Life Insurance Benefits

The State has partnered with ING to provide members a new fully insured Life Insurance plan.  The State provides Basic Life Coverage of $25,000 at no cost to all benefited employees.  The Plan provides both a death benefit and an accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) benefit. In addition, you may elect supplemental Life Coverage for yourself and your eligible family members. You pay the full cost of these coverages through after-tax payroll deductions.  The ING Life Insurance coverage is portable meaning members can continue the policy on their own when they end employment with the state. 

For external Board of Regents group term life insurance information, go to http://www.benefits.sd.gov/lifeinsurance.aspx 

Employee Supplemental Coverage

You may choose Supplemental Life Coverage levels for yourself of two, three, four, or five times your annual earnings. The maximum amount of Supplemental coverage available is $400,000.

Contributions for Employee Supplemental Coverage

The after-tax monthly supplemental coverage rates are listed below.

FY14 Rates

Employee AgeLife**AD&D**
Less than 30 $0.06 $0.03
30 to 34 $0.06 $0.03
35 to 39 $0.10 $0.03
40 to 44 $0.15 $0.03
45 to 49 $0.18 $0.03
50 to 54 $0.27 $0.03
55 to 59 $0.32 $0.03
60 to 64 $0.50 $0.03
65 to 69 $1.04 $0.03
70 + $1.80 $0.03

**The employee Supplemental Life rates are monthly contribution rates per $1,000 of coverage. To calculate contribution amounts, round your salary up to the next $1,000 level. For example, a salary of $16,500 rounds up to $17,000.

For your total monthly contribution, multiply the monthly rate for your age group times your chosen coverage level. Then divide by 1,000. Let's say you are age 34, your annual salary is $30,000, and you select the 2 x pay coverage level. Your total monthly contribution is $3.00 ($0.05 times $60,000 divided by 1,000 = $3.00).

Optional Dependent Supplemental Life Coverage

You may purchase Dependent Life Coverage for your spouse and eligible children (unmarried, dependent children who are at least 14 days old but younger than 19 years old [or 29 years old if they are full-time students]). The $10,000 coverage will cost $2.26 per month, regardless of the number of eligible dependents.

FY14 Rates

Contributions Rates Per Pay Period
$10,000 Life $2.26
$10,000 AD&D $0.30

* You must choose Supplemental Life Coverage for yourself to cover your eligible dependents under the Optional $10,000 Dependent Life Coverage and $10,000 of Dependent AD&D.  The contribution rate applies to all eligible dependents. 

Other Supplemental Life Coverages

TriTerm Life

TriTerm is a voluntary individual term life insurance plan underwritten by Northwestern National Life Insurance Company (NWNL). The plan combines the advantages of group insurance – economical rates and payroll deduction – with the benefits of individual insurance – the insured person controls the amount of his or her own protection, and coverage may continue regardless of changes in employment. The TriTerm plan also limits rate increases to once every three years.

Each year, on the anniversary date of your plan, you are entitled to increase your insurance coverage, if eligible. In addition, when you buy insurance under the TriTerm plan, you receive coverage that is individually yours. This means that you can take your policy with you should you retire or change your place of employment. You also have the option to convert your policy to a permanent whole-life insurance plan offered by Northwestern National Life Insurance Company. However, the rates for a permanent insurance policy are generally higher than those available for term coverage.

Rates and other terms are available at the Human Resources Office. For additional information, call 1-800-456-6965.

New York Life (NYLA+)

NYLA+ is a whole life insurance offered through New York Life Insurance Company to employees who have been working full-time for at least six months. This insurance is offered on a guaranteed issue basis to new employees and to those who have previously enrolled. Guaranteed issue means that there are no medical requirements. Those employees who did not participate in the initial opportunity for the guaranteed issue are eligible to enroll on a "Simplified Issue" basis.

During the enrollment period (usually toward the end of February) a New York Life agent will contact new employees to schedule a convenient time to review this program. It is then the employee's decision whether to take advantage of the benefit or to sign a waiver not to participate in the plan.

This plan is portable. If you retire or leave employment, you can continue your policy without any change in premiums or current benefits.


Last Updated: 1/31/14