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Employee Group Life & Voluntary Supplemental Benefits


Learn more about the different types of employee life, illness and disability insurance plans and their benefits.
Effective as of January 1, 2022

State of Alaska employees and eligible employees of participating Political Subdivisions are automatically enrolled in Basic Life, Basic Dependent Life, and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D). This group life plan is offered at no cost to the employee.

  1. Eligibility

    Basic Life, Basic Dependent Life, and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage is provided free of charge to permanent and long-term nonpermanent full-time and part-time employees of the State of Alaska and eligible employees of participating political subdivisions.

  2. Basic Life Insurance

    The amount of your benefit is determined by your bargaining unit. Current benefits are as follows:

    • $2,000 Basic Life

      • Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA)
      • International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots (MMP)
      • Inlandboatman’s Union Representing the Unlicensed Marine Unit (IBU)
      • Teachers’ Education Association of Mt. Edgecumbe (TEAME)
    • $10,000 Basic Life

      • Alaska Correctional Officers Association (ACOA)
      • Alaska Public Employees Association/Supervisory Unit (APEA)
      • Alaska Vocational Technical Center Teachers’ Association (AVTCTA)
      • Public Safety Employees Association & Airport Security Officers (PSEA)
      • Confidential Employees Association (CEA)
      • General Government Bargaining Unit (ASEA)
      • Labor, Trades and Crafts Unit (LTC)
      • Partially Exempt and Exempt
  3. Basic Dependent Life Insurance

    The Basic Life Insurance plan provides a lump sum payment in the event of the death of an eligible dependent. Coverage is as follows:

    Death of... Coverage
    Spouse $1,000
    Child - 14 days old, but less than 6 months old $100
    Child - 6 months old, but less than 2 years $200
    Child - 2 years old, but less than 3 years old $400
    Child - 3 years old, or older $500
  4. Basic Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance

    In addition to Basic Life coverage, all employees automatically receive Basic AD&D benefits which are payable for losses that occur within 100 days of an accident and as a result of accidental bodily injury, independent of all other causes, for loss of life, or loss of both hands, both feet, sight of both eyes or any such combination. One-half of the full amount is payable if you lose one hand, one foot, or the sight of one eye.

    Loss of... Coverage
    Life $5,000
    Loss of a hand permanently severed at or above the wrist $2,500
    Loss of a foot permanently severed at or above the ankle $2,500
    Loss of sight in one eye $2,500
    Loss of any combination of hand, foot, and sight in one eye $5,000
  5. Premiums

    Premiums are employer paid. No cost to you.

  6. Coverage Begins

    Coverage begins on the 31st consecutive calendar day of employment. Leave without pay taken within the first 30 days of employment may postpone the coverage until you are in pay status for 30 consecutive days.

  7. Coverage Ends

    The last day of the month in which:

    • Pay status ends; or
    • Employment terminates; or
    • Premium is paid
  8. Continuation/Conversion

    Basic Life is convertible through MetLife.

All employees are automatically enrolled in Travel Accident Insurance at no cost to the employee, and are provided coverage while in authorized travel status on official state business.

  1. Benefit Amount

    Travel Accident is a State paid group term accidental death insurance that provides coverage for employees who are on state business, in travel status on authorized State business. It pays $75,000, $100,000 or $200,000 (depending on bargaining unit) to your beneficiary if you die accidentally. Travel Accident has a traditional Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) component based on covered loses. Current benefit levels are as follows:

    • $75,000

      • Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA)
    • $100,000

      • Labor, Trades and Crafts Unit (LTC)
    • $200,000

      • Alaska Correctional Officers Association (ACOA)
      • Alaska Public Employees Association/Supervisory Unit (APEA)
      • Alaska Vocational Technical Center Teachers’ Association (AVTCTA)
      • Public Safety Employees Association & Airport Security Officers (PSEA)
      • Confidential Employees Association (CEA)
      • General Government Bargaining Unit (ASEA)
      • Labor, Trades and Crafts Unit (LTC)
      • Partially Exempt and Exempt
      • Boards and Commissions
  2. Premiums

    State-funded. No cost to you.

