Attention families of railroad retirees!

Surviving family members may be eligible for $2,000 from MetLife

MetLife Insurance Company has initiated an "outreach" program to identify surviving family members of deceased railroad employees who may be eligible for $2,000 in unclaimed funds.

Surviving family members of retired railroad employees who died between 1964 and 2001 may be entitled to receive the $2,000 life insurance benefit.

MetLife has identified the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers as one of 20 unions that represent eligible railroad workers.

Certain retired employees of participating railroads may have been covered under group life insurance policies issued to the Health and Welfare Plan of the Nation's Railroads and the Railway Labor Organizations. The amount of the coverage is $2,000.00 per insured. The intended beneficiary may not have filed a claim for benefits, and thus no claim would have been processed.

If you believe that you may be eligible for benefits or have information regarding individuals who may be eligible, please contact MetLife's Railroad Operations Center at (800) 310-7770. Proof of eligibility (including proof of death) will be necessary to process each claim and MetLife will make all claim determinations. MetLife representatives will answer your questions and, if appropriate, assist you in filing a claim.

Potential individual beneficiaries who contact the toll free MetLife number will be routed to a dedicated service team that will begin a process of verifying the railroad employees' eligibility and expediting the claim adjudication process The address for submitting claims is as follows:

MetLife Railroad
Operations Center
P.O. Box 6122
Utica, New York 13504-6122

MetLife's "outreach" program is the result of a federal lawsuit brought by the State of Kansas against MetLife Insurance Company, filed in February 2002. As a result of the decision rendered on or about October 9, 2002, MetLife agreed initiate an Outreach Program to handle claims for railroad retiree survivors who were unaware of a $2,000.00 death benefit covered under the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan.


© 2002 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers