leave. If you are temporarily laid off for any reason, your insurance can be continued during the layoff for up to 12 months, provided you make arrangements prior to the layoff with the Benefits Office for the payment of premiums. If you request and qualify for extended layoff, coverage can be continued an additional six months. If you choose not to continue coverage during a leave of absence or layoff, and you return to work at the University with an eligible appointment, your coverage will be reinstated at the same level you were enrolled for prior to your leave or layoff. You must contact the Benefits Office within 30 days of your return to work if you need to make allowable changes to your coverage. Consult the University of Michigan Standard Practice Guide (SPG) for the most up-to-date rules regarding leaves (SPG Sections and ) and layoffs (SPG Sections and ). How will changes in salary or age affect my cost for the Optional Life Insurance Plan? If you selected a multiple of your salary for your Optional coverage, the amount of coverage selected and its cost will increase automatically when your salary increases. Your cost will increase similarly when you move into the next higher age bracket. See below, What if my salary is reduced? What if my salary is reduced? In the event of a reduction in base annual salary, your insurance coverage and contributions will be reduced to reflect your actual salary. However, if you should die within two years of your salary reduction, your life insurance will be paid at the higher amount. If you have questions about this provision, contact the HR/Payroll Service Center at: or (toll free). What if I terminate my employment at the University? If you are enrolled in either life insurance plan and your employment terminates for any reason, your life insurance coverage will cease 31 days from the last day of the month in which you leave the university. See Conversion Privilege, page 10. What happens if I become totally disabled? If you become disabled, you are in the university s Long-Term Disability Plan, and you are approved for benefits, your life insurance will remain in force, paid for by the university. What happens to my life insurance when I die? LIFE INSURANCE PLANS 7
10 How Benefits Are Paid If you die while your insurance is in force, regardless of how, when, or where death occurs, the full amount of your insurance will be paid to your beneficiaries when MetLife receives written proof of your death. A certified copy of the death certificate is required. How will the insurance proceeds be paid? The beneficiary may choose a lump-sum payment. Beneficiaries of active university employees can open an interest-bearing checking account immediately when the claim is processed, in lieu of a lump-sum distribution. When will payment be made to my beneficiary? Payment to your beneficiary will be made within ten (10) business days after all documentation is received by MetLife. Whenever there is a claim, your family, beneficiary, or other designated person should notify the HR/Payroll Service Center immediately. Does the plan offer an accelerated payment of death benefits or Living Needs Benefit option and how does it work? The accelerated payment of death benefit or Living Needs Benefit option is an advance payment of life insurance proceeds for terminally ill persons, and is available under this plan. Under this option, a plan participant whose life expectancy is 12 months or less may receive, in advance, up to 80% of life insurance benefits that would otherwise be payable only at death (with a maximum of $24,000 for the University Plan and $500,000 for the Optional Plan). A $10,000 policy, for example, would pay a benefit of $8,000. Faculty and staff members can choose to have the benefit paid out in one lump sum or three equal monthly payments. The money can be used at the discretion of the insured. Benefits not paid in advance remain payable to the named beneficiaries at the death of the insured. How do I file a claim? Notify the HR/Payroll Service Center promptly when you have a claim. Written proof of death (a certified death certificate) must be furnished to MetLife before a claim can be paid. MetLife will process all claim forms. 8 YOUR BENEFITS
11 Section 2: Dependent Life Insurance Plan The group term Dependent Life Insurance Plan, also referred to as the Dependent Plan, is available for your spouse or OQA and any eligible children. You must be enrolled in the University Plan in order to enroll in the Dependent Plan. Spouse or Other Qualified Adult. Your spouse or OQA can enroll in the Dependent Plan at any time. He or she will need to provide satisfactory evidence of insurability (health statement). Coverage will go into effect when (1) the Dependent Plan application is received in the Benefits Office and (2) satisfactory evidence of insurability has been received and approved. Dependent Children. No health statement is required to enroll children in the Dependent Plan. Children may be enrolled in the Dependent Plan at any time. Dependent Plan coverage for newborns will go into effect at age 15 days or when the Dependent Plan application is received, whichever is later. Beneficiary. When you enroll in the Dependent Plan, you do not need to designate a beneficiary. You are automatically the beneficiary. If you and your dependent die within a 24-hour period, both benefits will be paid to the beneficiary of your life insurance policy or to your estate. Continuation of Coverage. If your dependent has been enrolled in the Dependent Life Insurance plan, you have the option to convert life insurance for your dependent when coverage ends because: you cease to be in an eligible class; your employment ends; the group policy ends, provided your dependent has been insured for at least five years; or the dependent ceases to qualify as an eligible dependent. See Conversion Privilege, page 10. Terminating Coverage. You can