  3. Coverage Begins and Ends

    Starts at date of hire and ends on the last day of employment.

  4. Continuation/Conversion

    None available.

As an employee of the State of Alaska you may choose to enroll in Select Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance. Enrollment may occur at time of hire (within 30 days), or during open enrollment. Select Life and AD&D will cover only you as the employee.

  1. Benefit Amount
    • An amount equal to one times your basic annual earnings, rounded to the nearest $1,000.
    • Pays double the benefit amount if death is accidental.
    • Pays up to $100,000 for Supervisory and Confidential Unit employees and up to $60,000 for all others.

    Select Life coverage includes AD&D benefits which are payable for losses that occur within 100 days of an accident and because of accidental bodily injury, independent of all other causes, or for loss of life. Coverage is as follows:

    Loss of... % of Maximum Coverage Payable
    Life 100%
    Loss of a hand permanently severed at or above the wrist 50%
    Loss of a foot permanently severed at or above the ankle 50%
    Loss of sight in one eye 50%
    Loss of any combination of hand, foot, and sight in one eye 100%
  2. Premiums
    • Post-tax
    • Based on age and wage when hired.
    • Updated with age and wage annually each January 1.
    2022 SELECT LIFE AND AD&D RATES
    Age Monthly Cost per $1,000
    Under 30 $0.04
    30-39 $0.05
    40-44 $0.08
    45-49 $0.12
    50-54 $0.18
    55-59 $0.27
    60-64 $0.39
    65-69 $0.57
    70-74 $1.25
    75 & Over $1.58
    Effective: Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2022
  3. Coverage Begins

    Your coverage begins on the 31st day of work, assuming you have not taken leave without pay (LWOP). If there are breaks in coverage due to LWOP or if coverage is not elected within first 30 days, other effective dates may apply.

  4. Continuation/Conversion

    If you participated in the State’s Select Life Insurance Plan as an active employee, you may elect to continue this coverage at the time you are appointed to receive a retirement benefit from the Public Employees’, Teachers’, Judicial, or Elected Public Officers’ Retirement Systems. If you are eligible and elect this coverage at retirement it will be called Optional life. There are differences in the Optional life coverage.

    Select Life is convertible. If you terminate from state employment, Met Life will contact you regarding coverability.

In addition to Basic Life Insurance funded by the state and optional Select Life Insurance that you can choose to enroll in, there is also additional Supplemental Life Insurance that can provide even more benefits you may want to enroll in. Enrollment is optional, pays in a lump sum, and only covers the employee.

If a you elect Supplemental Life Insurance, and when combined with Basic & Select Life insurance coverage, amounts to coverage exceeding $50,000, the portion of the premiums for the coverage over $50,000 is taxable.

  1. Eligibility
    • State employees except members of the Labor, Trades and Crafts (LTC) unit, the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), on-call employees, temporary legislative employees, employees of the National Guard (including Emergency Guard), short term non-permanent employees, student interns, leased employees, and emergency employees hired for natural disasters, including emergency firefighters.

    • Employees of a participating political subdivision covered under the terms of the political subdivision’s participation agreement.

  2. Benefit Amount

    Supplemental life insurance is available in the following volumes:

    • $10,000
    • $50,000
    • $100,000
    • $200,000
    • $300,000
  3. Premiums

    To determine your monthly premium, find your age as of January 1, , the amount of insurance elected, and the corresponding rate on the following chart:

    2022 SUPPLEMENTAL LIFE INSURANCE RATES
    Age Monthly Cost per $1,000
    Under 30 $0.04
    30-39 $0.05
    40-44 $0.08
    45-49 $0.12
    50-54 $0.18
    55-59 $0.27
    60-64 $0.39
    65-69 $0.57
    70-74 $1.25
    75 & Over $1.58
    Effective: Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2022

Additional supplemental Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance can also be added to your health plan. Supplemental AD&D can cover you or yourself and your family, but you must first enroll in a minimum of $10,000 of Supplemental Life Insurance. This plan pays benefits if your death or dismemberment is caused by an accident. It pays in a lump sum, with the benefit dependent on loss and family structure.

  1. Eligibility
    • State employees except members of the Labor, Trades and Crafts (LTC) unit, the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), on-call employees, temporary legislative employees, employees of the National Guard (including Emergency Guard), short term non-permanent employees, student interns, leased employees, and emergency employees hired for natural disasters, including emergency firefighters.

    • Employees of a participating political subdivision covered under the terms of the political subdivision’s participation agreement.

  2. Benefit Amount

    Supplemental life insurance is available in the following volumes:

    • If family includes children:
      • Employee has a full benefit amount of $100,000
      • Spouse has a full benefit amount of $40,000
    • If family does not include children:
      • Spouse has a full benefit amount of $50,000
    • If family includes spouse:
      • Children have a full benefit amount of $5,000
    • If family doesn’t include spouse:
      • Children have a full benefit amount of $10,000
  3. Premiums
    2022 Supplemental AD&D Rates
    -- Rate per Month
    Employee Only $1.50
    Employee and Family $2.30
    Effective: Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2022
  4. Benefit Payouts
    2022 Supplemental AD&D Payouts
    For the loss of... The plan will pay...
    Life Full Benefit Amount
    Both eyes, feet, or hands, or any combination thereof Full Benefit Amount
    One eye, one foot, or one hand 1/2 of full benefit amount
    Thumb and index finger of same hand 1/4 of full benefit amount
    Effective: Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2022

The State of Alaska is pleased to offer you an opportunity to enroll in the new Critical Illness Supplemental Insurance plan that can pay a lump sum upon certain diagnoses. Diagnoses include cancer, heart attack, major organ transplant, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s disease, and other illnesses.

MetLife Critical Illness Insurance can complement existing medical coverage and help fill financial gaps caused by out-of-pocket expenses such as mortgage payments, college tuition, hiring household help, or treatment not covered by your medical plan.

Critical Illness Insurance provides several features that could be valuable to you, including:

  • No coordination with other insurance benefits;
  • A lump-sum benefit that you can use as you feel necessary.
  • Benefits are paid regardless of what is covered by medical insurance.

You can elect one of 2 levels of coverage: $15,000 or $30,000.

Covered Conditions:

2022 Critical Illness Plan Design
Benefit for Covered Conditions Initial Benefit Recurrence Benefit
Alzheimer’s Disease 100% of Benefit Amount NONE
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft 100% of Benefit Amount 50% of Benefit Amount
Full Benefit Cancer 100% of Benefit Amount 50% of Benefit Amount
Partial Benefit Cancer 25% of Benefit Amount 12.5% of Benefit Amount
Heart Attack 100% of Benefit Amount 50% of Benefit Amount
Kidney Failure 100% of Benefit Amount NONE
Major Organ Transplant 100% of Benefit Amount NONE
Stroke 100% of Benefit Amount 50% of Benefit Amount
Listed Conditions

Receive 25% of the initial benefit amount for 22 conditions: Addison's disease (adrenal hypofunction); amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease); cerebrospinal meningitis (bacterial); cerebral palsy; cystic fibrosis; diphtheria; encephalitis; Huntington’s disease (Huntington’s chorea); Legionnaire’s disease; malaria; multiple sclerosis (definitive diagnosis); muscular dystrophy; myasthenia gravis; necrotizing fasciitis; osteomyelitis; poliomyelitis; rabies; sickle cell anemia (excluding sickle cell trait); systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); systemic sclerosis (scleroderma); tetanus; and tuberculosis.

Benefit Suspension Period

After a covered condition occurs there is a 365 days day Benefit Suspension Period during which most plans do not pay Recurrence benefits. The Benefit Suspension Period does not apply to first occurrences of distinct covered conditions.

