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​​5.7.3 Continuation of Health Insurance​​​

​​​Although the archdiocese, as a religious institution, is largely exempted from state and federal laws that require employers to provide Family and Medical Leave, in accordance with the Church's teachings on social justice, the archdiocese has voluntarily elected to institute programs that mirror the statutory provisions of state and federal laws. One element is continuation of employee health insurance. Pregnancy Disability and Family and Medical Leave

A pregnant employee is eligible for up to 18 weeks total of benefits coverage while on Pregnancy Disability Leave and up to 12 additional weeks total of benefits coverage during Family and Medical Leave​ to bond with her child.

An employee on Family and Medical Leave for reasons other than pregnancy is eligible for group health insurance coverage at the employee's regular premium cost for a period of up to four months, provided the employee submits a physician's notification of disability.

The employee must pay the employee portion of the required insurance premiums while on Pregnancy Disability and Family and Medical Leave.

If an employee is still disabled after completing the maximum leave period, under the archdiocese continuation of benefits process he or she may continue the insurance for 18 months (and in certain cases up to 29 months) but is responsible for the cost of the entire premium.

See Health Care​. Personal Leave

Employees may continue group insurance coverage while on an approved personal leave of absence of fewer than 120 days, but they are responsible for the cost of the entire premium. Termination

Except in the case of termination for gross misconduct, under the continuation of benefits process employees are currently eligible to continue group insurance coverage for up to 18 months after termination. During this period, the terminated employee is responsible for the full cost of the premiums plus a small administrative fee.

Further information about the continuation of group insurance coverage may be obtained from the archdiocesan Insurance Department​. Qualifying Life Event

A qualifying life event ("QLE") is a change in an employee's status (e.g., marriage, birth of a child, divorce, loss of eligibility because of reduction in hours, or death) that affects an employee's health insurance​ coverage.

The QLE procedure to follow: