If you are the family member of a UW employee who has recently passed away, you should contact the employee’s benefits office immediately for information about how to continue benefits and apply for any death benefits available.

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If family coverage was in force at time of death, employer health insurance premium contributions for the employee and insured family members end at the end of the month in which the employee passes away. Coverage for covered dependents will then automatically at the full premium rate (no employer contribution).

Please contact the Department of Employee Trust Funds at 1-877-533-5020 for more information about how the premium will be taken.

  • If family coverage was in force at the time of death, any unused sick leave credits can be used to pay the monthly premium, or the credits can be escrowed (saved) for future use. See the Sick Leave Conversion Credit brochure for details.
  • Surviving family members may voluntarily terminate coverage by providing written notification to the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF). Coverage will end on the last day of the month in which ETF receives written notification to end coverage.

Any premiums paid for coverage months following the date of death will be refunded.

EPIC Benefits+ includes an accidental death benefit. If the death was accidental, submit a Claim Form to EPIC Life Insurance Company.

If family members were covered at the time of the employee’s death, coverage ends at the end of the employee's death.  Family members have 60 days from the end of the month in which the death occurred to submit a continuation form and application to EPIC Life Insurance Company to continue coverage. 

Coverage for a spouse/domestic partner/children may continue for 36 months or until they no longer meet the eligibility requirements of the plan, whichever occurs first.

Any premiums paid for coverage months following the date of death will be refunded.

If family members were covered at the time of the employee’s death, coverage ends at the end of the employee's death.  Family members have 60 days from the end of the month in which the death occurred to submit a continuation form and application to EPIC Life Insurance Company to continue coverage. 

Coverage for a spouse/domestic partner/children may continue for 36 months or until they no longer meet the eligibility requirements of the plan, whichever occurs first.

Any premiums paid for coverage months following the date of death will be refunded.

If family members were covered at the time of the employee’s death, coverage ends at the end of the employee's death.  Family members have 60 days from the end of the month in which the death occurred to submit a continuation form and application to VSP to continue coverage. 

Coverage for a spouse/domestic partner/children may continue for 36 months or until they no longer meet the eligibility requirements of the plan, whichever occurs first.

Any premiums paid for coverage months following the date of death will be refunded.

Survivors should submit a Death Benefit Information Request form to the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) to report the death. Survivors may also call ETF at 1-877-533-5020 to report the death. ETF will notify Securian, who will send a claim form to the beneficiary.

If the employee carried Spouse/Domestic Partner/Dependent coverage, coverage ends 90 days after the date of death (no premium due during this period).

Surviving family members have 90 days from the date of death to submit an application to convert Spouse/Domestic Partner/Dependent coverage to an individual policy (each family member must convert coverage separately).

Any premiums paid for coverage months following the date of death will be refunded.

Survivors should contact the applicable UW benefits office to report the death. Securian will send a claim form to the beneficiary.

Surviving family members are eligible to convert coverage to an individual policy (each family member must convert coverage separately).

Any premiums paid for coverage months following the date of death will be refunded.

Survivors should contact the applicable UW benefits office to report the death. Securian will send a claim form to the beneficiary.

Any premiums paid for coverage months following the date of death will be refunded.

Survivors should contact the applicable UW benefits office to report the death. Securian will send a claim form to the beneficiary.

If death was accidental, call the Zurich American Insurance Company at 1-866-841-4771 to report the death and request a claim form. Zurich must receive the claim form within 90 days of death.

If family coverage was in force at the time of the employee’s death, covered family members have 60 days from the date of death to convert coverage to an individual policy (each family member must convert coverage separately). You may convert coverage by contacting Zurich American Insurance Company at 1-800-834-1959 (reference UW System Policy # GTU-8364005).

Any premiums paid for coverage months following the date of death will be refunded.

Coverage ends upon employee’s death.

Any premiums paid for coverage months following the date of death will be refunded.

Money remaining in the employee’s Health Care, Dependent Day Care or Limited Purpose FSA account is accessible after death for expenses incurred by the employee or eligible dependents prior to the date of death. Surviving family members must submit a claim form and proof of death to TASC to receive reimbursement. Go to TASC or contact TASC at 1-844-786-3947 to start the claims process.

How the employee's HSA is handled when they pass away depends on whom they designated as the beneficiary.

  • If the employee's spouse was designated the beneficiary, the HSA will be treated as the spouse's HSA after the employee's death.
  • If the beneficiary is someone other than the spouse, the HSA stops being an HSA as of the date of death and the fair market value of the HSA becomes taxable to the beneficiary in the year the employee passes away.
  • If no beneficiary designation was made, the employee's estate will be the death beneficiary.

Survivors should contact TASC at 1-844-786-3947 to report the death and for information regarding how to access funds.

Survivors should contact TSA investment company for information regarding benefits payable upon death.

Survivors should contact Wisconsin Deferred Compensation at 1-877-457-9327 for information regarding benefits payable upon death.

Survivors should submit a Death Benefit Information Request form to the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) to report the death. Survivors may also call ETF at 1-877-533-5020 to report the death.

ETF will send a claim form to the beneficiary.

Every effort has been made to ensure this information is current and correct. This page does not guarantee enrollment or the ability to make changes to your benefits.