Cancer Recurrence

We will not pay Recurrence benefits for Full Benefit Cancer or Partial Benefit Cancer benefits unless the insured has not been treated nor had symptoms for at least 180 days.

Other Benefits
Health Screening Benefit

If you take one of the screening/prevention measures listed below while such covered person is insured under the certificate MetLife will pay a health screening benefit upon submission of proof that such measure was taken. When MetLife receives such proof, MetLife will review it, and if MetLife approves the claim, MetLife will pay a health screening benefit of $50.

The Covered Tests are: physical exam, biopsies for cancer, blood test to determine total cholesterol, blood test to determine triglycerides, bone marrow testing, breast MRI, breast ultrasound, breast sonogram, cancer antigen 15-3 blood test for breast cancer (CA 15-3), cancer antigen 125 blood test for ovarian cancer (CA 125), carcinoembryonic antigen blood test for colon cancer (CEA), carotid Doppler, chest x-rays, clinical testicular exam, colonoscopy, digital rectal exam (DRE), Doppler screening for cancer, Doppler screening for peripheral vascular disease, Echocardiogram, electrocardiogram (EKG), endoscopy, fasting blood glucose test, fasting plasma glucose test, flexible sigmoidoscopy, hemoccult stool specimen, hemoglobin A1C, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, lipid panel, mammogram, oral cancer screening, pap smears or thin prep pap test, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, serum cholesterol test to determine LDL and HDL levels, serum protein electrophoresis, skin cancer biopsy, skin cancer screening, skin exam, stress test on bicycle or treadmill, successful completion of smoking cessation program, tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), thermography, two hour post-load plasma glucose test, ultrasounds for cancer detection, ultrasound screening of the abdominal aorta for abdominal aortic aneurysms, and virtual colonoscopy.

MetLife will only pay one health screening benefit per covered person per calendar year.

Effective: Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2022
  1. Receive 25% of the Initial Benefit Amount for 22 Conditions

    Addison's disease (adrenal hypofunction); amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease); cerebrospinal meningitis (bacterial); cerebral palsy; cystic fibrosis; diphtheria; encephalitis; Huntington’s disease (Huntington’s chorea); Legionnaire’s disease; malaria; multiple sclerosis (definitive diagnosis); muscular dystrophy; myasthenia gravis; necrotizing fasciitis; osteomyelitis; poliomyelitis; rabies; sickle cell anemia (excluding sickle cell trait); systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); systemic sclerosis (scleroderma); tetanus; and tuberculosis.

  2. Benefit Suspension Period

    After a covered condition occurs there is a 365 days day Benefit Suspension Period during which most plans do not pay Recurrence benefits. The Benefit Suspension Period does not apply to first occurrences of distinct covered conditions.

  3. Cancer Recurrence

    We will not pay Recurrence benefits for Full Benefit Cancer or Partial Benefit Cancer benefits unless the insured has not been treated nor had symptoms for at least 180 days.

  4. Health Screening Benefit

    If you take one of the screening/prevention measures listed below while such covered person is insured under the certificate MetLife will pay a health screening benefit upon submission of proof that such measure was taken. When MetLife receives such proof, MetLife will review it, and if MetLife approves the claim, MetLife will pay a health screening benefit of $50.

    The Covered Tests are: physical exam, biopsies for cancer, blood test to determine total cholesterol, blood test to determine triglycerides, bone marrow testing, breast MRI, breast ultrasound, breast sonogram, cancer antigen 15-3 blood test for breast cancer (CA 15-3), cancer antigen 125 blood test for ovarian cancer (CA 125), carcinoembryonic antigen blood test for colon cancer (CEA), carotid Doppler, chest x-rays, clinical testicular exam, colonoscopy, digital rectal exam (DRE), Doppler screening for cancer, Doppler screening for peripheral vascular disease, Echocardiogram, electrocardiogram (EKG), endoscopy, fasting blood glucose test, fasting plasma glucose test, flexible sigmoidoscopy, hemoccult stool specimen, hemoglobin A1C, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, lipid panel, mammogram, oral cancer screening, pap smears or thin prep pap test, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, serum cholesterol test to determine LDL and HDL levels, serum protein electrophoresis, skin cancer biopsy, skin cancer screening, skin exam, stress test on bicycle or treadmill, successful completion of smoking cessation program, tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), thermography, two hour post-load plasma glucose test, ultrasounds for cancer detection, ultrasound screening of the abdominal aorta for abdominal aortic aneurysms, and virtual colonoscopy.

