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215 S. Jackson St.
Athens, GA 30602
Tel (706) 542-2222

Death of employee or retiree

Dependents and/or beneficiaries should call the Office of Employee Benefits, (706) 542-2222, to report the death of a covered employee, retiree, or dependent. Once the death is reported, the surviving spouse or dependents will receive detailed information on benefits continuation from their benefits counselor.

There may also be paperwork to complete related to health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment insurance, and retirement. The Office of Employee Benefits (706-542-2222) will assist family members in completing any necessary forms.

To start the process of filing a life insurance claim, contact MefLife directly at 1-866-492-6983.

Benefits to consider

As a result of a death, you may be able to make changes to certain benefits. Contact Employee Benefits for information about changing the following:

  • Health care plan
  • Dental plan
  • Life insurance
  • Medical and dependent care spending accounts
  • Accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Beneficiary designations for life insurance, AD&D, retirement account
  • Tax withholding
  • Georgia 529 higher education savings plan

If you have any questions about your benefit options, please contact Employee Benefits at 706-542-2222 or e-mail