Military members may want to compare their GIC benefits with those offered by the Federal Government to determine whether the Federal Government's coverage will be sufficient for their spouse and/or dependents. An employee with family coverage may want to continue coverage for the benefit of their family. Alternately, an employee who is on leave of absence due to active military service in the United States Armed Forces may drop his or her health insurance coverage for the duration of his or her leave of absence. Upon return to active employment, the employee's insurance coverage shall be restored on the same terms as would be in effect if the leave of absence had not occurred.

Employees with GIC coverage taking an unpaid military leave of absence may do one of the following:

  • Cancel all insurance coverage. Upon return, the employee will be reinstated with the same GIC coverage he or she carried immediately prior to the unpaid military leave of absence. The effective date will be the first of the month following receipt of completed forms and documentation.
  • Cancel health coverage and retain life insurance only coverage. The monthly premiums for life insurance will be billed and sent to the employee's address on file at the GIC. As long as the monthly premiums are paid, GIC life benefits will continue.
  • Retain GIC health and life benefits.  The GIC will direct bill the employee for his or her share of premiums at his or her home address. As long as the monthly premiums are paid, GIC health and life benefits will continue..

To Process a Military Leave:

  1. Complete Employment Status Change Form (Form-1A) on behalf of the employee.
  2. Photocopy the Employment Status Change Form (Form-1A) and file it in the employee’s personnel file.
  3. Send the original Employment Status Change Form (Form-1A) to the GIC.

This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission .