Spouses and children covered under the State Health Plan, the State Dental Plan, or the State Vision Plan are classified as “survivors” when a covered employee or retiree dies.
If an active employee or a retiree of a local subdivision dies, a family member should contact the deceased’s employer to report the death, to discontinue the employee’s coverage and start survivor coverage for his covered spouse and/or children. If a retiree of a state agency, higher education institution or public school district dies, a family member should notify our Customer Contact Center.
To continue coverage, a Survivor Notice of Election form must be completed within 31 days of the subscriber’s date of death. A new Benefits ID Number will be created, and identification cards will be issued by the vendors of the programs under which the survivors are covered.
More information about survivor coverage is available in the General Information chapter of the Insurance Benefits Guide.