Life Insurance

Effingham County Schools provides employer-paid basic life insurance for you and your dependents through Unum.  The plan includes Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage, or AD&D.  If you pass away as a result of an accident, the plans also pay either the amount of your life insurance or a percentage for loss of limbs, speech, hearing, and more.

Effingham County Schools also offers voluntary term life insurance for employees, spouses, and children through OneAmerica.  Consider your current coverage and whether it would provide adequate protection for your family in the event of your death. These plans also include AD&D coverage.

 

Rate Information

Important Documents

Basic Life

Effingham County Schools provides basic life coverage at no cost to you in the amount of $25,000 for employees, $10,000 for spouses, and $10,000 for child(ren).

 

Voluntary Life

You may elect voluntary life insurance for yourself and your dependents through payroll deduction to supplement the basic life benefit.  

Employee Life: Up to a maximum of the lower of $500,000 or 10 times your annual earnings in the increments below.

  • $10,000 increments to $100,000
  • $25,000 increments from $100,000 to $200,000
  • $50,000 increments from $200,000 to $500,000
  • Guarantee Issue: Up to $350,000

Spouse Life: Up to 100% of employee amount to a maximum of $500,000 in the increments below

  • $5,000 increments to $50,000
  • $25,000 increments from $50,000 to $200,000
  • $50,000 increments from $200,000 to $500,000
  • Guarantee Issue: Up to $75,000

Child Life: $10,000 or $20,000 up to age 26

  • Guarantee Issue: Up to $20,000

 

Evidence of Insurability (EOI) for Voluntary Life

As a new hire, you are able to elect up to the Guarantee Issue of $350,000 for yourself, $75,000 for your spouse, and $20,000 for your child(ren) with no health questions. Should you wish to elect an amount that exceeds the Guarantee Issue, an Evidence of Insurability Form is required.  You may obtain an EOI Form from the Resources page or by calling the Benefits Service Center.  New elections at Annual Open Enrollment also require an Evidence of Insurability (EOI).  To apply, simply complete the form and submit it to Unum for review.  You will not be deducted for your pending amount unless / until you are approved.

If you elect coverage as a new hire, regardless of the amount, you can increase your insurance later, up to the maximum amount, with no health questions. 

Sample Voluntary Life Premiums - $10,000


Please see below for sample premiums for $10,000 coverage (effective January 1, 2020). We encourage you to enroll in the plan because as long as you are enrolled, future elections up to the guarantee issue amounts during Annual Open Enrollment do not require health questions.

 

      Age          Monthly Deduction   
25 $0.60
35 $0.94
45 $2.49
55 $6.60

Important Notes


  • There is no age cap to be eligible to enroll
  • Spouse life cannot exceed 100% of employee amount
  • Child(ren) can be covered until age 26
  • Beneficiary information is required upon enrollment
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage is included
    • Benefit is doubled in the event of death due to accident
    • Dismemberment benefit is paid according to a schedule outlined in the certificate
  • If you are married to another Effingham County Schools employee:
    • Duplicate coverage is allowed:
      • You can both elect employee and spouse life coverage
      • You can both elect to cover the child(ren)

Age Reductions


The basic and voluntary life benefits reduce due to age based on the schedule below.  The change will take place on January 1 following the 70th birthday.

Age 70: Reduces to 65%

Age 75: Reduces to 50%

Portability and Conversion


You have the opportunity to continue your life insurance benefit should you terminate employment with Effingham County Schools if certain conditions are met and if application and premium payment is made within 31 days of your coverage end date.  You may either port your policy to an individual term life plan or convert your policy to a whole life plan upon termination.  Additional information regarding these two options may be obtained by contacting Unum or by visiting the Resources page.