A UNI Employee Passes Away
Information and Support for Family, Friends, and Coworkers
When a member of the UNI community passes away, it is important for an employee's loved ones to know who to contact and what questions to ask to receive the maximum assistance regarding the employee’s benefits. No list can cover all the thoughts going through your head, we sincerely hope this information will be helpful as you go through this difficult time.
UNI Human Resource Services
Grief Support Services
Crisis Response for Supervisors, Managers, Directors, Department Heads, & Deans
If an employee death occurs, Employee and Family Resources has a crisis response program ready to provide assistance. If you feel crisis response is something you need for your department, or you have questions, please call Human Resource Services at 319-273-2423 to discuss options.
Stress, Mental Health, and Grief Services
There are many services available for those who are grieving. Please visit the Stress, Mental Health, and Grief Services webpage for all resources available.
University of Northern Iowa benefits eligible employees, and their dependents, have access to an employee assistance program (EAP) through Employee and Family Resources. EAP offers short term counselling for those experiencing difficult life challenges.
Principal provides free grief support services and access to counselors through Magellan Healthcare. Services include, but are not limited to, grief counselling, depression screenings, and local and community legal resources. To receive a consultation call 800-274-4529.
Health, Dental, Vision, and Health Care Flexible Spending
Health, dental, vision, and contributions to a health care flexible spending account (FSA) will end for the employee and if applicable, dependents, on the last day of the month in which the employee passes. A current employee, or a retiree, may have a health, dental, vision, and/or health care flexible spending account. Call 319-273-2423 to notify the HR department of the death and UNI will work to notify all applicable vendors to end the active coverage.
Under federal law, and the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), the University of Northern Iowa is required to offer covered family members the opportunity for a temporary extension of group coverage of health, dental, vision and health care FSA at group rates when coverage would otherwise end due to a death. Once UNI’s HR department is notified of the passing, the COBRA notice will be sent out to the employee’s home address. Currently covered family members will have 60 days from receiving the notice to elect coverage.
The coverage, if elected, will start on the first day of the month following the death. The coverage will continue for 36 months. The cost of COBRA coverage is the full premium of the plan plus a 2% administrative fee.
In accordance with Iowa Code 509A.13C family members of fallen police officers will be eligible to retain existing coverage from the university.
A current employee, or a retiree, may have a life insurance policy. Call 319-273-2423 to notify the HR department of the death.
If the employee does have a life insurance policy, Principal Financial will be notified of the death and a claim will be started. Principal will work with the listed beneficiaries of the policy. If no beneficiaries were listed, the life insurance claim will be paid to the estate.
In order to have the life insurance claim processed, documentation of the passing must be provided to the UNI Human Resources Office. Acceptable documentation would be:
- Published obituary, or
- Death Certificate, or
- Certified copy of the public record of death, or
- Certified copy of a coroner's certificate
Accidental Death or Dismemberment - AFSCME Member
If an employee is an active member or retiree of ACSCME Council 61, they can take advantage of a no-cost $4,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment benefit through the partnership with American Income Life. Inquiries must be directed to AFSCME.
Long Term Disability
If a former employee who is receiving long term disability (LTD) benefits passes, please notify Principal Financial of the passing and to cease LTD benefits.
Principal Financial 800-245-1522
University Retirement Plans
If the employee was contributing to either IPERS, TIAA, or a tax deferred annuity (TDA) the appropriate vendor will need to be contacted.
Social Security Survivor Benefits
If the employee was age 60 or older, or age 50 if they were disabled, you may be eligible to receive a social security survivor benefit. Contact the Social Security Administration for more information and to see if you qualify.
Waterloo Social Security Office
3121 Greyhound Drive
Waterloo, IA 50701
Phone: (888) 456-9554
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
History of Employment
If the family would like information about employment history for an obituary this can be provided through Human Resource Services by calling 319-273-2423.