terminate dependent coverage at any time. To do so, complete a Group Life Insurance Withdrawal Form available from any HR Service Center or the Benefits Office Web site: Dependent Spouse/OQA Plan coverage terminates when the faculty or staff member retires, terminates employment with the University for any reason, or dies. Dependent Spouse Plan coverage will terminate the date the faculty or staff member s divorce is final. Coverage for your eligible dependent child or children ends at the end of the month in which the child turns age 26. You must notify the Benefits Office in writing when you no longer have a child eligible for benefits. Dependent Life Insurance Plan Options You Can Choose Health Statement Insurance For Your: In These Amounts Cost Per Month Needed Spouse or OQA $10,000 $0.84 short form 1 $25,000 $2.10 short form 1 $50,000 $4.20 long form Children 2 $2,000/child $ none $5,000/child $ none 1 A long form Health Statement may be required if you do not successfully pass the short form statement. 2 Coverage for all your eligible dependent children from age 15 days through the end of the month they turn age Composite rate covers all your eligible children. LIFE INSURANCE PLANS 9
12 Section 3: Certificate of Coverage Certificate of Group Coverage. This Certificate of Group Coverage certifies that subject to the terms and conditions of the Group Policy, the insurance referred to herein is provided for certain faculty and staff members of The Regents of the University of Michigan, herein called the Policyholder. Benefits. The MetLife benefits for which you are insured are described in this booklet in the sections preceding this Certificate of Group Coverage. The benefits and all the provisions applicable to you are described in the booklet and are effective only if you are eligible for insurance, become insured, and remain insured in accordance with the provisions of the Group Policy. This certificate, which is merely evidence of insurance provided under the Group Policy, is furnished in accordance with, and subject in every respect to, the Group Policy, which alone constitutes the agreement under which payments are made. This certificate replaces any certificates previously issued to you with respect to the group coverage described herein. Employee Group Term Life Insurance. Upon receipt of written proof of your death, the amount of Employee Group Term Life Insurance for which you are insured under the Group Policy shall be payable to the beneficiary designated by you in accordance with the terms of the Group Policy. Any part of such insurance for which no beneficiary is designated or surviving at your death will be payable in accordance with the terms of the Group Policy. Mode of Settlement Provisions. Your life insurance will be paid to your beneficiary in a lump sum. However, other methods of payment may be arranged with MetLife. Information about the available methods may be obtained from MetLife. Conversion Privilege for You. If your life insurance ends or is reduced for any of the reasons stated below, you have the option to buy an individual policy from MetLife. This is referred to as the option to convert. The maximum amount of insurance that you may elect under the conversion policy is the amount which ends under the Group Policy. Evidence of your insurability will not be required. You have the option to convert when: Your Life Insurance ends because: you cease to be in an eligible class; your employment ends; the Group Policy ends, provided you have been insured for at least 5 years; or the Group Policy is amended to end life insurance for an eligible class of which you are a member, provided you have been insured for at least 5 years; or Your Life Insurance is reduced: on or after the date you attain age 60; because you change from one eligible class to another; or due to an amendment of the Group Policy. If you opt to convert your life insurance for any of the reasons stated above, MetLife must receive a completed conversion application form from you within 31 days after the date your life insurance ends or is reduced. Contact the Benefits Office to request the conversion application. If you die within 31 days after your life insurance ends, the amount of life insurance you were entitled to convert will be paid to your beneficiary, whether or not you applied for conversion, when MetLife receives due written proof of death (a certified death certificate). 10 YOUR BENEFITS
13 Conversion Privilege for Your Dependents. If your dependent s life insurance ends, you, or the dependent, will have the option to buy an individual policy on the life of the dependent. Evidence of the dependent s insurability will not be required. You have the option to convert Dependent Life Insurance when your dependent s policy ends because: you cease to be in an eligible class; your employment ends; the Group Policy ends, provided your dependent has been insured for at least 5 years; or the Group Policy is amended to end life insurance for dependents for an eligible class of which you are a member, provided your dependent has been insured for at least 5 years; or your dependent ceases to qualify as a dependent. If you opt to convert your dependent s life insurance for any of the reasons stated above, MetLife must receive a completed conversion application form from you within 31 days after the date your dependent s life insurance ends. Contact the Benefits Office to request the conversion application. If your dependent dies within 31 days after their life insurance ends, the amount of life insurance they were entitled to convert will be paid to you, whether or not they applied for conversion, when MetLife receives due written proof of death (a certified death certificate). Incontestability of Life Insurance. All statements made by an insured person with respect to the life insurance under this plan shall be deemed representations and not warranties. With respect