Life Events

Important Note:
Notwithstanding any information in these Life Events pages or embedded links, for retirements that are first in pay status on or after April 1, 2017, certain Defined Benefit Plan provisions are scheduled to change in accordance with the adoption of Alternative Schedules 1 or 2 under the Second Critical Status Rehabilitation Plan.

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Health SPD

Disability, Permanent of Dependent Child

Arranging the financial, custodial, and medical care for a disabled dependent is one of the most difficult planning challenges. With regard to your benefit plans, there are issues affecting both your Health benefits and your Pension benefits.

Plan Checklist

Items regarding the Health Plans apply only to participants in the Southern California IBEW-NECA Health Plans. However, if you participate in another electrician health plan, it is likely that similar considerations will apply.

  • Older children who are physically or mentally disabled may be considered dependents if they become disabled before turning age 19 (or 25 if a full-time student), they were covered as dependents at the time they became disabled, and you are eligible for benefits. Once your child reaches the age of 19, you must provide evidence of the ongoing permanent disability. This evidence may be required periodically thereafter.

Also Consider...

Planning Notes:

Financial planners advise that special planning should occur for families with a permanently disabled child. The issues are generally the same as for families with minor children. But, because the length of the child's dependency period can be as long as a lifetime, the planning can be considerably more complicated.

A checklist of items you may wish to review are as follows: