Basic Life Insurance (Employees, Retired State Employees and RMTs)
The Commonwealth offers $5,000 of Basic Life Insurance to all active state employees and most retirees who have health coverage through the GIC.
GIC Retired Municipal Teachers (RMTs) are eligible for basic life insurance only in an amount determined by the city or town from which they retire. Survivors, Elderly Governmental Retirees (EGRs) enrollees are not eligible for GIC basic or optional life insurance.
Accelerated Death Benefit (State Employees, Retired State Employees and GIC RMTs Only)
This one-time benefit allows you to elect an advance payment of 25% to 80% of your life insurance death benefit if you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Insured employees are eligible for this benefit if the attending physician provides satisfactory evidence that you have a life expectancy of 12 months or less. Upon payment of the accelerated death benefit, future life insurance premiums are waived, regardless of your age. The remaining balance is paid to your beneficiary when you die.
GIC Retired Municipal Teachers with Basic Life Insurance of $1,000 do not have Accidental Death & Dismemberment benefits.
Optional Life Insurance (Active Employees and Retired State Employees Only)
Optional Life Insurance is available to provide economic support for your family. This term insurance allows you to increase your coverage up to eight times your annual salary, up to a maximum of $1.5 million. Term insurance pays your designated beneficiary in the event of your death. It is not an investment policy; it has no cash value. This is an employee-pay-all benefit.
How Much Do You Need?
To estimate how much Optional Life Insurance you might need, or whether this coverage is right for you, consider such financial factors as:
- Your family’s yearly expenses;
- Future expenses, such as college tuition or other expenses unique to your family;
- Your family’s income from savings, other insurance, other sources; and
- The life insurance cost and your family’s outstanding debts. For instance, employees with young families and mortgages might need the coverage. But older employees who have paid off their mortgage and have no dependent expenses might not need it, especially because premiums increase significantly as you age.
Optional Life Insurance After Retirement
At retirement, you should review the amount of your Optional Life Insurance coverage and its cost to determine whether it will make economic sense for you to keep it or reduce your amount of coverage. If you have paid off your home and other debts, such as student loans, talk with a financial advisor about other programs that might be more beneficial. If you make no change to your optional life coverage at retirement, you will be responsible for the retiree Optional Life Insurance premium, which can be substantial. Optional Life Insurance rates signifcantly increase when you retire, and continue to increase based on your age. You may decrease, but cannot increase, your amount of life insurance after you retire. If you decrease coverage and then later want to increase up to the amount you carried at the time of retirement, you may do so only with proof of good health acceptable to The Hartford.
My Tomorrow website
The Hartford's My Tomorrow Website is an online tool to help you better understand your optional life insurance benefit. It is designed to help you:
- Make smart, affordable benefit choices to help protect your income.
- Get quick access to key benefit details, real-life stories and more.