EMPLOYEE BENEFITS ADVISORY COUNCIL (EBAC) UPDATES
The EBAC Updates page contains the latest benefits-related information of interest to HR liaisons:
Aflac, ING, MetLife, Unum Voluntary Payroll Deductions Discontinued July 16, 2014
Voluntary benefits are insurance products that employees purchase through their organization at discounted rates. Several years ago Maricopa County made available voluntary benefits administered by Aflac (accident insurance), ING (critical illness and whole life insurance), MetLife (auto, home, and renters insurance), and Unum (term life insurance).
However, due to low employee participation, the County will no longer handle the payment of premiums for these insurance products through payroll deductions. This change is effective starting with the July 16, 2014 paycheck. Employees who want to continue enrollment in these insurance products should work directly with the vendor(s) to make other payment arrangements. The insurance vendors will be notifying affected employees of this change.
Please note that the Basic Life, Basic Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Additional Life, Additional Accidental Death & Dismemberment, and Dependent Life insurance coverage provided by ING (aka as ReliaStar Life Insurance Company) offered as part of the County’s benefits package are not affected. Only critical illness and whole life insurance offered as voluntary benefits through ING will no longer have premiums processed as payroll deductions by the County.
Also, the Hyatt Legal Plan (legal insurance) is still available to employees.
For questions about the voluntary benefits, employees should contact the voluntary benefits vendors directly:
- Aflac: (800) 433-3036
- ING (800) 537-5024
- Met Life (800) 438-6388
- Unum (866) 679-3054
- Open Enrollment Kick-Off Meeting Presentation, March 24, 2014
- SUPPLEMENTAL LIFE INSURANCE REBATE
Employees enrolled in the Maricopa County Supplemental Life Insurance Plan (Additional Life Insurance) during Plan Years 2008-2012 qualify for a refund of a portion of their premium. For those who qualify, the refund will be issued on the February 26 paycheck. Attached is the letter that was sent to those individuals, and the frequently asked questions.
- LIFE INSURANCE PREMIUM RE-CALCULATION NOTICE
Life insurance premiums for employees enrolled in Additional Life and/or Spouse Life Insurance coverage are adjusted upward every year in January if there was a change in either their or their spouse’s age bracket. Employees affected by this change will be receiving the following communication in the mail early next week informing them of this change: A Life Insurance premium re-calculation letter, and a chart that lists the age brackets used for life insurance premium calculations. The higher premium will be collected starting with their January 15, 2014 paycheck.
- Health Care Marketplace Notice | Health Care Marketplace Letter to Maricopa County Employees (September, 2013)
- EBAC Meeting Presentation, March 20, 2013