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BASIC LIFE and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) (County paid benefit)
Basic Life Insurance pays your beneficiary a lump sum if you die. AD&D provides another layer of benefits to either you or your beneficiary if you suffer from loss of a limb, speech, sight, or hearing, or if you die in an accident. The cost of coverage is paid in full by the County of Santa Barbara. Coverage is provided by Voya Financial.
|Eligible Group||Basic Life and AD&D Amount|
|Department Heads, Board of Supervisors and Elected Officials||$50,000|
|Assistant Department Heads||$30,000|
|Managers & Unrepresented Attorneys, Confidential Employees, and employees in job classes represented by:
Taxes: Due to IRS regulations, a life insurance benefit of $50,000 is considered a taxable benefit. You will see the value of the benefit included in your taxable income on your paycheck and W-2.
Beneficiary means a person you name to receive death benefits. You may name one or more beneficiaries. Make sure that you have named a beneficiary for your basic life insurance. You may change your beneficiary at any time. Note that some states require a spouse be named as a beneficiary unless they sign a waiver. Remember that a divorce or separation will not automatically affect a beneficiary designation, so please review you beneficiary election(s) to ensure it accurately reflects your wishes.