Retiree Life Insurance

Retiree Life Insurance

Your Basic Life Insurance and MIT Supplemental Life Insurance continue at retirement until the June 30th after you reach age 70.

Eligibility

All eligible retirees under age 70.

Next Steps

Basic Life Insurance coverage will continue automatically.  However, if you are enrolled in Supplemental Life Insurance, you must contact the MIT Benefits Office to arrange payment for your coverage – either through monthly automatic deduction from your Basic Pension Plan annuity; or, if you are not receiving an annuity, monthly direct payment to MIT.

Your Coverage

Your Basic Life Insurance and, if elected, your MIT Supplemental Life Insurance will continue at the coverage amount that was in effect on your last day of active employment. If you retire before age 65, you will have a reduction in coverage at age 65 as described below. Coverage continues until the June 30th after you reach age 70 when it ends. You have the option of reducing or canceling your Supplemental Life Insurance coverage at any time. However, if you do reduce or cancel your supplemental coverage it cannot be reinstated.

Reductions in coverage at age 65

Your Basic Life Insurance coverage is reduced from $50,000 to $33,000 on the July 1 following your 65th birthday. On the same date, the maximum amount of Supplemental Life Insurance coverage is reduced to 3.3 times your final salary. On the July 1 following your 70th birthday (or your retirement date, if later), both your Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance coverage will end.

Converting to a whole-life policy

Within 31 days after your life insurance ends, you may convert the lost coverage to a whole-life policy immediately or choose 11 months of term coverage with an automatic conversion to a whole-life policy at 12 months. If your conversion application is received within this 31-day period, you will not have to provide evidence of insurability. For additional information, call the Met Life Insurance Company at (877) 275-6387.  

Portable Option for Supplemental Life Insurance

Your Supplemental Life Insurance is portable and can be continued under a different group term life insurance policy from MetLife® within 31 days after your coverage ends. If your portability application is received within this 31-day period, you will not have to provide evidence of insurability. For additional information, call the MetLife® at (888) 252-3607.

Dependent Life Insurance

Your optional coverage for your spouse or dependent child ends on your day of retirement. You may convert all or part of your dependent life insurance coverage to an individual policy with MetLife Insurance Company within 31 days after you retire. Call the MIT Benefits Office at (617) 253-6151 or toll-free at (855) 253-6151 to request a conversion form.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage ends on your day of retirement.

Members of collective bargaining units

All plan provisions are subject to the terms of your collective bargaining agreement.