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If you (the state or municipal employee/retiree) have coverage through the GIC at the time of your death, your surviving spouse is eligible for GIC health insurance coverage until he/she remarries or dies. However, he/she must apply for survivor spouse coverage by contacting the GIC for a survivor application; survivor coverage is not an automatic benefit. If your surviving spouse is a state or participating municipal employee or retiree, he or she must elect coverage through the state or participating municipality and is not eligible for survivor health coverage.
When you are age 65, visit your local Social Security Administration Office to see if you are eligible for Medicare Part A for free. If you are eligible, you must enroll in Medicare Part B and enroll in a Medicare Plan sponsored by the GIC. The GIC will contact you about your options.
Your legally separated or former spouse may continue coverage under COBRA for up to 36 months after your death. Alternately, if your separated or former spouse a Massachusetts resident, he/she may purchase health insurance directly from the Massachusetts Health Connector (1.877.623.6765). If he or she lives in another state, he/she can find out about coverage in that state through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
GIC health coverage for an employee's /retiree's former spouse ends when the employee/retiree dies. Former spouses and legally separated spouses are not eligible for survivor health coverage, but may apply for continuing coverage through COBRA or non-group conversion. Contact the GIC (617.727.2310) for additional information. Alternately, if you are a Massachusetts resident, you may purchase health insurance directly from the Massachusetts Health Connector (1.877.623.6765). If he or she lives in another state, he/she can find out about coverage in that state through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Survivor health insurance coverage ends when you stop paying your premiums, remarry, or die, whichever occurs first.
Surviving spouses who are also a state or participating municipal employee or retiree are not eligible for coverage as survivors. If you, as a surviving spouse, leave your state or municipal job, you may become eligible for survivor coverage at that time. Contact the GIC at (617.727.2310 Ext. 6) for details.
Your coverage as a survivor ends at the end of the month in which you remarry. You are eligible to convert to non-group coverage with your health plan. Alternately, if you are a Massachusetts resident, you may purchase health insurance directly from the Massachusetts Health Connector (1.877.623.6765). If he or she lives in another state, he/she can find out about coverage in that state through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Your child is only eligible for GIC health insurance if he or she is does not have a living parent and is under age 26. The child’s legal representative must contact the GIC’s continuing coverage unit to apply for coverage on behalf of the child. A copy of the certified death certificates for both parents must be submitted to the GIC.
Upon your death and if there is no surviving parent, your minor children may continue in the group health plan until age 26, provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements and are not eligible for other group health coverage.
You can enroll in health insurance and/or Retiree Dental during Annual Enrollment or within 60 days of a qualifying event. Acceptable documentation of the qualifying event and the Enrollment/Change form must be received at the GIC within 60 days of the qualifying event. Qualifying events include:
Forms and documentation must be received at the GIC within 60 days of the qualifying event. Documents and forms received after 60 days of the qualifying event will be denied and you must wait until the next Annual Enrollment to enroll in coverage.
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