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Death of Retiree & Info for Surviving Spouses In the event of the death of the Bell retiree, coverage for the surviving spouse under the Group Health Plan will cease within 90 days under Plan A or will continue under Plan B for as long as the monthly premium is paid. Manulife does have a plan available called Follow Me whereby the surviving spouse can purchase health care to replace the Bell benefits at a monthly premium depending on the options chose. This must be purchased within 60 days of the cancellation of the Bell Group Plan coverage. To inquire about this Follow Me policy or to enroll please contact Manulife directly (i.e. Bell Benefits would not have information on this plan.) Surviving spouses and dependents of Bell Canada retirees are welcome to join BPG thus contributing to the protection of the post-retirement benefits of your loved one. If you are a surviving spouse or dependent and receiving a Bell Canada survivor's pension, please let us provide you with additional information on joining our group. Now more than ever we need to protect our pensions and benefits. When a retiree passes away, his/her name is removed from the In Touch newsletter list, since In Touch is only distributed to active retirees. However, a surviving spouse can download it via the Internet by going to www.intouch.bell.ca. Did you know ..... You have all received your valuable "Benefits at Retirement" statement earlier this year. In previous years in the Benefits upon Death there was a key sentence – the spousal pension is also indexed annually. In subsequent issues, this statement is missing. This has been identified to Bell and next years statement will clarify the statement to let retirees know that his/her spouse would be entitled to the indexation of the survivor pension after the retiree dies. There is no change in the plan on the indexation (same provisions as the one in effect in 2002 are still applicable.
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