MetLife Group Life Insurance administers the University of Louisville's life insurance benefit. Life insurance helps protect your family's standard of living, avoids leaving debt behind and provides security for years to come. If eligible (see eligibility requirements below), you are automatically enrolled in Basic Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance at no cost to you. The Basic Life Insurance Benefit is two times your annual salary up to a $200,000 maximum. For an additional cost, employees may purchase Supplemental Life and Dependent Life Insurance. View 2021 Life Insurance Rates.
Active employee must be full-time (regular status, 80% or greater) or part-time (regular status, 40%-79%). If you elect dependent and/or spouse/qualifying adult coverage, you will be required to complete a Statement of Health.
Supplemental Life Insurance
The Supplemental Life portion of the plan provides additional protection for those who count on you financially. The need for level of coverage may vary depending on your financial situation, age, dependents, and your dependents age. Benefit options are available in various increments with the minimum benefit amount as $20,000 and the maximum benefit amount as $300,000.
If you are currently enrolled in Supplemental Life, you may increase your coverage by one level without Statement of Health. Any additional level of coverage will require a Statement of Health.
If you are not currently enrolled in Supplemental Life, you may elect additional coverage during open enrollment. Regardless of level of coverage, a Statement of Health will be required. If you elect dependent and/or Spouse/Qualifying Adult coverage during Open Enrollment, you will be required to complete a Statement of Health. If you elect Supplemental Life requiring a Statement of Health, MetLife will mail a Statement of Health Enrollment Form to you after the close of open enrollment. If your coverage election requires a Statement of Health, coverage will not be effective until MetLife has approved.
Dependent Spouse / Qualifying Adult Life Insurance
If you are currently enrolled or newly enrolling in Supplemental Life, you may add a Spouse/Qualifying Adult for additional life insurance. Benefit options are available in level increments of $5,000 with the minimum benefit amount as $10,000 and the maximum benefit amount as the lesser of 50% of the employee Supplemental Life Benefit or a $25,000 maximum benefit. Regardless of level of coverage, a Statement of Health will be required by MetLife Group Life Insurance. No person may be insured as a Dependent of more than one employee.
Dependent Child Life Insurance Eligibility
For your child to be eligible for coverage, your child must:
- Be 14 days to 1 year old for $500 or
- 1 year old up to 18 years for $10,000
- 19-26 years only if a full-time student for $10,000
*Children NOT eligible for coverage:
- No person can be insured as a dependent of more than one employee
- Children over the age of 18 that are not a full-time student
- Over 26 years (even if full time student) are not eligible for coverage
*It is the employee’s responsibility to contact the Benefits Team when their child is no longer a fulltime student or eligible for child life insurance. Failure to contact the Benefits Team may result in your account being charged without actual coverage.
Accelerated Benefit Option (ABO)
If you become terminally ill due to an injury or sickness, you or your legal representative have the option to request an ABO. For Basic Life Insurance, the ABO disbursement is up to 80% of the Basic Life amount not to exceed $160,000. For Supplemental Life Insurance, the ABO disbursement is up to 80% of the Supplemental Life amount not to exceed $240,000.
Estate Planning & Resolution
If you are insured for Supplemental Life Insurance coverage, the following Estate Resolution Services are provided at no additional cost.
If you are insured for Supplemental Life Insurance a Will Preparation Service is available to you, through a MetLife affiliate at no cost to you. It enables you to have a will prepared for you and your spouse/Qualifying Adult by attorneys designated by the Affiliate. If you have a will prepared by an attorney not designated by the Affiliate, you must pay attorney's services directly. Upon proof of payment, you will be reimbursed in an amount equal to the lesser of the amount customarily reimbursed for such services by the Affiliate.
If you are insured for Supplemental Life Insurance and die while coverage is in effect, a probate benefit will be available to your estate, through a MetLife affiliate. Certain probate services are available, fee of no charge by attorneys designated by the Affiliate. If probate services are provided by an attorney not designated by the Affiliate, your estate must pay attorney services directly. Upon proof of payment, your estate will be reimbursed in an amount equal to the lesser of the amount customarily reimbursed for such services by the Affiliate.
Life Insurance Definitions & FAQ
Review our Life Insurance FAQ webpage to learn more about definitions and other questions related to Life Insurance.
Current federal tax law permits employees to exclude from taxable gross income the University's cost of providing the first $50,000 of group-term life insurance coverage. However, the value of university-provided group life insurance in excess of $50,000 is treated as taxable (imputed) income. The taxable cost of this group term life insurance is computed on the basis of uniform premium rates determined by the Internal Revenue Service based on the employee's age.
MetLife selected AXA Assistance USA, Inc. to be the administrator for Travel Assistance services. This service helps intervene in medical emergencies in foreign countries. In addition, AXA administers assistance services when a covered employee or dependent becomes ill or injured while traveling 100 miles or more away from home. Travel Assistance Services
Certificate Rider (update effective May 1, 2020)
Policy Endorsement (update effective May 1, 2020)
MetLife Group Life Insurance Contact Information
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company - Group Life Claims
PO Box 6100
Scranton, PA 18505-6100