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Optional Life Insurance - Open Enrollment

Life insurance provides financial protection for you and your family. During open enrollment, you can apply for guaranteed member, spouse and child coverage without answering health questions.

Open Enrollment Dates

  • September 1-30: Cities, counties and school employers
  • October 1-31: State agencies and Kansas Board of Regents

Coverage starts January 2020

Helpful Resources

Open Enrollment Slides
Rate Sheets: Employee | Spouse | Child Coverage
Calculator: How much do I need?

Contact The Standard to make any changes after you submit. The deadline to make changes is October 31.

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Coverage at a Glance

Guaranteed coverage for open enrollment:

Who's Covered Coverage Options Guaranteed Coverage
Member In $5,000 increments, up to plan max $400,000 Add up to $50,000 without health questions
(to $250,000 guaranteed max)
Spouse In $5,000 increments, up to plan max $100,000 Add up to $25,000 without health questions
(to $25,000 guaranteed max)
Child $10,000 for $1.20/month
$20,000 for $2.20/month
$10,000 or $20,000 without health questions

Note: KP&F members must have employee optional coverage to be eligible for spouse coverage

Note: KPERS retirees are not eligible for member coverage. You cannot cover your spouse if he/she is an active member of KPERS, KP&F, Judges or Kansas Board of Regents Mandatory Retirement Plan.

Note: You must be actively at work on the day before the scheduled effective date for your coverage to be effective. If you are not actively at work the day before your scheduled effective date, your coverage will not become effective until the day after you complete one full day at work as an eligible member.

Definition of an Eligible Child: The insured employee’s children, stepchildren and legally adopted children who are unmarried and dependent on the insured for financial support.  Children are eligible from live birth (stillborn or unborn children are not eligible) to the attainment of age 26.  Children age 26 or older are also eligible if they are physically or mentally incapable of self-support, were incapable of self-support prior to age 26 and are financially dependent on the employee for more than one-half of their support and maintenance.   

If both parents of a child qualify as eligible employees under the group policy, the child shall be considered a dependent of only one parent for this purpose.  If any child qualifies as an eligible employee under the group policy, he or she is not eligible to be insured as a dependent child.


Questions? Contact The Standard, [email protected] or 1-844-289-2306.

Contact Standard Insurance Company

KPERS Optional Life Insurance benefits are underwritten by Standard Insurance Company.

The Standard Branch Office
800 SW Jackson, Ste 1110
Topeka, KS 66612

Toll Free: 1-844-289-2306
Email: [email protected]

How to Enroll

Optional Life Insurance - Open Enrollment from KPERS.

  1. To start new or increase current coverage, login to your KPERS account during your open enrollment period. Choose “New User” if you’ve never used your account.
  2. Once logged in, choose the orange “Click here to apply” button.
  3. Follow the steps in the wizard to add member, spouse and/or child coverage.
    • a. To add the guaranteed amount (no health questions), choose “Yes, add this amount.”
      b. To increase your coverage, type the amount in the "Coverage Increase" box (in $5,000 increments).
  4. Last, review your new coverage. Then check the box to authorize your changes and click “Submit.”

  5. If you need a paper form.

  Helpful Links

Kansas Public Employees Retirement System
611 S. Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603
Toll-free: 1 888 - 275-5737
Email: [email protected]

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