COMPTROLLER'S SEAL STATE OF CONNECTICUT

STATE OF CONNECTICUT

NANCY WYMAN
COMPTROLLER
OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1775
MARK OJAKIAN
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER

COMPTROLLER'S MEMORANDUM NO. 2003-17

May 13, 2003

TO THE HEADS OF ALL STATE AGENCIES

ATTENTION: Personnel and Payroll Officers, Chief Administrative and Fiscal Officers and Business Managers
SUBJECT: Group Life Insurance Plan for State Employees
Supplemental Life Insurance Premium Increase

I. INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this memorandum is to advise of an increase to the premium rate for optional group life insurance, commonly known as Supplemental Life Insurance, effective July 1, 2003.

II. BACKGROUND

Connecticut General Statutes (CGS), Section 5-257(e) provides that any non-bargaining unit employee whose yearly gross compensation is at least forty-five thousand, five hundred dollars may purchase Supplemental Life Insurance up to a maximum of fifty thousand dollars, in addition to any basic life insurance coverage available pursuant to CGS Section 5-257(b). Additionally, for certain collective bargaining employees, this Supplemental Life Insurance will become effective as of the date this schedule is accepted by the prevailing collective bargaining agreement. An employee must be a participant in the Basic Life Insurance Plan in order to purchase Supplemental Life Insurance. The actual cost of the Supplemental Life Insurance coverage is fully borne by the employee. 

III. DISCUSSION

During the last two years the Supplemental Life Insurance Program has experienced a loss ratio in excess of 140%. Therefore, Medical Life Insurance Company has increased the cost of the insurance coverage to $.88 per $1,000 effective July 1, 2003. This new rate will remain in effect through June 30, 2004. Medical Life Insurance Company notified participating employees directly of the new cost for their coverage. 

IV. ADMINISTRATION

State payroll deductions will automatically reflect the rate increase in the July 11, 2003 biweekly paycheck (July 15, 2003 semi-monthly). However, the supplemental premium schedule in the Group Life Insurance Summary Plan Description (SPD) dated July 1997 is not valid; therefore, until a new SPD is issued the following supplemental premium schedule must be adhered to:

GROUP LIFE INSURANCE PLAN
SUPPLEMENTAL PREMIUM SCHEDULE
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003

Amount of Insurance Bi-Weekly Rate Semi-Monthly Rate Amount of Insurance Bi-Weekly Rate Semi-Monthly Rate
$5,000 $2.04 $2.20 $28,000 $11.38 $12.32
$6,000 $2.44 $2.64 $29,000 $11.78 $12.76
$7,000 $2.85 $3.08 $30,000 $12.19 $13.20
$8,000 $3.25 $3.52 $31,000 $12.60 $13.64
$9,000 $3.66 $3.96 $32,000 $13.00 $14.08
$10,000 $4.07 $4.40 $33,000 $13.41 $14.52
$11,000 $4.47 $4.84 $34,000 $13.81 $14.96
$12,000 $4.88 $5.28 $35,000 $14.22 $15.40
$13,000 $5.28 $5.72 $36,000 $14.63 $15.84
$14,000 $5.69 $6.16 $37,000 $15.03 $16.28
$15,000 $6.10 $6.60 $38,000 $15.44 $16.72
$16,000 $6.50 $7.04 $39,000 $15.84 $17.16
$17,000 $6.91 $7.48 $40,000 $16.25 $17.60
$18,000 $7.32 $7.92 $41,000 $16.66 $18.04
$19,000 $7.72 $8.36 $42,000 $17.06 $18.48
$20,000 $8.13 $8.80 $43,000 $17.47 $18.92
$21,000 $8.53 $9.24 $44,000 $17.88 $19.36
$22,000 $8.94 $9.68 $45,000 $18.28 $19.80
$23,000 $9.35 $10.12 $46,000 $18.69 $20.24
$24,000 $9.75 $10.56 $47,000 $19.09 $20.68
$25,000 $10.16 $11.00 $48,000 $19.50 $21.12
$26,000 $10.56 $11.44 $49,000 $19.91 $21.56
$27,000 $10.97 $11.88 $50,000 $20.31 $22.00

IV. CONCLUSION

Employees may contact a Medical Life Insurance Company representative at 1-866-858-1171 with any questions concerning the rate increase.

Questions concerning payroll procedures may be directed to the Payroll Services Division at (860) 702-3463. Questions concerning the administration of Group Life Insurance benefits may be directed to the Retirement & Benefit Services Division, Employee Benefits Unit at (860) 702-3543.

Sincerely,

Nancy Wyman
State Comptroller

NW/SW/sa

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