    MetLife will only pay one health screening benefit per covered person per calendar year.

2022 Critical Illness Rates & Structure
Age Tiers Rate Basis (multiply by $15,000 or $30,000)
Employee Only Employee + Spouse Employee + Children Employee + Spouse & Children
Under 25 $0.19 $0.33 $0.36 $0.50 Per $1,000/mth
25–29 $0.21 $0.35 $0.37 $0.52 Per $1,000/mth
30–34 $0.29 $0.48 $0.45 $0.64 Per $1,000/mth
35–39 $0.41 $0.67 $0.58 $0.84 Per $1,000/mth
40–44 $0.63 $1.00 $0.79 $1.17 Per $1,000/mth
45–49 $0.95 $1.50 $1.12 $1.66 Per $1,000/mth
50–54 $1.39 $2.17 $1.55 $2.33 Per $1,000/mth
55–59 $1.95 $3.05 $2.12 $3.21 Per $1,000/mth
60–64 $2.82 $4.40 $2.99 $4.57 Per $1,000/mth
65–69 $4.27 $6.65 $4.44 $6.81 Per $1,000/mth
70+ $6.49 $10.04 $6.66 $10.21 Per $1,000/mth
Effective: Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2022

The Short-Term Disability plan and the Long-Term Disability plan are designed to replace a portion of your income if you become disabled and are unable to work due to illness or injury. You may enroll for the short-term plan separately or one of the long-term plans or a combination of the short-term plan with one long-term plan.

Disability insurance protects your most valuable financial asset—your ability to work and earn an income. It insures that if you are not able to work due to an injury or illness, you will still have an income source. It protects you, your family and your future from suffering financial disaster if an unexpected illness or injury occurs.

  • Today’s 20-year-old has a 3 in 10 chance of becoming disabled before retirement age.
  • Nearly 1 in 7 working age people will be disabled for 5 years or more prior to age 65—that number increases to nearly 1 in 5 for ages 35 to 65.
  • Over 36 million Americans are classified as disabled and 50% of them are in their working years.

Disability insurance pays benefits if you are totally disabled. During years one and two of Long-Term Disability you must be unable to perform the duties of your current job. After 2 years you must be unable to perform any job.

By replacing a portion of your income while you’re disabled, you’re protected against the losses that can occur when your paycheck stops. It is comprehensive—covering you both on and off the job.

Pre-Existing Conditions:

Pre-existing condition means a sickness or injury for which, in the 3 months before a covered person becomes insured under this certificate, or before any benefit increase with respect to such covered person:

  • medical advice, treatment or care was sought by such covered person, or, recommended by, prescribed by or received from a physician or other practitioner of the healing arts; or
  • symptoms, or any medical or physical conditions existed that would cause an ordinarily prudent person to seek diagnosis, care or treatment.

Illnesses that occur in the first 12 months of coverage due to the preexisting condition are excluded.

Limitations and Exclusions

The disability plans don’t pay benefits for a disability that results from:

  • War, declared or undeclared, or any act of war
  • Active participation in a riot
  • Intentionally self-inflicted injuries
  • Loss of professional license, occupational licenses or certification
  • Commission of a crime for which you have been convicted under state or federal law
  • Any period of disability during which you are incarcerated

No more than 24 months of benefits will be paid if a total disability is caused by one of the following:

  • Mental or nervous conditions other than Schizophrenia, Bipolar I Disorder or Neurocognitive Disorders.
  • Conditions caused by or contributed to by chemical dependency, or hallucinogenic substances.
  • Neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and soft tissue disorders.
  • Chronic fatigue or Fibromyalgia.
  • Self-reported conditions.

