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The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 ("USERRA") was enacted by Congress to provide protections to individuals who are eligible individuals of the "Uniformed Services." "Uniformed Services" is defined as the Armed Forces, the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard when engaged in active duty for training, inactive duty for training, or full-time National Guard duty, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Services, and any other category of persons designated by the President in time of war or national emergency.
USERRA provides that if an Employee is on a military leave of absence from his employment, and the period of military leave is less than 31 days, he will continue to be eligible for health care coverage under this Plan during the leave with no self-payment required, provided he is eligible for benefits under this Plan at the time his military leave begins.
A copy of the Employee's separation papers must be submitted to the Administrator Office to establish his period of service.
If the Employee continues coverage under USERRA, he will be required to submit any required self-payment necessary, which may include Plan Administrative costs. If the Employee does not elect to continue coverage during his military leave, upon his return to work his coverage he will be reinstated at the same benefit level immediately preceding his service before his leave if he is eligible for re-employment under the criteria established under USERRA.
If the Employee does not return to work at the end of his military leave, he may be entitled to purchase COBRA continuation coverage as provided in the section above. Coverage will not be offered for any illness or injury determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to have been incurred in, or aggravated during, performance of service in the Uniformed Services. The Uniformed Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs will provide care for service-connected injuries or illness.
The rights to self-pay are governed by the same conditions described in the COBRA section of this Summary Plan Description. If election is made for continuation coverage under USERRA, the COBRA and USERRA coverage periods will run concurrently.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board of Trustees has adopted the following extraordinary USERRA benefit as outlined below. The Trustees in their sole discretion may eliminate the extraordinary benefit with a 60-day notice of same to Plan Participants.
This extraordinary benefit will terminate for Employees and their eligible Dependents at the end of the Employee's military leave. At the end of the military leave, the above sections (Section B(2): Military Leaves of Absence for Period More Than 30 Days, Section C: Release from Active Service or Section E: COBRA Continuation Coverage) will apply as appropriate.