UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust
Death Reporting

The death of a retiree, surviving spouse or dependent must be reported to Retiree Health Care Connect (RHCC).

RHCC Call Center
866-637-7555

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.

Retiree to Surviving Spouse/Domestic Partner Transition
The following outlines the various activities associated with retiree to surviving contract transition:

• Death of the retiree reported to Retiree Health Care Connect (RHCC)
• Surviving spouse/domestic partner record built
• A confirmation statement will be sent by RHCC during the next week to the surviving spouse/domestic partner via mail
• RHCC will attempt a pension deduction for the monthly contribution. If a pension deduction cannot be taken after three consecutive months, the surviving spouse/domestic partner will receive an invoice (totaling 4 months) and instructions for enrolling in direct debit
• The data file will be sent to the health plan carrier on Wednesday of the week following notification of the death.
• Once the health plan carrier receives the file it will take 3-5 business days to process the data in their system.
• ID cards will be mailed within 7-10 business days of receipt of file at the carrier.

* In the event of the death of a spouse or dependent, their coverage will terminate effective the date of death.
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