Citi Benefits Handbook
ERISA Information
As a participant in Citi Health and Welfare Plans subject to ERISA (which excludes HSA, DCSA and TRIP), you are entitled to certain rights and protections under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), as amended.
You may examine all documents governing the Plans (including group insurance policies, where applicable) and copies of all documents filed with the U.S. Department of Labor (and available at the Public Disclosure Room of the Employee Benefits Security Administration) such as annual reports (Form 5500 Series). Upon written request to the Plan Administrator, you may obtain copies of documents governing the operation of the Plans, including insurance contracts, a copy of the latest annual report (Form 5500), and the current summary plan description. The Plan Administrator will mail these documents to your home free of charge. You may also receive a copy of the Plan's annual financial report. The Plan Administrator will furnish each participant with a copy of the Summary Annual Report.
If there is a loss of medical coverage as a result of a qualifying event, you may continue health care coverage for yourself, spouse/partner, or eligible dependents. You or your dependents may have to pay for such coverage. Review this Plan/SPD and all other documents governing the Plans for the rules governing your continuation coverage rights.
In addition to creating rights for Plan participants, ERISA imposes obligations on Plan fiduciaries, the people responsible for the operation of an employee benefit plan. Under ERISA, fiduciaries must act prudently and solely in the interest of participants and their beneficiaries. No one, including your employer or any other person, may fire you or discriminate in any way against you to prevent you from obtaining a welfare benefit or for exercising your rights under ERISA.
If your claim for a benefit is denied, in whole or in part, you must receive a written explanation of the reason for the denial. You have the right to have the Plans review and reconsider your claim and provide you with copies of documents relating to the decision without charge. For more information see "Claims and Appeals."
Under ERISA, you can take steps to enforce the rights described above. For example, if you request materials from the Plan(s) and do not receive them within 30 days, you may file suit in a federal court. In such a case, the court may require the Plan Administrator to provide the materials and pay you up to $110 a day until you receive them, unless the materials were not sent for reasons beyond the Plan Administrator's control.
If your claim for benefits is denied or ignored, in full or in part, you may file suit in a state or federal court. In addition, if you disagree with the Plan's decision or lack thereof concerning the qualified status of a domestic relations order or a medical child support order, you may file suit in federal court. If you believe the fiduciaries are misusing their authority under the Plan or if you believe you are being discriminated against for asserting your rights, you may request assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor or file a suit in federal court, subject to limitations imposed by Plan rules.
The court will decide who should pay court costs and legal fees. If your suit is successful, the court may order the person you sued to pay these costs and fees. If you lose, the court may order you to pay these costs and fees. One instance in which you may be required to pay court costs and legal fees is if the court finds your suit to be frivolous.
Answers to Your Questions
If you have questions about the Plan(s), contact the Plan Administrator listed under "Plan Administration."
If you have any questions about this Handbook or your rights under ERISA, or if you need assistance in obtaining documents from the Plan Administrator, contact the nearest office of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, listed in your telephone directory, or the Division of Technical Assistance and Inquiries, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210.
You may also obtain certain publications about your rights and responsibilities under ERISA by calling the publications' hotline of the Employee Benefits Security Administration or by visiting its website at www.dol.gov/ebsa.