Some companies provide their employees with group disability and health coverage. Frequently, the long term disability (“LTD”) and the health insurance plans are linked so that if you become disabled under the LTD plan your premium is waived under the health plan. Thus, your health insurance continues while you are disabled. A problem arises when the LTD insurance company wrongfully terminates or denies LTD benefits, which results in a loss of health care coverage.
When you eventually succeed in securing your LTD benefits, you should not forget to seek reimbursement for your health care expenses. Any money paid toward COBRA or for other health insurance premiums should be sought. Similarly, if health insurance lapsed because the premium could not be afforded, your out of pocket costs should be sought. You should not have to pay any more than you would have if your health insurance was not wrongfully terminated or denied.
Sometimes other employee benefits are also linked to your LTD plan. When seeking LTD benefits always make sure that you have copies of a Summary Plan Description for each group benefit plan that covered you while working.Previous Next
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