Group and Supplemental Life

Group Life Insurance

This University-paid benefit provides life insurance coverage for all Faculty, Professional and Scientific, Merit Supervisory Exempt, Merit Confidential, Merit, and House Staff.

Mandatory Participation

Participation in the University’s group term life insurance program is a condition of employment for regular University faculty and staff members who hold a 50% time or greater appointment; coverage is required.

No Statement of Health or physical exam is required for this program.

Merit Staff and House staff are automatically covered by Group Life Insurance at a set coverage level as a function of their employment.

Faculty, Professional and Scientific, and Merit Supervisory Exempt staff have multiple Group Life coverage options.

Schedule of Life Insurance

Your Annual Benefits Salary determines the amount of insurance available under this program. If your salary is not an even thousand dollars, it is rounded to the next highest thousand dollars, and then multiplied by the coverage desired.

EXAMPLE:

Employee salary = $29,750 annually. 

The salary is rounded to $30,000 and then multiplied by the appropriate level of coverage.

The University pays the premium for 2 times the rounded salary for all benefits-eligible employees. How the premium is paid differs with your employment classification.

If the staff member in the example above was Merit Staff, the University would multiply the $30,000 by 2, and provide the staff member with $60,000 in insurance.

Faculty, Professional and Scientific, Merit Supervisory Exempt, and Merit Confidential staff have multiple coverage options

Faculty, Professional and Scientific, Merit Supervisory/Exempt, Merit Confidential staff options

This plan allows you to select from four levels of life insurance coverage.  This coverage is for yourself only.  The University provides you with two times your salary in coverage.  If you select additional coverage, there will be an additional charge.  These choices provide coverage of a flat $50,000, 2 times salary, 2-1/2 times salary, or 3 times salary. You must choose either $50,000 in coverage or two times your salary. 

If you select 50,000 in coverage and your salary is at least $25,000 annually, you will not see a charge on your electronic enrollment, and you will be eligible for a Shared Savings Credit.

If you select two times your salary in coverage, you will see a charge and an equal credit for the University contribution on your electronic enrollment. 

You still have the option of purchasing 2 1/2 or 3 times your salary in Group Life Insurance if you so desire.  If you choose this option, you will see the full cost of the 2 1/2 or 3 times your salary in Group Life coverage on your electronic enrollment, and you will see the University contribution for 2 times your salary in coverage. Your cost will be the difference between the two.

Faculty, Professional and Scientific, Merit Supervisory/Exempt, Merit Confidential Staff Life Insurance Option Details
If you choose The cost on your enrollment will show as You will receive Your actual cost will be
$50,000 in coverage and your salary is at least $25K annually $0.00 $40 Shared Savings Credit (if eligible) No cost and you receive a $40.00 Shared Savings credit if you're eligible
2x your salary in coverage Full cost for 2X your salary in coverage University contribution for 2x your salary in coverage No cost.
2.5x your salary in coverage Full cost for 2.5X your salary in coverage University contribution for 2x your salary in coverage Cost for .5 times your salary in coverage
3x your salary in coverage Full cost for 3X your salary in coverage University contribution for 2x your salary in coverage Cost for 1 time your salary in coverage

Cost and Maximum Coverage Limits

Cost is $0.43 per thousand of coverage per month.

The maximum amount of obtainable group life insurance is $400,000.

Taxable Life Insurance

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has determined that if an employer allows employees access to life insurance in excess of $50,000, the amount in excess of $50,000 has a value to the employee. This value must be added to the individual’s taxable salary when reporting income earned on the annual W 2. This income is based upon the following IRS table:

Taxable Life Insurance by Age and Rate
Age Rate per $1,000 of Excess
Life Insurance Per Year
Under 25 $.60
25-29 $.72
30-34 $.96
35-39 $1.08
40-44 $1.20
45-49 $1.80
50-54 $2.76
55-59 $5.16
60-64 $7.92
65-69 $15.24
70 and older $24.72

Example:

Salary: $50,000
3 times life insurance selected: $150,000
Age: 46

Calculation:
150,000 minus 50,000 = 100,000
100,000 divided by 1,000 = 100
100 times 1.80 = $180.00

$180.00 is added to W2 as taxable income.

In determining the amount of life insurance in excess of $50,000, the employer must total all life insurance programs in which the employee participates. For The University of Iowa, this would include the basic group program and the supplemental life insurance program. If you have any questions concerning this calculation and the possible effect on your taxable income, please contact the University Benefits Office.

Supplemental Life Insurance Plan                                                                       

This optional program allows you to obtain additional life insurance, for yourself only, in excess of the amount provided by the group life coverage.

Schedule of Life Insurance

The optional Supplemental Life Insurance plan allows you to acquire additional life insurance from 1/2 to 3 1/2 times your salary. The amount of coverage is based upon your annual benefits salary. If your salary is not an even thousand, it will be rounded to the next highest thousand and then multiplied by the coverage chosen.

Rates

The Supplemental Life Insurance plan is age rated and the rates change as a person reaches 40, 50, and 60. Until a person reaches the age of 60, the rate for this program is less than the group life product. The rates for the group life product are higher since it must insure all employees no matter what age they are or what medical conditions they might have. Carefully evaluate these two plans to insure you are getting the most coverage for your money.

Rates are keyed to the coverage levels in the Schedule of Life Insurance. The rates for coverage are:

Supplemental Life Insurance Rates by Age
Age Monthly Rate per $1000
Less than age 40 $.04
40 but less than 50 $.10
50 but less than 60 $.26
60 and up $.56

For Faculty, Professional & Scientific, Merit Supervisory Exempt Staff, and Merit Confidential: adjustments to the amount of insurance and/or the rate paid for the insurance that are due to a change in age or budgeted salary, will generally adjust annually on Jan. 1st.

For Merit Staff: the amount of insurance and the rate paid for the insurance will adjust monthly, reflecting a change in age or budgeted salary.

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