The death of a retiree, surviving spouse or dependent must be reported to Retiree Health Care Connect (RHCC).
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In the event of the death of a retiree, dependents will remain on coverage through the end of the month of the death.
• If the retiree has a covered spouse or domestic partner, a surviving spouse/domestic partner contract under the Trust, will be effective the first of the month following the retiree’s date of death. Eligible dependents will be transferred to the new surviving spouse/domestic partner contract.
• The surviving spouse/domestic partner will still be required to pay monthly contributions; the amount may be lower if the surviving spouse/partner does not have any eligible dependents.
• If the surviving spouse/domestic partner is entitled to a pension benefit and the monthly contributions were taken from the retiree’s pension payment prior to the retiree’s death, the monthly contributions will be taken directly from the survivor’s pension payment. If the pension amount is insufficient for the monthly contribution or the surviving spouse/domestic partner is not entitled to a pension they will be offered the opportunity to pay their monthly contributions through direct debit or monthly invoices.
• If there is no spouse or domestic partner on coverage but there are other dependents, the dependents will be offered the opportunity to continue health care coverage through COBRA; effective the first of the month following the retiree’s death.