The MIT Dependent Life Insurance Plan gives you the opportunity to purchase life insurance for your eligible dependents.
This coverage is separate from your MIT Basic Life Insurance. Eligible dependents include:
- a spouse or domestic partner (even if your spouse or domestic partner purchases dependent coverage for you under this same plan)
- an unmarried biological or adopted child or stepchild from age 15 days to age 26 (whether or not the child is a student)
You cannot purchase life insurance for a child who is already covered by an MIT Dependent Life Insurance Plan purchased by your spouse or domestic partner.
In the event of the death of a dependent covered under this plan, the policy pays the full amount of the coverage in a single payment. You pay the full cost of MIT Dependent Life Insurance through deductions from your MIT pay each pay period.
- spouse or domestic partner — $50,000 or $100,000
- dependent child — $10,000 ($100 from age 15 days to age six months)
Who is eligible
- you have been appointed — and are currently employed — to work at MIT for at least three months
- you work at least 50% of the normal full-time work schedule
- you are paid by MIT
Who is not eligible
- teaching or research assistant
- honorary lecturer
- summer appointment
- non-MIT student program worker
- international visiting student
- post-doctoral fellow
- paid by MITemps
- student in a work-study program
- family member who is not employed by MIT
- member of the armed services assigned to MIT
The initial cost of your Dependent Spouse Life Insurance depends on your age when you enroll and the coverage option you choose.
|2020 Dependent Life Insurance Rate (Spouse or Domestic Partner)|
|Your age as of July 1||Monthly cost per $1,000 of coverage|
|Under age 25||$0.031|
|25 to 29||$0.040|
|30 to 34||$0.055|
|35 to 39||$0.063|
|40 to 44||$0.079|
|45 to 49||$0.111|
|50 to 54||$0.182|
|55 to 59||$0.316|
|60 to 64||$0.523|
|65 to 69||$0.943|
|70 or older||$1.522|
|Dependent Life Insurance Rate (Children)|
|Monthly cost per child is $1.09|
|The coverage amount per child is $10,000 age 6 months to age 26 ($100 from 15 days to age 6 months).|
Enroll or change coverage
Sign up when you start work at MIT
As a new hire, you can enroll in Dependent Life Insurance coverage using Atlas. You may also complete and return the Dependent Life Insurance Enrollment/Change Form (below) to the MIT Benefits Office within 31 days of your date of hire or appointment or within 31 days of the date you receive your official Welcome Letter — whichever is later.
Sign up during Open Enrollment
If you do not return your enrollment form within the initial 31-day period, you must wait until the next annual Open Enrollment period, which takes place in the fall. When you enroll in coverage for your spouse or domestic partner after the initial 31-day period, your spouse or domestic partner must provide a Statement of Health (below) and/or acceptable medical examination results.
Evidence of good health
Evidence of good health is not required when you enroll in coverage for a dependent child. When you enroll in coverage for a spouse or domestic partner, your spouse or domestic partner must provide a Statement of Health (below) depending on the coverage option and when you enroll.
- If you enroll within 31 days of hire/appointment or receipt of your Welcome Letter and your coverage amount is $50,000, the coverage is called a guaranteed issue, and your spouse or domestic partner does not have to provide evidence of good health. Coverage begins on the first day of the next month, depending on when you enroll online or return the Dependent Life Insurance Enrollment/Change Form (below) to the MIT Benefits Office.
- If your coverage amount is $100,000, your spouse or domestic partner must provide a Statement of Health (below) to MetLife for the additional coverage amount. Coverage begins on the date the insurance provider approves your spouse's or domestic partner's coverage, but not earlier than the first day of the month described above.
Your enrolled spouse or domestic partner and eligible child(ren) must not be hospital confined or receiving or applying to receive disability benefits from any source when their coverage becomes effective.
Change your coverage
You may enroll in or increase the amount of your dependent life insurance coverage during the annual Open Enrollment period, which takes place in the fall, or within 31 days of experiencing a qualifying life event. The qualifying life event must be consistent with the requested coverage change (i.e. birth/adoption - enroll the new dependent; marriage/divorce - add new/change existing spouse coverage). You may be required to provide a Statement of Health (below) to enroll in or to increase coverage for your spouse or domestic partner. You may reduce or cancel coverage at any time.
How to return forms: Unless instructed otherwise, while the MIT campus is on remote-work status due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may return forms that do not contain sensitive information (such as Social Security Numbers) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms containing sensitive information must be mailed to MIT Benefits, NE49-5000, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 or Lincoln Laboratory, Workforce Service Center, Room S2-112, 244 Wood Street, Lexington, MA 02420-9108.