to each amount of life insurance for which a person is insured, no such statement shall be used in any contest of such insurance unless a copy of the instrument containing the statement is or has been furnished to him/her or to his/her beneficiary. No statement made by an insured person relating to his/her insurability for such insurance shall be used in contesting the validity of the insurance with respect to which the statement was made after such insurance has been in force prior to the contest for a period of two years during his/her lifetime. Nor can such statement be used unless it is contained in a written instrument signed by him/her. Beneficiary Provisions. These provisions apply to any coverage which pays a benefit on account of your death. Any such benefit is payable to the beneficiary you designate on a form satisfactory to MetLife. You may change your beneficiary at any time without your present beneficiary s consent. To do this, go to the MetLife website, www. metlife.com/mybenefits. The new designation will take effect on the date your change is completed. If you designate more than one beneficiary but do not specify their shares, they will share equally. If a beneficiary dies before you, his interest will terminate and will be shared equally by any remaining beneficiaries, unless you specify otherwise in your beneficiary designation. Any amount of insurance for which there is no beneficiary at your death will be payable to the first of the following: your surviving spouse/oqa; surviving children in equal shares; surviving parents in equal shares; surviving siblings in equal shares; or your estate. Your beneficiary designation will be maintained by MetLife and will not be contained or updated in this Certificate. Option to Accelerate Payment of Death Benefits. Accelerated Payment of Death Benefits is an option which provides early payment of life insurance proceeds when you are terminally ill or totally and permanently disabled with a life expectancy of 12 months or less. It is not intended or designed to provide health, nursing home, or long-term care insurance. When you elect this option, the total amount of Employee Term Life Insurance otherwise payable on your death, including any amount under the extended death benefit, will be reduced by the accelerated proceeds. Also, any amount you could otherwise have converted to an individual contract will be reduced by the accelerated proceeds. In other words, this benefit is in lieu of the benefits that would have been paid on your death with respect to the accelerated proceeds. You are totally and permanently disabled for the purposes of this option when you furnish proof, including a certification by a doctor, that satisfies MetLife that your life expectancy is 12 months or less. LIFE INSURANCE PLANS 11
14 The terminal illness proceeds are equal to 80% of the amount of life insurance in force on your life on the date MetLife receives proof that you are totally and permanently disabled, but not more than $24,000 for the University Plan or $500,000 for the Optional Plan. However, the accelerated proceeds may be reduced if, within six (6) months after the date MetLife receives such proof, a reduction on account of age would have applied to the amount of your Employee Term Life insurance. In that case, the amount of terminal illness proceeds may not exceed the amount of such insurance after applying the reduction. If you elect this option, MetLife will make the accelerated proceeds payable to you either in a lump sum or in three (3) monthly installments. Your rights to be paid under this option are subject to the following terms: 1. you must choose this option in writing in a form that satisfies MetLife; and 2. your Employee Term Life Insurance must not be assigned. 3. Accelerated proceeds will be made available to you on a voluntary basis only. Therefore: Modification of the Group Life Coverage Provisions. The meaning of Form for an individual life insurance contract which appears in the Conversion Privilege of the Group Life Coverage provisions is replaced by: Form: Any form of a life insurance contract that: 1. conforms to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, having no distinction based on sex; and 2. is one that MetLife usually issues at the age and amount applied for. This does not include term insurance or a contract with disability or supplementary benefits. Assignments. Irrevocable assignments to an individual or a trust are permitted for the Optional Plan only. (a) (b) If you are required by law to use this option to meet the claims of creditors, whether in bankruptcy or otherwise, you are not eligible for this benefit. If you are required by a government agency to use this option in order to apply for, receive, or maintain a government benefit or entitlement, you are not eligible for this benefit. 12 YOUR BENEFITS
15 Published by Benefits Office University of Michigan Wolverine Tower Low Rise G South State Street Ann Arbor, MI PHONE or (toll free for off-campus long-distance calling within the U.S.) FAX WEB Jan benefits.umich.edu AskHR.umich.edu pdf The Benefits Office is a unit of University Human Resources (UHR). Laurita Thomas Associate Vice President for Human Resources Ted Makowiec Senior Director for Benefits Board of Regents of the University of Michigan: Mark J. Bernstein, Ann Arbor Julia Donovan Darlow, Ann Arbor Laurence B. Deitch, Bingham Farms Shauna Ryder Diggs, Grosse Pointe Denise Ilitch, Bingham Farms Andrea Fischer Newman, Ann Arbor Andrew C. Richner, Grosse Pointe Park Katherine E. White, Ann Arbor Mary Sue Coleman, ex officio Nondiscrimination Policy Statement The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Senior Director for Institutional Equity, and Title IX/Section 504/ ADA Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan , , TTY For other University of Michigan information call MC
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