Pregnancy Coverage

Benefits for a totally disabling pregnancy-related condition are paid to female employees on the same basis as for any other condition. As with any disability, a physician must certify that the employee is totally disabled, and additional evidence may be required before a determination is made whether benefits will be paid.

Other Income Reductions

The disability plans pay benefits after deducting other income benefits as shown below:

  • Federal Social Security (Old Age & Disability) – Primary
  • Federal Social Security (Old Age & Family) – Family
  • Railroad Retirement Act
  • Any state or public retirement or disability plan: State Teacher Retirement System, Public Employee Retirement System, Federal Employee Retirement System
  • Pension or disability plan from a political subdivision
  • Disability or retirement income received under the Employer’s Retirement System (Employer Contributions only)
  • Pension benefits
  • Any income received for disability under a group insurance policy with employer contributions for lost time from work due to disability or installment payments for permanent total disability
  • No-fault auto loss of income
  • Government compulsory benefit plans or programs for lost time (state mandated programs)
  • Self-funded plan, or other arrangement, if employer contributes or payroll deducts
  • Any sick pay, vacation pay, or other salary continuation
  • Workers’ Compensation or a similar law which provides for periodic benefits
  • Laws providing for maritime maintenance and cure
  • Occupational disease laws
  • Unemployment insurance law or program
  • Income received while working as part of a rehabilitation incentive
  • Third party recoveries

If you receive “other income” in a single lump sum, that payment will be subtracted from your disability benefit over 60 months. The disability carrier will have the right to make retroactive adjustments for any lump sum payments received from a retroactive award.

Other income that is not deducted from the disability benefit includes:

  • SBS Annuity payments
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Reasonable attorney fees for awards and/or settlements
  • Mortgage disability insurance
  • Non-voluntary early retirement
  • Veteran’s benefits
  • Accelerated death benefit payments
  • Amounts rolled over to a tax-qualified plan and not taken while benefits are being paid
  • When you consider whether to purchase disability insurance, you must first consider the benefit you would receive. If you have other income, you should review and ask yourself, could you live on your retirement, savings, or other assets alone?

Payments are Taxable

Since these disability plans are part of the Voluntary Benefits program, you have the advantage of paying for coverage with earnings deducted from your salary before federal income taxes are withheld. That reduces the cost of your coverage. Due to these tax advantages, however, disability benefit payments you receive from the plans are subject to federal income tax.

Filing a Claim

You must apply for disability benefits under these plans within one year after the date you become totally disabled.

The carrier, at its own expense, has the right to examine you if you have filed a claim. Examinations may be made as often as they are reasonably required during the period for which you claim benefits.

The carrier also has the right to recover any overpayment of disability benefits either directly from you or by deduction from your future monthly benefit payments.

Short-term disability (STD) protects you in the event of a brief absence from work. It can also fill in the waiting (elimination) period before long-term disability benefits begin.

STD benefits can begin after you’ve been disabled and off work for 30 days. If you are still in pay status from accrued or donated leave at that time, benefits begin after you exhaust all paid leave.

  1. Benefit Amount

    Your weekly benefit will 60% of the first $962 of your pre-disability earnings, subject to income which will reduce your disability. The maximum weekly benefit is $577, and minimum is $20.

  2. Premiums
    2022 Short-Term Disability Rates
    Who is Covered Monthly Cost
    Employee $3.06
    Effective: Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2022
  3. Coverage Begins

    If you become disabled while enrolled in the Short-Term Disability plan, benefits will begin the 31st day of a disability absence or when all paid leave has been exhausted, whichever is later. A “disability absence” is any absence from work caused by an injury or a disease. To receive benefits, you must first submit medical certification of your disability from your physician.

  4. Duration of Payments

    Benefits may be paid for a period of disability of up to 180 days which begin on the date you are first disabled or until Long-Term Disability benefits commence, regardless of whether full benefits have been realized.

