Member life insurance deadline approaches

Enrollment ends in two weeks for Colonial Life’s term- and whole-life policies

By Michael Pramik, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

Sept. 7, 2023 – OPERS members have just two weeks to apply for term- and whole-life policies this year through Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co.

It’s the sixth-consecutive year that the insurer is offering the policies to active members, their spouses and children, and the coverage may be extended to grandchildren. The voluntary insurance would be in addition to life insurance that members’ employers might offer, and OPERS members would bear the cost.

The policies will be guaranteed issue, within certain limits, and this year’s open enrollment period ends Sept. 22.

OPERS members can enroll in a policy only through a session with a licensed benefits counselor – either through a virtual meeting or over the phone. The virtual enrollment option allows members the flexibility of connecting with their benefit counselor via conference call, video chat or screen-share, with one click of a link.

There is a link to enroll in this Colonial Life digital postcard. You also can listen to a recorded webinar that provides additional details on the 2023 open enrollment period and the voluntary benefits that are available.

Michael Pramik

Michael Pramik is communication strategist for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and editor of the PERSpective blog. As an experienced business journalist, he clarifies complex pension policies and helps members make smart choices to secure their retirement.

Michael Pramik

Communication Strategist

4 thoughts on “Member life insurance deadline approaches

  • September 17, 2023 at 7:41 pm

    Interested in Colonial Life insurance and I’m also would like to be enrolled in the Health Savings were my money is held in a account till I need to utilize it in the future I believe I was told end of Sept.2023 or Oct1st 2023 I missed out on it when it came out at first I didn’t really understand that you offered that thk you G.Gross

    • September 27, 2023 at 11:58 am


      Please read your open enrollment communication coming out soon, and if you have questions call us at 800-222-7377.

  • October 4, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Am I eligible for this Retire thirty years department of liquor control if eligible place and information.

    • October 5, 2023 at 10:48 am


      Please contact the OPERS Member Services department for information about your account. The number is 800-222-7377.


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