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FAQs About Life & Disability Insurance for Employees



How do I manage my Life and AD&D coverage?

Once you have enrolled in life and/or AD&D insurance, you can view your existing coverage and add or remove beneficiaries through Zenefits by clicking on the Life Insurance card.

This will bring you to an Overview page where you can view your insurance information and beneficiaries.

You can click on Edit Beneficiaries to manage your beneficiaries.


How do I cancel or change voluntary life insurance?

If you wish to cancel or change your voluntary life, short-term disability, or long-term disability insurance outside of Open Enrollment, you can do so by contacting your insurance broker.


How do I increase my life insurance amount?

You are only able to increase the amount of your Life Insurance during your plan's Open Enrollment period. If you would like to do this outside of Open Enrollment, please contact your company's insurance broker.


How do bundled Life and AD&D plans affect my premium?

In Zenefits, bundled Life and AD&D plans will have the same volume, and their combined rates will be used to calculate employee premiums. As a result, employees will pay a single premium that will be slightly higher than the premium for the Life coverage alone.


Why do I need to designate beneficiaries?

Your beneficiary is the person (or entity) who will receive the distributions from your life insurance policy. It is important to keep this information up to date.

You are able to designate multiple primary and contingent beneficiaries.  Your primary beneficiary will receive the payout in the event of your death, while your contingent beneficiaries will receive the payout in the event of the death of your primary beneficiaries.

Beneficiaries must be designated in Zenefits during Initial or Open Enrollment, but can be changed during the year.


Why would I purchase voluntary life or disability insurance?

Life insurance is intended to provide your dependents financial assistance in the event of your death. The amount of the policy you purchase is intended to reflect the needs of your family. This includes paying off bills and debts, like medical bills and funeral expenses. It can also be intended to provide funds to pay off a mortgage, estate taxes, or cover a child's education.

Short term disability (STD) insurance is an insurance policy that can replace a portion of your income during the initial weeks of a disabling illness or accident. Policies can cover from the first 6 months up to a year of disability, providing coverage during the waiting period of most long term disability insurance plans.

Long term disability (LTD) insurance pays you a portion of your income after you run out of both sick leave and short term disability. Depending on your plan details, LTD may pay you for a specific number of years, or until you turn a specific age.

If your employer does not offer basic life or disability insurance or their basic package does not meet your needs, you may wish to purchase a voluntary policy.



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