  5. Recurring Periods

    One “period of disability” may include more than one disability absence. Disability absences due to the same or related causes and separated by less than two consecutive weeks of full-time work will be considered to be the same period of disability. A new disability absence due to a cause different from that of any prior disability must be separated from the prior disability by at least one day of full-time active work for you to become eligible for a new maximum period of payment.

Long-term disability (LTD) protects you in the event of an extended disability. Benefits begin after you’ve been disabled and off work for at least 180 days.

  1. Benefit Amount

    Depending upon which LTD plan you are enrolled in at the time of your disability, your monthly benefit will equal either 50% or 70% of your monthly base pay, reduced by any “other income.” “Monthly base pay” is your pay of record on October 1 for the benefit year beginning on the first day of the following January. It excludes bonuses, overtime, and other compensation. Adjustments may be made for part-time, seasonal or newly-hired employees.

    • 50% Plan: Your monthly benefit will be 50% of the first $16,000 of your pre-disability earnings, subject to income which will reduce your disability benefit. The maximum monthly benefit payable is $8,000, and the minimum monthly benefit is $100 per month. Appropriate adjustments will be made for partial months.

    • 70% Plan: Your monthly benefit will be 70% of the first $11,429 of your pre-disability earnings, subject to income which will reduce your disability benefit. The maximum monthly benefit is $8,000, and minimum monthly benefit is $100.

  2. Premiums

    Your premium is based on your age and monthly base wage. Your wage is updated as of October 1 for the benefit year that begins January 1. If you are disabled, benefits are calculated at 50% or 70% of your base wage, depending on the plan you select. The maximum monthly benefit is $8,000. Some other types of income (see below) are deducted from this amount before your benefits are paid. If other income reduces your benefit to less than $100, the plan will pay the minimum $100 monthly benefit.

    2022 Long-Term Disability Rates
    Age Premium per $100 of Wage
    Plan B (50%) Plan C (70%)
    under 25 $0.20 $0.46
    25-29 $0.21 $0.46
    30-34 $0.21 $0.47
    35-39 $0.22 $0.48
    40-44 $0.22 $0.51
    45-49 $0.25 $0.54
    50-54 $0.26 $0.60
    55-59 $0.30 $0.65
    60-64 $0.31 $0.65
    65-69 $0.31 $0.68
    70 & over $0.39 $0.82
    Effective: Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2022
  3. Coverage Begins

    Benefits will begin after you have completed a six-month waiting period of total disability. This waiting period begins on the day you are both totally disabled and under the care of a physician. You will be considered disabled no earlier than 31 days before the date you are first seen and treated by a qualified physician for the cause of your disability.

  4. Duration of Payments

    Initially to receive benefits from this plan, you must be disabled from performing the duties of your current job. After 2 years you must demonstrate an inability to perform any job. You must be under the care of a licensed physician, and must be certified as disabled.

    Provided you remain permanently disabled from performing any job, benefits will end the later of your normal retirement age, or the period shown below:

    2022 Long-Term Disability Benefit Period
    Age at Disability Duration of Benefit Payments
    Under 60 To age 65
    61 48 months
    62 42 months
    63 36 months
    64 30 months
    65 24 months
    66 24 months
    67 18 months
    68 18 months
    69 18 months
    70 & over 12 months
    Effective: Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2022
  5. Recurring Periods

    Once a period of total disability has ended, any new period of disability will be treated separately. Two or more separate periods of total disability that occur while you are covered under this plan and resulting from the same or related causes will be considered as one period if they are separated by less than three months. Applicable to both Short-Term and Long Term-Disability.

MetLife Customer Service Contacts

BenefitFocus offers benefits administration on a single platform, simplifying benefit enrollment for everyone. They also provide a mobile app for accessing your benefit information on the go. For enrollment assistance, please contact BenefitFocus.

BenefitFocus Contact Information

  • Phone: (844) 939-0543
  • Email:
  • BenefitFocus

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