(1) All eligible Employees enrolled in Basic Life Insurance may apply for Additional Life Insurance consisting of group term life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance. New Employees who enroll when first eligible are eligible for Additional Life Insurance in an amount up to eight times their salary without providing medical evidence of insurability.

(2) Evidence of insurability shall be required when an Employee:

(a) applies for initial coverage after the deadline for applying has passed, unless certain life events occur that qualify under the policy for coverage without providing such evidence; or

(b) seeks to increase the amount of his or her Additional Life Insurance; or

(c) seeks to be reinstated after losing coverage for failing to pay the required premium.

(3) If a physical examination is required to determine eligibility for Additional Life Insurance, the life insurance carrier shall review the medical evidence and determine eligibility for the additional coverage based upon its underwriting standards. Such standards shall be consistent with the life insurance underwriting standards in general use by the insurance industry. In addition, the life insurance carrier's underwriting criteria shall not consider the applicant's age, gender, occupation or amount of life insurance requested. Consideration shall be given only to the applicant's medical evidence of insurability, recognizing the size of the group and volume of insurance administered by the Commission in determining standards of acceptability and insurance risk.

(4) Upon retirement, Retirees may continue or reduce the amount of their Additional Life Insurance in effect at that time, upon full and timely premium payment. Retirees who cancel or reduce their Additional Life Insurance are eligible to continue their coverage directly with the carrier. Persons who have not previously had Additional Life Insurance are not eligible for the coverage upon or after retirement.

(5) Pensioned justices who are recalled to judicial duties on full-time assignment are eligible for Additional Life insurance without providing medical evidence of insurability if they waive their pension for the duration of the full time recall period.

(6) The effective date of an Employee's life insurance beneficiary designation is the date that the Commission receives the completed beneficiary designation form.

(7) Employees who are enrolled in Basic Life Insurance but do not enroll in Additional (Optional) Life Insurance when first hired may later elect the coverage due to a change in family status without having to provide proof of good health. Applicants must apply for the Additional Life Insurance and provide evidence of the family status change within 31 days of the event causing the status change.

This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission .