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Cost Sharing

Accidental Death & Dismemberment Conversion

Blue Cross & Blue Shield

An active employee and the State of Mississippi share equally in the cost of the monthly premium for life insurance. A retiree is solely responsible for paying his monthly premium. A totally disabled employee pays an initial nine-month’s premium, after which the premium is waived for the remainder of his coverage period. The policy also provides accidental death and loss of use coverage to active employees at no additional cost.

A covered active employee may convert some or all of his life insurance coverage to an individual policy with Aetna Life Insurance Company after leaving State employment. This provision also includes coverage amounts lost or reduced due to retirement. Blue Cross & Blue Shield processes life insurance Enrollment/Change Request Forms, maintains coverage and beneficiary records, and performs premium billing.

Filing a Claim

Claims under active employee coverage should be filed initially with the employee’s personnel office. Claims under retiree and/or totally disabled employee coverage should be filed directly with the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration’s Office of Insurance.

Who Is Eligible? The following persons are eligible for group term life insurance coverage:

  • A full-time State employee who:

    • receives compensation directly from a Department, Agency, or Institution of Higher Learning in the State,

    • works for the State’s Judicial Branch,

    • works as a full-time salaried Judge,

    • works as a full-time salaried District Attorney, or is a member of his staff,

    • works as a full-time compulsory school attendance officer, or

    • works for a University based program for deaf, aphasic, and emotionally disturbed children, or is

    • a member of the State legislature.

  • A full-time public school district employee.

  • A regular non-student school bus driver.

  • A full-time community/junior college employee.

  • A full-time employee of a public library.

  • A retired employee (must have had coverage in the Plan as an active employee and must make timely application and pay appropriate premiums to continue coverage).

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