Bakery Drivers Local 734 | Death and Dismemberment Benefits
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Death and Dismemberment Benefits

Employee Life Insurance

Employee life and AD&D insurance benefits are provided through a policy procured by the Trustees from an insurance company. If there is any discrepancy between the following explanation and the provisions of the insurance policy, the provisions of the insurance policy will govern.

ELIGIBILITY FOR LIFE INSURANCE
$15,000 in life insurance is provided for eligible active employees (only). Life insurance is not provided for any employee whose Plan coverage is being continued under COBRA coverage. If you lose coverage under the Plan for any reason, or if your life insurance is going to terminate because you start making COBRA self-payments, refer to the section below titled “Conversion Privilege.”

PAYMENT OF LIFE INSURANCE
If you die while you are eligible for this benefit, the $15,000 life insurance benefit is payable to your beneficiary regardless of the cause of death. (If a person other than your beneficiary pays medical or burial expenses on your behalf, the insurance company may pay up to but not to exceed $2,000 of your life insurance to that person upon receipt of acceptable proof of such expense.)
 
Written notice and proof of your death must be submitted to the Fund Office within 90 days of your death. Your beneficiary will be provided with a form for filing proof of claim as soon as the notice of your death is submitted. Failure to submit the notice and/or proof within the 90-day period will not endanger the claim if it is shown that it was not reasonably possible to submit the notice and/or proof within the required time and that notice and/or proof was submitted as soon as it was reasonably possible.

BENEFICIARY
Be sure that the person you want to receive your life insurance has been named as your beneficiary and is on file in the Fund Office. If you name more than one beneficiary and don’t state how much each is to get, the beneficiaries will share equally. If you haven’t named a beneficiary, or if your beneficiary predeceases you, your life insurance will be paid to the first of the following successive classes of survivors: your spouse; your children; your parents; your brothers and sisters; or your estate. If there is more than one survivor in the class, the survivors in that class will share equally.
 
You can change your beneficiary at any time. Just get the proper form from the Fund Office, fill it in and return it to the Fund Office for forwarding to the insurance company. The change of beneficiary will be effective on the date the insurance company receives the change of beneficiary form.

EXTENDED LIFE INSURANCE (Waiver of Premium)
If you become totally disabled and unable to work, your life insurance may be continued at no cost to you under the following rules:

  1. Your disability must start before your 60th birthday and while you are eligible for life insurance, and you must be totally and continuously disabled as a result of injury or sickness which prevents you from engaging in any business, occupation or employment for remuneration or profit.
  2. You must provide the insurance company with written proof (“initial proof”) of the facts stated in No. 1 above after you have been totally disabled for at least nine months and before your total disability has lasted for twelve (12) months. If your proof is accepted, your life insurance will be continued for 12 months following the insurance company’s receipt of your initial proof.
  3. Each year afterwards, during the three-month period preceding the anniversary date of the insurance company’s receipt of your initial proof, you must provide written proof that you remain totally disabled. If the proof is acceptable, your insurance will be continued for further one-year periods. It is your responsibility to provide this proof within the time limit. No notice or request for proof will be sent to you.
  4. When you are no longer totally disabled, or if you fail to comply with the above proof requirements, your life insurance will no longer be continued.
  5. If you die while covered under this provision, written notice of your death and written proof that your total disability had continued uninterruptedly from the last anniversary of receipt of your initial proof to the date of your death must be provided to the insurance company within one year from the date of your death.

CONVERSION PRIVILEGE
If your life insurance is going to terminate because your eligibility for life insurance terminates, or because the group insurance policy terminates, you can convert your life insurance under this Plan to an individual policy for which you pay the premiums as follows:

  1. You can convert to any type of individual life insurance policy customarily issued by the insurance company except term insurance, and no medical examination or proof of good health is required.
  2. Your written application and first premium payment must be made within 31 days after termination of your eligibility for life insurance or termination of the group insurance policy. If you die within the 31-day period allowed for conversions, your life insurance will be paid even if you haven’t applied for conversion.
  3. If your eligibility for life insurance terminates, you can convert up to but not more than the amount you had under the Plan at the time your eligibility for life insurance terminated.
  4. If the group insurance policy terminates, you can convert up to $10,000 if you have been continuously eligible under the Plan for five or more years. However, the $10,000 will be reduced by any amount of group life insurance that you become eligible for under any other group plan within 31 days of the policy termination.

 

Employee Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance

ELIGIBILITY FOR AD&D INSURANCE
AD&D insurance is provided for eligible active employees (only). It is not provided for any employee whose Plan coverage is being continued under COBRA coverage.

PAYMENT OF BENEFITS
AD&D insurance benefits are payable if you suffer any of the losses on the Table of Losses. The loss must result from an accident that occurs to you while you are eligible for AD&D insurance and must occur within 365 days of the date of the accident.
 
The full amount of your AD&D insurance is $10,000. The amount payable for all losses resulting from any one accident cannot exceed this full amount. If you suffer any combination of the losses shown on the Table of Losses as the result of one accident, only one amount (the largest) is payable for all losses.
 
The amount paid for accidental death (loss of life) is payable to your beneficiary in addition to your life insurance benefit. Your beneficiary for loss of life under this benefit is the same as for your life insurance. If you change your beneficiary for your life insurance, you automatically change your beneficiary for this benefit.

 

Table of Losses
Loss of Benefit Amount
Life Full amount paid to beneficiary
Two hands, two feet, or sight of two eyes Full amount paid to you
One foot and sight of one eye, one hand and sight of one eye, or one hand and one foot Full amount paid to you
One hand, one foot, or sight of one eye One-half of full amount paid to you

Loss of a hand or foot means dismemberment by severance at or above the wrist or ankle joint. Loss of sight in an eye means total and irrecoverable loss of sight in that eye.

EXCLUSIONS
No AD&D Insurance benefits will be paid for any loss resulting from or caused directly or indirectly or wholly or partly by:

  1. Bodily or mental infirmity or disease or illness of any kind.
  2. Intentional self-destruction or intentional selfinflicted injury, while sane or insane, or suicide.
  3. Participation in the commission of any crime; or
  4. War or an act of war, or service in any military, naval or air force of any country while such country is engaged in war, or police duty as a member of any military, naval or air organization.

 

DEPENDENT DEATH AND DISMEMBERMENT BENEFITS

The Plan also provides self-insured death and dismemberment benefits on behalf of dependents of active employees (only). These benefits are not included in your COBRA coverage.
 
The death benefit amount is $1,000 and the AD&D benefit amount is $2,000. Benefits will be paid directly to you.
 
Dependent AD&D benefits will only be paid if the loss occurs within 90 days of the accident that resulted in that loss. The payment provisions and exclusions that apply to employee life and AD&D benefits also apply to dependent death and AD&D benefits.

 

Retiree Death Benefit

A $1,000 self-insured death benefit is payable in the event of an eligible retiree’s death if the decedent was age 65 or older by retirement and in covered employment at retirement.
 
The rules governing beneficiaries and claim filing are the same as those for active employees.