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When coverage ends

When coverage ends for the ExxonMobil Vision Plan

Coverage for you and/or your family members ends on the earliest of the following dates:

  • The last day of the month in which:
  • You terminate employment (except as a retiree or due to disability),
  • You elect not to participate,
  • A family member ceases to be eligible (for example, a child reaches age 26), or
  • A retiree becomes a suspended retiree,
  • You are no longer eligible for benefits under this Plan (e.g., employment classification changes from regular employee to non-regular employee or from non-represented to represented where you are no longer eligible for this Plan),
  • You do not make any required contribution,
  • A Qualified Medical Child Support Order is no longer in effect for a covered family member,

OR

  • The date:
  • You die,
  • The Vision Plan ends,
  • Your employer discontinues participation in the Plan, or
  • You enrolled an ineligible family member and in the opinion of the Administrator-Benefits, the enrollment was a result of fraud or a misrepresentation of a material fact.

You are responsible for ending coverage with Benefits Administration when your enrolled spouse or family member is no longer eligible for coverage. If you do not complete your change within 60 days, any contributions you make for ineligible family members will not be refunded.

For employees and eligible family members, if your participation in any group health plan (e.g., Medical, Dental, Vision), to which ExxonMobil contributed, was suspended for non-payment of required contributions, in order to enroll in this Plan you must repay all required contributions retroactively to the date of suspension. If you are a retiree and have missed payments during 2021, contact immediately the ExxonMobil Benefits Service Center (EMBSC) for guidance in order to regularize your situation before year end.

Effective January 1, 2022, cancellation and reinstatement process for retirees in any group health plan - - Dental, Vision, any of the ExxonMobil Retiree Medical Plan (EMRMP) options - will be as follows:

Cancellation of Retiree Health Plans due to non-payment of premiums:
Cancellations due to non-payment of plan premiums will be prospective, with a 3 month grace period starting 1st month of unpaid contributions, so participants may pay owed contributions within that grace period to avoid cancellation. For example, if retiree has not made payments for their January, February, and March premiums during that 3 month timeframe, coverage will be cancelled effective April 1.

Reinstatement of Retiree Health Plans:
Once your coverage has been terminated, you can request to be reinstated upon showing good cause. The applicable ExxonMobil Plan –Vision, Dental, EMRMP- (or its designee) will review requests for reinstatements on a case-by-case basis. If an individual has been involuntarily disenrolled for failure to pay plan premiums, they may request reinstatement no later than 60 calendar days following the effective date of disenrollment.

Reinstatement for good cause will occur only when:

                  1) Reinstatement is requested no later than 60 calendar days following the effective date of disenrollment (in the example, 60 days from April 1)
                  2) The individual has been determined to meet the criteria specified below (i.e., receives a favorable determination); and
                  3) Within three (3) months of disenrollment for nonpayment of plan premiums, the individual pays in full the plan premiums owed at the time they were disenrolled (in the example, within 3 months from April 1).
 
If you fail to pay premiums within the grace period, your coverage is terminated, and you fail to show good cause, you and your eligible dependents will not have an opportunity to re-enroll at a future date in the applicable ExxonMobil Health Plan. You are still responsible for paying all owed premiums incurred during the grace period in which you were still part of the applicable ExxonMobil Health Plan.

Requests for reinstatement must be accompanied by a credible statement (verbal or written) explaining the unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances causing the failure to make timely payment. An individual may make only one reinstatement request for good cause in the 60-day period. Generally, these circumstances constitute good cause:

  • A serious illness, institutionalization, and/or hospitalization of the member or their authorized representative (i.e. the individual responsible for the member’s financial affairs), that lasted for a significant portion of the grace period for plan premium payment;
  • Prolonged illness that is not chronic in nature, a serious (unexpected) complication to a chronic condition or rapid deterioration of the health of the member, a spouse, another person living in the same household, person providing caregiver services to the member, or the member’s authorized representative (i.e., the individual responsible for the member’s financial affairs) that occurs during the grace period for the plan premium payment;
  • Recent death of a spouse, immediate family member, person living in the same household or person providing caregiver services to the member, or the member’s authorized representative (i.e., the individual responsible for the member’s financial affairs); or
  • Home was severely damaged by a fire, natural disaster, or other unexpected event, such that the member or the member’s authorized representative was prevented from making arrangement for payment during the grace period for plan premium;
  • An extreme weather-related, public safety, or other unforeseen event declared as a Federal or state level of emergency prevented premium payment at any point during the plan premium grace period. For example, the member’s bank or U.S. Post Office closes for a significant portion of the grace period; or 
  • There may be situations in addition to those listed above that result in favorable good cause determinations. If an individual presents a circumstance which is not captured in the listed examples, it must meet the regulatory standards of being outside of the member’s control or unexpected such that the member could not have reasonably foreseen its occurrence, and this circumstance must be the cause for the non-payment of plan premiums. The Plan expects non-listed circumstances will be rare.

    Examples of circumstances that do not constitute good cause include:

  • Allegation that bills or warning notices were not received due to unreported change of address, out of town for vacation, visiting out of town family, etc.;
  • Authorized representative did not pay timely on member’s behalf;
  • Lack of understanding of the ramifications of not paying plan premiums;
  • Could not afford to pay premiums during the grace period; or
  • Need for prescription medicines or other plan services.
  • The ExxonMobil Business Service Center is the appointed designee reviewing reinstatement requests and making good cause determinations.

    Loss of eligibility

    Fraud against the plan

    Everyone in your family may lose eligibility for plan coverage, and you may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment if you commit fraud against the Plan, for instance, by filing claims for benefits to which you are not entitled. Coverage may also be terminated if you refuse to repay amounts erroneously paid by the Plan on your behalf or that you recover from a third party. Your participation may be terminated if you fail to comply with the terms of the Plan and its administrative requirements. You may also lose eligibility if you enroll persons who are not eligible, for instance, by covering children who do not meet the eligibility requirements. This includes failing to provide timely notification of when a covered family member loses eligibility, e.g., spouse loses eligibility due to divorce.

    Extended benefits at termination

    You are entitled to extended coverage for as much as a year if you are terminated due to disability with fewer than 15 years of service. This coverage is provided at no cost to you. This is considered a portion of the COBRA continuation period. In order to assure coverage beyond this extension period, you must elect COBRA upon termination of employment.

    Several conditions must be met:

    • The disability must exist when your employment terminates.
    • The extension lasts only as long as the disability continues, but no longer than 12 months.
    • This extension applies only to the employee who is terminated because of a disability. Continuation coverage for eligible family members may be available through COBRA.

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