Citi Benefits Handbook
Continuing Coverage during a Military Leave of Absence—Citi Policy
The Citigroup Paid Military Leave of Absence Policy is updated from time to time. For the latest copy of the policy, visit www.citigroup.net (intranet only). From the home page, use the search function and enter "military leave." Then click on the most current policy.
If you take a military leave of absence — whether for active duty or for training — you are entitled to continue your medical, dental, vision, DCSA, and HCSA or LPSA coverage at active employee rates for the length of your leave. Employee contributions will be deducted automatically from your pay.
The start of a military leave is considered a qualified change in status. As a result, you may stop coverage under any of the health and welfare benefit plans in which you are enrolled or, if you have not previously done so, you may enroll in certain coverage.
You must contact the Citi Benefits Center to enroll in or stop coverage. If you do not contact the Citi Benefits Center, your benefit elections will continue in effect for the remainder of the year in which you are on a military leave with the exception of:
- Transportation Reimbursement Incentive Program (TRIP) participation, which stops automatically when your leave begins and
- Short-Term Disability (STD), Long-Term Disability (LTD), and Business Travel Accident/Medical (BTA) insurance, which are suspended automatically when your leave begins.
You can participate in any annual enrollment periods that occur while you are on a military leave. If you are unable to make elections during annual enrollment, your elections will continue in effect until you return from your leave when you can make new elections for all health and welfare benefit plans. If you elect to discontinue coverage while on a leave, you will have the right to re-enroll when you return to work.
If you are a reservist called to active military duty for more than 179 days, you are entitled to receive a taxable distribution of your HCSA or LPSA balance (contributions less the amount reimbursed) if you request a distribution by the last day of the calendar year in which you made such contributions.
Call the Citi Benefits Center through ConnectOne at 1 (800) 881-3938. See the For More Information section for detailed instructions, including TDD and international assistance. You can also contact your HR representative for more information about a military leave of absence.
Continuing Coverage during Military Leave —Federal Policy Applicable If No Citi Policy
In the event Citi's Military Leave of Absence policy expires or otherwise ceases to remain in effect, you are still entitled to continue coverage for yourself and your eligible dependents under the Citigroup Health Benefit Plan, the Citigroup Dental Benefit Plan, the Citigroup Vision Benefit Plan, and the HCSA or LPSA under the Citigroup Spending Account Plan for the length of your leave up to 24 months in accordance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USSERA), as long as you give Citi notice of your leave as soon as practical (advance notice, if possible). Your contributions would be made on an after-tax basis.
If the entire length of the leave is 30 days or less, you will not be required to pay any more than the portion you paid before the leave. If the entire length of the leave is 31 days or longer, you may be required to pay up to 102% of the entire amount (including both employer and employee contributions) necessary to cover an employee who does not go on a military leave. Your other benefits will be terminated at the beginning of your military leave.
If you take a military leave, but your coverage under the Plans is terminated, for instance, because you do not elect the extended coverage, you will be treated as if you had not taken a military leave upon re-employment when the Plan Administrator determines whether an exclusion or waiting period applies once you are reinstated to the Plans. The Plan Administrator may take other steps to administer the Plans in accordance with USERRA and Department of Labor regulations.
If you are on a military leave for fewer than 24 months and you do not return to work at the end of your leave, you may be entitled to purchase COBRA continuation coverage. Your eligibility for COBRA will begin on the date your leave ends. Call the Citi Benefits Center or contact your HR representative for more information about a military leave. For the Citi Benefits Center, call ConnectOne at 1 (800) 881-3938. See the For More Information section for detailed instructions, including TDD and international assistance.