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You and your family - Death of a Saint Louis University Employee

If you are the surviving spouse or dependent of an active Saint Louis University employee, you should notify your loved one’s department supervisor and the Benefits Office in Human Resources.

Action Items Checklist:

  1. Notify department supervisor.
    • If unsure how to contact the department, you may start with the Saint Louis University operator by calling 314-977-2222.
  2. Make decision about continuing health and dental insurance coverage through COBRA.
  3. Contact the Benefits Office at 314-977-2595.

More Details:

Health
The University Benefits Office will continue health benefits for covered dependents upon a death of a University employee for four months at no cost to the family. Please contact the Benefits Office to make arrangements for the continuation of benefits beyond the four month period.

  • You can choose to continue, on a self-pay basis, your health coverage through COBRA.
  • Initial payment is required within 45 days of election date in order for benefits to be provided under COBRA.
  • For details about COBRA, visit the COBRA page

Dental
Changes must be made within 60 days of the death.

  • You can choose to continue, on a self-pay basis, your dental coverage through COBRA.
  • Initial payment is required within 45 days of election date in order for benefits to be provided under COBRA.
  • For details about COBRA, visit the COBRA page. 

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
If your loved one was enrolled in an FSA for health or dependent care expense reimbursement, the enrollment ends on the day that the death occurred. However, survivors have until March 31 of the following plan year (FSA submission deadline) to submit claims for eligible expenses incurred prior to the death.

  • ConnectYourCare administers the Flexible Spending Accounts. Please visit their website, www.connectyourcare.com, for contact information.
  • Eligible FSA claims can be submitted up to March 31 of the following plan year. Click here for more information about FSAs.

Life Insurance
  • Call 314-977-2366 to begin the life insurance claim process. 
Retirement Benefits
  • Contact the retirement plan vendor to obtain distribution forms. Click here for retirement vendor information from TIAA.
  • Completed forms should be returned to the Benefits Office for processing. Mail to 3545 Lindell Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63103.
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