Citi Benefits Handbook
Claims and Appeals
Important COVID-19-Related Changes that Extend Claims and Appeals Deadlines
On May 4, 2020, the U.S. Departments of Labor and the Treasury (the Agencies) issue guidance that temporarily extends the deadlines in place for certain benefit changes and processes associated with election, notification, payment and claims/appeals in connection with the Coronavirus disease of 2019, which was deemed a national emergency on March 1, 2020 (the National Emergency). To protect individuals from losing benefit, the Agencies extended deadlines that might have been missed during the National Emergency. The temporary extension of the deadlines was initially set to expire 60 days after the end of the National Emergency. The Agencies have revised their guidance to provide that your extended deadline will end on the earlier of one year from your original deadline or your original time limit after the end of the National Emergency as described above (Agencies' deadline).
If your deadline to file a claim or appeal falls within the Agencies' deadline, you will have additional time to submit your claim.
For more information, contact your vision plan Claims Administrator to obtain a claims appeal form. For claims regarding eligibility or enrollment in a plan, 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.
Aetna will make an appeal decision within 30 days with one 15-day extension available if notice of the need for an extension is given within 30 days. Aetna must also give notice that more information is needed within 30 days after the claim is filed. You will then have 45 days to submit any additional information needed to process the claim.
See "Out-of-Network Benefits" for more information on submitting a claim.