Below, you will find information concerning the most common survivor benefits as well as the respective benefit agency’s contact information. Any required forms sent from a benefit agency to a beneficiary(ies) must be completed and submitted to an ODOC facility/unit Personnel representative, the central Personnel or the sending agency, as soon as possible. Upon receipt of completed forms and a certified death certificate, benefits distribution will begin.
All wages owed to the employee will be paid to the designated beneficiary. If a beneficiary for wages has not been named, the final wages, not to exceed $3,000, will be paid to any surviving spouse, or if no surviving spouse, to any dependent children or their guardians in equal shares. Any final wages more than $3,000 will be distributed after any legal action (40 O.S. § 165.3a).
All coverage in effect at the time of the employee’s death will remain in effect through the end of the month in which the employee passed away. COBRA benefits are available for all eligible dependents; details will be sent to the surviving dependents within 45 days. Additional questions may be directed to the Employees Group Insurance Division (EGID) toll-free at 1-800-752-9475.
A death claim form will be mailed to the named beneficiary(ies) by OSEEGIB. Once OSEEGIB receives the certified death certificate and the completed death claim form, the life insurance claim will be forwarded to EDS Administrative Services for processing. To check the status of the claim, you may contact EDS Administrative Services, toll-free at 1-800-782-5218.
Notification of an employee death is sent from the central Personnel Benefits Unit to Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS). Beneficiary(ies) will receive an information packet from OPERS. The packet should provide answers to the most commonly asked questions. Additional questions may be directed to OPERS toll free at 1-800-733-9008.
Notification of an employee death is sent from the central Personnel Benefits Unit to SoonerSave. If the deceased employee participated in the SoonerSave program, the named beneficiary(ies) will be contacted by SoonerSave. Inquiries may be directed to SoonerSave, toll-free at 1-800-733-9008.
Final Longevity Payment
The proportionate share of any longevity payment which may have accrued as of the date of death of an eligible employee shall be made to the designated beneficiary or the surviving spouse. (74 OS Section 840-2.18).