Life Insurance

Eligible employees are automatically covered by basic life insurance through Standard Life Insurance Company (The Standard), provided for you at no cost. This plan pays your beneficiary the amount of your annual salary, up to a maximum of $50,000, in benefits.

When your pay increases, coverage is automatically adjusted. Coverage reduces at age 70 to 65% of the amount of life insurance you had prior to age 70 and then at age 75 reduces to 50%. The minimum basic life coverage is $10,000 regardless of salary level or age. Benefits-eligible employees cannot opt out of basic life insurance, but can choose to enroll in additional optional life insurance.

A life insurance policy through The Standard also entitles you to travel assistance.

Optional Life Insurance

You can choose to buy additional life insurance through the optional life insurance plan. Additional coverage of one, two, three or four times your annual salary with a maximum benefit of $500,000 is available. Coverage reduces at age 70 to 65% of the amount of life insurance you had prior to age 70 and then at age 75 reduces to 50%.

Dependent Life Insurance

You can also choose to buy life insurance for your spouse and eligible dependent children. Additional coverage of $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 coverage on your spouse is available with each eligible dependent child (from the date of live birth to the date they turn age 26) covered for 50% of the available spousal coverage.

Change Beneficiaries

  1. Download the Group Benefits Change Form
  2. Complete the first section including employee name and birthdate and the Beneficiary Changes section at the bottom of the form.
  3. Sign, date and send the completed form to:
    University of Arkansas
    Human Resources
    1125 W Maple Street 
    222 Administration Building
    Fayetteville, AR 72701
    Fax: 479-575-6971

Enrolling After Initial New Hire

Employees have 31 days from their benefits-eligible appointment dates to enroll in Dependent Life Insurance and Optional Life Insurance.  Enrollments after 31 days from the benefits-eligible appointment date will be subject to Evidence of Insurability requirements.   To enroll in Dependent Life Insurance and Optional Life Insurance after 31 days, complete a Group Benefits Change Form and return it to Human Resources and go to the Evidence of Insurability section on The Standard’s website to complete your application.   The Standard will notify the University if your request is approved and payroll deductions will begin with the month following approval.  See the Insurance Premiums document under Quick Links for your monthly premiums. 

File a Death Claim

The beneficiary or the beneficiary's representative should make and an appointment with HR Expert Tracee Riggs.  Bring a certified death certificate to the appointment where the following topics will be addressed:

  • Future health insurance coverage for surviving spouses or family
  • Retirement account processes for the beneficiary
  • Filing a life insurance claim procedures

HR will file the death claim.

Coverage After Leaving the University

Employees leaving university employment have two options for keeping their university life insurance: portability or conversion. Retiring employees may port or convert the amount of their employee life insurance over the $10,000 university life insurance available to eligible retirees. See Portability and Conversion at a Glance to evaluate your options.

Portability 

You may be able to buy portable group life insurance when your employment with the university ends. Dependents may port dependent life insurance the employee was enrolled in at the time of the employee's death, divorce or termination (if the employee ports). Portability is not guaranteed; employees must certify that they and their dependents (when including dependent coverage) are not sick or injured to be eligible for portability.

To be eligible to port your life insurance, you must:

  • Have been continuously insured for at least 12 consecutive months
  • Be able to perform the material duties of at least one gainful occupation
  • Be under age 80 on the date your employment ends

To port life insurance, an employee leaving the university should:

  • Contact HR at 479-575-5351 or hrbenf@uark.edu to request the form to port your life insurance.
  • Complete the employee section (pages 3-5) of the University of Arkansas Group Life Insurance Portability Application form sent by HR.
  • See  page 2 to calculate your monthly premium cost.
  • Mail the Group Life Portability Insurance Application form and your premium payment directly to The Standard, using the mailing address on the form.

The Standard must receive the Life Insurance Election of Portability Coverage form and your first premium payment within 31 days of your termination date. If your portability request is denied by The Standard, you can file a conversion request. 

Conversion

Conversion allows employees and covered dependents to convert their coverage if they are ineligible for portability due to health reasons. If you are leaving employment due to sickness or injury, contact HR to determine if you are eligible for disability or waiver of premium benefits before completing the application for conversion.  Employees will not be turned down for conversion if they are sick or injured; however, conversion rates are significantly higher than group rates. The conversion policy will accumulate cash value and will allow you to borrow against the case value if sufficient. To convert employee life insurance to a private policy, an employee leaving the university should:

  • Contact HR at 479-575-5351 or hrbenf@uark.edu to request the form to convert  your life insurance.
  • Complete the employee section (pages 3-5) of the University of Arkansas Group Life Insurance Conversion Packet form sent by HR.
  • See  page 2 and 3 of the conversion application  to calculate your monthly premium cost.
  • Mail the conversion form and your premium payment directly to The Standard, using the mailing address on the form. 

The Standard must receive the conversion application form within 31 days of your termination date.

Retiree Privileges

When an employee leaves university employment and qualifies for retiree insurance benefits, they are eligible to keep a $10,000 retiree life insurance policy. Qualified retiring employees may port or convert the amount of their employee life insurance over the $10,000 university life insurance available to them. Employees who do not qualify for retiree insurance can continue their university employee life insurance under either a portability or conversion policy.